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Laptops without number pad

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  • Intel i7
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May 4, 2012 3:48:27 PM

Hello everyone,
I am in the market for a new ivy bridge laptop (I am willing to wait a few months for the full lineups to arrive). I was hoping to get a good 15 inch screen with an i7, but I loath keyboards with squished keys and ridiculously off-center trackpads.
Does anyone know of any options?

Thanks!

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May 4, 2012 10:09:38 PM

seanmcc said:
ridiculously off-center trackpads.
What do you mean?
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May 5, 2012 2:35:00 PM

I mean how many of the mid-large size laptops nowadays have their trackpads way off to the left directly under the spacebar (which is pushed left because of the number pad).
I have no use for a number pad, and I feel that it makes the use of the keyboard that much harder.
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a c 572 D Laptop
May 5, 2012 5:13:29 PM

The trackpad should always be centered on the H key on the keyboard.
In any other position - it would be 'off center' no matter what else was going on with the keyboard.
All kinds of bad things happen when you're typing with a trackpad under your palm/wrist.
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May 6, 2012 3:29:52 PM

I agree, I hate numpads. I am a software developer and I've been gaming since doom, yet I've never used a numpad. It's insane how every powerful gaming laptop has a horrible numpad squished in. I can't imagine typing all day on an off-centered keyboard. It's stupid and useless. I see no reason in to sacrifice ergonomics just so I can have a duplicate set of number keys that I'll never use.
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a c 572 D Laptop
May 6, 2012 3:41:25 PM

You might be taking a minority position.
Not everyone will feel the same way.
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May 6, 2012 4:39:11 PM

WR2 said:
You might be taking a minority position.
Not everyone will feel the same way.


Really? Is that why Apple and Lenovo don't put numpads on their laptops? I'm typing this on a W520 'workstation' thinkpad right now, no numpad! Too bad Lenovo crippled their whole lineup of thinkpads with no dedicated graphics and *** screens.
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May 6, 2012 6:36:12 PM

WR2 said:
You might be taking a minority position.
Not everyone will feel the same way.


Ok, granted I bet some people are fine sacrificing a centered keyboard and trackpad for the use of a numeric keypad. But I have absolutely no use for one and I really enjoy the setup on my old Toshiba a205 in which everything is perfectly centered.
Unfortunately while a macbook is rather ideal, it is a bit out of my price range. I do know of a few 15" thinkpads that lack a numpad (W and T), but I was hoping for a few more options.
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May 9, 2012 10:08:04 AM

WR2 said:
You might be taking a minority position.
Not everyone will feel the same way.


He may be taking a minority position.. But telling him that doesn't answer his question.

His question was about someone helping him find one without an off centred touchpad, not "what do the majority like?"
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May 13, 2012 6:46:49 PM

So nothing? I would really appreciate a few recommendations if you guys have any ideas.
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a b D Laptop
May 14, 2012 9:12:57 AM

seanmcc said:
Hello everyone,
I am in the market for a new ivy bridge laptop (I am willing to wait a few months for the full lineups to arrive). I was hoping to get a good 15 inch screen with an i7, but I loath keyboards with squished keys and ridiculously off-center trackpads.
Does anyone know of any options?

Thanks!

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August 12, 2013 3:32:42 PM

I found this year-old thread on a search for: notebook windows keyboard without number pad.

Like the OP I have no need for a keypad, and am also looking for a replacement for a Toshiba, in my case a L305. After about 4 years, the mouse buttons and the track pad are giving indications that they might not be long for this world.

I've been very happy with this Tosh and am concerned about what I'll do when it becomes unusable... it's not there yet... and could last much longer for all I know... but I am SO picky about keyboards that I'm trying to plan ahead. The other non-negotiable requirement I have is that the Delete key be located at the uppermost and rightmost position, so I never have to hunt for it. The Tosh wins on both counts.

I will check out the Lenovo linked above and see what it leads to, over a year later.

Just dropping in to voice my support for numpadless keyboards, in case anyone else finds this thread in the future.

To the OP: what did you end up with?
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