EliteBook 2560p combo Page buttons: Yay or nay?

HP EliteBook 2560p arrow keys

I’ve been meaning to post this for some time but better late than never, right? The EliteBook 2560p is the first laptop in HP’s business EliteBook laptop line in years to receive a completely redesigned keyboard. I’m not talking about switching keyboard styles to partial chiclet and then full-chiclet… those are minor, cosmetic changes.

The keyboard change on the EliteBook 2560p marks a change in terms of layout and usability. The tilde (~) and number one (1) keys are now normal-sized on the EliteBook 2560p’s full-sized notebook keyboard, compared to previous models which had shrunken versions of those keys. You can thank that 16:9 display on the EliteBook 2560p for this change, no matter how much disdain you may harbor for this new aspect ratio.

You also get much larger Tab, Caps Lock and Left Shift and Control keys… but one of the most significant changes on the keyboard is actually on the right side of the keyboard, where a shift in layout has occurred. Gone are the six keys to the right of the F1-F12 buttons, replaced with just 4 keys (Scroll lock, Pause, Insert and Delete). This has allowed for each individual key to be larger since the keyboard’s top row on the EliteBook 2560p has a grand total of 17 keys (versus 19 keys on EliteBook 2530p, 2540p and Compaq 2510p).

Full view of the HP EliteBook 2560p's keyboard layout (click for larger)

The Home/End/Page Up/Page Down functions have now been consolidated into the EliteBook 2560p’s arrow keys, which require the pressing of Fn + (Arrow) to operate, versus dedicated keys on previous models.

Some folks may be happy with this more ‘typing-focused’, full keyboard… however, for someone like me, who does a lot of article reading and page-paging, I miss the dedicated Home-End-Page buttons. I also occasionally eat or drink in one hand, so dedicated buttons that require just one hand’s fingers to use are really helpful when I’m reading an email or something over a cup of coffee or meal.

What do you think? Do you like this new keyboard design on the EliteBook 2560p or no?

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7 Comments

  1. Adam March 11, 2012 Reply

    Just got this machine and within a days use, by far the most annoying think is how utterly useless the PgUp/PgDn keys. Whoever thought that using two hands to scroll through a PDF was a smart idea while having dedictated scroll and pause keys is clearly living in the 80’s.
    The keyboard has a very clean ‘Apple’ look and is great to type on with large keys and good spacing.
    I wonder if it is possible to remap the PgUp/PgDn keys to replace scroll and pause.

  2. Md. Ahsan Habib April 25, 2012 Reply

    In excel 2007, I can not go Sheet1 to Sheet2 by using Ctrl + pagedown. Please help

  3. Pedro July 23, 2012 Reply

    The keyboard on this machine is horrible.
    The decision to not have dediated HOME/END/PGUP/PGDOWN keys is incredible. This is supposed to be a work machine, and PGUP/PGDOWN (at least) are used constantly. I use them in excel, powerpoint, pdfs, firefox (and not just for the normal “page-up” function, but in combination with CTRL key to change tabs and change worksheets in Excel, for example).

    I had no choice in getting this machine (it’s the corporate policy to buy these poorly designed HP laptops).

    My solution was to remap the right menu key and right CTRL key to PGUP and PGDOWN respectively (I used http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/). Now I have dedicated keys… (I just have to put a sticker on them to label them according to their new true function).

  4. GULSAH August 2, 2012 Reply

    I agree with Md. Ahsan Habib. I don’t get why ctrl pg up/down shortcut doesn’t work at excel? Excel sheets are not locked or so…

    Please do help!

  5. Anthony October 9, 2012 Reply

    No wonder HP is in the mess they are in. What a dumb move.
    If it ain’t broke leave it the f— alone.

  6. Sam Nelson February 2, 2013 Reply

    I totally dislike the new keyboard feature. It was not intuitive to me to have to use the fn key for up and down and home and end. If the action is inside a box, then I was looking for a key with a box to control the other keys. If this wasn’t a work laptop I would not be using it. So my vote is “No” for this new keyboard.

  7. Andrew February 28, 2013 Reply

    Same problem re: moving between excel worksheets. I have to plug in a seperate keyboard to use excel quickly. I will try remapping but if anybody has any other fixes them please let me know

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