I’ve at all times been a full-keyboard form of man. To not the purpose of utilizing macros, however I’ve been non secular in regards to the full 104-key format with a numpad, in hindsight, out of a purist’s mentality. However I’ve now been reviewing keyboards for the higher a part of a yr, and I’m beginning to doubt my religion.
You see, I — and most different folks, I believe — don’t use many of the keys on my plank. In the case of the numpad, Num Lock goes unused, and the remainder of the keys are discovered elsewhere, too. Of the F-row, I exploit F4 to shut applications, and from time to time F5 for quick-saving in video games whereas the remaining, once more, goes unused. And that island between the numpad and the principle keys, I solely use Delete – no different of the 9 keys there. OK, perhaps Print Display now and again, nevertheless it’s uncommon and I’ve principally switched to the much-easier snipping software.
I’ve lengthy been married to the complete keyboard, however now I’m considering divorce, and there’s a easy motive why: 65% keyboards. It’s what has made me suppose that the perfect gaming keyboard has but to have been made.
The thrill and pains of selecting a keyboard
After all, there may be actually just one 65% keyboard on the market, at the very least that I’ve used. That’s the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini.
But it surely’s not that keyboard specifically that I’m in love with. It’s a terrific plank, however Razer isn’t actually my model, and I nonetheless have one main gripe with it for workplace use: It sits too tall for prolonged typing classes. What I actually like about it’s its 65% format. It has all the principle typing keys, arrow keys, and a delete. Every thing I want in day by day life, and nothing extra. I nonetheless miss the devoted media keys and quantity curler typically, however the enchantment of the 65% format is profitable me over.
However the format is new, and nonetheless unusual within the gaming house. So, what about 60% as a substitute?
Nicely, it round this time final yr I obtained hands-on time with Razer’s Huntsman Mini, and later with Corsair’s inconveniently named Ok65 RGB Mini. Each are glorious 60% keyboards, and utilizing them in-game was a pleasure – they have been small, and gave me more room to mouse round.
They have been so good for gaming, in reality, that it made a severe distinction to my efficiency in Insurgency Sandstorm. To at the present time, I nonetheless seize one in every of these smaller keyboards each time I hearth up the sport.
Switching keyboards on a regular basis is a trouble.
The issue? I’m additionally knowledgeable typist, and switching keyboards on a regular basis grew to become a trouble. As soon as I began utilizing 60% keyboards, I used to be compelled to change keyboards each time I went from work to gaming. That’s what really shines about Razer’s 65% keyboard. When it got here by way of my workplace, I all of a sudden discovered myself switching lots much less, because of the inclusion of the devoted arrow and delete keys.
In the long run, I nonetheless do swap, nevertheless it’s not due to the format – however fairly as a result of I’ve used a Logitech G915 plank as my main keyboard for the final two years. I’m in love with the consolation of a low-profile mechanical keyboard and no full-height board will do anymore – my wrists kill me if I exploit a normal-height keyboard all day lengthy. That’s why it’s about time corporations like Logitech give us what all of us need — the last word 65% keyboard.
Pricey Logitech: Give me a G915 65%
A tough mockup of what I would like the G915 65% to appear like. The product doesn’t exist.
Right here’s the keyboard I would like: a low-profile, mechanical, 65% wi-fi keyboard, however with devoted media keys and a quantity curler. Principally, a G915 65%. And I’ll pay for it, gladly. Actually, I feel a keyboard like that might be priced at about $190 tp $210 and nonetheless promote like hotcakes. I’d personally even (begrudgingly) settle for a $250 worth level, simply because there’s no keyboard like that on the market.
These arrow keys and delete key are important, and so they make the 65% format so a lot better than 60%.
It would lastly be a keyboard that may fulfill each gaming and workplace duties, principally with out sacrifice. The endgame keyboard. These arrow keys and delete key are important, and so they make the 65% format so a lot better than 60%. It would lastly be the one keyboard that may substitute two.
However Corsair, you’re not out of the woods both simply since you don’t make wi-fi keyboards. What’s up with that? (OK, I do know in regards to the Ok63, nevertheless it’s previous and one will not be sufficient)
For now, I’m not divorcing my trusty G915 but. I can’t justify switching it out for a G915 TKL with the related prices, however I’m ready. Right here’s to hoping it received’t be lengthy till Logitech and different keyboard corporations hear my plea.