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The Complete Guide to Keyboard Sizes

From full-size to 20%, here’s how to find the perfect computer keyboard size for you.

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Full-size keyboard pros and cons

Pro: Familiarity and versatility.

Many computer operators learned on full-size keyboards, so if you’re looking for a device that will be easy to pick up and use, they’re a great choice.

Pro: Number pad.

If you do a lot of work with data entry, spreadsheet management, or mathematical calculations on your computer, opting for a keyboard with a dedicated numpad could speed up your processes.

Con: Large footprint.

As the name suggests, full-size keyboards tend to be the largest of any type of board, and even the smallest take up a substantial chunk of desk space.

Did You Know? Ready to dive headfirst into specialist keyboards? Our handy guide will help you find the best mechanical keyboard to fit every kind of budget.

What defines a tenkeyless board?

Ease of use

For many users, tenkeyless keyboard sizes land in the sweet spot between space considerations and familiar operation. Aside from adjusting to the lack of numpad, no changes to muscle memory are necessary.


Space Saving

Losing the numpad means saving a substantial amount of space on the right-hand side of the keyboard. This can mean more flexible ergonomic placement options when using a mouse.



As one of the more common types of computer keyboard sizes out there, opting for a tenkeyless board will give you plenty of options for looks — from the keycaps to the body of the board to RGB lighting.


Find out more reasons to go numpad-free in our guide, TKL Keyboards: 5 Benefits of Ditching the Numpad.

3 of the top 75% keyboards


Epomaker EP84

With 84 keys packed into a compact yet versatile frame, the Epomaker EP84 is a great pick for users who want to hit the mid-range of mechanical keyboard sizes.

Keychron Q1

The second version of Keychron's Q1 Board is a popular pick among mechanical keyboard fans, thanks in part to its many build options (including a knob in the upper right, perfect for volume or other media adjustments).

NuPhy Air75

This super-sleek 75% keyboard features a low-profile design that makes it great for use both at home and while traveling. It features Bluetooth support for pairing with tablets and other mobile devices.

Read more about this uniquely optimized size in 75% Keyboards: 3 Benefits of a Balanced Board.

Did You Know? The intelligently refined layout behind HHKB keyboards was first created more than 25 years ago, with the latest version continuing to build on that legacy.

3 top picks for 65% mechanical keyboards

Keychron K6

This budget-friendly introduction to smaller mechanical keyboard sizes comes with options for hot-swappable switch support, as well as wireless and wired connection.

Drop Alt

This low-profile keyboard is great for those who want to admire their mechanical key switches (or just have an easier time cleaning their board), and it comes with some great lighting options.

Ducky x Varmilo MIYA Pro

One of the most popular lines of 65% keyboards on the market, the MIYA Pro’s slightly more spacious layout and range of designs make it an easy recommendation.

Learn more about this keyboard size by navigating over to 65% Keyboards: 3 Reasons to Streamline Your Setup.

3 of the best 60% keyboards on the market today

HHKB Professional HYBRID Type-S

With a uniquely revised keyboard layout and best-in-class Topre key switches, HHKB boards have long been a favorite among those who type to live. The latest edition of the board builds in seamless wireless support for up to 4 Bluetooth devices.

Ducky One 2 Mini

This popular base spec for boards is available in a dizzyingly wide selection of different colorways and special editions. Its unique body design has helped it become one of Ducky’s most beloved keyboards.

Keychron K12

Another budget-friendly board from Keychron, the K12 doesn't sacrifice on build quality or utility — and its built-in battery supports extended operation in wireless mode.

Find your ideal mix of compact size and versatility in 60% Keyboards: The 3 Biggest Benefits of Going Small.

3 of the most common tiny keyboard formats

40% keyboard

Similar to a 60% keyboard but without a dedicated number row, 40% keyboards are a great demonstration of the power of layers: You’ll still be able to type in numbers, but you’ll have to press a combination of keys to do so.

30% keyboard

What if you had a keyboard that was almost exclusively letter keys? No shift key, no space bar, just letters? You’d have a 30% keyboard, and though using one well may require some tweaks to muscle memory, they’re a great DIY keyboard project to start with.

20% keyboard

This is another way to refer to a standalone numpad (which makes sense, since 20% is what’s left over from an 80% tenkeyless keyboard). They can be great for part-time number crunching setups, leaving more of your desk free otherwise.

Find out more about these delightful minuscule boards in 3 Tiny Keyboard Sizes That Do a Lot With a Little.

Now that you know what computer keyboard sizes are out there, you’re ready to find the perfect fit for your own setup. If you’re looking for a modern, space-saving design with timeless sensibilities (and some of the best-feeling switches you’ll ever press), HHKB is ready to be your next desktop centerpiece.

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