Brilliant thread and funny :-) Here are the results of my tenkeyless search.
4 years on and it is still very difficult
to find a tenkeyless keyboard that you don't have to rob a bank to buy. £120 (~$150) for a keyboard only because it has 10 fewer keys??? Crazy!
This is what I was using until now - Cherry Stream XT:
Great and quiet keyboard but huge. This is my point of reference.
My favourite design here was this made by the OP, apart from the backslash/pipe key that I prefer to have under my pinky:
After a lot of reading and browsing I opted for a membrane HP Mini Keyboard:
Unfortunately impossible to buy brand new any more.
Then I stumbled across IBM Spacesaver II:
You won't get it brand new either.
Finally I had to settle on Roccat Arvo
, an unusual looking keyboard with a hybrid design which I actually quite like. It comes with different layouts to choose from including UK with backslash under pinky as pictured. It took me maybe 10 minutes to get used to this hybrid numpad/arrow keys/insert etc keys combo - the guide on key '5' was enough to have me converted quickly. You switch between numpad and arrow keys with a special button in the top right corner. Price - around £35 - good. My only gripe with this keyboard are crammed, sunken function keys. It's not a mechanical keyboard although still quite clicky compared with my quiet Cherry reference keyboard. The keys are medium height but normal size, apart from the aforementioned function keys.