Compact (Tenkeyless) Keyboards
As I’ve written before, I find compact keyboards to be more comfortable than normal full size keyboards.Â Compact keyboards are also called Tenkeyless keyboards since they do not have the numeric keypad on the right.
I currently have four compact keyboards:
- My original, a Lenovo Ultranav scissors switch keyboard with trackpad and trackpoint.
- An IBM SpaceSaver M4-1 keyboard with trackpoint.Â It was made by Lexmark and has rubber dome key switches.
- Two Unicomp Model M Mighty Mouse keyboards and two Unicomp keypads.Â These keyboards have rubber dome key switches.
The IBM and Unicomp keyboards are quite similar; for example, I can use the Unicomp keypad with the SpaceSaver keyboard.
My current work setup (shown above) is a Unicomp keyboard and keypad with my Kensington Orbit trackball in the middle.Â Â Â I like having the keypad for heavy number entry; I like the keypad being out of the way since I don’t use it often.
The SpaceSave and Model M keyboards have a different feel than the UltraNav; they’re more crisp and clicky.Â I like both styles (especially the Lenovo keyboard on my laptop), and both are much better than the typical, mushy keyboard.
Sometime I do want to try a mechanical keyboard, probably something with Cherry MX Blue keys such as a Leopard.Â I find illuminated keyboards interesting; I’m pretty sure I’d want a tenkeyless one with Cherry MX Blues (unlike the Deck 82 which only comes with Cherry MX Blacks)
Although Unicomp doesn’t make a tenkeyless buckling spring keyboard, I’d still like to try a buckling spring keyboard (probably the EnduraPro).