For most people the number row above their letters works out just fine. It’s easy enough to enter things like phone numbers, passwords or dates with just a row. However if you’re a student or in an occupation where you find yourself entering large amounts of numerals you might just want to check out a laptop with a number pad. Found on traditional desktop keyboards for the most part, the number pad makes entering large quantities of numbers a breeze. Laptops with number pads tend to be of the no nonsense business variety but we’ve included a somewhat wide selection so check out our guide below to find one that suits you.
Starting with something for the more budget conscious of us, the Asus Flip TP500LA has a variety of features that are appealing and some that are detrimental. A 2-in-1, this laptop can flip back over into a tablet mode. You can also stand it up in a kiosk or tent mode, which is great for watching videos or showing things off to friends. The touchscreen works well enough but the screen quality leaves a little to be desired. A 1366×768 resolution is a bit disappointing, limiting how many documents you can have side by side. Performance wise we have a i7-5500U Intel Processor, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB SDD. You’ll have plenty of room for multitasking but you lose a little bit of boot up speed, among other issues, due to the HDD instead of SSD setup. As for the keyboard and trackpad, build quality is a little iffy with the keyboard. It sometimes flexes a little bit when typing with too much force, a minor issue but worth mentioning. The screen and build quality are minor issues which come with the price point, but a bigger issue regardless of price is the battery life. Coming in at around 6 hours you’re likely not going to be able to get through a full day without a charge.
Everything considered, the Asus Flip TP500LA isn’t a world beater but is a good choice if you’re looking for a cheap laptop with a number pad that has good performance.
Coming in at under 600 dollars you’d be surprised what the Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG laptop can do with only a few setbacks. Equipped with a i5-6200U, 8GB of RAM and a 256 SSD you’ll be able to breeze through most tasks and even some of the more taxing things such as video editing can be done. The SSD is a great addition, enabling fast boot ups so you don’t have to wait around watching splash screens. Another nice aspect is the NVIDIA 940MX GPU. You won’t be able to max out Battlefield 1 but you’ll be able to adequately run games like Overwatch or Killing Floor 2 with this laptop. As far as the screen goes, it’s a pretty standard 1920×1080 but it’s a little too dark. A minor complaint but this can lead to bad viewing angles in certain environments. Again the build quality is a little suspect on the keyboard and the trackpad isn’t as smooth as more expensive options, but this is par for the course at this price point. Another negative is it tends to run on the hotter side when doing more taxing things such as video streaming or gaming. It’s not uncomfortable for the most part and nothing a cooling pad can’t fix. Ending off on a stronger note, the battery life is a nice 10-12 hours. Not best in class by any means but you should have plenty of time to get whatever you need done.
As far as budget laptops go, the Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG is a great choice. The number pad works well and the specs are actually surprising for a sub 600 dollar laptop.
It’s not going to be winning any awards for its design or portability, but the Lenovo Thinkpad T560 is an amazing device for those who simply want their laptop to be a work machine. Reinforced plastic on the top and bottom lets this laptop take more than a few drops and still not break. The build quality also shows in other aspects. The keyboard is backlit, spill resistant and above the number pad are various shortcuts for easy access to various things like the calculator, your web browser, or file explorer. As with many other Thinkpads, the T560 comes with a little red nub between the G and H keys that let you do navigation without ever taking your hands from a typing position. If you’re not into that though, the trackpad is smooth and consistent, from basic navigation to Windows 10 touch gestures. The screen is a crisp 1920×1080 resolution with good brightness and viewing angles for showing off things to coworkers. Battery life is a very respectable 10 hours with one caveat. For 15 dollars more you can upgrade to a six cell battery that will last you an astounding 21 hours. Even better is the fact that the batteries can be swapped out, leading to a stunning 31 hours of battery life if both are fully charged.
Combining durable design with a comfortable keyboard and number pad with shortcuts, the Lenovo Thinkpad T560 is a workhorse that will last you all day and then some.
If you’re looking for a super premium experience without absolutely breaking the bank, then check out the Asus Zenbook Pro UX 501. A simple all metal design isn’t super eye catching but should be durable enough for a long life span. The keyboard takes a little more force than a typical laptop but once you get used to it, it should be comfortable enough for the longest typing sessions. The number pad is nothing special, featuring a traditional 10 key layout, but gets the job done The trackpad is equally well made, responding swiftly and accurately to clicks and touch gestures. The screen is a big standout on this laptop. With a 15.6 inch 3840×2160 UHD screen you get a crisp, vibrant screen that is ideal for watching movies or any sort of creative endeavours. Additionally, it features touch screen capabilities if you prefer using that instead of the trackpad to navigate. It is a smidge too glossy though but that’s a minor complaint given the actual quality of the screen. In the specs department we have a i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a NVIDIA 960M GPU with 2GB of VRAM. Needless to say it’s a given that you’ll be able to handle pretty much everything you throw at this computer. You’ll also be surprised at what games you can run if you’re not a gamer who needs a constant 60FPS in every game they play. Surprisingly with all that great tech under the hood, battery life is a decent 8 hours or so.
Coming in at around 1500 dollars, the Asus Zenbook Pro UX 501 is a steal. A full sized keyboard with number pad, amazing screen, and great specs combined with a good battery life make me wonder what kind of sorcery is going on over at Asus.
A gaming laptop with only one real flaw the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 packs a lot of punch for not a lot of cash. With it’s striking red on black color scheme it definitely stands out in a sea of laptops that are either all gray or black. Build quality as a whole is good which is a plus. The keyboard is comfy enough for any long typing sessions you’ll find yourself in and the touchpad is accurate with good gesture recognition. The number pad is a standard configuration with no frills but it works just as well as the rest of the keyboard. As an added bonus you get a nice adjustable red backlight for any late night activities. Specs wise we have a i5-7700HQ, a NVIDIA GTX 1050, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB/8GB hybrid HDD/SSD hard drive. You’ll be able to do plenty of multitasking and you can actually some of the newer AAA games like Grand Theft Auto V at an acceptable frame rate. Granted you won’t be maxing them out, but for a laptop around 1000 dollars I would say that’s above average performance. As far as that one real flaw I mentioned, the culprit is the screen. The resolution isn’t a problem however colors tend to be washed out and dull. The overall experience isn’t hindered for the most part but this definitely brings it down a notch. Another negative is it tends to run on the hot side rather quickly. Battery life comes in at a very respectable 11 hours which is great in general, but especially for a gaming laptop.
Overall the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 offers a mix of good performance, good build quality and long lasting battery life. This would be an awesome choice in general but definitely check this laptop out if you’re looking for a full sized keyboard with number pad.