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X-keys® XK-24 RS-232 and Virtual COM Keypad

X-keys XK-24

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24 dedicated keys in a compact footprint with serial or USB connection to computer. Replace legacy serial keypads sending ASCII to a COM port.

XK-298-232-R  XK-24 TruCom   
XK-299-VCM-SO  XK-24 Virtual Com  
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X-keys XK-24
  • 24 relegendable keys
  • Suitable for handheld, desktop, or mounted use
  • Addressable blue and red backlighting for each key

The XK-24 offers twenty-four programmable keys to trigger macros, shortcuts, and applications, select tools or open files or directories.

With a co-injected case equally suitable for handheld or desktop applications, the XK-24 provides a versatile control box for any computer driven application.

Use key blockers and tall or wide keycaps to instantly customize the XK-24 for your specific requirements.

Detachable feet give the XK-24 a slight angle to make the key legends easier to read.

XK-24 in landscape orientation

Repositioning keys and feet allow the XK-24 to assume a "landscape" orientation with four rows and six columns.

X-keys XK-24 Specifications
Operating System Windows XP through 10 for programming; any system that supports RS-232 for use
Switch Type Full travel rubber dome, carbon on gold contacts, rated for more than 1 million operations
Number of Keys 24 single keys + programming button
Actuation Force Approx. 2.5 oz (72g) break-over, approx. 1.5 oz (42g) hold
Key Cap Type Relegendable with Cherry MX compatible stem
Keycap Size 0.625” (16mm) sq.
Key Spacing 0.75" O.C.
Optional Keys 2x1, 1x2, 2x2
Backlighting 24 blue and 24 red LEDs, individually addressable
Connector Wired USB 2.0 standard “A” plug (VCOM) or Serial connector (TruCom)
Cord Length 56” (1.42 m)
Dimensions 5.8” x 3.8” x 0.94” (147mm x 97mm x 24mm)
Weight 10 oz. (285 g)
USB type Compatible with USB 1.1 through 2.0
Power Source USB port, nominal voltage = 5 vdc (V com) Included 5VDC Power Supply (TruCom)
Current Draw NO backlight: 18 mA , Blue backlight full: 38 mA, Red backlight full: 57 mA, All backlights: 75 mA
Temperature Range -20 to 60 C
Humidity 80% Rh non-condensing
Environmental Rating IP 40, typical indoor office environment
Certifications FCC Class B | CE | RoHS | WEEE compliant

Dimensions of X-keys XK-24

X-keys TrueCOM and VCOM Software

This application will recognize and program both our XK-24 TrueCOM and our XK-24 VCOM.*

Operating Requirements:
  • Windows 7, Vista, or XP
  • MicroSoft .NET 2.0
TrueCOM RS-232 Serial and VCOM USB

X-keys TrueCOM devices are true RS-232 serial devices, sending ASCII codes over a standard 9 pin powered serial connection.

X-keys VCOM devices are virtual COM devices capable of sending ASCII messages to a virtual COM port via a USB connection.

TrueCOM/VCOM Quick Start

  1. Install the TrueCOM/VCOM programming Utility (see link above)
  2. Set up your COM port (Settings - Set Port).
  3. Click the visual representation of the keys on screen to program them.
  4. When done, click the "Write Macros" button (also available from the File menu).

*There are known compatibilty issues when using X-keys Vcom with Win 8.1

Please consult the help file in the application for details. If you don't find the information you need in the help file, please contact us: tech@xkeys.com.

XK-24 Mounting Plate

4x6 Mounting Kit

Includes two brackets and Modular Hose™ connectors.

XK-A-4X6-BU   Add to Cart

4x6 Mounting Bracket Only

One mounting plate with screws to attach an X-keys.

XK-A-1258-4X6-R   Add to Cart

XK-24 RS-232 and 4x6 Mounting Kit Bundle

Bundle your X-keys XK-24 RS-232 with a mounting kit.

XK-0298-MK-BU   Add to Cart

Keycaps for X-keys

Keycaps and Key Blockers

Tall, wide, quad and colored keys for your X-keys. Transparent keys enhance backlighting.

Key Legends

Blank legend sheets and custom printed legends.

USB Extender

Extend your X-keys up to 150 feet via CAT 5 or equivalent network cable.


    Examples of X-keys layouts to run specific applications

  • Sketchup
  • MS Word
  • Adobe Illustrator