For years, I kept saying to myself that I would get a laptop with backlit keyboard. Unfortunately, because I rarely change my laptop, it took a long time to do it. I may be techie, but I don’t have as much excitement for laptops as I do for smartphones.
That is no problem: being a jack-of-all-trades is not exactly a good thing in an industry like ours with such a wide range of specialties possible. Mobile is my specialty and it is there that you find me doing a lot of swapping.
Still, I do take some interest in laptops. They are incredibly more efficient content creation tools than smartphones and tablets. So, I write better on a laptop. I do much of my blog management on my laptop. I could do it all on mobile, but when the big screen and keyboard of a laptop are available, it just makes sense to get work done on the latter.
Why did I want a laptop with backlit keyboard?
I tend to write better at night. By night, I mean when everyone else is in bed and I am, able to think without distractions. And because I live in a shithole called Nigeria, I often have to work in the dark. Too often than not, there is no public power supply and it is too late to disturb anyone with the sound of the power generator.
Yes; in 2019, here in Nigeria, we are still dealing with between 12 and 18 hours of power supply. At least, that is my experience at my end. There are places that have it better and there are those that have it worse. But darkness is a huge reality in Nigeria till today. Sadly, it doesn’t look like the problem will go away in another 20 years.
Those in denial of the scale of the problem will disagree and make positive confessions about how the country will be radically different by 2025. I heard those positive words in 2000. I heard them in 1990. I heard them in 1985. Yet, here we are today and the situation is worse than it was 34 years ago.
What I don’t see is the kind of efforts that will produce the change that we all want.
Anyway, tying in the dark meant I had to put on a rechargeable lamp or a torch light. I a;lso had to deal with the placement to the light source to make sure that my laptop’s keyboard was properly lit. I decided that a laptop with backlit keyboard would be more convenient to use. And I was right.
Meet the HP EliteBook Folio 9470M
Some months ago, I got the HP EliteBook Folio 9470M. It is a sleek, steel greycoloured-laptop with a fairly compact size. The display is 14 inches in size. Its predecessor had a 16-inch display, and I found that too big for my liking. So far, this size has been comfortable working with.
But my choice of a laptop went beyond just working in the dark of the night when vampires, werewolves, and the rest of the undead roamed the streets. I needed performance.
I set out to find one with a fairly powerful processor and adequate amount of RAM. I didn’t want a laptop that would run sluggishly under my tasks. This was something my older laptop was guilty of.
After some consultations, I settled for the Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB SSD storage of the HP Elitebook Folio 9470m. The solid state storage is key for speed. Because it has no moving parts, reading and writing on it is super fast. So far, so good, I am convinced that this has been a good choice.
What of battery life? Very good too. With a full battery, I am able to work for over 4 hours before I get a low battery warning. And did I mention that the keyboard produces a nice clickety click sound when one is typing fast on it? Such a delightful sound.
Getting a laptop with backlit keyboard has been a solid productivity boost for me. If, like me, you are a vampire and work in the dead of the night, you should get yourself one whether or not you live in a blackhole like Nigeria. Christmas is still some months off, but who says it can’t be early for you?
The HP EliteBook Folio 9470M was launched in 2015, so it isn’t cutting edge, but it gets the job done quite well and certified refirbished units are available for purchase for below $300. If in Nigeria, call Swot Solutions on +234 802 289 1860 for a good bargain.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.