Most types of record keeping on laptops or PCs are made much easier with a numeric keypad. And that’s the same whether you’re recording figures, budgets, unique reference numbers or dates.
But when you have to use numbers above the keyboard, this can significantly slow you down and impede your productivity. Moreover, laptops that don’t have a numeric keypad also have smaller screens, which means there are fewer windows you can see at any one time.
If you’re accustomed to working with a numeric keypad you can quickly enter numbers and dates with your right hand alone, work very timely and productively, and leave your remaining hand free to eat your apple or sip your coffee.
So the solution is of course to get yourself a laptop with a numeric keypad. And the good news is that we’ve been checking out some of the best ones on the market, and have come up with a shortlist of our top few favorites.
All the laptops that made our shortlist are bestsellers with the online retailers.
Following on from our laptop reviews, we also have a handy buying guide for you. It explains all the jargon, and it will walk you through everything you might want to think about before you buy.
And without further ado…
OUR TOP PICK
Now this particular best selling laptop has really been flying off the shelves!
On Amazon alone it has received well over 30,000 customer ratings, which is no mean feat. And better yet, this customer feedback has been incredibly positive and even after so many ratings, the average customer rating still comes in at an impressive 4 and a half stars out of 5.
At 15.6 inches in size, it has that numeric keypad you’re looking for, and a whole host of other great features besides.
Our favorite feature is the built in Amazon Alexa that you can use to give voice commands to the laptop!
It has plenty of processing power, thanks to the AMD Ryzen 3 3200U CPU, which can run as fast as 3.5 GHz. Although you can buy it with a different CPU if you prefer.
You can also buy it with different levels of RAM memory and storage space. The 4GB of RAM together with the 128 GB of storage space will be plenty to meet basic needs, but of you plan on using it more intensively, you can buy it with 8 GB of RAM, and up to a whopping 512 GB of file storage.
It has an excellent screen, it’s 15.6 inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is equivalent to full HD, so you get crisp and clear images. And it’s an IPS display too, meaning you can see the images clearly from any angle. Great for photo editing or streaming movies,
It comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 10 in S mode. And as we discuss in our buying guide Microsoft Windows is the operating system with the most widely used software for record keeping. And as for the S mode, you can be shot of that in a few simple steps.
We also love the backlit keyboard - perfect for finding keys in low light. It has a really good battery life of up to 7.5 hours on a full charge. It also has a good integrated graphics card if you ever wanted to do a little gaming on it. And an integrated webcam and microphone.
It’s also good value for money - even if you pay in installments. And if you buy through Amazon there are a couple of bundle deals you can take advantage of, and buy it with a mouse, a headset, or a backpack.
- Numeric keypad & backlit keyboard
- Features built in Amazon Alexa
- 15.6“ large full HD IPS display
- Windows 10 operating system
- Fast CPU & plenty of RAM & storage
- Great bundle deals through Amazon
- As popular as Windows 10 is, Windows 10 in S mode, not so much. But don’t worry, you can google how to take it out of S mode
Again we have another great laptop that’s selling in its thousands, and with a four and a half star customer rating on Amazon.
A 15.6 inches wide, they’ve been able to accommodate a numeric keypad on the right hand side. And at this size it also means you get a large screen.
Better yet this screen has a resolution of 1920 x1080, in other words a Full HD display, with very crisp and clear imagery. Perfect for watching movies on!
It also features the latest 10th generation Intel Core i3 CPU, to give you all the processing power you need, with speeds of up to 3.4 GHz.
There’s also 8 GB of RAM at your disposal, so you can have plenty of apps running at the same time, and plenty of on-board file storage too, with 128 GB at hand.
It comes with the renowned Microsoft Windows operating system, so you’ll be able to use all your favorite apps. The only drawback is that the Windows is in S mode, but you can take it out of S mode at any time, in just 3 steps.
It’s great for typing on because not only is the keyboard backlit for better visibility in low light, but the screen pushes the keyboard upward at the back in what it calls it’s exclusive Ergolift design to give a better typing position.
As for the battery life, that depends pretty much on how well you take care of it, and what apps you use while on battery.
It can last up to 4 to 5 hours on a full charge. If you deactivate the backlit keyboard, this can help to make the battery last longer.
It has an integrated graphics card for gaming, an integrated webcam and microphone, and is very lightweight at just 3.75 pounds, making it easy to carry around.
- Large 15.6” Full HD screen
- Plenty of processing power
- Features Windows 10 OS
- Backlit keyboard with Ergolift
- 8 GB of RAM for multitasking
- 128 GB of SSD file storage
- As popular as Windows 10 is, Windows 10 in S mode, not so much. But don’t worry, you can take it out of S mode at any time
Now, if you’re looking for a Windows laptop available at a bargain price then this could be the one for you. And even if you do find it expensive, you can always pay in installments if you pay by way of the Amazon Rewards Visa Card.
It comes with regular Windows 10, and not that pesky Windows 10 in S mode. This means you can access all the apps you know and love, and are not just limited to the ones on Microsoft Store.
It’s the right size to fit a numeric keypad, which is situated on the right hand side of the Qwerty keyboard. And is also big enough to display a 15.6 inch screen. The screen’s resolution is 1366 x 768 which is very good but not quite Full HD. But you can still watch movies on it. The audio is excellent.
It’s powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 3 3250U CPU, which offers incredible bandwidth for getting more done faster. And it has 4 GB of RAM memory, so you can easily have several apps running on it at the same time, as people often do.
As for on-board file storage, you get 128 GB to work with, which for most people is more than enough. And better yet, it’s SSD rather than HDD.
Although it comes with an integrated webcam and microphone, the webcam also features a physical shutter so you can protect your privacy at all times.
And it comes with a good integrated graphics card, namely the Radeon Vega 3.
The battery life is pretty good, and it can last up to about 6 hours on a full charge, depending on what apps you’re using.
- Bargain affordable price
- Comes with Windows 10
- Features latest AMD CPU
- Privacy shutter on webcam
- Plenty of RAM and storage
- Pretty good battery life
- Not in Full HD (but close)
Here we have another very affordable laptop. And again, one that’s been selling in its thousands, and has attracted great customer ratings.
It comes from a top brand and has some great specs. It has an excellent screen - it’s 15.6 inches wide and has a stunning display resolution of 1920 x 1080, which basically means Full High Definition. So you get the kind of crisp clear images that are great for watching movies on.
It has plenty of RAM at 4 GB, so you can easily have several apps running at the same time, and you can choose how much on board storage space you would like. You can go for 64 GB which isn’t bad, or go one up and have 128 GB worth.
It has excellent battery life, and can last for up to an impressive 8 hours, depending what apps you have running.
The operating system is Windows 10 in S mode, but you can easily take it out of S mode. Then you can use any app you like.
Please note: in order to purchase this laptop with the numeric keypad, you will have to select the 15.6” version on the product page. The 11.6” and 14” versions won’t have the numeric keypad.
- Excellent Full HD Screen
- Impressive 8 hour battery life
- Windows 10 operating system
- Up to 128 GB storage space
- Plenty of RAM for multitasking
- The CPU could be faster
- Windows 10 is in S mode
Again we have a great little laptop for you to check out, and one that’s excellent value for money. It comes from a top brand and has earned some great customer ratings.
It has a somewhat unique appearance in that it’s red and silver rather than the more usual bleck or grey. But other than that everything is exactly as it should be, complete with a numeric keypad on the right hand side.
The other really stand out feature is its battery life - it can last almost 11 hours on a full charge - not bad hey?
It has a big screen at 15.6” with a resolution of 1366 x 768 which is very good but not quite Full HD. But you can still watch movies on it.
It’s got an Intel Quad Core Pentium Silver Processor that can process data at speeds of up to 2.7 GHz, which is plenty for most applications.
There’s also 4 GB of RAM so you can have several apps running at once. And there’s plenty of on board storage, with 128 GB SSD at your disposal.
- Somewhat unique appearance
- Excellent 11 hour battery life
- Large screen with good resolution
- All the processing power you need
- More than enough RAM & storage space
- Not in Full HD
- Windows 10 is in S mode
Best Laptops With Numeric Keypad Buying Guide
As promised, here’s your buying guide. Let’s walk you through some of the key things to think about when shopping for laptops with numeric keypads.
The most widely used software for logging financial data, or even for record keeping in general, are built to work on Microsoft Windows. This is why all of the laptops that made our shortlist all use the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Sure you can get comparable software designed to work on other operating systems such as Apple’s iOS, but these tend to be both more expensive to buy and more complicated to use.
Now, if you’re specifically looking for a laptop with a numeric keypad, you can forget about getting one that’s a mere 11 inches in size. Or 14 inches for that matter. This size laptop doesn’t have enough space for a numeric keypad.
What you will need is a laptop that is at least 15 inches in size. Although bigger would be better in terms of finding enough room for your windows on your screen.
But you may also want to bear in mind that larger laptops tend to be heavier laptops, so if you go for too big a laptop, it will be less portable.
CPU stands for the Central Processing Unit. It’s basically the brains of the computer. The newer and more up-to-date and powerful the CPU the better the laptop performs.
You don’t need an especially powerful CPU to do bookkeeping or any basic record keeping, but there’s certainly no harm in getting a laptop with a decent CPU in the event that you will need a good one at some point in the future.
RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It represents the laptop’s ability to multitask, and to have several applications running all at the same time.
This is particularly handy if you need to copy data from one database or spreadsheet onto another. Or if you like to have music running on your laptop as you work.
The beauty of a laptop as opposed to a PC is just how portable it is. You can unplug it, take it anywhere, and let it run off it’s battery for a while.
Nowadays, laptop manufacturers boast that their laptops have batteries that can last between 6 and 10 hours.
But it’s important to remember that how fast a laptop battery drains depends on many factors, such as how full a charge has it had, and what is being done on the computer to drain the battery.
How many hours battery life you think you’ll need depends on how you intend to use it. If you are mostly in one place where you can plug it in, it’s barely important, but if you have a long commute, then you might want a laptop battery that will last at least 4 hours on a full charge.
Screen Size & Resolution
We mentioned laptop size earlier on and said that you will need one with a screen of at least 15 inches. But in terms of seeing what’s on the screen clearly, that comes down to display resolution.
The resolution classed as Full High Definition comes in at 1920 x 1080. At this resolution you can see images and videos that are particularly crisp and clear.
Even if it’s not your main intention to watch movies or edit photos on your laptop, there’s no harm in getting one that has good resolution like this. You never know when you might be thankful for it.
On Board Storage
These days files are mostly stored online in virtual clouds, so there’s less need for on-board storage. But many people like to be confident that they know where their files are stored, and can ensure that only they have access to them.
If you want to store your files directly onto your laptop, we would recommend that you go for SSD storage rather than HDD. About 64 GB should be enough for most people.
Value For Money
You can still get laptops that cost over $1000. And these are great laptops, very powerful and great for gaming. But please don’t get succumbed into spending more than you need to.
Unless you’re heavily into your PC gaming, there’s no need to spend more than $500 on a laptop. Laptops in this budget range can still handle movie streaming and photo editing and the like.
Our advice is to always check prices as you go along and learn just what your money buys you.