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Portable laptop with numeric keypad?

by bigfatben / July 21, 2010 5:22 AM PDT

I pretty much only use my current (ancient) laptop for word processing while I'm traveling, but this occurs frequently enough to make me consider buying a new one. The thing is, a lot of times I have to insert numbers into the documents I'm drafting, which I find much easier to do with a numeric keypad. But it seems like all the laptops that have a separate numeric keypad are large and bulky. Any suggestions?

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Yup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2010 5:24 AM PDT
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Sony Vaio EB
by IsabellaJ_WinTeam / July 21, 2010 5:43 AM PDT

Hi there,

You should check out the Sony Vaio EB series. It has a 15.5" screen and weighs slightly less than six pounds. It also has a sleek appearance and is definitely not bulky.

What do you think?

Cheers,
Isabella
MSFT Windows Outreach Team

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It used to be that only the 17"+ laptops
by orlbuckeye / July 21, 2010 5:51 AM PDT

had numeric keypad and now you see 15" laptops have keypads. They also sell keypads that can me plugged into USB ports.

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Thanks...
by bigfatben / July 22, 2010 1:09 AM PDT

Thanks everyone for the responses & suggestions. The laptop I've been using also has a very small keyboard, and I hate typing on it. One idea I've been considering is getting an iPad with a bluetooth full keyboard. Problem is, the word processing I do is in Word, and my understanding is that Word files are not compatible with the iPad (but my exposure to Apple's software is fairly limited: my brother has a Mac that I've used occasionally, but that's about it). Thoughts?

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laptop recommendation
by IsabellaJ_WinTeam / July 22, 2010 1:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks...

Hi there,

For traveling, it will probably be much more convenient to buy a laptop with a keyboard attached. Also, a laptop has other important features, such as an optical drive and USB ports.

Cheers,
Isabella
MSFT Windows Outreach Team

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Where is the numeric keypad
by verlanna / November 26, 2010 12:30 PM PST

I was excited over the prospect of buying one of the fast new lines of apple mac laptops until I discovered that none came with a numeric keypad. How disappointing. My biggest dissatisfaction with windows style operating systems is their unfortunate susceptibility to virus attack and apparent inability to dissuade attackers. Apple, perhaps due to a smaller market share, appears more immune to this problem.

If not for the lack of a numeric keypad I too would be the proud owner of a new Mac but until Apple installs that component I will stick with my older and slower but trusty Toshiba Satellite and resort to burning more incense in hopes of appeasing the virus god.

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laptop
by IsabellaJ_WinTeam / December 1, 2010 1:59 AM PST

Hi there,

No computer is completely immune to viruses. I recommend you install a trustworthy anti-virus software on your laptop. This is a key step in preventing malicious viruses [more effective than burning incense ;)]. You might still want to consider the Sony and then taking the steps necessary to protecting your PC.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers,
Isabella
MSFT Windows Outreach Team

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