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PhunkySchtuff writes "I'm seeking the collective's recommendations on a laptop with a numeric keypad that doesn't suck. For practicality reasons, an external USB keypad is less convenient than a built-in one. A keypad is required for entry of lots of numbers, and using the alpha keys with the Fn key to turn them into a keypad is not acceptable. Looking at the larger manufacturers, it seems that none of their business grade laptops (e.g. Lenovo's T-Series or similar quality levels) have numeric keypads. Looking at their laptops that do have keypads, invariably they are cheap, plastic and flimsy. Looking at Lenovo's offering with a Keypad, whilst it's a 15" screen, the vertical resolution is just 768 pixels, and the build quality of it leaves a lot to be desired. I need to find something that is built to the quality of a 'real' ThinkPad, or even a MacBook Pro, but has a full-sized keyboard with a numeric keypad and there doesn't seem to be anything like that on the market at the moment. This is a mystery to me as to why it would be the case as I'd imagine it's business users who need to use a keypad more than the average user, yet it is the consumer grade laptops that have keypads."
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For a Laptop With a Keypad That Doesn't Suck

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  • Clevo (Score:3, Informative)

    by partofme (2643183) on Saturday May 19, 2012 @01:17PM (#40052093)
    Clevo's laptops are awesome. They're pricey, but well. I bought mine an year ago and it has been just awesome. Performance is better than you get out of your usual desktop, in games too. Cost 3000 euros, but totally worth it. It also has good numpad, which is essential.
  • Toshiba (Score:5, Informative)

    by basecastula (2556196) <basecase...fm@@@gmail...com> on Saturday May 19, 2012 @01:17PM (#40052099)
    P775d-s4360. bought one several months ago. key pad and keyboard rocks. Kinda shitty support however.
  • Dell Precision M4600 (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 19, 2012 @01:18PM (#40052115)

    I have ordered a bunch of Precision M4600s for my users and they seem to like the keypad. Dell eliminated the speaker grills from on either side of the keyboard that were on the Precision M4500 and used the extra space for the keypad. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 unfortunately instead of 1920 x 1200 that was on the previous models. Screen is 15.4".

  • Buy a 17" laptop (Score:4, Informative)

    by Barbara, not Barbie (721478) <barbara,hudson&gmail,com> on Saturday May 19, 2012 @01:18PM (#40052119) Journal
    They have numpads, and bigger screens.

    So you'll have to lug an extra pound or so. Big deal.

  • 17" laptops (Score:1, Informative)

    by DogDude (805747) on Saturday May 19, 2012 @01:21PM (#40052143) Homepage
    I'm using some kind of generic HP 17" with a full keypad right now. Like other commenters have said, I think that most 17" laptops have full keypads.
  • Explanation (Score:5, Informative)

    by mobby_6kl (668092) on Saturday May 19, 2012 @01:29PM (#40052203)

    The reason keypads aren't or real ThinkPads is that by including the extra 4 columns of keys, the whole keyboard and TrackPoint (or trackpad, if you're that sort of person) has to be shifted left. This means that you end up either sitting in middle relative to the screen with the hands positioned awkwardly, or having to look at the screen at an angle.

    I have a T520 and while I was initially upset that it has huge speaker grilles on both sides, I actually came to appreciate this decision, though admittedly it would suck if I had to punch in numbers into a spreadsheet all day. Just get a ThinkPad and this baby [thinkwiki.org]

  • by TythosEternal (1472429) on Saturday May 19, 2012 @01:32PM (#40052243)

    It wasn't something I even considered when purchasing my current laptop, but I've since fallen in love with the keyboard (including keypad) on my Latitude E5520. Great action, no extraneous buttons, and very comfortable layout & size.

    Whatever you chose, I'd recommend a close review of the layout (and trying the action, if you can get your hands on a demo) to make sure it's not too weird. Some manufacturers make some VERY interesting adjustments to fit keyboards onto their laptops. I purchased a standalone keyboard a couple of years back that was dirt-cheap and had great action, but the home-end-insert-delete block was rotated (arranged vertically) and it somehow became a major headache.

  • by MooRogue (223321) on Saturday May 19, 2012 @01:34PM (#40052259)

    Dell Precision series has a 15" laptop with a numpad. Screen resolution goes up to 1920x1080, discrete graphics card.

    I have a Dell Precision M4600 with a Nvidia graphics card, 1920x1080 screen and it has a numpad and both a trackpoint and touchpad.

  • "Consumer Grade" (Score:5, Informative)

    by cirby (2599) on Saturday May 19, 2012 @01:50PM (#40052379)

    I work with a lot of different laptop brands - I do convention and trade show computer support, among other things - and a lot of the "business class" machines out there are pretty weak in the specs department - no better (and often worse) than a good-quality "consumer" machine. Construction and case quality is often worse for the "business" machines.

    I use a Toshiba Satellite A665 (a couple of years old). It's a 15.6" consumer-class machine, it has a full keyboard, a "real" graphics chip, and an i7 processor. I've only seen a few "business" machines actually in use in the last couple of years that come close in performance or specs. It's handled a lot of travel, been used for everything up to and including running high-res videos and animations on huge screens, and never even hiccuped. It also cost less than $900 when I got it. Machines with better specs are going for under $800 now.

    Don't lock yourself into the "business" category - it's often just a way to get a few hundred bucks more out of a category-blinded MIS purchasing department.

  • Re:Clevo (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 19, 2012 @05:09PM (#40053419)

    Dell's 15" corporate/business laptops have a full 101 key keyboard with a numpad. We got two for our accountants at work and they love not having to pull out a second keyboard to enter data.

  • Re:Toshiba (Score:4, Informative)

    by humphrm (18130) on Saturday May 19, 2012 @06:38PM (#40053909) Homepage

    I had to say the same thing. $500 laptop with a numeric keypad, as an accounting geek I love it. I've also seen the Sony Vaio, but for cheap you want to go Toshiba.

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