Keyboard layout refers to the the number of keys and the completeness of their functionality. The choice of keyboard layout involves a trade-off between space, portability and functionality. The more keys a keyboard has, the more functions it can perform, but it also takes up more space. Whereas a compact layout may be portable and take up less space, but its keyboard keys will be trimmed down. Understanding the functionality of different layouts can help you select the keyboard that best suits your needs and becomes your partner in work and play.
100% Layout (104/108 Keys)
The traditional layout with a complete set of keys, divided into four major sections: the function key area, main key area, editing key area, and numeric keypad area. It includes a numeric keypad, making it suitable for office workers that involve extensive numeric input, such as banks and accountants.
98% Layout (97/99 Keys)
The 98% layout falls between compact keyboards and full-sized keyboards. It provides all the necessary keys, including the numeric keypad and function keys, making it suitable for a wide range of users. It's an ideal choice for office work, data input, document processing, and general computing tasks. Our S99, V98 and V98Pro keyboards all utilize a 98% layout. However, it's worth noting that the V98 and V98Pro keyboards have 97 keys, while the S99 keyboard has two additional keys, which can be seen in the attached diagrams.
80% Layout (87 Keys)
This layout is based on the 104-key layout, removes the numeric keypad area. It is shorter compared to the 98% layout. At the same time, it achieves a balance between office and gaming, but may not be suitable for people in some professions. A smaller 87-key keyboard can save space. For example, laptop keyboards generally have 87 keys.
75% Layout (82 Keys)
Building upon the 87-key layout, the 82-key layout eliminates the numeric keypad and further reduces the distance between the arrow keys and the main key area. This compact design provides more space for mouse movement and is appropriate for those looking to save space, emphasize portability, or prefer a compact design. The diagram below shows the 75% layout of our N75 keyboard.
68% Layout (68 Keys)
This layout removes the F function keys at the top and the numeric keys on the right. It is favored by writers, programmers, and some gamers. It is perfect for limited workspace or for users who require portability, Meanwhile, its small size allows it to easily fit into a backpack or suitcase. The diagram below illustrates our X68 keyboard, which is 68% layout.
60% Layout (61 keys)
This layout retains only the main key area, without the arrow keys and the F function keys. You need to rely on key combinations to use these functions. However, the extremely small size looks cute, easy to carry, and apt for enthusiasts who like to collect customized keyboards or those who can use key combinations proficiently.
In summary, a 100% layout keyboard is suitable for both office and home use in daily life. Conversely, if you have limited space or specific usage scenarios, a standard keyboard may be too large. Users who rarely use the numeric keypad can opt for an 87% layout to save space, while those primarily using the letter keys can choose a 60% layout. The 75% layout is ideal for users who need a combination of the letter keys, function keys, arrow keys, and some function areas. Moreover, the compact 68% layout is perfect for those who don't require the F keys.