What are macbook PROs missing: Numpad

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by orfeas0, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    So, I had a macbook pro 15" but I changed to a toshiba qosmio which is more suitable for gaming.
    My upgrade was 2.4ghz c2d->2,4ghz core i5
    2gb ram ->6gb ram
    geforce 9600m GT256mb->geforce 330m 1gb.
    But another difference they have, the toshiba althought it's the same size (at least the screen is the same :D) it has a numpad next to my keyboard.
    I didn't think i would use it, but I realized it's extremely useful!
    And as I can see, apple doesn't include a numpad even in the 17"mbp!!
    So I had an idea, they could transform the touchpad to a small touch screen, which with 1 button transforms to a numpad. Or they could even use that screen for other things, like iOS apps, but that's not really useful. A numpad is.
     
  2. fortunecookie macrumors regular

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    I totally agree! The 17inch MBPs should at least have a num pad. I use it a lot for accounting.
     
  3. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    I prefer a centered keyboard over a built in number pad on a laptop.

    Unless you are saying you want the option to have the numbpad overlayed onto the existing keyboard, in which case I am not sure whether or not that already exists..
     
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  5. zodqyv macrumors regular

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    Agree. I don't think I would put one on the 15" (maybe an option?), but the 17" is begging for one.
     
  6. 63dot macrumors 603

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    My 15.6" PC laptop has a numpad but I still have not got used to the offset keyboard.

    I also prefer a centered keyboard. If I want a numpad, a separate unit is the way to go.
     
  7. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    I guess this is one of those things that is totally based on use of that feature. I never use that thing on the right side of my keyboard--to me is is just taking up space--not even sure you could lift any of my fingerprints off those keys. I would much rather have a keyboard without it. But if you use it, well it is a different story. I suppose it could be an option--but easier to do on a stand alone keyboard--no as easy on a laptop.
     
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  9. fortunecookie macrumors regular

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    Nice share with the "numberkey" app. I think I'll give it a try.
     
  10. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    I do not play games or work in accounting ... therefore I am happy to have No Numpad :cool:
     
  11. ZebOfMac macrumors regular

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    I use number pads all the time. It would be nice to see the addition of these to the built in keyboard. Feeling so for this I have sent in remarks to apple every few months asking for this to be a BTO. I know I would pay upto 50.00 for this to be included on the system and not haver to worry about having the bluetooth device with me.
     
  12. orfeas0 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well the numpad doesnt really help for most games :O
    about the numpad app, nice one, but still not useful. what are you gonna do, have the iphone open at all times next to your keyboard? (where btw is where the mouse goes xD ).
    maybe you don't see the use of the numpad, i didn't think it was useful either but since i got it, it's awsome (not when you're typing 2-3 numbers but for 10-digit codes its pretty awsome).
    to be honest, i think typing with the keyboard numbers will be faster than typing on the iphone numpad ;)
     
  13. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    The 15/17" MBP should have a numeric keypad, definitely.
    Anyone who`s ever had to input large amounts of numerical data will tell you it`s damn near essential.
    The 17" especially looks weird (imo) and stunted without one.
    Thankfully my wired KB takes care of that.
     
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  15. karsten macrumors 6502a

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    change the layout and get rid of the speakers, you'd have room
     
  16. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly, put the speakers under the keyboard like the 13" and you have plenty of space.
    Never gonna happen though, the iMac only comes with a short keyboard ffs.
     
  17. neko girl macrumors 6502a

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    I would rather not have it and have better speakers, bigger keys.
     
  18. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    The keys are already big enough imo and laptop speakers are always garbage anyway, no need to have them taking up the space of a proper keyboard.
     
  19. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    I think it should be like a $49 build to order option on the 17". Some people, me included, do not want it as standard, as it off centres the keyboard. Plus, I used to have an HP Pavilion Dv9600, and it had a 17" screen and the number pad. I don't recall using it more than 3 or 4 times in the two years I owned it. Plus, with a BTO option, the people who want it could get it, and everyone would be happy.
     
  20. Orre macrumors newbie

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    NO!!! Just No. If you've ever used a HP Probook you'll know... The letter keys are shifted way too far to the left.
     
  21. tasslehawf macrumors 6502

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    Since MacbookPro's are the only 17" laptops that don't have a numpad, think of it as another Mac-only 'feature'.
     
  22. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

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    of course a proper keyboard is faster than typing on your iPhone with nmberpad app. Get a Bluetooth keypad and keep it in your laptop bag. Don't waste your time debating about a change to MBP which is never going to happen. Apple are not going to compromise their design aesthetic just to accommodate the few who want a number pad.
     
  23. AdamRock macrumors 6502a

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    idc what feature they add to the 17" aslong as it makes the keyboard bigger looking, currently the keyboard looks so tiny, they should really add numpads or anything that will even out the keyboard.
     
  24. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    Agreed. That keyboard looks so awkward on the 17inch MBP...its like a giant slate of aluminum with this tiny keyboard. adding a number pad would be an awesome idea to keep the size of the keys the same kind of like the apple keyboards.
     
  25. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    I hate numpads on laptops, the force you to sit slightly off center from the screen and i never use them.
     

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