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Backlit Keyboard (PC) Laptop?  
User currently offlineitsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2795 posts, RR: 9
Posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2410 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.

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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

I'll be honest, I've never seen a laptop that isn't Apple with one. You can get keyboards (for a desktop) that are backlit but I don't know how much they cost.

Good luck though!


User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8735 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2329 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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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8917 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2320 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 1):

I'll be honest, I've never seen a laptop that isn't Apple with one.

I have a 2 year old Dell Latitude that has a backlit keyboard. It's been around a good while.



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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3081 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2301 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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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3308 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2245 times:
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I believe all Alienware Laptops are backlit since they're designed for gaming.

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User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 212 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2184 times:

HP HDX 16t is one.

I think there are more HP Notebooks with backlit keyboard.


User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 3):
I have a 2 year old Dell Latitude that has a backlit keyboard. It's been around a good while.

That would explain it then, I have had.... "questionable dealings" with Dell  I don't even consider their laptops now because of it but you learn something new every day!  


User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1970 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2086 times:

Lots of the new Samsungs have them too. I have one and I love it.


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User currently offlinenws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Many Panasonic Toughbooks has backlit keyboards as well, at least as an option.

User currently offlinejohnkrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1401 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1986 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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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3344 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

HP ENVY line has them. I'm quite happy with mine!

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User currently offlineitsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2795 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1754 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.

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