itsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2785 posts, RR: 9 Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2409 times:
I am looking for a laptop (non Apple product) that has a back lit keyboard. I know they exist but I am curious if anyone has one and if you would recommend it. I'm looking for something with a decent sized HD and RAM (500gb or so and at least 4gb RAM) and an average sized screen (14"). And, I'd like to keep the cost under $700. I don't know if that's realistic or not. Anyone? Thanks in advance.
aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8732 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2328 times:
I think Lenovo offers some laptops with backlit keyboards, but their website is such a horrible mess that I can't say with any certainty which models those are. Take a look at the Y480 and Y580, maybe you'll have better luck than I did.
Apart from that, you could of course run Windows on a MacBook Pro, a used one might fit right into your budget and the older models are much easier to modify anyway. Your hardware requirements indicate that you don't need the latest and greatest machine, so buying used might be your best option whatever you choose.
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CXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3081 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2300 times:
Many laptops have backlit keyboards.
Mine has one, its the Toshiba Z835-00G Portege (Ultrabook).
I do like it, however, it isn't something that would be a deciding factor for me, just an added benefit.
As for $700 range, I don't know what would be best, although, I do tend to recommend ultrabooks. Lighter, often better battery life, quieter, faster start up. Only a few drawbacks, small hard drive (I bought a 1TB portable hard drive, and even if I bring that with me, the total weight is less than ordinary laptops), and of course price, but they're getting better in value every day it seems.
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Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1985 times:
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Most laptop manufacturers offer backlit keyboards, some models as standard, and some as an upgrade. $700 might be on the low side if you want a backlit. My Dell precision and HP Elitebook both got backlit keyboards. I would never buy a laptop without it, but I work a lot on trains and planes, and I do like my office dark
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itsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2785 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1753 times:
Thanks to all who responded. I looked at each of the suggestions and have decided to hold off until my current laptop truly needs replacing. At the end of the day, I just can't rationalize spending several hundred bucks on a new machine just to have a backlit keyboard. Will continue to use a USB lamp. Thanks again for your input.