How to choose a keyboard layout that suits you?
Mar 29, 2022
"Layout" refers to the keyboard assembly sequence. There are two naming methods according to the classification: the number of keys and the integrity of the keys.
By "Arrangement" computer keyboards can be classified according to the following rules:
- Computer keyboards can be divided into four basic categories based on their size:
Full-size keyboard, including four key areas "primary key area, function key area, edit key area, digital key area"
Medium size keyboards, full-size keyboards, do away with the "number keypad".
The laptop keyboard, that is, the full-size keyboard has eliminated the "number key area, edit key area".
Small size keyboards, that is, full-size keyboards do not have a "number key area, edit key area, function key area".
- In percentage terms, the four basic categories of computer keyboards can also be named with corresponding percentage names:
100% full-size keyboard with columns, including "primary key area, function key area, edit key area, digital key area" and other four key areas.
80% of the columns of the mid-size keyboard, that is, the full-size keyboard has no "number key area".
70% of the laptop keyboards, full-size keyboards, do not have the "number key area, edit key area".
60% of the small size keyboards, that is, full-size keyboards have no "number key area, edit key area, function key area".
- According to the number of keys, the four basic categories of a computer keyboard can also be the corresponding number of keys:
- 104/108 key standard keyboard: full-size keyboard, including "primary key area, function key area, edit key area, number key area".
104/108 keys are the most common keyboard configuration, characterized by a complete range of key functions, each function has a corresponding key, with an independent numeric keypad area, easy to hit numbers. If you don't want to spend too much learning cost on keyboard configuration and want to buy a mechanical keyboard with a good feel and easy to adapt, this series is the best choice.
- 84/87 key standard keyboard: medium size keyboard, that is, the full-size keyboard has no "number key area".
84/87 key is the mainstream keyboard on the market at present, with an independent F key area and direction key. 87 key keyboard is more, 84 key is less than 87 key three rarely used function keys, it is more compact. This kind of keyboard is suitable for game players. At present, most game keyboards use 87 keys. Due to the lack of an uncommon small keyboard area, the game operation is more convenient and reduces the error touch.
- The 70-key laptop keyboard is a full-size keyboard without the number key area and edits key area.
To enable common editing operations in the form of dedicated independent keys, compatible with the user's editing habits, most notebook keyboards add four dedicated independent arrow keys in the lower right corner of the primary key area.
- 61/64/68 keyboard: Small size keyboard, that is, a full-size keyboard has no "number key area, edit key area, function key area".
These keyboards are small and focus on portability and extreme typing, often eliminating the F key area and numeric keypad area, resulting in many shortcuts that need to be output in various key combinations. Through key programming to set their own accustomed shortcut keys, so the early need to learn and adapt to the process, good use can greatly improve the efficiency of input.
Different layout keyboards for different people (Guide)
1.100% full-size keyboard
104/108 keys and above the keyboard, this kind of keyboard key input is very convenient, but the disadvantage is a great occupation of the desktop space, relatively recommended to have fast input numbers and the desktop has enough space to start with friends.
96/98 keys, although cancelled a few function keys, but the basic functions are still able to meet, relatively recommended to have fast input numbers and desktop space is not enough friends start, after getting used to, can adapt to this "perfect" with the column.
Although 96 is more compact and has more keys than 98, it sacrifices the partition between key areas, which is very easy to mistakenly touch. It is difficult for ordinary people to get used to it and choose carefully.
2.80% medium size keyboard
Generally, the keyboard of 87 keys is the preferred keyboard of most people, taking up small space and enough key functions, especially suitable for people who need to use the direction key often.
The 84 button is more like a mini version of the 87 buttons, keeping the keys while being more compact and suitable for non-gamers who need a d-pad.
3.60% small size keyboard
Finally, 60% of the keyboard, there is no direction key (part) and F function key, need to rely on the combination of keys to use, more recommended often use the keyboard and be skilled with the combination of keys friends start.
4.40% customization: customized keyboards belong to personal habits.