All products will be shipped within 2 business days

Keyboard Size & Layout Buying Guide

What size and layout keyboard are you using now? What kind of keyboard size and layout best suits you? Choosing a suitable keyboard layout for yourself lets you type comfortably and efficiently for hours. In this blog, we will analyze and compare the common differences in keyboard sizing & layouts to help you find your ideal size keyboard.

First Look at the comparison chart of different size keyboards. Then we have a breakdown for every size.

The Comparison Chart of Keyboard Sizes

keyboard size and layout-100% full sized keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard c2keyboard size and layout-96% full sized keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k4keyboard size and layout-80% keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k8keyboard size and layout-75% keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k2keyboard size and layout-65% keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k6keyboard size and layout-60% keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k12

The Comparison Table of Keyboards Keys Area

keyboard size and layout-keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard
Keyboard SizeKeyboard NameTyping & ControlNumber Keys (row)
Arrow KeysFunction KeysEditing KeysNumber Pad
100% Full Sized✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
96%Compact Full Sized✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
80%Tenkeyless✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️None
75%Compact Tenkeyless✔️✔️✔️✔️Some KeptNone
65%Compact✔️✔️✔️Comb-KeysComb-KeysNone
60%Mini✔️✔️Comb-KeysComb-KeysComb-KeysNone

100% | 104-key Keyboard | Full Sized Keyboard

keyboard size and layout-100% full sized keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard c2

100% keyboards are most common for people. With a numeric keypad, arrow keys, the main key area, as well as the Function area, this keyboard is divided into four parts. The advantage of a full sized keyboard is that it meet a wide variety of office needs. Especially with the number pad, data entry and calculations are made easier and faster. A disadvantage of a full sized keyboard is that it takes up more space and is not very mobile.

Missing Keys:  none

Suitable scenarios: office use, data entry, Game

Recommended Keychron keyboards: Keychron K1 / C2 

96% | 100-Key Keyboard | Compact Full Sized Keyboard

keyboard size and layout-96% full sized keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k4

The 96% size keyboard is mainly based on the 104 keyboard, where the rarely used keys were reduced and all the keys were combined together. It still meets a variety of office needs, but comes in a more compact design overall.

Missing Keys: some navigation keys (PrtScn, Scroll Lock, and Pause) 

Suitable scenarios: office use, data entry, game

Recommended Keychron keyboard: Keychron K4

80% | 87-key Keyboard | Tenkeyless Keyboard (TKL)

keyboard size and layout-80% keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k8

The 80% layout of the keyboard is also called the Tenkeyless (TKL) keyboard because the numeric keypad was removed. This layout condenses the numeric keypad area that most people don't use to significantly reduce the keyboard size. For players who are accustomed to a PC layout and need more desk space, we highly recommend this layout.

Missing Keys: number pad

Suitable scenarios: daily gaming or office uses

Recommended Keychron keyboards: Keychron K1/ K8 / C1 

75% | 84-keys keyboard | Compact Tenkeyless Keyboard

keyboard size and layout-75% keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k3

You may be familiar with the 75% keyboard because most laptops come with a 75% keyboard. The 84 keys layout streamlined the function keys, but kept the commonly used directional keys and F keys. However, the 75% layout reduces the keyboard size even more to increase portability. For those who mainly use laptops, the 75% keyboard is what you’re most accustomed to.

Missing Keys:  number pad, some navigation keys (Insert, PrtScn, Scroll Lock, and Pause) 

Suitable scenarios: daily gaming or office uses, people who don't need a number pad, custom keyboard enthusiasts

Recommended Keychron keyboards: Keychron K2 / K3  

65% | 68-key keyboard | Compact Keyboard

keyboard size and layout-65% keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k6

The 65 keys layout further condense the keys to create a smaller keyboard. It removed the F function keys and numeric keypad and replaced those functionalities triggers through combinations of other keys. Only the most frequently used function keys and directional arrow keys were retained. The more compact keyboard frees up more desk space and lets you focus on typing more.

Missing Keys: number pad, some navigation keys (Del, End, Insert, PrtScn, Scroll Lock, and Pause), Function Keys

Suitable scenarios: gaming, office uses (no need editing massive data), people who mainly needs to type, custom keyboard enthusiasts

Recommended Keychron keyboard: Keychron K6

60% Keyboard | 61-key Keyboard | Mini Keyboard

keyboard size and layout-60% keyboard-keychron wireless mechanical keyboard k12

The 60% Size keyboard, even more compact. Only keeping the number bar and alphabetical keys, the 60% size prioritizes the typing experience by removing more underused keys. But you can also use function keys or arrow keys through combinition keys. It is perfect for people who need to streamline their space and need to type for long periods of time.

Missing keys: number pad, navigation keys, Function Keys, Arrow Keys

Suitable scenarios: office uses (no need editing massive data), people who mainly needs to type, custom keyboard enthusiasts

Recommended Keychron keyboard: Keychron K12

Other Size or Layout Keyboards

There are lots of keyboard size or layout, such as 40% size keyboard, split keyboard and so on. We didn't analyze the detai about them because they are not common, you can hardly buy it from the normal brands, and some of them are not convinient for daily using. They are not our recommedation for the daily using, gaming or working.  If you want to know more about them you can seartch "Keyboard Size and layout".