The humble keypad has been part of computer keyboards since the early days of personal computers. But over the last few years, finding a great laptop with a full-size keyboard with a keypad has become difficult. Most laptop users get by with just the number row to input the occasional telephone number, password, or date, and laptop manufacturers naturally want to maximize their sales by offering laptops with popular features, such as small size and excellent portability. This leaves those who rely on the keypad on a daily basis without many options. Fortunately, it’s still possible to find a few fantastic laptops with numeric keypad, and here are our top 5 favorites.
Best Laptop With Full Keyboard and Keypad
|Alienware||Alienware 17" Laptop||1717.98|
|Asus||ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW-US71 15.6-Inch||1299|
|Lenovo||2017 Lenovo ThinkPad E570 15.6" Business Laptop||1099|
|Dell||Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop||849.99|
|Acer||Acer Aspire R 15 Convertible Laptop||799.99|
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is a basic, unassuming laptop that gets the job done without ruining your budget. It features a spacious full-size keyboard with a keypad and a familiar layout that you’ll get instantly used to. All commonly used keys have been tested by Dell for 10 million keystrokes, and the power and multimedia buttons should last at least 40,000 pushes. Under the keyboard is a large touchpad with a smooth surface and excellent responsiveness. The touchpad is offset to the left slightly for maximum comfort.
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is powered by a beastly Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and a Nvidia GTX 1050 4 GB graphics card. This setup allows you to enjoy all casual and e-sports titles at the highest settings, and most AAA games at medium settings. The laptop comes with 8 GB of DDR4 memory, but you can easily increase the total amount of memory up to 24 GB. You can store your data on the 1 TB hybrid hard drive, which has a 128 GB SSD partition for the operating system.
Even if you usually shy away from gaming products because of their tacky aesthetics or inflated prices, you should still consider the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 when looking for a reliable laptop with a full-size keyboard. Unlike many other gaming laptops, the Dell is affordable, versatile, and its simple design doesn’t offend the eyes.
What do you do when you desire power, mobility, and a full-size keyboard with a touchpad at the same time? And what if you also want your laptop to be attractive and feature cutting-edge components? Simple: you buy the ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW, perhaps the most stylish 15.6-inch laptop on the market right now.
Like all ZenBooks, the UX501VW is crafted from premium aluminum and designed for demanding users who don’t like making compromises. The metal keys have a long key travel, and they respond with a reassuring click when pressed. The keyboard is more compact than many other full-size keyboards because there’s no gap between the numeric and the QWERTY portion. There’s also no gap between the arrow key cluster and the surrounding keys. This allows ASUS to make the laptop smaller, but the downside is that it will likely take you a few extra days to get used to the keyboard, especially when coming from a desktop computer with an ergonomic keyboard.
Below the keyboard are an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, a Nvidia GTX 960M graphics card, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, and 512 GB of SSD storage space. The laptop features a stunning 15.6-inch touchscreen with the 4K resolution and 74 percent Adobe RGB color reproduction. SonicMaster Premium speakers with the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower technology deliver a lifelike listening experience.
Don’t let anyone tell you that large convertibles don’t make any sense. Being able to switch to the tent mode to watch a movie on an airplane is often the only way how to fit a laptop on the tray table. And when you find yourself in bed at the end of a long work day, browsing Reddit to relax, you’ll appreciate how the tablet mode makes it possible to put the keyboard away so you can have the laptop closer to you and control it with touch alone. These are just two reasons why the Acer Aspire R 15 and other large convertible laptops make sense.
The Acer Aspire R 15 is in every way a typical product from Acer: a decent build quality, sensibly selected components, and a surprisingly affordable price. The laptop sports a comfortable full-size keyboard with a large touchpad with an embedded fingerprint reader. The keys don’t feel as precise as the keys used by Lenovo or ASUS, but the overall typing experience is still decisively above average.
What makes this laptop stand out so much in terms of its value is located under the hood. Namely, an Intel Core i7-7500U processor, a Nvidia GTX 940MX with 2 GB of RAM, 12 GB DDR4 memory, and a 256 GB SSD. As if this wasn’t enough to make the laptop surpass most other laptops in the price range, the Acer Aspire R 15 can also last up to 9 hours on a charge thanks to its power-efficient 15.6-inch LED-backlit IPS display.
One look at the Dell Alienware 17 R4 is enough to understand that gaming runs through its solder. With bulky chassis for maximum performance, LED lighting for maximum blink, and a desktop-grade full-size keyboard for guaranteed frags, the Dell Alienware 17 R4 is a laptop with limited appeal. But if you’re among those to whom the specific combination of features offered by the laptop appeals to, you’re in for a treat.
The hardware specifications of the Dell Alienware 17 R4 blow out of water many gaming PCs. There’s a Nvidia GTX 1070, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive. The 17.3-inch IPS display has the Full HD resolution and up to 300 nits of brightness. With specifications like these, the laptop is fully ready for virtual reality, passing the Oculus Ready and Vive Optimized certifications.
We were, however, impressed the most with its Alienware TactX keyboard, which has n-key rollover and 2.2 mm of key travel. Typing on the keyboard feels like typing on an expensive desktop keyboard, and it even comes close to some mechanical keyboards.
In some circles, ThinkPads are worshiped as the ultimate on-the-go productivity machines. They are nearly indestructible, their build quality can make laptop repair shops go bankrupt, and their keyboards as so comfortable to type on that Lenovo even offers them for personal computers.
The Lenovo ThinkPad E570 is a personification of everything that’s great about ThinkPads. The laptop features an Intel Core i7-7500U processor, 256 GB M.2 NVMe Opal2 SSD, a dedicated Nvidia GTX 950M graphics card, 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and an anti-glare LED-backlit 15.6-inch display with the Full HD resolution.
What separates ThinkPad keyboards for other laptop keyboards is the integrated pointing stick, sometimes jokingly referred to as clit mouse or mouse nipple. This red rubber pointing device is situated right above the B key, and its purpose is to keep your hands on the keyboard while performing mousing tasks, allowing you to work faster and be more comfortable. The pointing stick on the ThinkPad E570 works in the same way, making the spacious, comfortable full-size keyboard even better.