Ergonomics with Numpads - Homerow is no longer central to screen - thoughts / experiences?

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  1. bmhbmh

    bmhbmh Notebook Enthusiast

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    What is people's thoughts / experience with numpads on laptops making the homerow not central to the screen. I do A LOT of work with my laptop on my lap (funny that... :p), so I like to have it sitting evenly on both legs.
    Having a numpad, makes me think that I would have to have the laptop hanging over to the right to allow my arms to sit evenly.

    Historically, I have had 10" -> 15.4" laptops, but they have never had a numpad on them.

    I like the idea of a numpad, as it would help with a lot of numerical activities, but I don't want to compromise the ergonomics of the laptop when I am doing normal typing.

    Thoughts / Experiences?

    Thanks.
     
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    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    There's insufficient room to have the keyboard centered with the screen if a number pad is included on a notebook. If that's important, you're best off buying a USB numpad.

    My 17" EliteBook has a number pad and I've had no issues with the keyboard being off-center. Your best bet would be to see a notebook in person that has an off-center keyboard to see how it feels.
     
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