Laptop Keyboard Buyers Guide
purchasing tips and
- Large Laptops:
Full-Size Keyboard With 10-Key Pad
- Mid-Size Laptops:
- Small Laptops:
Chiclet Style Keyboard
Laptop Keyboard Comparison
Keyboard options are far from
vast, but there are
definitely things you should consider when shopping for a laptop
keyboards typically increase in size along with the laptop.
today's large laptops typically contain full-size keyboards with 10-key
pads, medium sized laptops contain a fairly standard sized keyboard
minus the 10-key, and finally thin & light or ultra compact
laptops have even smaller keyboards.
Full-Size Keyboard With 10-Key Pad:
notebook keyboard with a 10-key pad is very similar in spacing to a
computer keyboard, and because of this they may be easier to type on
many of you, especially if you have large hands.
with 10-key pads are perfect if you are say an
accountant by profession or anyone for that matter who uses a
often during the day to day digital grind.
If you are
looking for a
desktop replacement laptop, a full-size keyboard will be a nice bonus
since it gives you that desktop like feel.
are found on just about every full-featured desktop replacement model
including 17, 20-inch, and larger laptops.
notebook keyboards are found on a large majority of laptops. You will typically find a full-size laptop keyboard
and 14.1-inch sized laptops and some 17-inch models as
offer great spacing and a comfortable typing experience. The
only thing missing is a 10-key pad.
you move into the thin & light or ultra-portable class
notebook, that is when it will be most important to pay attention to
notebook keyboard size.
To accommodate the
laptops smaller frame, smaller laptops
contain condensed keyboards which may be frustrating
for many of you when typing, especially for extended periods.
If you have large
we definitely recommend that you go for a mid-size or larger laptop
with a full-size keyboard unless of course you absolutely need ultra
portability or don't plan on typing for extended periods.
On the other hand, if
you absolutely need a small laptop, you may want to consider a chiclet
style keyboard for they are often a lifesaver for folks with large
hands. Read below for more information on chiclet style keyboards.
Today there are pretty
much two basic keyboard types that you will encounter when shopping for
a laptop. Traditional laptop keyboards and newer chiclet style
With the traditional
keyboard the keys are close together and they have slanted edges. The
large majority of laptops on the market contain a traditional style
For most laptops the
traditional keyboard works fantastic, though as a laptop gets smaller,
keyboard becomes a bit more difficult when typing since the keys are
further reduced in size to accommodate the laptops smaller frame. This
reduction and the close proximity of each key increases the likelihood
that you will hit a neighboring key when typing.
A chiclet style
keyboard in comparison is composed of straight edged square keys that
are spaced apart. Because the keys are spaced apart, this decreases
the likelihood of hitting a neighboring key.
Chicklet keyboards are
becoming more and more popular, especially with smaller laptops. If
you've never used one before, you may want to run down to your local
retailer and give one a test drive.
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