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The battleship or battle cruiser nomenclature is used for keyboards in a form factor larger than a regular 101-108 key full-size keyboard.

The quintessential battleship has a cluster of named function keys on the left hand side, and two rows of function keys, with a total of 122 keys.

Some people distinguish battle cruisers from mere battleships by the former having keys that are distinctly intended to be used as programmable macro keys.


A keyboard in a unsaver form factor has a battleship layout except that it is omitting the numeric keypad.

The nickname was given to the IBM 104-key Model F keyboards comparing them to the IBM Space Saving Keyboard, pointing out that they are still quite large.