Do you think laptop manufacturers will ever use traditional keyboards again or
are chicklets here to stay?
Laptop keyboards run the range from cheap chicklets to more robust keys, but
few if any match the quality of a desktop PC’s keyboard. Fortunately, there are
alternatives, if it’s important.
In this audio segment from an Ask Leo! webinar, I’ll discuss
laptop keyboards and your alternatives.
Do you think laptop manufacturers will ever use traditional keyboards again or are chicklets here to stay?
You know, it really depends. Gosh. If you need a real keyboards like something you see on your desktop, I’m gonna say no. It’s very unlikely you’re gonna see that in a laptop.
That being said, certainly when you take a look at the wide variety of laptops that are out there, one of the differentiating factors often between a high-end, potentially one of the ruggedized machines and the low-end more inexpensive machines is in fact, the keyboard.
Keyboards are expensive. There’s a lot of hardware associated with keyboards. There’s a bunch of switches, a bunch of things that have to make contact over and over again. and they have to last for a long time because it’s such a pain to replace. So, it’s one of the places where a laptop manufacturer can save money. Will you ever see a real honest to goodness ‘external like’ keyboard? Probably not.
Will you see some keyboards that are significantly better than others? Sure. But that’s one of those things where you end having to go hands on with the different laptops and seeing which ones really do or don’t appeal to you or what you’re looking for and you know to be 100% to cover all our bases here; it’s you know almost every laptop now has a USB plug and you can certainly plug in a real keyboard and have it work.
A laptop is just a PC and it will recognize all the same USB devices that your desktop will and that includes a keyboard and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having one keyboard attached to your machine. So, in fact, it’s one of the very common ways that I recommend people deal with keyboard failures in their laptops if they’re not in the position to be able to have the laptop keyboard repaired. It is very workable to simply plug in a USB keyboard and have it become the keyboard for that machine.