I picked up a stupid cheap numpad for my wife’s laptop, and it’s surprising how useable it is (cost $3!!) so I could survive without the numpad at a pinch… but I don’t see why (I guess I don’t need my mouse too close… but I really hate typing numbers and using a calculator on the keyboard).
But for a keyboard, on the cheap, it was a logi mk345 - I like full size even with the numpad lopped off. From my older one (k270) I think it’ll be good for maybe 2 years.
I have a k400 media keyboard with a trackpad - but that’s only for PLEX really… and as I use lots of shortcuts - so I need the full size for my menu keys, ctl/alt etc.
I’m surprised that so many mech boards seem to be aimed at gamers and lose the keys. I still kind of wish I’d picked up the Microsoft keyboard with a dozen extra keys around the top and sides - I had to program my pause/break key to switch the fx-swap on/off but that takes 6 seconds to complete for some reason, so it’s not feasible to have media keys AND F keys available at the same time.
Hint - mouse gestures are good for F keys too so I can draw a ‘4’ to pull up the terminal in dolphin and a ‘9’ to show/hide the sidebar.
I was quite interested to see that someone brought out a touchpad/numpad combination - best of both worlds I guess, but I’m still not much of a touchpad fan.
This is a painfully compact as I’d go I think… but I don’t like that ENTER key, losing my familiar |\ key would hurt… but it’s about right (I use basic US international layout, though I’m English it’s just not a big thing around the world).
Don’t you just love the way they put ‘WIN’ on the meta key? Do you get a guaranteed prize when you hit that?