Keyboards without Numeric Keypad

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page is a list of high-end compact keyboards.

KBC Poker 3

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KBC Poker 3 keyboard. 61 keys. KBC POKER keyboard

The KBC Poker 3 features hardware on-the-fly programble keys. Just press keys to record key macros. No need software. Excellent!

〔►see Vortex KBC Poker 3 Keyboard

〔►see Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory

Filco Keyboard

Filco is the brand name of the Japanese company Diatec. It's known among keyboard enthusiasts for its high quality keyboards. Filco are usually much more expensive than seemingly same keyboard sold by others.

Filco Ninja Majestouch-2

Filco Ninja Majestouch-2 Tenkeyless NKR Linear Action Keyboard FKBN87ML EFB2
“Filco Ninja Majestouch-2” keyboard. Buy at amazon

The Ninja series feature key labels in front of the keys.

This keyboard also features true N-key rollover. (See: What's NKRO, N-key Rollover?)

Filco makes many different models of compact keyboards. Different colors, different Cherry MX mechanical key switches, and some have the key labels printed in front of the keycap instead of on top. Just search amazon. Filco Ninja Majestouch-2

〔►see Guide to Keyboard Key Switch Mechanisms

Filco Camo Majestouch-2 Tenkeyless keyboard
“Filco Majestouch-2 Tenkeyless” Filco Majestouch-2 Tenkeyless

CM Storm NovaTouch keyboard

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CM Storm NovaTouch TKL keyboard. Topre Switch. CM Storm NovaTouch Keyboard

〔►see CM Storm NovaTouch keyboard

Filco Majestouch Minila

This is a great one, because of the short spacebar, and more keys for thumb.

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Filco Majestouch Minila. 67 keys. The 6 dip-switch in the back lets you change keys. Filco Majestouch Minila

Good points:

  1. Short space bar. This is a improvement over traditional design. See: Tiny Space Bar on Japanese Keyboards.
  2. The Fn keys are right under your thumb, so you can hold it and the {E, S, D, F} keys become { }.
  3. The Alt key is much closer to the thumb, under x and c. This is good. Traditional design has it under z and x.

Note: The keys are less staggered than a standard PC keyboard. Compare the layout carefully to see this, especially the { A S D F} and {Z X C V} row.

Bad points:

  1. No physical function {F1, F2, …} keys. 〔►see Why Function Keys F1 F2 Are Useful
  2. No physical {Page Up, Page Down} keys.
  3. The right Shift is tiny.
  4. The 2 Fn keys for the thumb, cannot be changed to other keys by dip switch. It's not clear how easy it is to change them by firmware or software. If they cannot be changed, that mean, you are stuck using the predefined functions.

The keyboard includes 6 dip-switches at the back that lets you configure some keys.

There's also a Bluetooth version. Buy at amazon

Noppoo Choc Mini NKRO Keyboard

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“Noppoo Choc Mini 84” Noppoo Choc Mini 84

Noppoo is a Chinese company. They have this model with Cherry MX {blue, red, black} switches.

It features full NKRO over USB, but only 6KRO for Mac. 〔►see What's NKRO, N-key Rollover?

Matias Mini Tactile Pro

Matias mini tactile pro keyboard Mac 455ca
Buy Matias Mini Tactile Pro keyboard for Mac

ALPS Mechanical key switches, high quality keyboard, designed specifically for Mac. For detail, see: Matias Mini Tactile Pro Keyboard.

Cherry G84 4100 Keyboard

if you want thin keys.

Cherry G84 p1 by Phaedrus2401
Buy at amazon

Cherry G84 4100 Keyboard

Cheapos

Keyboards Without Numeric Keypad, Under $30

Alternatives

There are lots others. See for example:

Here's some others. Some are laptop-style shallow flat keys. Some don't have dedicated function keys.

If you are a programer, i do not recommend keyboard without dedicated function keys. 〔►see Why Function Keys F1 F2 Are Useful

If you type a lot, i don't recommend laptop-style shallow keys. 〔►see How Many Keystrokes Programers Type a Day?