Keyboards without Numeric Keypad

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page is a selection of high-end compact keyboards loved by keyboard fans, almost with a cult-following. They are very expensive.

Ultimate Hacking

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Ultimate Hacking

Happy Hacking

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Happy Hacking

The most famous, but I have no good words for this one.

Leopold FC660C keyboard

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Leopold FC660C

This is a competitor to happy hacking keyboard. Embraced by many keyboard nerds, specifically for its topre switch, compact size, and high-end keycaps.

Vortex Race 3

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Vortex Race 3

Driverless Programable, function keys, arrow keys.

Vortexgear Cypher

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Vortexgear Cypher

Driverless Programable.

Mistel Barocco Split

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Mistel Barocco Split

Driverless Programable.

KBC Poker 3

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Vortex KBC Poker 3

one of the first to feature driverless programble keys.

Filco Keyboard

Filco is the brand name of the Japanese company Diatec. It's known among keyboard enthusiasts for its high quality keyboards.

Filco Ninja Majestouch-2

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“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

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.
  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 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

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Matias Mini Tactile Pro

Matias Mini Tactile Pro

Matias is mostly popular only in Mac community. ALPS Mechanical key switches.

[see Matias Mini Tactile Pro Keyboard]


Keyboards Without Numeric Keypad, Under $30

Which is for You?

If you are a programer, i recommend keyboards with physical function keys.

see Why Function Keys Are Useful

I also recommend keyboard with arrows keys. Without, it'd be hard to play pacman.

See also: Programable Keyboards with Onboard Memory

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