I'm in the market for a laptop.

By boxfiddler Moderator ·
One of my primary wants is a heavy duty keyboard. I've used HP and Acer and am happy with both in relation to keyboard. I have lead fingers and both hold up well to them.

Gateway has a crap keyboard - it gives when I type.

I'd like to know what the other options re: keyboards are. How are those Dell, Lenovo, and whoever else keyboards?

Other experiences welcome. Tales and testaments, please.


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Davette IBM Think Pads had the best keyboards on the market

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I'm in the market for a l ...

But since Lenovo has taken over selling Think Pads the quality of the Keyboard isn't as good as it was previously.

I sell a lot of Clevo and MSI NB's both of which seem to work exceptionally well and I have yet to have a failed keyboard on any of them that I've sold. I personally like my Clevo over all other NB's on the market and I didn't get a Bottom of the range one but the Keyboards are all the same across the range.

The MSI units have a full Keyboard with a separate Number Pad just like a real Keyboard many end users find these better than the normal NB Keyboard as they like the Number Pad.

Besides some MSI come in a Red color so they are faster.

It may pay to add these to your List of To Look at.


Edited to add a Full Stop or as the Yanks say a Period.

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If you are the racy type then this laptop might be of interest. :)

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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What are you looking to do?

by ---TK--- In reply to I'm in the market for a l ...

I thinks its all a matter of opinion, Both lappy's above are sweet. Peconet Tietokoneet's choice is VERY nice! but for me at work I use a Dell D630, its light, can take a beating, easy to take apart, reliable, and quick. I even run A couple VMWare machines and they run just fine.

If I were to purchase a personal laptop I would purchase the Dell D630... but one thing to consider its not meant to game on.

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tkrl, you need

by jdclyde In reply to What are you looking to d ...

to use to keep your links from being broken...

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:) thank you!

by ---TK--- In reply to tkrl, you need
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How sturdy

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to What are you looking to d ...

are Dell notebook keyboards?

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I like them alot!...

by ---TK--- In reply to How sturdy

From all the Laptops that I have worked on Dells are better... Toshiba's are right up there, but they usually have a non-standard keyboard, like on the M2, and M3's (Toshiba) the WIN key is on the upper right, and some of the other keys are rearranged... which I didn't like, but their keyboards are nice... Both Dell and Toshiba's use supports under the keyboard, which will give it that sturdy feel. HP's often times will not make the support under the keyboard, which makes them flex a little.

Also Dell often will install with alot of generic drivers, V.S. Toshiba you have to get their drivers. By the time you are done with Toshiba you will have 50-60 processes running in the background Idle.... Dell you can get away with 30-35 Idle....

I have scene more HP keyboards break than Dell and Toshiba combined.. from there its a toss up... both are good...

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Thanks. <nt>

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I like them alot!...
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You need to give more info Boxie

by jdclyde In reply to I'm in the market for a l ...

Other than keyboard, what are you going to use this for?

Mostly running MS Office and web browsing, right?

Does size matter? Some say it doesn't, others disagree.... ;\

Will you need a docking station?

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More info, per requests.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I'm in the market for a l ...

Will be used primarily for work. I've been asked to teach Windows classes (Vista Business) and I need a Vista machine at home. I really don't want to build one, or have another tower taking up desk space.

I'll be grading homework, chatting with and emailing students, maybe some browsing and personal use.

Don't need a docking station. It will travel with me sometimes, and so it will need to utilize dialup.

I do prefer AMD over Intel. And I'd frankly like a more configurable BIOS than my current Acer has. I've had to resort to wireless mouse because it won't accept my Intellimouse software and there is no way in the BIOS to disable the touchpad when a mouse is detected.
Oh, and a button to disable the touchpad at the touchpad would be cool. My HP has that, my Acer doesn't.
I'd like a full keyboard with number pad. And one that does not 'give' when I type. I totally hate that.
Also, I hate those glassy monitor screens. A standard anti-glare screen would be too very cool.

Enough extra info I hope?

Thanks all! :)

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