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The abbreviation TKL stands for tenkeyless. It refers to a keyboard without a numpad, but with arrow keys still there. Strictly speaking, a TKL keyboard misses more than ten keys since the numpad usually also includes keys for the operators of the four basic arithmetical operations and an additional enter key. Some brands also use the wording “Tournament Edition” (TE) to refer to a tenkeyless model of a keyboard.

A tenkeyless keyboard has several advantages over a full-sized keyboard:

  • It requires less space on your desk.
  • It has less weight and is easier to transport.
  • It is cheaper (at least in most cases).

So if you don’t need a numpad, you really should think about a tenkeyless keyboard. The following posts present mechanical keyboards that are available in tenkeyless format.

SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL
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SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL / Mini

Make way for new SteelSeries OptiPoint switches! SteelSeries enters the realm of optical switches in September 2022 by presenting two new keyboards: The SteelSeries Apex 9 TKL and the Apex 9 Mini. Apex 9 with OptiPoint Switches The Apex 9 features linear OptiPoint switches. These optical switches provide…
Logitech G715
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Logitech G713 / G715

The two keyboards Logitech G713 and Logitech G715 were revealed in July 2022 while presenting Logitech’s Aurora collection. This collection features a playful design and has the goal to address the needs and wants of women gamers while appealing to all gamers. Other parts of the collection include…
Razer Huntsman V2
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Razer Huntsman V2 / V2 TKL

The Razer Huntsman V2 is an opto-mechanical gaming keyboard with rich feature set. A Short History of the Razer Huntsman Series Razer started to use optical switches back in June 2018 and immediately had big success with it: The Razer Huntsman became one of the most sold gaming…
Cherry G80-3000N RGB
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Cherry G80-3000N RGB / RGB TKL

The Cherry G80-3000N RGB, released in September 2021, is a remake of the G80-3000 from the 1980s. The Classic: Cherry G80-3000 The Cherry G80-3000 has a long history. Its first version was released in the end of the 1980s and it is still produced and sold today in…
Gaming-Tastauren EMP KATOWICE
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Size Matters: Small Gaming Keyboard

The keyboard is, besides the mouse, the most important tool of a gamer. A single input error can easily decide the outcome of a game. If you play for victory, you therefore should carefully choose your gaming keyboard. For quite some time, the trend was to cram as…
Corsair K70 RGB TKL
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Corsair K70 RGB TKL

The Corsair K70 RGB TKL is a compact mechanical keyboard packed with many features. It is available since April 2021. Keyboard for Professional Gaming and More The keyboard was built from ground up for competitive players. In this context, the keyboard’s polling rate of 8,000 Hz is advertised,…
HyperX Alloy Origins
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HyperX Alloy Origins

The HyperX Alloy Origins is a mechanical gaming keyboard, introduced in October 2019. Keyboard for Gaming The Alloy Origins basically provides all the core features you would want from a gaming keyboard and passes on additional features like USB passthrough and dedicated media controls. As a result, the…
Roccat Vulcan TKL Pro
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Roccat Vulcan Pro / TKL Pro

The Roccat Vulcan Pro is another modification of the Vulcan 120 / 121 / 122. It was released in October 2020. Vulcan Pro: Well-established Design of Vulcan 121 with new Switches It is hard to spot a difference between the Vulcan 121 and the Vulcan Pro. Both keyboards…
Roccat Vulcan 122
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Roccat Vulcan 120 / 121 / 122

The Roccat Vulcan 120 / 121 / 122 is a mechanical gaming keyboard packed with many features. Difference between Roccat Vulcan 120, Vulcan 121 and Vulcan 122 Roccat‘s keyboard naming has caused quite some confusion, so let us start right off with an explanation of the different versions.…