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Backlit Keyboard Main Stream Laptop


znod

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Does anyone know of a PC manufacturer(s) that tends to offer Win8 laptop models with backlit keyboards at prices substantially less than the lessor MacBook Pro model with the DVD drive? I am looking for something with approximately the specifications below, but not the Apple price. I find many PC laptops similarly equipped enough, but without backlit keyboards. Also, I could stand to have a 14."

I am not ready to kick Win7 off my current MacBook Pro/Boot Camp partition. I don't know what Apple is going to do with respect to Win8, but IMO Win8/Boot Camp is not yet ready for prime time. I could buy an older refurbished MacBook Pro for Win8, but that might be risky. Not sure what it is going to be required for Mac/Win8 to coexist.

MacBook Pro 15-inch (I could do with 14" PC.): 2.3GHz

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
  • 4GB 1600MHz memory (I would want 6GB.)
  • 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive[SUP]1[/SUP]
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB of GDDR5 memory (I wouldn't need this much in the graphics deptment.)
  • SSD (Hardrive OK)
  • DVD burner (Must burn double layer)
  • 2 USB 3.0 (One will do.)
  • Thuderbolt (The PC wouldn't have thunderbolt in all likelihood. Gigabit Ethernet needed.)
  • Built-in battery (7 hours)Et
  • Etc., Etc.
  • Free Shipping $1,799.00
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    DIY Rig; MacBook Pro (MBP)/Parallels/Boot Camp; HP Pavilion dv6500t Laptop
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600K (sometimes OC'd to 4.8 GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Rev B3
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 570 SC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gateway
    Hard Drives
    Dual Boot:
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on OCZ Revo x2 and
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on Caviar Black SATA 3's
    PSU
    Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
    Case
    Cooler Master 932 HAF
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Internet Speed
    20 Mbps Download/2+ Mbps Upload
    Other Info
    Pioneer Blu-ray Burner/DVD Burner

Coke Robot

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Wasn't BootCamp updated for Windows 8?

For some reason, Alienware's laptops are what comes to mind with backlit keyboards.
Alienware Laptops

The 14 laptop starts at 1,000 and similar or better specs. But they aren't ultrabooks obviously.

I also think I've seen some HP ultrabooks, maybe with touch, that has backlit keyboards and relatively similar specs.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014

znod

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Thanks much Coke.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    DIY Rig; MacBook Pro (MBP)/Parallels/Boot Camp; HP Pavilion dv6500t Laptop
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600K (sometimes OC'd to 4.8 GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Rev B3
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 570 SC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gateway
    Hard Drives
    Dual Boot:
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on OCZ Revo x2 and
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on Caviar Black SATA 3's
    PSU
    Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
    Case
    Cooler Master 932 HAF
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Internet Speed
    20 Mbps Download/2+ Mbps Upload
    Other Info
    Pioneer Blu-ray Burner/DVD Burner