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Love my Poker II, this is probably very similar. 60% is the only layout for me though.
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Love my Poker II, this is probably very similar. 60% is the only layout for me though.

How is it without dedicated arrow keys? I ordered one a couple of days ago and that's my only concern.
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Why does anyone need a dedicated row of F-function keys? Place those seldom used keys on a tertiary layer at best. Save all that extra room on your working desktop for more important things than superfluous keys, things like Zen-space. smile.gif

Battlefield/Planetside seat swapping in vehicles, Benchmark controls, BIOS options, and best of all, media buttons.
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How is it without dedicated arrow keys? I ordered one a couple of days ago and that's my only concern.

Totally fine, WASD are FN bound to the arrow keys, and FN+Space toggles WASD to arrows and back, so you don't need to hold down FN to use the arrows.

I like being able to use arrow keys with my left hand, so I can keep my right hand on the mouse.
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Totally fine, WASD are FN bound to the arrow keys, and FN+Space toggles WASD to arrows and back, so you don't need to hold down FN to use the arrows.

I like being able to use arrow keys with my left hand, so I can keep my right hand on the mouse.

Oh cool thank you. How is the build quality?
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Battlefield/Planetside seat swapping in vehicles, Benchmark controls, BIOS options, and best of all, media buttons.

This. Even though my F-keys are not used as much as my other keys, I still have applications and games that make use of them, so I cannot go for the 60% keyboards. I'd rather have a dedicated row than to fumble around using a FN key like some laptops have opted to do.

This is pretty subjective though and I'm sure everyone has their own preferences.
    
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Oh cool thank you. How is the build quality?

Great, the switches are plate mounted so they feel very stury, and the whole case just feels very nice.
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This. Even though my F-keys are not used as much as my other keys, I still have applications and games that make use of them, so I cannot go for the 60% keyboards. I'd rather have a dedicated row than to fumble around using a FN key like some laptops have opted to do.

This is pretty subjective though and I'm sure everyone has their own preferences.

I could see this, I've been having no problem using the FN key the few times I need an F# key though.
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How is it without dedicated arrow keys? I ordered one a couple of days ago and that's my only concern.

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Totally fine, WASD are FN bound to the arrow keys, and FN+Space toggles WASD to arrows and back, so you don't need to hold down FN to use the arrows.

I like being able to use arrow keys with my left hand, so I can keep my right hand on the mouse.

I am the total opposite of this. I use the arrows to highlight text a lot, and with the Poker II, you have to hold Fn, plus use the WASD keys which is awkward, THEN you have to hold shift to actually highlight letters. It is really awkward and cumbersome. Just moving the cursor around is OK, but doing anything else is a pain, IMO. Also I use the Home and End keys a lot, and again, they are on the function layer. And things like PrtSc, etc. No F-row is bad for games, too. Doing replays in Titanfall, or using quick save or quick load, etc.

In a very short time, I found the Poker to be just lacking too much functionality for me personally. 75% is the minimum size for me. Something to think about if you use your KB the same way I do (basically if you're also over 30 probably wink.gif)
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