Originally Posted by Hoss
In comparing Dell's Inspiron XPS2 to Alienware's Area 51-M, I noticed the 51-M has a 10-Key Pad built-in to the keyboard.
I'm curious - has anyone found this to be particularly usefull or worthless? Has it/should it play any role in deciding on which laptop to buy?
It's indispensable in my opinion since I do my checkbook in Money on my 7700.
Most all games can make use of them. if they aren't already bound to controls you can bind them as you see fit. I have punish/don't punish and accept order/decline order set to some of the keys for BF2 as well as a few other controls bound to the other keys. It's also nice not to have to do any kind of finger limbo to have keys like PG UP and PG DOWN or HOME and END. they are right there on the keypad. I don't think I could live without a keypad, in fact that's one thing I really liked about the 7700 because I like a full size keyboard and this is as close as you'll get to that on a laptop.