Good laptop for a bad typist

l pinkmountain

My husband is a terrible typist and gets frustrated easily. He hates using the screen typing pad on his smartphone and isn't good at it. Same with his tablet. I want to get him an old-school laptop with big square sturdy keys for his birthday. The kind where you don't accidentally hit a key next to another one. Any recommendations? I have a Dell which I kind of like, although the keys' markings wore off.


I should also probably get him one of those tablet tip "pens" for his other devices!

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dadoes

I've used several laptops and have never run across any that had a good keyboard compared to the full-size Keytronic keyboards on my desktops. I hate laptop keyboards.

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zep516

perhaps you could find an external usb keyboard.

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Elmer J Fudd

As far as typing on a smartphone, there are two good alternatives to consider and maybe more. I use these two instead of trying to have my fat fingers hit small keyboard images, which is nearly impossible:

1) use voice input (it's like giving dictation) or

2) use finger swipes on the keyboard.

Both are fast after having a bit of practice but both work very well.

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l pinkmountain

Yes he does that. But he does a lot of business online, filling out online forms, reading through documents, etc. He hates his phone and voice input and swiping are just as prone to mistakes as fat fingers typing. Nothing is perfect. I chose my laptop based on the keyboard and ease of typing and I'm relatively good at it. I am just wondering if anyone has a laptop they LIKE the keyboard on for typing. My current Dell one is OK so I might look into them. I had a Sony Vaio that I loved but I was not happy with the overall durability of that brand.

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Elmer J Fudd

I just bought a USB keyboard for $10. It can be used with any PC, laptop included. I don't think the keyboard on a laptop is a limiting factor if there's desk space to add a keyboard.

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mtvhike

I agree with Elmer. I would get a USB keyboard which includes the numeric keypad on the right. I would also get a USB mouse; (make sure your laptop has at least 2 USB ports). I find the mouse more necessary than the keyboard but usually I use both.

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mike_kaiser_gw

Lenovo Thinkpads consistently get high marks for their keyboards, so that might be a place to start. Thinkpads are a bit pricey compared to similarly configured mainstream laptops though.


I use a Logitech K380 Bluetooth keyboard when I need to compose longer messages on my Android phone or iPad. It's by no means a "great" keyboard but with some practice I can type pretty fast and accurately. I think the keyboard was about $30 and Logitech has some other models of "mobile" keyboards as well.

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Elmer J Fudd

I agree with mike's comments about Thinkpads. This was a product line started by IBM and sold to Lenovo ages ago when IBM got out of the PC business. They're the best laptops as far as I'm concerned and have been for a long time. They're also not inexpensive but you get what you pay for. Lenovo also has lower cost product families and they're okay but not the same.

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acraftylady

My son loves his ThinkPad. I have a lenovo yoga laptop and like it just fine but if I had seen the think pad before getting this would have got think pad for traveling. He does a lot of his college work on it. The school gives him a supplies stipend so he went with that.

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l pinkmountain

I have a Logitech keyboard which I could get out. Seems a waste when a laptop already has a keyboard. I only got it when I spilled coffee on my old, old laptop and couldn't buy a replacement keyboard anymore. I don't know if I can configure it to hubs tablet, the tablet was a cheapie one he got from Amazon. That would be great though. I basically want to get myself a nice new laptop and turn over my old Dell to husband. I don't want him using my computers, he is not savvy and gets viruses easily. But if we can use my Logitech keyboard with his tablet, I can save the money to buy something else, like a week's vacation!!

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acraftylady

He shouldn't be getting viruses if he has good protection and is not going on questionable sites. I would suggest going into a store and test out the laptop keyboards in person. I use my phone and tablet for everything now and love swipe. There isn't anything I can't do on my mobile devices. My tablet has word, excel and power point and has almost a 10 inch screen. I have a battery wireless keyboard I can use with it. My friend loves her Microsoft surface Pro tablet and keyboard as it runs windows. Mary

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l pinkmountain

He's just a bad clicker! I've talked to him about it repeatedly but he ignores me. His phone is full of junk apps that he unwittingly downloads. He gets hundreds of junk e-mails a day, etc. I have virus protection but somehow, something got through. I can't even use his phone, the interface is so busy and slow.

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acraftylady

Make sure you have his phone browser in mobile view and not desktop, it will work better that way. I find on a mobile device most things run better if they have an app to use. I have all kinds of game apps on my phone or tablet and have never needed virus protection and have no trouble. Mary

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kudzu9

Unfortunately, with all you've described, I doubt that there is any technical/hardware fix that will make magical improvements. His problem is not mechanics; it's attitude, impatience, and not really liking technology. It sounds like he really could benefit from a basic typing course, and a basic computer course...but only you know if he would tolerate that.

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l pinkmountain

At 66 years old, no. Yes, it is his attitude. But he's still a hunt and peck typist, like many out there. He often uses the voice command function, as does my elderly father with shaky hands. But for filling out longer documents, etc, you need to type on a real keyboard. Me too. I had typing in high school. Maybe I should get the laptop I want and give him my old one. I also like a good robust keyboard that feels like a typewriter. Too easy to make mistakes on a touch screen when you are typing a long document. I'm a fairly good typist.

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mike_kaiser_gw

Does Mavis Beacon still teach typing? I had typing class in Jr. High. Who would have known back then how handy it became over the years.

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acraftylady

I am 55. We had to learn on a manual in high school then they gave us electrics. I much prefer touch screen these days. My newish laptop with windows flips to tablet style and I can use it as a touch tablet, love it while in bed. Mary

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