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Laptop keyboard ≠ laptop keyboard: Let’s take a closer look at your keys

I recently wrote about how important it is to check out the keyboard before you buy a new laptop. In an anonymous commentary, I was asked what exactly I meant. Here’s the answer.

When someone comments on an article of mine with a question mark, I’d usually wonder what to make of it. Not so this time. The anonymous user was referring to this sentence from my advice on buying a new laptop.

It’s worth checking out the keyboard.

I knew what the anonymous user meant, I should have gone in to a bit more detail here. Laptop keyboard are a special case. When I said it was worth checking out the keyboard, I knew exactly what I meant. Laptop manufacturers only have limited space to fit all keys in and tend to get creative with the layout.

Focus on the right side

Most layout changes are made on the right side of the keyboard, where Enter, Shift, Backspace and the arrow keys are on a Swiss keyboard. As a reminder: This is what a Swiss keyboard looks like.

A Swiss keyboard

Further to the right, you’ll see the Delete, Insert and Co keys and the numeric keypad. All in all, leaving a bit of space between keys, this keyboard will be about 44 cm wide. The problem is, a 13-inch laptop is only 30 cm wide. This is why there’s usually no numeric keypad, the arrow keys are moved below the Shift key and the space key is shortened. And that’s not all.

Let’s have a look at more keyboards

As an example: Personally, I couldn’t work with the Lenovo Yoga 910, as I always use the Shift key on the right side. On this keyboard, the right Shift key is smaller than usual and next to the arrow up key. I pressed enter instead of shift millions of times when I tried it out and got so annoyed that I decided never to buy this laptop. But the same doesn’t necessarily apply for everyone.

I headed down to the Zurich store and took pictures of all laptops that are on display there. I’ll admit, the pictures aren’t exactly award-winning, but I’m hoping you’ll see what I’m trying to get at.

  • Aspire V 17 Nitro VN7-793G-73ET (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, SSD, HDD)
  • Aspire V 17 Nitro VN7-793G-73ET (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, SSD, HDD)
  • Aspire V 17 Nitro VN7-793G-73ET (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, SSD, HDD)
Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro VN7-793G-73ET (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, SSD, HDD)
For a life in the fast lane
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  • Macbook Air (13.30", WXGA+, Intel Core i5, 8GB, SSD)
  • Macbook Air (13.30", WXGA+, Intel Core i5, 8GB, SSD)
CHF 925.–
Apple Macbook Air (13.30", WXGA+, Intel Core i5, 8GB, SSD)
The new MacBook Air with the updated processor! Powerful and durable, MacBook Air is thin and lightweight, making it ideal for travel.
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  • MacBook Pro Silver (13.30", retina, Intel Core i5, 8GB, SSD)
  • MacBook Pro Silver (13.30", retina, Intel Core i5, 8GB, SSD)
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Apple MacBook Pro Silver (13.30", retina, Intel Core i5, 8GB, SSD)
The new MacBook with the updated seventh-generation processor and SSD, 50% faster than its predecessor! Mid 2017
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  • Zenbook 3 UX390UA-GS042T (12.50", Full HD, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB, SSD)
  • Zenbook 3 UX390UA-GS042T (12.50", Full HD, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB, SSD)
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ASUS Zenbook 3 UX390UA-GS042T (12.50", Full HD, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB, SSD)
A slim 12.5" notebook with a Full HD display and fast SSD
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  • OMEN 17-w252nz (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, SSD, HDD)
  • OMEN 17-w252nz (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, SSD, HDD)
  • OMEN 17-w252nz (17.30", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB, SSD, HDD)
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  • ProBook 450 G4 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB, SSD)
  • ProBook 450 G4 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB, SSD)
  • ProBook 450 G4 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB, SSD)
HP ProBook 450 G4 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB, SSD)
Slim, rugged 15.6"desktop notebook
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  • ThinkPad E570 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7500U, 16GB, SSD)
  • ThinkPad E570 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7500U, 16GB, SSD)
  • ThinkPad E570 (15.60", Full HD, Intel Core i7-7500U, 16GB, SSD)
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  • Yoga 910-13IKB (13.90", UHD, Intel Core i7-7500U, 16GB, SSD)
  • Yoga 910-13IKB (13.90", UHD, Intel Core i7-7500U, 16GB, SSD)
  • Yoga 910-13IKB (13.90", UHD, Intel Core i7-7500U, 16GB, SSD)
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  • Surface Book, 256GB SSD (13.50", Intel Core i5-6300U, 8GB, SSD)
  • Surface Book, 256GB SSD (13.50", Intel Core i5-6300U, 8GB, SSD)
  • Surface Book, 256GB SSD (13.50", Intel Core i5-6300U, 8GB, SSD)
Microsoft Surface Book, 256GB SSD (13.50", Intel Core i5-6300U, 8GB, SSD)
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  • Surface Laptop, Platinum, 128GB SSD (13.50", Intel Core i5-7200U, 4GB, SSD)
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  • Surface Laptop, Platinum, 128GB SSD (13.50", Intel Core i5-7200U, 4GB, SSD)
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Microsoft Surface Laptop, Platinum, 128GB SSD (13.50", Intel Core i5-7200U, 4GB, SSD)
The elegant Surface Laptop.
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  • Book One (13.30", QHD+, Intel Core i7-7500U, 16GB, SSD)
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Porsche Design Book One (13.30", QHD+, Intel Core i7-7500U, 16GB, SSD)
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User Verdorrterpunkt

Die am Schalter müssen sich auch gewundert haben ^^

26.07.2017
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User Dominik Bärlocher

Hahaha! Eher nicht. Die sind sich schon allerlei Merkwürdigkeiten von mir und anderen Kunden gewohnt. Aber spätestens jetzt wissen sie, warum ich da schnell mit Smartphone-Kamera rumgedüst bin. :)

26.07.2017
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User Laurentkuster2011

Endlich jemand, der sich diesem Thema fundiert annimmt. Ich musste meinen Yoga 900s verkaufen, weil ich überhaupt nicht zurecht kam mit der Tastenanordnung rechts

26.07.2017
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User meierm

Wichtiger als das Tastatur-Layout (daran gewöhnt man sich doch relativ schnell, vorausgesetzt es ist nicht komplett falsch wie es leider bei Lenovo öfters der Fall ist), ist doch der Druckpunkt der Tasten. Ich staune immer wieder wie Leute tagtäglich auf Tastaturen mit abslut schwamigen Tasten schreiben

27.07.2017
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User Anonymous

In der Tat kann man sich darangewöhnen. Wie bei mir beim Dell XPS 15 (9550). Home- und End-Tasten sind nur mit der FN-Taste benutzbar. Wtf... Und es gibt auch keine andere Tasten, die man für diese beiden missbrauchen könnte, höchstens die eine Insert-Taste. Zum Schreiben brauche ich die genannten Tasten nämlich noch öfters. Mittlerweile habe ich mich aber daran gewöhnt. Schön ist's trotzdem nicht. Leider vor dem Kauf nicht bemerkt, sonst wär's ein Lattitude geworden. Ja, nur deswegen :o)

27.07.2017
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User Dominik Bärlocher

Druckpunkte sind mir vor allem bei mechanischen Tastaturen wichtig. Bei Laptops nicht wirklich. Die sind alle gleich weich, aber ich halte da meine Hände schon anders, was dann nicht so den Unterschied macht.

27.07.2017
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User jeevanandk

Ich verstehe nicht, warum Lenovo nicht einfach die ThinkPad-Tastatur überall einbaut. Das wäre sinnvoll und würde sie von der Masse abheben.

29.07.2017
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User jeevanandk

Genau darum kaufe ich nur noch ThinkPads. Leider hat Lenovo auch da angefangen Tasten irgendwo hin zu schieben aber 99% der Tasten sind sinnvoll angeordnet, siehe das E570 oben, ich sehe kein anderes Notebook wo die F-Tasten in Viererblöcken sind, blind Alt+F4 drücken wird da unnötig schwer.

27.07.2017
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User Konayo

Das stimmt. Die Tasten sind zudem etwas gewölbt und der Druckpunkt fühlt sich wertiger an. Auch der Aufdruck hält besser als bei anderen Geräten.

29.07.2017
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User danielsane

Leider ist das heute schon bei normalen Desktop-Tastaturen schwierig. 463 im Digitec-Angebot, und ich suche jedesmal ewig nach einem normalen Layout. Besonders wenn man gerne eine dieser uncoolen Kabel-Tastaturen möchte, weil man nur ungern all seine Passwörter durch die Nachbarschaft funkt.

03.08.2017
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User witold.baryluk

All these keyboards are shitty. Lenovo ThinkPad E570 is reasonable tho (it has better travel, feel, separate group of F keys, F1-F4, F5-F8, F9-F12, and some other groups, which makes it easier to find other keys on keyboard, reasonably big cursort keys, etc). I am stuck with old keyboards. T420.

02.01.2018
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User Anonymous

Ich habe mein Surface Book wieder verkauft, da die Tastaturverarbeitung (unterschiedliche Höhen der Tasten) so Katastrophal war... Da bin ich nun (ja, ich bin dehsalb sogar zum Macobook gewechselt) mit der Butterfly Tastatur (welche auch gewöhnungsbedürftig ist) sehr zu frieden...

27.07.2017
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