Best laptops with backlit keyboards

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

The backlit keyboard has made a lot of ground in the past few years, although, much to our chagrin, it still isn't ubiquitous.

It used to be that only the high-end laptops had one, but these days, you can get a AU$1000 Sony that packs in the handy feature as well.

If a backlit keyboard is at the top of your features wish list, below are the best laptops we've reviewed that just happen to have one. If there's another you've found that tickles your fancy, let us know in the comments below.

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NielsA posted a comment   

VAIO had good performance, - but very bad back up and support from SONY when failures encountert during the guarantie period, - i never buy VAIO Again !


ZameerE posted a comment   

How about sony vaio e series? I have e15137cnw which has beautiful bright white backlit on the keyboard, and performance is incredible, love this ultimate machine :)


EesK posted a comment   

Nearly every DELL has a backlit keyboard XPS17 series etc. And they have been doing it so long, they actually look very very good. And the backlit options are brilliant ;)


jrathgen posted a comment   

My Toshiba Satellite Z830 with Core i5 and SSD is brilliant and picked up at JB HiFi ex-demo for $900, only complaint is that the keyboard has short travel so sometimes I miss a "space" if my thumbs dont depressitenough (haha)


lcraigmoore posted a comment   
United States

Do you plan to update this article with newer backlit laptops as they become available? And is there a reason you have not included HP in your list?


idiotphone4lover posted a comment   

How about a CNET review on the G73SW.


idiotphone4lover posted a comment   

I've got the Asus G73sw, Backlit keyboard, 17.3 full HD (1920 x 1080) screen with led backlight, Blu-ray burner, USB3, SDXC, 2 x 500gb HHD, Intel i7 2630QM, Nvidia GTX460m with 1.5gb ddr5 vram, HDMI v1.4 and 8gb of ram. It came with free Asus mouse & backpack.


cyevents posted a comment   
United States

I have a Gateway which has a back light as well as a larger screen. It is great!


simon posted a comment   

Something else to do a feature on: sexy 11-13inch laptops which arent macs.


Marty posted a reply   

that'll be a pretty short list IMO

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