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).
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?