What is a TKL keyboard?


A TKL, or tenkeyless, keyboard does not have a number pad, and so is smaller than a standard keyboard. These compact keyboards are also referred to as 80% keyboards, since they retain roughly 80% of a standard keyboard's keys and size.

Gamers, software developers, writers, and others may use a TKL keyboard in place of a standard board, to free up space on their desks. Notably, keyboards that are more compact than a TKL keyboard (such as a 75% or 65% keyboard) often squish keys together or remove additional keys, such as the function keys. Thus, the TKL keyboard is the most common non-standard option.


I've been thinking of switching to a TKL keyboard and then getting a small standing desk
Seems reasonable. I can't remember the last time I used the number pad
The Logitech G915 TKL Gaming Keyboard
The Logitech G915 TKL Gaming Keyboard

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Updated April 18, 2023

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