Best Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard

Own a tenkeyless keyboard? It never fails: Someone passes by your cubicle, or your work area at home, glances at your computer keyboard, moves on, stops, backs up, and asks, “What happened to your keyboard?”Maybe you will told them”it’s Best Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard” on earth.

They’ll look at it and not be sure why it looks different. Then they’ll figure it out: no number pad. That’s what makes for a best 10 keyless mechanical keyboard. Those 10 keyless mechanical keyboard on the right (plus a few more) will be missing.

Why aren’t more people familiar with 10 keyless mechanical keyboard? For starters, as a subclass of keyboards being actively pushed to consumers, they’re fairly new. (As you shop for them, you may also see them referred to as “TKL” keyboards for short.) And perhaps it’s because when some people think computer and think small, they skip right down from full-size workstations and desktops to laptops or even smartphones. (“Who’s a cute little Android? You are!“) Their own workspaces are spacious enough for all their needs—and if they aren’t, they simply move some items off of it to fit a tenkeyless keyboard, not even realizing they can downsize the keyboard itself. After all, for ages tenkeyless keyboard have come in one typical size that accommodates a QWERTY letter area, a median navigation-keys area, and a number-pad area.

What would these same people do if their desk real estate was overtaken by two monitors, a mouse, a headset, a headset amp, a lamp, a printer, a game controller, a telephone, two or three external drives, and a USB hub? Move themselves bodily onto the desk, spread out everything else on the floor, and control it by means of their secret telekinetic powers? [Sign us up! —Ed.] Barring that, though, they’d just shop for some smaller stuff. And that’s where a tenkeyless keyboard might come in handy.

As the name suggests, tenkeyless mechanical keyboard is essentially standard full-sized keyboards without a tenkey / numberpad. Best Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard is great for small work areas or users who don’t rely on a tenkeyless keyboard. Many also prefer Best Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard and 60% keyboards for the shorter ‘throw’ distance to the mouse.

There’s no doubt tenkeyless mechanical keyboard is awesome. They’re perfect for those who are looking for a great typing keyboard, and for those looking for a great compact gaming mechanical keyboard.

When it comes to looking for a great tenkeyless mechanical keyboard your main focus should be on the build quality as most of them have more or less the same features. It’s better to invest in a solid keyboard that will last a long time rather than one that looks flashy but provides a terrible typing experience.

We recently wrote a post on the best mechanical keyboards and we featured a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard, so they are definitely worth looking at.

Benefits of Compact Tenkeyless Keyboards

Best Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard
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The great thing about these compact mechanical keyboards is that you will have much more desk space which allows for comfortable right-handed mousing. This feature makes tenkeyless mechanical keyboard better from an ergonomic standpoint, as you can more naturally align your shoulder with your mouse since it’s closer to the center of your body.

Of course, the major drawback of a compact mechanical keyboard is that you will have no numpad. This definitely might be a problem if you are looking to use it for gaming as some games require the numpad for certain tasks. This means that Tenkeyless mechanical keyboards would be better suited towards typists or for work.

Another drawback is that if you work with numbers a lot, you’re going to definitely miss having a numpad. Also, entering non-standard characters (º, ¿, Ü, etc.) is more difficult.

Top Picks for Best 10 Keyless Keyboard

CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Tenkeyless
CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Tenkeyless

The CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Tenkeyless mechanical keyboard provides a great mix of features in a compact and sleek design. The keyboard combines comfortable typing and good gaming performance in a small, light form factor.

If you are looking for a keyboard that has mechanical switches in a tight, well-built keyboard, the CMStorm QuickFire Rapid is a perfect choice.

The QuickFire Rapid is available in a variety of Cherry MX switches, which is great because the type of mechanical switch is a personal choice. I prefer the Cherry MX Blue switches. The MX Blue is a tactile, clicky switch. When pressed it provides feedback to your fingers due by the way the key seems to snap down. It also provides feedback to your ears through a “click” noise which occurs at the point where a key press is registered.

The CM Storm connects via USB and features a detachable cable so that it is easier portability and storage.

It is worth noting that the keyboard is pretty basic in terms of functions as it provides no macro keys or backlighting (backlighting is available on the Rapid-i model). This may be a positive for those who prefer a sleek and simple design.

In terms of keycaps, the keyboard comes with a keycap removal tool which assists in keyboard cleaning, but more importantly Cooler Master has gone to the extra trouble of including four unique red key caps with arrows on them. These will provide an extra gaming touch when you replace the default WASD key caps,and its very quiet gaming keyboard.

Overall the keyboard is simple and has a robust build quality. There is no learning curve. You can plug in the tenkeyless mechanical keyboard and game or type with it immediately.


PROS

  • Affordable
  • Excellent key feel for typing
  • Available in Cherry MX switches
  • Good build quality

CONS

  • No macro keys
  • No backlight color options

 


FILCO Majestouch 2 Ninja Tenkeyless

FILCO Majestouch 2 Ninja Tenkeyless

FILCO keyboards are some of the best tenkeyless mechanical keyboard you can buy. They come with loads of customization options and their build quality is absolutely excellent. FILCO keyboards are aimed at the high end of the market.

The most noticeable feature of this tenkeyless mechanical keyboard is the style of letter printing – front printing. This feature gives a look of “almost” a blank keycap keyboard. I must say I really like it, I thought it would be difficult to type with as I sometimes have to look down at the keyboard but that was not the case at all.

This unique printing is also great because over time the font on normal keycaps tend to fade with excessive use, which is not the case with this keyboard.

The front face printing can be a challenge for some, and may take a while to get used to.

The FILCO Majestouch Ninja is available in 3 varieties of Cherry MX switches, Blue, Brown and Black. The keyboard also features a true N-key rollover and comes with a USB to PS/2 adapter.

The FILCO Majestouch Ninja has some customization options beyond the type of switches, it comes with a keycap removal tool so if you don’t fancy the front face printing you can choose new keycaps to your liking. In the box it comes with extra windows keycaps so you can either have the original embossed windows keys or front face printing versions.

The keyboard has four rubber pads to secure it on the desk and prevent it from moving around. Coupled with the fairly weighty mass (around 2.2lbs), this means the keyboard won’t move unless you want it to.

In terms of performance, the FILCO Majestouch Ninja is a very solid feeling keyboard and quiet gaming keyboard. The feel offered by the keyboard compared to a normal rubber dome type is far superior. There is no ghosting or blocking due to the n-key rollover, though these problems are seldom experienced in today’s cheapest keyboards.

Side printed key caps not only look the part, but also offer a clear advantage in longevity of the finish, and are the perfect balance for those who want stealthy looks but not at the cost of a complete loss of information associated with blank key caps. The only downside is that there are no macro keys, so it may not be the best gaming keyboard but is definitely one of the best Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard for typing.


PROS

  • The build, feel and performance are of extremely high quality
  • Excellent key feel for typing
  • Available in Cherry MX switches
  • Full n-key rollover

CONS

  • No macro keys
  • No backlight color options
  • One of the more expensive mechanical boards

Thermaltake Poseidon ZX

Thermaltake Poseidon ZX

The POSEIDON ZX Illuminated – Blue Switch Edition – is a budget friendly mechanical keyboard in the Best Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboardform factor. Perfect for a gamer to use at home or LAN where space is more limited. The POSEIDON ZX features TteSPORTS Certified Mechanical switches, rated for 50 million keystrokes, with the world’s first Five-Year Warranty for mechanical gaming keyboards.

The POSEIDON ZX comes in the ten-key-less form factor; which is 80% the length of a regular full sized keyboard. This size makes the POSEIDON ZX more portable to take on the go for gaming, as well as helps prevent gamers from having their mouse hit their keyboard in the middle of games.With an LED under each cap, the POSEIDON ZX is a fully back-lit keyboard, offering four levels of adjustable brightness via the Fn (function) + F11/F12 keys.The TteSPORTS Certified Mechanical BLUE switches are built for speed and durability, offering a pronounced tactile feel and audible click feedback. These switches were specially chosen by our pro-gamers and engineers, and we believe in them so much that we’re offering the world’s first five-year warranty on a mechanical gaming keyboard.

As opposed to the “full” Poseidon Z, the Poseidon ZX doesn’t have a numeric keypad and is consequently 20 percent smaller than traditional keyboards. This can often be a very practical form factor, like when a bit more space for the mouse would come in handy on a smaller desk or when a workstation is limited to a width of 19 inches.

Tt eSports by Thermaltake settled on Kailh switches instead of Cherry ones for the Poseidon ZX. This decision is probably due to price, since the availability of Cherry switches made by ZF Friedrichshafen AG in Germany isn’t really a problem anymore.

You can say what you want about the Cherry knockoffs, but at least they seem to have the problems with the first batches they made under control. We’ll talk about these switches in more detail later in their own section. Suffice it to say here that  has a 5-year warranty on the mechanical switches, which makes the fact that the company didn’t use the original switches a lot less relevant for the buyer.

Cooler Master Novatouch TKL

Cooler Master Novatouch TKL

The NovaTouch TKL sells itself as the “quiet gaming keyboard.” Now, this isn’t exactly a pure mechanical gaming keyboard, and by that I mean instead of relying on mechanical switches, the NovaTouch makes use of hybrid capacitive switches (also popularly used by Topre). Now what this results in as Cooler Master says is, a faster, quiet gaming keyboard designed to be easier on the fingers.

I have to agree, the NovaTouch TKL is definitely one of the quiete gaming keyboard I have come across. I’m not really a big fan of quiet mechanical keyboard as I do love the clicky sound I get when I type.

While this tenkeyless mechanical keyboard does feel more responsive than some tested, I miss the tactile bump you find in most traditional mechanical boards. So what that means is you don’t exactly feel when the key actuates but instead feels like you are bottoming out the key.

The keyboard also has the ability to tweak the repeat rate of the keys, up to eight times their normal speed. Perhaps the best news for fans of customizing their keyboards is that the NovaTouch stems are Cherry MX-compatible, meaning you shouldn’t have any trouble finding replacements for those keys.

The keyboard is relatively simple, no backlighting and no macro keys. The build quality is also good, it feels solid. This really is a more plug in and go type of keyboard, suited towards typing. I could definitely see myself using one for work.

This keyboard has a very unique key feel that makes it palpably different from both Topre’s own keyboards and cheaper Cherry MX-based solutions. You might hate it and think it’s not worth the money, or you might fall in love and decide you can’t live with anything else.


PROS

  • The build, feel and performance are of good quality
  • Excellent key feel for typing
  • Ultra Smooth switches
  • Full n-key rollover

CONS

  • No macro keys
  • No backlight color options
  • A bit expensive

 

Corsair Vengeance K65 RGB

The Corsair K65 is the most full featured “gaming” tenkeyless mechanical keyboard on our list. The Corsair K70 is pretty much the smaller version of the K70 in that they both share the same features. It’s got the same incredible construction, the same key feel- the only difference is that it’s as if someone took a machete to the right side of the keyboard and hacked off the number pad and media controls.

Read more about the K70 Review here

The keyboard is now smaller (14 inches vs 17 inches) and lighter (1.90lbs vs 2.73lbs) and thus that much more portable. This is definitely for a gamer on the go or anyone that has a small desk.

The compact size does mean that the media controls that are on the K70 are not on the K65 which is a bit disappointing, but it still has volume and mute buttons on the top.

The keyboard features an aircraft grade black anodized brushed aluminum backplate which makes this keyboard absolutely beautiful as well as structurally sound.

The keyboard also features Cherry MX Red switches which is great for gaming. It’s also got 100% anti-ghosting with full key rollover just like the K70, and the detachable wrist rest is just as springy and comfortable. It’s more of a keyboard for a gamer than for a writer, since the deep grooves in the keys are meant to hold your fingers in the midst of frantic gameplay.

The backlighting is probably one of the biggest features on this keyboard, there are loads of customization options available. The K65 RGB can have each key assigned its own unique backlighting color and intensity for virtually unlimited customization. The backlighting is controlled by the software provided by Corsair, and features 4 modes, Static lighting, Color Cycling, Waves and Ripples as well as Reactive typing. If you don’t like what’s been created you can easily create your own using Corsair’s Utility Engine software.

Using Corsairs Utility Engine software you are also able to set up any key to trigger a macro. Which is something you don’t often find on compact mechanical keyboards.

Overall it’s a robust built keyboard that can stand up to the gaming abuse. Corsair Gaming’s first line of products is near-flawless, all of them getting strong recommendations from us.


PROS

  • The build, feel and performance are of good quality
  • Excellent key feel for gaming
  • Available in Cherry MX Red switches
  • Full n-key rollover

CONS

  • Only available in Cherry MX Red switches
  • Expensive

 

Conclusion

Choosing a keyboard can be a personal decision, but hopefully you now have an idea of what to look for when choosing a best tenkeyless mechanical keyboard. If you are looking for the best, the FILCO Majestouch Ninja is the way to go.

If you are relatively new to the world of mechanical keyboards, then the other options may be a better choice for you. If budget is a concern, you can’t beat the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid.