lead the way in backlit keyboards. Most of the best gaming machines are less mainstream. Although since Dell purchased Alienware they are available in more mainstream outlets like Best Buy. Typically in the mainstream the laptop is sold as iis and not configuarable whereas when you buy from the vendors they have basically the same models but are configurable. Asus is another gaming machine that has moved to be more mainstream.
I am looking for a laptop with a backlit keyboard because I do a lot of work on airplanes at night and presentations in darkened rooms. It would be really great if CNET could include backlit keyboards as a feature in their laptop selection guide. Discovering whether a model has a backlit keyboard requires too careful reading of reviews, detailed descriptions and features.
Why are backlit keyboards not more common? Doesn't everyone want a thin laptop that weighs less than 4 pounds, with a backlit keyboard, five hours of battery life, and cost less than $1,000US?