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I current have a 17 inch laptop. It is mechanical sick (bad keyboard, 250Gb HD is full and screen sometime shows problems) and need to be replaced.

I do not need a new laptop a use one on ebay will do. If I go with a 14 inch laptop will the keys be the same size as a 17 inch? I know that I will lose the number pads.

Do any of you old people (I am 82) have problems typing on a 14" keyboard?

I plan to go to Best Buy or Office Depot and try out a few 14" versions.


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It's according to what you want to do with your laptop. I use mine to ONLY surf the web, read and respond to email, forums, Facebook, etc. I also use it to write papers, letters, etc., but don't really need the complete functionality of a laptop.

I'm not in my 80s, but in my 60s and I purchased an 11-inch Chromebook for less than $150 at Walmart and I LOVE it.

If I need to take notes at a meeting at church, I will unplug it and head to my meeting. It has a long battery life, I have WordPerfect installed so that gives me use of Excel, PowerPoint and the other products of Office 365.

My daughters have 17" laptops and husband has a 14" laptop. The keyboards are the same size other than the number pad on the right and mine has the number ROW on top as well as the F-keys on it. Mine is an HP Chromebook.

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Larger screen easier to read!


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The first on I had was an IBM luggable. The on I have now is a 14 inch, it fits in my lap and works just fine.





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Smaller screen means less power draw if you use it off grid.

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71 yrs young
i've had a 17" for at least 5yrs

its for the display size, not for the keyboard size
whether i'm reading these forums, an online ebook, or watching video, or editing photos,


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If the keyboard feels too small, use an external keyboard and mouse combo.


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K_and_I wrote:

If the keyboard feels too small, use an external keyboard and mouse combo.


How do you use an external keyboard with a laptop? . . . . [emoticon]

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TenOC wrote:

K_and_I wrote:

If the keyboard feels too small, use an external keyboard and mouse combo.


How do you use an external keyboard with a laptop? . . . . [emoticon]


You plug an external keyboard into laptop with USB cable - same thing with a larger monitor if you you find it useful.

When I'm home, I use both, when away, I just unplug and carry the laptop with me ...

ON Edit: You could also use a wireless keyboard (regular size) and eliminate the wires. It comes with a small plug in adapter, and both mouse and keyboard are wireless.


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I'm 55 and I find a 14" screen too small. I have a 15" laptop and sometimes that's too small. My laptop never leaves my house but a 17" is too big to lug around the house.

However if you are used to a 17", you will grow to hate a 14" very quickly.

TenOC wrote:

K_and_I wrote:

If the keyboard feels too small, use an external keyboard and mouse combo.


How do you use an external keyboard with a laptop? . . . . [emoticon]


Wireless keyboard & mouse. Ain't technology grand? [emoticon]


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