OK, then... why not a laptop with a removable keyboard?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ShovelHead84, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. ShovelHead84
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Location:
    orlando
  2. njmac
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 68000

    njmac

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2004
  3. Counterfit
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors G3

    Counterfit

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2003
    Location:
    sitting on your shoulder
    #3
    No cables means it has to have power (battery). That alone adds size, then figure in a data connection of some sort, probably RF so lack of line-of-sight isn't a problem. Those all currently add size and weight, two enemies of good laptop design.

    In the future, however, when short range power delivery is possible without wires, this could be feasible.

    Edit: Just saw the thread about the Dell M2010, which has a detachable keyboard. Search and see for yourself.
     
  4. ShovelHead84
    Expand Collapse
    thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2006
    Location:
    orlando
  5. *DND*
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
    #5
    Satellite 1950 series

    Toshiba made a laptop almost 5 years ago that had a wireless removable keyboard.
    The Satellite 1950 and some of the 1955 series had that feature.
    I have a 1950, best laptop ever for desktop replacement. The new Dell XPS 2010 may rival it but it weighs twice as much so it is not so portable.
     
  6. yellow
    Expand Collapse
    Moderator emeritus

    yellow

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    #7
    This question should be redirected to the OP:

    What would be gained from a laptop with a removable keyboard?

    And how would it be accomplished with no cables?
     
  7. Eraserhead
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2005
    Location:
    UK
    #8
    Why would you want one? I'm genuinely puzzled as to the point. You can hook up an external keyboard to a laptop if you wish (as well as an external display), and it hardly adds weight to the laptop having a keyboard.
     
  8. *DND*
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
    #9
    Why I have a Satellite 1950

    Why would you want one?

    16" screen with 4:3 aspect ratio, more vertical space is better for software development than horizontal (I can see more lines of code which is more important than being able to watch movies on an airplane).

    But you were asking about the keyboard weren't you? ;)

    A removeable keyboard means you can sit back comfortably instead of hunching over the laptop to be able to type. Not to mention being further from the screen is easier on your eyes.
    Then there is the fact that you don't have to carry a seperate keyboard around with you as was suggested, it may not weigh much but you still have to go through the hassle of packing and unpacking it and finding a good place for it in your bag. An extra keyboard is just a needless pain.

    As to how it would be accomplished with no cables?

    Toshiba did it with radio frequency I think (I might be wrong on that) and the wireless mouse may be infra red (but I could be wrong on that too, I know it has an infra red receiver but maybe that was for something else).
    It has a small rechargeable battery that charges will the keyboard is "docked" and lasts for hours disconnected (days if you aren't playing games with it).
    The range is good for several feet and there are a couple channels in case you sit next to someone using the same laptop.
     
  9. yellow
    Expand Collapse
    Moderator emeritus

    yellow

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    #10
    Personally I wouldn't want to haul around a gigantic laptop with multiple batteries.
     
  10. 2nyRiggz
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 603

    2nyRiggz

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2005
    Location:
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    #11
    As soon as I buy the laptop I would misplace the KB so this is a no good for me:)



    Bless
     
  11. benthewraith
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 68040

    benthewraith

    Joined:
    May 27, 2006
    Location:
    Miami, FL
    #12
    Compaq made a tablet PC that had a removable keyboard. You can see it in Stargate Atlantis, it's the laptop in Weir's office. Needless to say, had I not gotten a Mac, that would have been the laptop I would have.
     
  12. Josh396
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors 65816

    Josh396

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Location:
    Peoria/Chicago, IL
    #13
    I don't see how you have to put hunching over your laptop to use one. I use one, not as my main computer, but I can easily sit 2-3 feet away from the keyboard and still be able to see the screen perfectly fine, not to mention the fact that I have bad eyes.
     
  13. Eraserhead
    Expand Collapse
    macrumors G4

    Eraserhead

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2005
    Location:
    UK
    #14
    definitely, I certainly never hunch over my Macbook. I kinda see the point on software dev. though I have never found vertical space to be an issue when developing (though Expose is damn helpful)
     

Share This Page