So you want to buy a keyboard and have seen all sorts of different sizes of keyboards? What is a 40%? 60%? 75%? TKL? Let’s answer that:
What is the percentage based on?
It is typically based on the number of keys used divided by the number of keys a standard full size keyboard uses. (Which is 104 keys for a Standard ANSI keyboard). For example your Poker keyboard has 61 keys; divide 61 / 104 = 58.6% this gets rounded to the nearest whole number making is a 60% keyboard. Another example: Your JD40 keyboard has 44 keys; divide 44 / 104 = 42.3% which gets rounded to 40%.
Its not a perfect system: The standard percent sizes you will hear of are not always a perfect fit due to the varying designs; but it at least gives you general idea of the size. For example the 75% keyboard typically has 84 keys; divide 84 / 104 = 80.7%. As the TKL has previously been referred to as an 80% (at a true 83.6%) it makes sense that a more compact version of a TKL would need to be noted as smaller; thus 75%. Like I said, not perfect.
- 40% Keyboards
- 45% Keyboards
- 60% Keyboards
- 65% Keyboards
- 75% Keyboards
- Tenkeyless Keyboards
- Compact Full Size Keyboards
- Full Size Keyboards
- Ergonomic Keyboards
Common boards: JD40 / MiniVan / Minorca / Daisy
Common boards: JD45 / Pearl
Common boards: Poker / HHKB
(These fit the foot print of a 60% although they have more keys.)
Common boards: GK64 / DZ60
Common boards: HHKB, Tina-C, Tokyo60, M60-A
Note: The MX Switch variant of the HHKB typically has a slightly different bottom row that is symmetrical to the entire board
Common boards: WhiteFox / TADA68 / Clueboard / FC660m/c
Common boards: Keycool 84 / Drevo Gramr / KBD75
Common boards: Coolermaster Quickfire Rapid / Razer Blackwidow Tournament / Leopold FC750
Common boards: Coolermaster TK
Common boards: Cherry G80-1800
Common boards: Lightsaver / RedScarf 96
Common boards: Coolermaster Masterkeys L, Leopold FC900, Corsair K70
These deserve an honorable mention as they do not fit the description of a standard keyboard.
Read more about Ergonomic Keyboards here.
Atreus - Columnar Stagger & Angled
Others similar: Atreus62
Planck - Ortholinear aka No key Stagger
Others similar: Preonic, XD75re, Let’s Split
Ergodox - Columnar Stagger, Split, & Thumbclusters
Others similar: Minidox, Traveldox, Iris