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Old 12th May 2017, 4:17 PM   #1
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Hiya,

I'm new to both TKL (Ten Keyless) keyboards and mechanical keyboards. I have tried typing on a mechanical keyboard in the past and it was AWESOME. I game, but i'm not a serious gamer. I type well and fast, but i'm not a serious typer.

So i've decided to buy a TKL/Mech keyboard. I'm going TKL because the mouse positioning with my existing full-sized keyboard is starting to hurt my arm.

I need help as there's just sooooo many keyboard it would take me forever to narrow the field. I've researched the internets and my likely wants are:
- TKL
- Red or Brown Cherry switches
- Removable cable (to swap whole keyboard out) OR the ability to nicely connect the number-pad to the side of the existing keyboard.

A friend shows me this one which seems to tick the boxes but it is a brand i've never heard of, with switches i've never heard of (in my fairly limited internet research):
http://tesorotec.com/project/tizona-...m-numeric-pad/

It'd be good if it were Logitech as i already have a Logitech mouse, and therefor the software, but if Logitech doesn't have anything that matches (i don't think they do) then so be it.

It'd be great if the software ran on Linux but i'm not expecting that, i think only Razor have some software (community made) that does it.

Thanks for your help
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Old 12th May 2017, 5:14 PM   #2
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Tesoro is a biiig name.

It's not strictly TKL, but you might wanna look at the Quickfire TK, it's only one column wider than a TKL and has both the numpad and the extended layout.
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Old 13th May 2017, 9:39 AM   #3
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It's not strictly TKL, but you might wanna look at the Quickfire TK, it's only one column wider than a TKL and has both the numpad and the extended layout.
That looks handy. A good compromise layout. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 16th May 2017, 10:51 AM   #4
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https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop...duct_list&c=27

Is a good place to start, they have alot of the good ones on their site which can help narrow the search.

Currently I am using a Ducky DKOne TKL with custom keycaps which I absolutely love. Id recommend ducky any day.

Heres a link to some (couldn’t find the ducky website).

https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop...oduct_list&m=1

I am currently on the hunt for another TKL for home use. My ducky is now a work keyboard. Its non backlit and only has etched keys so at night in the dark if I lose my place its hard to use. So I am tracking down a nice backlit mechanical. Kinda narrowed it down to these 3.

http://www.coolermaster.com/peripher...terkeys-pro-s/

http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/pro...aming-keyboard

https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...nical-keyboard

Thats 3 big names. Logitech board doesn’t use cherry. So look up their special switch.
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Old 20th May 2017, 12:38 PM   #5
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I am currently on the hunt for another TKL for home use. My ducky is now a work keyboard. Its non backlit and only has etched keys so at night in the dark if I lose my place its hard to use. So I am tracking down a nice backlit mechanical. Kinda narrowed it down to these 3.

http://www.coolermaster.com/peripher...terkeys-pro-s/

http://gaming.logitech.com/en-us/pro...aming-keyboard

https://www.pccasegear.com/products/...nical-keyboard

Thats 3 big names. Logitech board doesn’t use cherry. So look up their special switch.
Thanks for your suggestions.

I guess the good thing about Cherry is all the browns, in any keyboard, are going to be the same... right? I'll have to try out the Logitech, at least you can be confident it'll be in a lot of shops.
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Old 22nd May 2017, 5:51 PM   #6
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dont mean to hijack op
im currently using the Corsair Strafe Keyboard MX Red

one thing i noticed is that if you have largish fingers it becomes a problem as you start to hit two keys at once (because the distance between keys is smaller)
might want to take it into consideration as it can get very annoying...
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Old 27th May 2017, 5:51 PM   #7
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I definitely want a normal keyboard spacing/size for typing.

I think i've figured out what i'm going to do. I'm going to drop the want for the number pad entirely by buying a wireless/bluetooth number pad. It can sit in the drawer until i need it. No wires, no fuss There's a few on Amazon and eBay but none specify they work on Linux (of course). I've bought an Amazon one which will arrive in a couple of weeks and with luck it works perfectly well with Linux as they report it works with OSx. So fingers crossed.

Then i can just focus on the best/value/nice TKL.
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Old 8th June 2017, 5:35 PM   #8
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Cool. The number pad works fine in Linux!

If anyone was interested:
https://www.amazon.com/Elftear-Wirel...8TFP98H91FP8S4

Now to buy my TKL
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Old 8th June 2017, 7:15 PM   #9
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Cool. The number pad works fine in Linux!

If anyone was interested:
https://www.amazon.com/Elftear-Wirel...8TFP98H91FP8S4

Now to buy my TKL
Nice mate! 82 key layouts are coop to. Thays what im about to get. Check out my thread.
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Old 8th June 2017, 7:29 PM   #10
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Cooler Master Master keys pro S.

I love mine with mx blues. Can get other switches.
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Old 9th June 2017, 11:13 AM   #11
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Ducky TKL or Filco TKL would be my picks.

Just picked up a Ducky one TKL RGB from PCCG. Pretty nice keyboard I must say.
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Ducky TKL or Filco TKL would be my picks.

Just picked up a Ducky one TKL RGB from PCCG. Pretty nice keyboard I must say.
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Cooler Master Master keys pro S.

I love mine with mx blues. Can get other switches.
Really nice boards.

One thing I would say is if you are just gonna run it as is buy a big brand board.

However if youre wanting to go a bit more custom and buy some keycaps budget for $30-50 for a nice set of PBT caps. Couple bucks for O-rings if you want em. This is the route I am going, Chinese cherry mx clones are everywhere now so you can grab any old board, paint the case if you like, throw some better caps on them and youre good to go!

Amazon and Ali express have a lot to choice from.

http://www.drevo.us/

Seems to be a really good choice, with positive reviews of all models across a bunch of youtube channels.
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