Replacing the Old Keyboard
When it comes to actually replacing the keyboard of your laptop, the process should usually be a simple one. Many manufacturers provide buyers with service manuals containing detailed instructions on replacing a keyboard. When it doubt, you can always find an online tutorial that can teach you how to replace the keyboard for a specific laptop model or you can the laptop to a computer repair shop.
Types of Laptop Keyboards
When it comes to laptop keyboards, there are two main types from which buyers can choose. The first one is the regular replacement keyboard, which is, as its name suggests, an identical or similar keyboard to the original one. The second type is the external or wireless keyboard, which is often used by those who want to enhance the typing experience on their laptop without replacing the original keyboard. Both types of keyboards come with advantages and disadvantages and it is up to you to choose the one that suits your needs and preferences.
Standard keyboards are often the first choice for those who want to replace the existing keyboard of their laptop because of an accident or simply because they feel like they would do better with a new keyboard.
These keyboards have anywhere between 50 and 90 keys and they are usually laid out in a compact format. These keyboards are actually similar to the standard desktop keyboards and they require little to no adjustments from the user's part. Various laptops have different keyboard sizes and you should of course make sure there are no compatibility issues between your original keyboard and the replacement because you risk finding out the new keyboard does not fit into your laptop.
Wireless laptop keyboards are a common choice for those who spend a lot of time typing and feel that the existent keyboard on their laptop does not offer them all the comfort they may need. An external keyboard for a laptop can be the answer if you feel like replacing your laptop because of the lack of comfort. You can choose a simple keyboard or one with an integrated touchpad. Before buying such a product, however, you need to make sure your laptop is compatible with the wireless technology employed by the keyboard.
Wireless keyboards do not get power from the laptop, so you should also purchase fit batteries for them. The main advantage of having a wireless keyboard for your laptop is the fact that you can work at a distance of a few meters from your laptop if you want. The following chart illustrates the main pros and cons of each of the two types of laptop keyboards.