The great thing about buying a new keycap set is that you have so many options to choose from depending on the size of keyboards. That’s why it´s very important to know which specific keys and kits you want, as well as the size of keyboard that fits you best.
First, you should know about the categories of mechanical keyboards so you can make the most informed decision. The most standard kind is the ANSI keyboard which stands for American National Standards Institute. Odds are you have used or even currently own an ANSI keyboard. Another popular layout is ISO which stands for International Organization for Standardization.
While they’re both QWERTY sets, what makes ANSI different from ISO is their sizing and layouts. ANSI keyboards have slightly more keys and are better suited for users who like keycaps. ISO keyboards also have larger enter keys.
Fortunately, there are several other keyboard options to choose from. Tsangan is known for its extra 7x space bars, 1.5x modifiers, and their popularity in Korea. 40% and 65% keyboard layouts are, as the names imply, two-fifths or two-thirds the size of full-sized keyboards. Their compact sizes are useful for people looking for portability.
Other size of Keyboards?
If you want to try something unique then the layout and size of NorDeUK keyboards could be just what you’re looking for.
You should also keep in mind the reason why you are looking for a new keyboard and keycap kit. If it’s because you need a replacement, then this could be a good opportunity to get a keyboard that has modifications that better suit your typing habits.
On the other hand, you should also pay attention to the kind of computer set-up you’re currently using. Some layouts and sizes of keyboards will work better with a Linux computer rather than a Windows one. A Linux or Mac user may want to opt for a customized keyboard that gets rid of the Win key entirely.
Comfort level is another important factor to consider when looking at the sizes of keyboards. Depending on your hands, you may want a larger than average spacebar, or you may want to go for smaller ones such as those that are more popular in East Asia.
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