Keyboards are a curious thing – a peripheral we all use daily and for most of our working day and one that many of us do not pay much attention to. These days it’s really the gamers who bother to take their time when choosing their keyboards, but more people should take care because gaming keyboards are like concept cars, a precursor to widely available features. At the moment smaller keyboards, cutting the NumPad out mainly, are all the rage and the SK622 is a prime example of this.
The SK622 is billed as a 60% keyboard and out of the box it is tiny. It removes any extraneous keys, the NumPad being the most obvious starting point. For those who like media buttons I have qualified bad news; those are deemed surplus to requirements in this style of keyboard. However, via the use of the Fn key in conjunction with other keys gives you the same functionality. If you are a frequent laptop user then you will be used to having to memorise new key combos. That is the first thing you are going to have to get used to – memorising slightly different key placement as well as key combos. If you switch between different keyboards it will not take you long to get used to the different layout, but even if you do not it won’t take you long to get used to the layout. I found that within a couple of hours of use that I was almost back to my normal typing speed, errors notwithstanding.
The main advantage of a 60% keyboard is the size. Whether you have a small desk or want more space for your aggressive mouse movements, this is the style of keyboard for you. My home setup is not and while I prefer a full keyboard, as an accountant a keyboard is not a keyboard without a NumPad, I will admit that the extra room on the desk was nice. But where I really appreciated the keyboard was in its portability. For me this keyboard is ideal for use with a laptop and fits easily in any normal sized laptop bag and it is not heavy so will not weigh you down. Making it easier to carry around is the nice velvet carrying bag that is included in the box. It won’t protect it from heavy knocks, but will keep it clean while in your bag.
Whether you have a small desk or want more space for your aggressive mouse movements, this is the style of keyboard for you.
The SK622 has won me over to the smaller keyboard crowd...
Grumpy Old Man who still collects toys (THEY. ARE. NOT. DOLLS), PC Gamer lured to the Dark Side of console gaming, comic book reader and fan of all things pop culture.
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1 March 2021
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