Have you ever asked this question: What is a 60 keyboard? I remember my first time when I heard the definition “60 keyboard”. I was like “What the hell is a %60 percent keyboard?!?!”. Don’t worry my gamer brothers and sisters, because you’re going to learn what’s a 60% keyboard all about in this article.
What Does The 60% Mean??
Just to make things plain simple, let’s start with the terminology. What is a 60% keyboard??
60% keyboard is (as you can guess) also a keyboard which fulfills all the functions that other keyboards can either. We can usually find 4 types of keyboard percentages(%) around which are 40%, 60%, 87% and 100 %. And 60% can be understood as a keyboard, key quantity on which roughly equals to 60% of the key quantity on a 100% keyboard.
Let’s be simple and think of a 100% keyboard. A 100% keyboard is a keyboard which we come across a lot on desktop PCs. They consist of a usual keypad, numeric keyboard and function keys at top of the keypad. It’s your full size friendly gaming PC keyboard. For the ones who are better with visual presentations, here’s what a 100% keyboard looks like:
Do you see the difference between 100% and 60% keyboard?? At first image above there is illustrated a comparison of a tenkeyless keyboard and 60% keyboard. The faded bigger one at the back is a tenkeyless, and smaller with more contrast colors is a 60% keyboard. Tenkeyless is also called 87% percent so you can take it as a 87-60% comparison.
And at below of the first comparison image you can see a typical 100% keyboard with all the function keys and numerical navigation pad.
I’ve seen 60 keyboards usually used by my hacker-minded friends because of the rapid typing advantage it provides.
So, now we can comfortably tell the difference between a 100% (a typical full size desktop) keyboard and a 60% keyboard. 100% keyboard contains every key that we know. Else of the conventional type pad, a %100 keyboard has all the function buttons and the numeric keyboard. And a 60% keyboard lacks the numeric keys at side and the function buttons.
But How The Hell Do They Navigate??
Now it may be the time to ask this question: How the hell do they navigate?? There are no navigation buttons.
Manufacturers ofcourse tought about it before you. That’s why they invented additional swapable function keys. You may have not encountered with something like this before, so let’s explain it with an example.
It’s actually simple but it can be a little bit confusing. So I will explain to you with an example from a very fine 60% keyboard. The Ducky Mini.
Ducky Mini is one of the finest 60% keyboards on the market. It really shows itself with the extremely durable aluminum chasis, portability and mesmerizing lighting system. If you don’t know about it or haven’t read a detailed revşew, you can check out our article for all the information you need:
Navigation and other commands are accessed by special function keys. By pressing the Fn key we switch the keyboard to Fn layer and that’s the layer where keycommands we don’t see are. Fn commands are written at the side of keycaps, that’s how we understand the outcome. Here is an example Fn key layout from Ducky Mini:
Don’t forget that for every 60% keyboard their Fn layout and modes can be different. Ducky Mini layout is given only as an example.
60% keyboard usually have a setup system for specific buttons like Q, Esc, Backspace, Capslock and etc.. Some 60 keyboards even come with additional keycaps to change with in different setup modes Knowing these setups and different uses of buttons can give you a decent advantage in keyboard use and provide you great comfort. The only thing that you should focus on is getting used to it.
I know, all of this Fn and key setup mambo-jambo can get you a bit confused, but don’t worry, it’s actually so simple. It only takes a little time to addapt yourself to your keyboard and learn the functionalities. Some friends of mine were using 60% keyboards and some of them are really happy with their keyboards that they don’t even think about switching to any other keyboard ever.
SO, if you’re planning to get a 60 keyboard, keep in mind this little addaptation process. And after that you will be feeling like a typing monster.
What Are The Benefits??
It’s true that 60% keyboards have some great benefits for people who know how to handle them. And handling them aren’t that hard when you get used to.
Like I mentioned before, some of my hacker-minded friends are using 60 keyboards and they’re really happy with them.
Here are the major benefits of 60 keyboards:
Compactness: 60% keyboards are relatively small when compared with a typical 100% desktop keyboard. 60% keyboards are really compact that you can easily fit one into your back pack and carry it anywhere you go. And they’re really great to use on lap.
Typing comfort: Tight keyset of 60% keyboard allows you to type comfortably and rapidly without stretching your fingers. This comes in really handy especially if you’re writing code.
All-in-one: We can think of a 60% keyboard as an all-in one keyboard package. You can even use it as a mouse control! There are Fn buttons which act like mouse cursor. So you can do pretty much everything with a 60% keyboard without any problem.
Actually the answer to this question is quite relative. It completely depends on you. If you haven’t used a 60 keyboard till now, you know that you will spend a little time to get used to it. And it won’t take long to adapt yourself, it’s all about spending a little time on it. It may even become your favourite keyboard after getting used to.
For some people it may be hard to exchange their 100% keyboard with a 60%. And they have all the right. I also love my keyboard 100% when I’m using it at my desktop PC, but it doesn’t mean that I deny 60% keyboards. I used one at past and I was really satisified with it. It was really easy to carry it around and sometimes when i sat in a coffee shop i just pulled out my laptop and attached my 60 keyboard to it. Can’t even describe the level of comfort.
What Is A 60 Keyboard – Conclusion
So if you’re going to get a 60% keyboard, now you know what is all about. You know all the features and plusses it provides you. You also know what to bear in mind before getting one. If you’re ooking for a good 60 keyboard, Ducky Mini is a great one and you can start by checking out our review of it.
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