SL300/SL400/SL500, L400-L420 and L500-L520 series specific matters only
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The L420 and xx30 both share the same keyboard layout except one is backlit chicklet and one is the old style full key. Which do you prefer? I'm probably leaning towards xx30, but I haven't personally felt the L420 keyboard.
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I would say its mostly a tie, but the T430 keyboard has backlit which gives it a slight edge for me at least.
The L420 keyboard is just like the T420 keyboard in quality, only 6 row instead of 7.
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The island keyboard is typically sturdier and flexes less + can be backlit. However, it is less resistant to dirt and grime infiltrating the mechanism.
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L420 has integrated numpad, index key, and more Fn combinations so it's a more functional keyboard. It even has browser keys as Fn combos for Fn+PgUp and Fn+PgDn, however this is entirely a gimmick because Alt+Arrows do the exact same thing!!
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TPFanatic wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:00 am
L420 has integrated numpad, index key, and more Fn combinations so it's a more functional keyboard. It even has browser keys as Fn combos for Fn+PgUp and Fn+PgDn, however
this is entirely a gimmick because Alt+Arrows do the exact same thing!!
+1 - Absolutely hate the chiclet style keyboards and I'm sticking with the good old reliable 7 row keyboards.
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