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  • Exploring Keyboard Form Factors from 80 to 65%
  • Exploring Keyboard Form Factors from 80 to 65%


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 29:54

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    Originally recorded May 2022

    Show Notes

    For years the standard keyboard layout has been the popular IBM 101 or 104 featuring the standard QWERT key configuration, 12 function keys across the top, navigation keys and a full 10-key numpad for entering numbers along with other functions.  Everyone has seen this keyboard layout and over the years it has largely remained the same. 

    Thing is, for most gamers the “extra” keys are rarely used which has gotten many keyboard makers to ask the question?  Why include these keys??  Of course, this could also be a tactic to increase profit margins but, we will ignore that fact for now.

    Enter the alternative form factors.  Some of the most popular are the 80% or TKL layout which is exactly like the normal 101/104 with the absence of the 10-key pad, hence the name.  Another form factor that has quickly gained in popularity is the 65% form factor that also removes the 10-key but has started to migrate everything into the main QWERTY area.

    This gives you a much smaller format allowing users to have more room on their desks at the expense of having to search around for some keys that have moved around.

    In this Episode we talk about the DeepCool KG722, the Cooler Master CK721 and ASUS ROG STRIX SCOPE TKL.  These all feature mechanical key switches with a slightly different take on the popular small form factor keyboard designs.

    Related Links:
    Cooler Master CK721 65% Hybrid Wireless Gaming Keyboard Review
    DeepCool KG722 65% RGB Mechanical Keyboard Review

    Episode 135 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)