When comparing Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad vs Realforce 87U Tenkeyless, the Slant community recommends Realforce 87U Tenkeyless for most people. In the question“What are the best keyboards for programming?” Realforce 87U Tenkeyless is ranked 16th while Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad is ranked 24th. The most important reason people chose Realforce 87U Tenkeyless is:
This keyboard is equipped with mechanical Topre switches that offer a pleasant tactile experience that resembles playing the piano thanks to their complicated mechanical design. Additionally, Topre switched doesn't feel loose or wobbly since the mechanism is actually attached to a rigid plate that is placed above the printed circuit board.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Less typing fatigue
The low profile is comfortable and the traveling distance is short. The keys are light to press, leading to less typing fatigue.
Pro Solid construction
Thanks to its thin aluminum enclosure, this keyboard is sturdy.
Pro Aesthetically impressive
Nothing really comes close to the Apple device's aesthetic flair.
Pro Two USB ports
Handy for device connection
Pro Widely available
Since this keyboard is mainstream, many big companies have it. So, if working at a big company, it is likely it is quickly available and for "free".
Pro Ergonomic and good for fast typing
The low-profile, short-travel construction makes this keyboard more ergonomic than previous Apple keyboards and allows for fast typing because keys have only a small distance to go before registering.
This keyboard is very light and can be easily carried around.
Pro Pleasant tactile feeling
This keyboard is equipped with mechanical Topre switches that offer a pleasant tactile experience that resembles playing the piano thanks to their complicated mechanical design.
Additionally, Topre switched doesn't feel loose or wobbly since the mechanism is actually attached to a rigid plate that is placed above the printed circuit board.
Thanks to its tenkeyless design the Realforce 87U is very compact and, therefore, doesn't take up too much space in a bag.
Pro Doesn't produce much noise
You will not draw your colleagues and members of household insane while working with this keyboard since the Topre switches produce less noise than the traditional mechanical switches like the Cherry MX-Red or MX-Brown.
Con Feels like a laptop keyboard
This keyboard feels like a laptop keyboard, since it's too flat. This isn't ideal for coding and makes this a pointless option for laptop owners who want an external keyboard.
Con Lacks feedback
Compared to other keyboards, it lacks a tactile feel when typing.
Con Easy for fingers to slide off the keys
Due to the keys having no concavity, it's easy for fingers to slide off the keys.
Con Tenkeyless design
This keyboard lacks numpad.
Con Cable position is inconvenient
This might not be the best option for those who's workspace is limited since the keyboard's cable connector is located on the right side of the Realforce 87U - just at the place where you would typically place a mouse.