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Would a full size or TKL Be a Better Choice For Someone with Poor Eyesight?

Discussion in 'Gaming Peripherals' started by jwilliamson47, 31 May 2018.

  1. jwilliamson47

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Oct 2012

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    Location: Blackburn, Lancashire

    Hi,

    I'm looking at getting a new high-end mechanical keyboard, probably the IKBC F108 or F87.

    The problem is I'm still torn between the TKL and full-size layout.

    Unfortunately, typing has become more difficult in recent years due to my eyesight and I tend to make regular typos on the left side pressing S instead of A.

    Given the problems I have, would you recommend a full-size or TKL layout? I generally don't do a lot of data entry, don't use spreadsheets, but find it easier to enter numbers with the number keys. For some reason, the top number keys seem less comfortable but I may be able to adjust to that, especially with a smaller, more comfortable form-factor.

    Thanks.
     
  2. chroniclard

    Capodecina

    Joined: 23 Apr 2014

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    Location: Hertfordshire

    Not sure it would make any difference, the keys are the same sizes on a full size or TKL keyboard? You just dont have the number pad.
     
  3. jwilliamson47

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Oct 2012

    Posts: 1,156

    Location: Blackburn, Lancashire

    Ah right I see. Was wondering if the reduced hand space needed to reach the left keys might help comfort and accuracy.
     
  4. Habakkuk

    Wise Guy

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    You can add large-format letter caps to any mechanical keyboard - failing that, large format vinyl decals.
     
  5. EsaT

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 6 Jun 2008

    Posts: 8,676

    Location: Finland

    I think there might be few membrane keyboards with specially large letters in key caps.
    That could help.
    Just don't know if any mechanical keyboard has such as standard.

    Another option is have you tried if backlighted keys helps?
    Less than ideal room lightning can certainly make standard keyboard markings fast harder to see if eyesight isn't good anymore.
     
  6. jwilliamson47

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Oct 2012

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    Location: Blackburn, Lancashire

    Yeh, the backlighting does help a fair bit so making sure the keyboard I get has that feature. Would be ideal for larger key caps but ideally want to stick with mechanical, good idea though. If the layout doesn't make much difference I'll try out the TKL for a change.

    Thanks.
     
  7. Hades

    Capodecina

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 24,774

    Location: Surrey

    Would a white keyboard with black lettering help, rather than black keys?
     
  8. sadbuttrue

    Hitman

    Joined: 14 Oct 2004

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    Get a keyboard with either all white or all black keycaps, then replace either the inner or outer keys for contrast.

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    (Yes, it needs a clean)
     
  9. jwilliamson47

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Blackburn, Lancashire

     
  10. Brozart

    Gangster

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    Location: Cardiff

    You should be able to get used to it by not looking at the keys at all.

    My hand naturally lingers around the WASD keys whilst my little finger sits on shift and thumb on space bar, a habit from many years of gaming :rolleyes:

    When you do buy a keyboard, just make sure it's a decent layout that you are used to - Ducky and Vortex do lovely keyboards.
     
  11. jwilliamson47

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Blackburn, Lancashire

    Yeh I'm looking at getting an IKBC. Not sure if I should try an ANSI one, but that might just confuse me.
     
  12. Brozart

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 May 2013

    Posts: 277

    Location: Cardiff

    I have an cherry ANSI keyboard at work, it's a little different to ISO but not much.

    My next keyboard is either a HHK or Vortex Race 3 - love that mini retro look.
     
  13. Pocah

    Hitman

    Joined: 11 Jul 2017

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    One thing I would consider is a keyboard I rattle on about all the time ~ the Logitech G810.
    The reason I suggest it here is actually one of the main reasons I bought the keyboard in the first place. I often use the PC in subdued lighting, and the Logitach has by far and away the most visible font and lighting. The font can only be described as "fat". There is no backlight bleed on to the background and only the keys are lit meaning they are extremely easy to read. You can also colour code all the keys so they make sense.