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Sorry if this seems like a strange question, but why do the TKL keyboards have such a decent sized following?

For me I can think of a few reasons.

1. Space, it fits in a rack and when desk space is at a premium, any extra space is handy.
2. Weight, if you do have to lug it around you don't need to carry those extra keys.
3. Use, the keypad isn't really necessary.

I was also curious as to why they are popular for gaming,
post #2 of 54
To add to your reasons, it's also better for you ergonomically...there's less distance to move between your mouse and the home row so it's less strain on your right arm.

Personally, I don't need the number pad (plus I'm getting better at using the number row anyway). With TKL this leaves a bit of extra room to move my mouse around which I prefer to have over the number pad. smile.gif
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Size, aesthetics, feel and portability are the main ones really I think.
I like the way my Quickfire TK looks on my desk because it's quite small and I have a big desk, it's also just the right size to fit in my backpack if I need to take it somewhere.
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I use a Keycool 84 keyboard because of desk space. I don't use numpad or arrow keys very much and i appreciate being able to move my keyboard to more comfortable positions.
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Speaking from the POV of someone who actually doesn't currently have a TKL board, I can tell you why it'd be nice for some people.

- Lack of desk space - Self-explanatory, sometimes it's a real hassle to be able to fit your keyboard and mouse on the same surface. I had this problem with larger sized Logitech's (old G15 was pretty big, and I used to have a very small desk)

- Portability - You can take it back and forth to places, though I think this argument isn't as prevelant considering the shinking LAN demographic and lack of keypad making making it unsuitable for quite a bit of office work.

- Ergonomics - This is probably the biggest reason that I've come to realize. If you type with the keyboard at the center of your field of vision/screen space, you mouse is going to be far off to the side, which can feel awkward (and typing off center of space also feels very awkward at times). Anyways I went off the deep end and have a 60% keyboard (missing both the numpad and misc/arrow key sets)
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* More room for the mouse to move to the left without needing to lift the mouse off of the desk. Especially handy when using low sensitivity.

* Less distance between mouse and keyboard so more ergonomic when transitioning between typing and gaming without needing to move keyboard.

* Takes up less room on desk.

* Aesthetics
Edited by VindalooJim - 3/18/14 at 2:49pm
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post #7 of 54
For me, it's what Shatterist mentioned about ergonomics. That's why I use a TKL keyboard. I do miss the number pad occasionally, but not enough to buy a separate one or go back to a full-size keyboard.
post #8 of 54
You are forgetting about price:) Keyboard without numpad section means roughly 17 switches, keycaps and some plastic/pcb material less.

in price difference it might means even 20-30 euros less for such keyboard. So i think that is one of the reasons as well.
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Originally Posted by FredgHar View Post

You are forgetting about price:) Keyboard without numpad section means roughly 17 switches, keycaps and some plastic/pcb material less.

in price difference it might means even 20-30 euros less for such keyboard. So i think that is one of the reasons as well.

TKL boards are usually bought by enthusiasts, so saving a few quid won't be a huge factor in choice, I wouldn't imagine.
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I heard on the grapevine that Ducky, among others, were contemplating releasing a LEFT hand TKL. Honestly, they should have made left side based home key TKL boards a million years ago. If these are supposed be enthusiast boards, then they should know that the more that we can get down with our left hand, the better! Imagine being able to access the home keys or arrows as additional hotkeys in games ... Also, from an ergonomics standpoint, a left oriented home key TKL would narrow the gap to the mouse even further!

Here's a post about it on Geekhack

And an article of sorts.



Looks like Vortex are onboard too.
Edited by zigziglar - 3/18/14 at 6:09pm
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