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The use of number pad

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SupaishiPrata, May 12, 2016.

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  1. Most people just use the numpad for macros I think
  2. wiking19950309

    wiking19950309 Active Member

    It's not the first requirement for a gaming keyboard but I use it for my daily work. If you use it, then don't make a different choice.
  3. GSSGaming

    GSSGaming Well-Known Member

    And on the other side I rarely ever use my num pad. So far I only use it for alt codes.
  4. alot of mod menu's use num pad and makes typing numbers faster aswell
  5. SoongSteR

    SoongSteR Member

    its depends on how you use the keyboard...
    To me, i dont like the number pad
  6. RealBobFish

    RealBobFish Active Member

    I use the numpad when calculating using the calculator or typing a lot of numbers into excel. However one I do very rarely and the other can easily be done with the normal numbers so I'd probably be fine without one.
  7. Milliardo5

    Milliardo5 Member

    Somehow I find TKL and 60% keyboards to somehow be incomplete, even though I don't use the numpad frequently (I use the number keys above the alphabet keys rather than the ones on the numpad). Even so, I still feel a full keyboard to be more complete and much better looking overall than a TKL board, but then as usual it all comes down to preference more than anything else.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2016
  8. Coppergreatcar371

    Coppergreatcar371 New Member

    Hi, I just learned a good use of the number pad, without a number pad you can't use the ALT key to make all kinds of symbols like this ♥♥ ♫☼@♀☺↓▓▒♣åç↔╬¿▬⌂♂↓☻Ω₧Θ and the list go's on. One day I was wondering what the hell the ALT key was used for so I searched the web and I found sites where you can download a list of symbols the ALT key is used for. The strange thing is you can't do this with the top number keys on a compact keyboard unless it has a number lock function like on some laptops where you can use some of the alphabet keys afer pressing a key that says number lock on it. Try it out it's realy usefull. Go Figure !

  9. jthoma17

    jthoma17 Active Member

    i actually just had to swap out keyboards for a full blackwidow cuz it drives me nuts not having a 10key. that's the accountant in me though :) can't stand the top-keyboard numbers except in limited situations. if you're doing any data entry, the 10key is a must, but otherwise you could maybe get away with it without it driving you up the wall. although i had a coworker who did a lot of data entry and refused to ever learn to use the 10key, and he had a blackwidow TE. weird dude, but hey, different strokes for different folks :)
  10. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure SupaishiPrata has already made a decision by now. This thread just got necro'd from a month ago. But just for information's sake, here's my 10¢. I have a strong opinion about TenKeyless (TKL) vs Fullsize.

    The answer in most cases is no. In fact, it's an advantage. First and foremost, this is because most games do not make use of the numpad. For many games, your left hand is near the WASD cluster while your right is on the mouse - so with TKL, your arms are closer to the centerline of your body, which provides a distinct ergonomic advantage over full sized boards. For games where you have to type a lot, for example an MMO, you still benefit from TKL because the travel distance from your mouse to your keyboard is reduced by 5".

    :heavy_plus_sign:More ergonomic
    :heavy_plus_sign:Portable and travel-worthy
    :heavy_plus_sign:TKL saves precious desk real estate
    :heavy_plus_sign:TKL often costs less than fullsize boards
    :heavy_plus_sign:Razer's BW TE comes with a carrying case and has a detachable USB cord

    What more could you want?

    Of course, this is mainly opinion, but most people I've met say it's the other way around. TKL looks better than fullsize because of symmetry. The top right corner above the numpad on the fullsize BW is empty space. Same with the top left corner above the macro line. TKL, on the other hand, draws a rectangular outline with its keys.

    60% looks best, TKL is next, and then fullsize in last place.


    All in all, a smaller keyboard size offers gamers many benefits. The numpad is necessary for people who do spreadsheets, heavy numeric data input, or frequently use alt codes - but even then, I would suggest a TKL keyboard + Bluetooth numpad. Part of good design philosophy tells us to simplify things, cut out the fat, remove redundancy. For most people the numpad will be redundant. Learn the number/symbols row and you will thank yourself later. That's pretty much all I have to say - really hope that helps anyone who is considering a TKL/Tournament Edition keyboard and persuades some of you to think deeper about your next keyboard purchase. It's a shame that most people simply buy a fullsize keyboard just because it's the normal/default chioce, without stopping to think and do some research first. Play smart!
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2016
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  11. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

    I tried a TKL for a while as my main keyboard and realised that I was using the numpad more than I though (for non-gaming related tasks). So I ended up grabbing a Logitech G810 as a comprise, since it's not that big for a full keyboard and it's still a mechanical keyboard.

    But I still carry my TKL to LANs, which is great for that with it's small footprint
  12. koh1250

    koh1250 Active Member

    @SupaishiPrata it seems you have gotten your keyboard already care to share a picture of it here, and give your reviews on it?
  13. GhettoCowboy

    GhettoCowboy Active Member

    Personally I use the numpad a lot when calculating stuff or when I have to input a lot of numbers, most times also while programming.
    But for gaming I almost never used the numpad.
  14. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    I know I posted a while back, but I've a new opinion now. So, I do use the number pad as well as the keys above the arrow keys quite often for data entry, calculations, and coding.

    However, while playing games that do not require a lot of text chat (mostly using voice chat), I find the distance annoying. My solution (if you're not financially constrained) is to go with a full-sized keyboard and a keyboard like Orbweaver. Orbweaver gives me plenty of buttons for gaming and is quite compact, I'll just reach forward and type on my keyboard for chatting/non-gaming.

    I just need to pull the trigger on the Orbweaver purchase.
  15. JeremyLWK

    JeremyLWK Active Member

    I don't think you have any disadvantages for daily computing and gaming. I use a Mac along with its wireless keyboard at work and during my cashier days and so far using the number rows as input isn't a problem at all. In fact, I find my Blackwidow Chroma's numpad usage incredibly low. I use them sometimes while coding, but not all that much.

    I just preferred the full sized one because I wanted to see a longer rainbow wave effect lmao.
  16. squeeze88

    squeeze88 Active Member

    If it is really just for gaming, without the numpad works fine for me... My right hand is always on my mouse. However, I do a lot of programming instead of gaming... the numpad is a requirement for my case though...
  17. TechyWes1

    TechyWes1 New Member

    I have a Deathstalker Chroma, and have never needed a number pad. If it doesn't seem necessary to you, then the extra space might actually be more beneficial than the pad!
  18. Hadesgatee

    Hadesgatee Active Member

    Personally i do not use my numpad either.
    I had a keyboard without one but what i noticed was that i missed something.. so i think there is also a little easthetically pleasing look that could be appealing.
  19. yuanglai

    yuanglai Member

    depend on the situation. the number pad for me is for key in the number faster :D
  20. 951102075665

    951102075665 Member

    For me, the num pad is useless....
    I never use the num pad to do anything..
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