5 Best Laptops with Backlit Keyboards in 2020

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Winner
New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Space Gray
Best Price
Lenovo ideapad S340 15.6" HD LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display Laptop, Intel Core i3-8145U 2.1GHz up to 3.9GHz, 8GB DDR4, 128GB NVMe SSD, Bluetooth, USB 3.1, HDMI, Webcam, Windows 10
Huawei MateBook D 14" FHD IPS Touchscreen, Quad-Core AMD Ryzen 5 2500U 2.00 GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AC WiFi, BT 4.1, USB C, HDMI, Windows 10 Pro Gaming Laptop
Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6” Windows 2-in-1 PC (Wi-Fi) Silver, 4GB RAM/128GB storage, SM-W620NZKAXAR
HP EliteBook 820 G2 12.5in Laptop, Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz, 8GB Ram, 256GB Solid State Drive, Windows 10 Pro 64bit (Renewed)
Model
Macbook Pro
ideapad S340
MateBook D
Galaxy Book 10.6
EliteBook 820 G2
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Excellent April 2020
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good April 2020
Test Result 8.8/10 Very Good April 2020
Test Result 8.6/10 Good April 2020
Test Result 8.3/10 Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Apple
Lenovo
Huawei
Samsung
HP
RAM
8GB
8GB
8GB
4GB
8GB
CPU
Intel Core i5 Processor
Intel Core i3-8145U
Quad-Core AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
Intel core M
Intel Core i5-5300U
Graphics Card
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
Intel UHD Graphics 620
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
Intel HD Graphics 515
Intel HD Graphics
Storage Capacity
128GB SSD
128GB SSD
256GB SSD
128 GB SSD
256GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
3.02 lbs
4 lbs
3.14 lbs
1.42 lbs
3 lbs
Pros
  • Best Performance
  • Beautiful Backlit Keyboard
  • Great Battery
  • Best Design
  • Fast SSD
  • Great Battery
  • Quality Build
  • Fast Work Speed
  • Fit for some Gaming
  • Good Battery
  • Good Performance
  • LTE (4G) included
  • Great Battery
  • Awesome Screen
  • Cheap Price
  • Fast SSD
Cons
  • Just the Price
  • Display not good for Movies
  • Noisey
  • Noisey
  • Just 128 GB of Storage
  • Sound not optimal
Winner
New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage) - Space Gray
Model
Macbook Pro
Test Result
Test Result 9.6/10 Excellent April 2020
Manufacturer
Apple
RAM
8GB
CPU
Intel Core i5 Processor
Graphics Card
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
Storage Capacity
128GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
3.02 lbs
Pros
  • Best Performance
  • Beautiful Backlit Keyboard
  • Great Battery
  • Best Design
Cons
  • Just the Price
Best Price
Lenovo ideapad S340 15.6" HD LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display Laptop, Intel Core i3-8145U 2.1GHz up to 3.9GHz, 8GB DDR4, 128GB NVMe SSD, Bluetooth, USB 3.1, HDMI, Webcam, Windows 10
Model
ideapad S340
Test Result
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Lenovo
RAM
8GB
CPU
Intel Core i3-8145U
Graphics Card
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Storage Capacity
128GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
4 lbs
Pros
  • Fast SSD
  • Great Battery
  • Quality Build
Cons
  • Display not good for Movies
Huawei MateBook D 14" FHD IPS Touchscreen, Quad-Core AMD Ryzen 5 2500U 2.00 GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, AC WiFi, BT 4.1, USB C, HDMI, Windows 10 Pro Gaming Laptop
Model
MateBook D
Test Result
Test Result 8.8/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Huawei
RAM
8GB
CPU
Quad-Core AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
Graphics Card
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
Storage Capacity
256GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
3.14 lbs
Pros
  • Fast Work Speed
  • Fit for some Gaming
  • Good Battery
Cons
  • Noisey
Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6” Windows 2-in-1 PC (Wi-Fi) Silver, 4GB RAM/128GB storage, SM-W620NZKAXAR
Model
Galaxy Book 10.6
Test Result
Test Result 8.6/10 Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Samsung
RAM
4GB
CPU
Intel core M
Graphics Card
Intel HD Graphics 515
Storage Capacity
128 GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
1.42 lbs
Pros
  • Good Performance
  • LTE (4G) included
  • Great Battery
Cons
  • Noisey
  • Just 128 GB of Storage
HP EliteBook 820 G2 12.5in Laptop, Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz, 8GB Ram, 256GB Solid State Drive, Windows 10 Pro 64bit (Renewed)
Model
EliteBook 820 G2
Test Result
Test Result 8.3/10 Good April 2020
Manufacturer
HP
RAM
8GB
CPU
Intel Core i5-5300U
Graphics Card
Intel HD Graphics
Storage Capacity
256GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
3 lbs
Pros
  • Awesome Screen
  • Cheap Price
  • Fast SSD
Cons
  • Sound not optimal

There are a number of reasons why you might want to buy a Laptop with a backlit keyboard over a non backlit keyboard laptop. The first reason is the backlit Keyboard Laptops allow you to type in the dark or dimly lit environment. Such laptops are incredibly helpful even if you are a touch typist or a writer who has decent typing speed. This is because, there are always certain characters and symbols that the person typing on the keyboard must look at while typing. Even if you are not a touch typist, you will find laptops with backlit keyboards immensely useful.

There is another great advantage when you buy a laptop with an illuminated keyboard you will always get a high performance notebook as illuminated keyboards are usually found in high quality laptops. You will often find backlit keyboards in almost all gaming laptops around $2000 because these computers pack every single computer tech known to mankind. This is also the reason why you would not find a backlit keyboard in netbooks. Laptop manufacturers do not equip their cheap notebooks with backlit keyboards as always something like that is a novelty, not a must feature for someone looking for a laptop under $1000 in the US (Look for our Best Price winner in the Backlit Keyboard Ranking above).

On the other hand, the optic of a backlit Laptop increases its’ look. Notebooks with backlit keyboards look much smoother than your average student Laptop.

Another strange reason, but backlit Keyboard Laptops have a better keyboard layout. You will find that their keyboards have better ergonomics and what that means is, that the keys are the right size and shape. This gives the user a comfortable typing experience.

Ranking First: Apple Macbook Pro 13″

Apple Macbook Pro 13" review

Pros

  • Best Performance
  • Beautiful Backlit Keyboard
  • Great Battery
  • Best Design

Cons

  • Just the Price

Apple has addressed the weaknesses of its predecessor in the new MacBook Pro 13″. Let’s see what Apple’s latest notebook can do. To anticipate it, too: Apple has done everything right with the new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Design

It’s a MacBook and it’s from the Pro Series. Accordingly, the workmanship is absolutely flawless. The case is made of recycled aluminum and everything feels great. There are no sharp edges or unclean transitions. For a price of $1345, buyers can also expect a flawless device.

Let’s start with the display size. The new MacBook Pro has a larger display and narrower bezels. So the difference in size from its 15-inch predecessor isn’t that big. Anyway, it still fits nicely in my messenger bag. Although I find the weight of just over 4.4 lbs a bit too heavy. So a real backpack is more appropriate.

With the rest of the design the changes are only minor, but have a big impact. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is a little thicker than its predecessor. This was necessary because Apple is using a new keyboard here. More about this later. What should also be mentioned is the “esc” key and the Touch ID sensor. These are now separate units to the left and right of the touch bar.

The new size and thickness also allows Apple to use a larger battery. At 99.8Wh, the MacBook Pro is wafer-thin under the U.S. Flight Authorities’ limit for notebook batteries on domestic flights.

Ports

For a long time now, MacBooks have only had Thunderbolt 3, which is good and bad. Good, because everything works faster with Thunderbolt 3. Bad, because you guys are living a dongle life. A customer’s USB flash drive? Hopefully the adapter is in the bag and not on the desk. Editing photos from an SD card. Where is the SD card reader?

Anyway, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a total of four Thunderbolt 3 ports – two on each side. When used with a docking station, it’s fine, although I still want a built-in card reader. The 3.5mm jack connector on the right side is still there by the way.

Screen

13 inches is a funny size. Notebooks usually have either a 15.6 inch screen diagonal. So 13 inches are out of the ordinary. This also creates a larger work surface. This can be changed again as usual by scaling the applications in the settings.

Apple itself specifies a display brightness of 500cd/m². In practice, the display brightness is adjusted according to your ambient light. In an office with normal lighting, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will level off at around 300cd/m². If you go outside (or, as in our case, point a 60-watt studio spotlight at the device), it will reach the specified display brightness.

However, the illumination at maximum brightness becomes uneven in some places. The deviations level off much better with only a slightly lower illumination.

There’s also nothing to complain about in terms of resolution. Content is displayed sharply with more than 200ppi. TrueTone also ensures that colors are displayed correctly based on your ambient light. A great feature that you only notice when you don’t have it anymore.

Operating System

MacOS is one of the few alternatives to Windows on the market. Almost 10% of the computers worldwide run with this system. The latest version of the Apple operating system is called Catalina. Currently Apple still has to fix a few problems here. More than once a day I had to restart the MacBook Pro because it did not react as it should. I didn’t need to do that with previous MacBooks.

Otherwise iTunes on Mac with Catalina is now finally dead. In its place, the applications “Music”, “Podcasts” and “AppleTV” are now available. This should help you to find what you had to search for in a program. Music reminds you most of the old iTunes.

There are also some small improvements, like a customizable full screen mode for windows, the use of an iPad as a second screen and the possibility to control almost everything with speech. Nothing earth-shattering, but successful fine-tuning.

Performance

Here the predecessor still had the problem that it did not keep the clock of its processor for long. Throtteling still starts, but in the meantime the time until then has increased to an acceptable level. As buyers can also expect from a “pro” notebook

The Intel Core i9, together with the 8GB of RAM, ensures that all programs work quickly. Light hangs are only available with Adobe products (Photoshop & Lightroom). Who is to blame for this now, I can not make a final decision.

Of course, the new MacBook Pro also comes in much larger versions. The RAM ends at 64GB and the built-in SSD at 8TB. With a large graphics card and a faster processor, the configuration culminates at just under $7200. The upgrade order for Apple notebooks is still

  • SSD
  • Graphic
  • RAM
  • CPU

Battery

As mentioned earlier, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro has a 99.8Wh battery. This enables excellent battery life. Especially when it comes to light tasks like emailing, surfing, etc. On a quiet working day without image editing, I still had about 50% battery left after six hours of use. I really can’t wish for much more.

If the battery runs out of power, it is recharged in a flash with the 96W USB-C charger and “Fast Charge”. But this way the 13inch MacBook Pro can’t be charged with notebook powerbanks.

Overheating and Noise

A lot of power also means a lot of heat. The 13-inch MacBook Pro also generates waste heat very quickly. You can clearly see that in the palm rests. They’re almost always warm, but nothing more. They never reach an uncomfortable level.

Otherwise, the MacBook Pro’s fans start very quickly, which is probably due to the 15 incher’s history of overheating. The new fans are bigger and have improved the airflow by 28%.

Keyboard and Trackpad

From now on the Apple Scissor switches is the new standard. In the last years Apple had used butterfly switches for all MacBooks (Air & Pro). But as beautiful as it could be written on them, these keyboards were also prone to errors. Even fine dust was enough and individual keys no longer worked. The new switches should prevent this. But only a long-term test can show whether this is really the case in the long run.

In any case, typing is a lot of fun. Even though I liked the old keys with almost zero keystroke a bit more, I immediately became friends with the new Scissor switches. The minimal keystroke still allows fast and error-free typing. Full score for it. Only the trackpad is even better.

No manufacturer can produce trackpads like Apple. They click the same way at every point and feel fantastic. And the gestures are absolutely precise. And it’s all the same with the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. On top of it all, this trackpad deserves to be called “giant” – in a positive sense.

Sound

The new MacBook features a total of six speakers. And they’re designed to balance each other at all times. So when you turn up the volume, the enclosure doesn’t start to vibrate.

Beyond that, the 13-inch MacBook Pro has the best sound I’ve ever heard on a notebook. It even surpasses the previous leader, and that was the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Whether it’s highs, mids, or lows, everything is easy to hear and seems perfectly balanced.

Conclusion

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is probably the best laptop I’ve ever used. It’s superbly crafted, the performance of the i9 is more accessible, the display is a dream and the speakers sound fantastic. I was a bit sceptical at first because of the new keyboard, but I got used to the scissor switch in no time.

With a starting price of $1345 (with an Intel Core i5 processor) the 13 inch MacBook Pro is definitely not the right choice for every user, but for professional and very demanding users who want to work with MacOS and want to be mobile on top of that, there is no other choice. No other notebook from Apple has a dedicated graphics card for video and image editing.

There are still a few things that Apple is happy to add. For example an LTE option or an SD card reader. Besides, it would probably be time to switch from four to six Thunderbolt 3 ports. If I have to put up with the touchbar, at least give me more ports.

All in all the greatMacbook Pro is ranking first of the best Laptops with backlit Keyboards in our test.

Ranking Second: Lenovo ideapad S340

Lenovo ideapad S340 review

Pros

  • Fast SSD
  • Great Battery
  • Quality Build

Cons

  • Display not good for Movies

Lenovo is known among other things for its long battery life in notebooks. The IdeaPad S340 fits seamlessly into the range. With its fast and large SSD, the notebook is interesting for everyone who values mobile working. If you work on the road a lot, your notebook naturally needs more than just a battery that lasts a long time. A slim design, so that the laptop does not take up unnecessary space, is just as welcome as low weight and quiet operation. These are all aspects in which the IdeaPad S340 scores well.

Design

The design is simple and without frills. The IdeaPad S340 is kept in a dark blue. The keyboard is dark grey, which gives a good contrast to the blue. Lenovo largely dispenses with any decorative elements in this model. No logo on the display lid or any front. There is only a small grey Lenovo logo on the right front. There is simple notebooks like, I like this decision by Lenovo very much.
The large touchpad is located in front of the keyboard. As the keyboard has a complete number pad, it has moved slightly to the left. The keyboard itself is smooth-running and offers a soft typing feel. It takes some getting used to, but after a while it is pleasant to write on.

The small and inconspicuous power button is located between the display and keyboard in the upper right corner. It has a small LED that shows you if the device is running when the display is off.

The display frame is slim on three sides. It is relatively wide at the bottom, but that’s not negatively noticeable. At the top it is a bit wider than on the sides, because the webcam is still located there. There is a Privacy Shutter, with which you can cover the cam completely. With this you can be really sure that nobody is watching you secretly.

The notebook case is mostly made of plastic. The underside is quite torsionally stiff, but the upper side is quite thin. Therefore it gives way very easily if you type with a little pressure. It’s not critical, but at first it’s an irritating feeling.

The display lid, on the other hand, is made of aluminum and simply feels valuable. The drawback with aluminum is clear – it magically attracts fingerprints.

The workmanship is flawless. All gaps are even and there are no burrs or edges to get caught on.

Ports

There are sufficient connections. On the left side you have the 3.5mm jack, the USB-C port, the HDMI port and the power connector. On the right side there are some status LEDs and the two USB-A ports.

So you are ready for most of the normal applications. It would have been nice if there had been a USB-C port with DisplayPort support instead of the USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C. This would have extended the connectivity even more.

Display

A matte IPS panel with Full HD resolution is used in this IdeaPad. With a diagonal of 15.6″ this results in a PPI value of 141, so that your content is displayed in a nice and sharp way. Thanks to the matt surface, there are no problems with reflections. The IPS panel also allows you to benefit from wide viewing angles. Lateral viewing, if necessary, is no problem.

As in most notebooks designed for Office, the color space coverage isn’t particularly high. To be more precise, the IdeaPad S340 clearly takes last place in our database with just 55% sRGB, 39% NTSC and 41% AdobeRGB coverage. These values are sufficient for everyday office use. Everything that has something to do with color fidelity in any form should better be done on another notebook, though.

The display moves on average in terms of brightness. We measured 202 cd/m² on average. This is neither particularly bright nor too dark. The differences in the illumination of the individual display areas are quite small and not noticeable in everyday life. The contrast could be a bit higher, but it is easily sufficient for everyday use.

Performance

The IdeaPad S340 is designed for office use. And here it does all its work quietly and reliably. The hardware makes sure that programs are loaded quickly and that the data is available to you quickly. Multitasking runs smoothly and you can switch smoothly between tasks.

The SSD is fixed and reaches values of 1522 MB/s write and 1191 MB/s read in the AS SSD benchmark. Of the notebooks in our database with similar hardware no other model reaches these values. You can see the IdeaPad S340’s performance in the individual benchmarks in the graphics.

The IdeaPad S340 has a dedicated graphics card, the Intel UHD Graphics 620. This is clearly noticeable in all graphics-heavy applications.

Battery

There is no reason to complain about the battery life. The IdeaPad S340 lasts a bit more than five and a half hours in the benchmark at full brightness with just under 200 cd/m². Thus, it is in the top group of comparable notebooks in our database.

If you turn the brightness down a bit, you’ll surely manage a working day with the IdeaPad without having to hang on to a power outlet.

Heating and Noise

You won’t hear the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 in normal use. It quietly and silently does its job. Even with demanding programs, the fans only give a sign of life from time to time.

It’s only marginally louder in the stress test. The temperatures don’t move into a critical range. The CPU warmed up to an average of 67° Celsius. The graphic card also remained in the green area with 64° Celsius on average.

As you will hardly reach the stress levels of a stress test in everyday life, you don’t have to worry at all about the temperatures. It also stays pleasantly cool on the outside. The notebook only warms up in front of the display. But since you’ll only rarely have your fingers there, this is negligible.

Sound

The sound is fine for a notebook. As with all notebooks, the IdeaPad S340 is height-oriented. The lows go down for lack of resonance space. Middles and highs are in a reasonable relationship to each other, whereby the highs are a bit more dominant than the middles.

If you turn up the volume fully, the trebles become even more dominant. However, they don’t sound shrill. This is definitely a plus. At half volume you have a reasonable sound, which is suitable for Skype, occasional music or one or the other movie.

Conclusion

The notebook leaves a positive, even if not unclouded impression in the test. It is stable, it is quiet, it is cool, it is fast and the battery lasts a long time. There’s also nothing to complain about in the workmanship. Another positive aspect is that you can upgrade it easily and quickly if necessary. Weight and dimensions are also okay for a notebook of this size. You can easily store it even in full pockets. Considering everything this Laptop makes it on our second rank (as the Best Priced backlit keyboard Laptop).

Ranking Third: Huawei Matebook D

Huawei Matebook D review

Pros

  • Fast Work Speed
  • Fit for some Gaming
  • Good Battery

Cons

  • Noisey

It is obvious that Huawei is blatantly copying Apple’s MacBooks with his MateBooks. Although the sales prices have so far been nowhere near as high as those of the iPhone creator’s notebooks, they are nevertheless self-confident: reasonably equipped models have rarely been sold for less than USD 1,000. With the new MateBook D (W00D), the Chinese have now calculated with a very sharp pen for the first time – and are now charging just $575. What does the buyer get for his money?

Design

At first sight nothing unusual: Like almost all MateBooks, the D W00D model tested here has a noble casing milled from an aluminium block. With an overall height of 2.1 centimeters, the notebook is not a very flat flounder. Because it is a bit bulky, Huawei was also able to mount a comparatively large number of connections: There is a USB 2.0 socket for printers, an HDMI connection for separate monitors, external hard drives and SSDs can be connected to USB 3.1 sockets of type A or C – and a combined sound input and output is available for headsets.

Weight

Class: Despite the solid aluminum case, the Huawei is beautifully light at 3.14 lbs. And the 14 inch format is a good middle ground between a measly 11.6 inch notebook and a bulky 15.6 inch. Especially since the MateBook D is barely wider than most 13.3 inch notebooks with only 32.4 centimeters.

Display

How does Huawei do it? The display is framed in only 6 millimetre narrow edges. This not only looks chic and modern, but also enables the compact design. If only the image quality of the display were as beautiful as its design. On its diagonal of 35.5 centimeters, it shows videos and websites in Full HD with 1920×1080 pixels, beautifully sharp and detailed, but with falsified colors. This is especially annoying in photo and video editing, but it is less noticeable in normal office and internet applications. More successful than the color reproduction is the anti-reflection coating.

It lacks a little brilliance, but there are no annoying reflections, for example from ceiling lights. There is also no trace of ugly streaks in fast movements in gaming or movies, as the pixels switch on average within a jagged 13.6 milliseconds.

Performance

The MateBook was also really snappy when it came to measuring the working speed: there were no long waiting times, for example when computing-intensive compiling a film from several mobile phone clips – not for simple Internet and Office tasks anyway. No wonder, the Huawei also has a strong heart: Despite the comparatively low sales price, a mid-range processor serves as the drive – with the Ryzen 5 2500U, a model from AMD.

This CPU is even equipped for a daddle break in between: The built-in graphics chip Vega 8 shows games like “Fortnite” smoothly in reduced details. The graphics chips from Intel don’t always manage this.

Battery and Noise/Heating

Many of the market leader’s processors are not as economical as AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500U: The Huawei was tested for five and a half hours without an electrical outlet! For a compact notebook in this performance class, this is a good value. It’s also pleasant that it doesn’t get unpleasantly warm on the underside even in continuous use. However, the fans make themselves noticeable in demanding tasks because they have to transport the generated heat out of the case at high speeds. The noise level is then high. In normal office and internet use, the Huawei works nicely quietly, the fan can’t be heard even in quiet environments.

Keyboard

The work is also going well. Despite the compact design, the MateBook’s keyboard keys are not too crowded next to each other. They are all the same size except for the F-keys and the up/down directional key. It’s a matter of getting used to the small keystroke, though. The touchpad is neither too large nor too small. Tap and wipe on the pleasant surface and it moves quickly and precisely.

Conclusion

Sure, in view of a sales price of $575, buyers should not expect a high-end notebook – Huawei has to save money somewhere. Thus, the SSD memory turns out somewhat small with 238 gigabytes. Moreover, it doesn’t take the display so precisely in terms of color fidelity. But all in all, the Matebook D is a great notebook: It is really fast, well manufactured and offers a long battery life as well as comparatively many connections, which makes it our third rank in the best laptops with backlit keyboard.

Ranking Fourth: Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6 / W620

Samsung Galaxy Book W620 review

Pros

  • Good Performance
  • LTE (4G) included
  • Great Battery

Cons

  • Just 128 GB of Storage

With the Galaxy Book, Samsung is once again targeting Surface and iPad Pro. The manufacturer is bringing two Windows tablets with removable keyboard, powerful CPUs and stylus to the MWC. In the short test of the Galaxy Book we found out: The new introductions skilfully iron out a few weaknesses of the predecessor Tab Pro S. The prices range between $500 – $ 600.

We have already presented the worth seeing Galaxy Tab Pro S3 in detail. If you’re looking for a genuine laptop replacement, you should take a look at the Galaxy Book models, which are available in 10.6 or 12.0 inch sizes. But be careful: They not only differ significantly in display size but also in their technical specifications.

For example, only the 12-inch variant offers a Super AMOLED screen, up to 256 gigabytes of SSD memory and a maximum of eight gigabytes of RAM. The smaller 10.6-inch variant has to make do with an LCD and a maximum of 128 gigabytes of eMMC memory and four gigabytes of RAM. Another important difference: the small Galaxy Book manages without a fan thanks to the Intel Core m3 processor. This is necessary for the more powerful 12-inch book, because it has a Core i5 with up to 3.2 gigahertz.

Design and backlit Keyboard

Both versions of the Galaxy Book presented to us appear as cleanly finished as the Galaxy Tab S3. Samsung has made further gains here, in a positive sense. We can’t see any external production flaws and the so-called detachables are very easy to handle.

The magnetic keyboards are connected via pogo pins. Similar to Apple’s iPad Pro series, the interface transmits both data and power, turns out very compact and the often a bit tedious coupling process via Bluetooth is omitted.

In the predecessor Galaxy Tab Pro S we still criticized the low key stroke. In our opinion, the typing feel was also in need of improvement. Samsung has listened to us – longer texts can now be written painlessly and frustration-free on the new Galaxy Book keyboards thanks to the deeper stroke and crisp pressure point. The trackpad is also okay, but we would have liked a larger version here. In principle, the space would be available.

Unfortunately only the keyboard of the 12 inch model has backlit keys. Therefore, the keyboards can now be folded over in tablet mode, regardless of their size, and are automatically disabled in this breath.

The keyboards are included in the scope of delivery, as well as the control pens. As with the Tab S3, Samsung has unfortunately not found a way to accommodate the S-Pen in the case. But there is also the possibility to purchase an optional loop that is stuck to the case and in which the pen then finds a secure place.

The recognition of the more than 4,000 pressure levels is done by a Wacom layer. We weren’t able to detect any latency in the first hands-on; the writing feel was accordingly acceptable. Samsung installs a handful of programs on the Windows devices that support the S-Pen by default, including a PDF editor.

Display

We were surprised at how little difference the Super AMOLED display of the 12-inch version differs from the IPS LCD of the 10.6-inch version in our first impression.

Of course, the 12-inch apparently shines more brilliantly, more powerfully. But the LCD display is also impressive. Even from a very acute angle there are no color reversals and colors look very balanced here, too.

Even answering an SMS via the large keyboard is then possible without any problems because the Galaxy Book uses the network connection of the smartphone – a practical thing.

Conclusion

Samsung has improved the Tab Pro S in all the right places and expanded it into the Galaxy Book. Both model variants leave a good impression in the short test. This tablet can actually be used as a notebook replacement thanks to the now almost unrestricted use of keyboards. In this context, it is a pity that the large 12 inch model is only available with a Core i5 processor. We are missing a large Galaxy Book with a Core m3 CPU, which is sufficient for most everyday tasks and doesn’t need a fan, and would have pushed the price of probably $500 a bit, making it the fourth best in our ranking of the best Laptops with backlit Keyboards.

Ranking Fifth: HP Elitebook 820 G2

HP Elitebook 820 G2 review

Pros

  • Awesome Screen
  • LTE included
  • Fast SSD

Cons

  • Sound not optimal

The Ultrabooks from Hewlett-Packard once set out to put the fear of competition into the competition. Due to the successful mixture of high-class materials, ultra-light and slim construction as well as noble design, HP managed to establish a third top dog in the business ultrabook category in a very short time, next to Dell and Lenovo.

Even today – a few years later and now as professionally remanufactured notebooks – the Elitebooks 840 G2 are still considered to be the most sought-after Ultrabooks on the market. Although the devices are now already 2-4 years old, there can be no talk of out-of-date. On the contrary! Professionally remanufactured and refurbished, they are still brilliantly suitable for all everyday tasks and a reliable companion for the next few years.

Reason enough for us to take a closer look at the HP Elitebook 840 G2 and put it through its paces.

Ports

On the whole, the HP Elitebook 840 G2’s equipment leaves nothing to be desired. The notebook sees itself as a full-fledged and professional business workhorse and is therefore equipped with a comprehensive collection of interfaces.

No less than 4 super-fast USB 3.0 ports allow connection to all kinds of peripherals, from external hard drives to printers and scanners. In addition, 2 monitors can be operated simultaneously on each device by means of one VGA and one display port each, so that even lovers of excessive multitasking do not have to accept any compromises.

In favour of the low weight and the narrow dimensions, however, the CD drive, Express Card Reader and eSata connection have been omitted. However, since there is the possibility to expand the device with a docking station, this loss is quite bearable in our opinion.

HP has consequently moved all connections to the device’s sides. There are no further connection possibilities at the front or rear. The practical positioning of all connections should be mentioned positively, so that at most the respective neighboring connection could be blocked by unusually wide plugs. In practical operation, however, no problems worth mentioning should occur here.

Upgrading

The complete disassembly of the notebook is described in detail in a service manual specially provided by HP. The most important components, such as the RAM, hard disk, WLAN and Bluetooth module, as well as the device’s battery, are also accessible at any time, completely without tools, via a maintenance flap on the underside of the device. For this, you simply have to unlock a small slide switch at the bottom and you can remove the complete bottom side of the device. This way you get access to all important components of your device within seconds.

Thanks to the modular design common to business devices, all upgrade and repair work is done quickly and easily. For more complex tasks, such as replacing the keyboard unit, the illustrated service manual provides exemplary assistance. At this point, a big compliment to HP!

Performance

At least as important as the external design of a notebook is its performance and thus its inner values. We chose an HP Elitebook 840 G1 with an Intel Core i5 processor as well as an SSD hard disk and 8 GB RAM for our test. In order to also be up to date in terms of software, we also gave our test device Windows 10 as the operating system.

Conclusion

The technical data actually speaks for itself. Powerful Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 SSD combined with just 3.9 lbs net weight. At the same time robust and easy to maintain as usual from HP. What more could you want? From our side, a clear recommendation to buy the HP Elitebook 840 G2, since it comes with price tag of $270, which makes it the cheapest Laptop in our ranking of the best Laptops with backlit Keyboards.

How to activate a backlit Keyboard

How to activate a backlit Keyboard

In this section we will explain how to switch on the light of backlit Keyboards on Laptops, including the Macbook from Apple and Windows Laptops.

How to switch on Backlit Keyboard of an Apple Macbook

The Apple Macbook comes standard with an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the keyboard backlight brightness to match ambient light. Such a sensor detects lighting conditions and is located on the left side of the FaceTime camera. If the keyboard backlight is on, you can adjust the keyboard backlight by pressing [F5] and [F6].

  • Please note that the illumination of the keyboard puts additional strain on the battery. Even if the feature is enabled and the backlight is turned off, your Macbook consumes power for this.
  • Open the Apple menu and go to “System Preferences”.
  • Under “System settings” select “Keyboard” with a double click.
  • There you will find, among other things, the option “Illuminate keyboard in poor lighting conditions”.
  • If you want to switch on your keyboard illumination, check this checkbox.

How to switch on Backlit Keyboard of an Windows Laptop

How can I switch on the keyboard illumination on a notebook under Windows 10? What can I do if the Keyboard Lighting cannot be activated and does not work? Some laptop owners might ask themselves this question after upgrading to Windows 10, because reports indicate that after upgrading to Windows 10, you might occasionally experience the problem of not being able to adjust Keyboard Lighting or even turn it on. This raises the question of how and where to activate the keyboard light in Windows 10.

Usually, the keyboard illumination is controlled in most notebooks and laptops by the function keys on the keyboard, sometimes there is even a separate key in some models with which you can activate and deactivate or control the key illumination. If the keyboard illumination does not work under Windows 10, there is usually no “switch” or “setting” in the Windows settings with which you can activate the key illumination. Instead, you should check if you have the latest drivers installed for your notebook. We have experienced the problem with the keyboard illumination under Windows 10 on an ASUS notebook. After we have downloaded and installed ALL available drivers and tools from the ASUS website for the corresponding notebook, the keyboard illumination works properly again and can also be adjusted as usual via the function key, i.e. switch on and off completely and make the brightness brighter and darker.

It is important to restart your laptop after installing all the drivers and software from the notebook manufacturer. After that (hopefully) everything should be back to normal and you can use the keyboard light in Windows 10.

Do you know of other causes when the keyboard illumination of the notebook does not work under Windows 10? Please describe your experiences in the comments section, maybe there are other causes and solutions that can help others.


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