The best Windows laptops with number pads in 2022

The best Windows laptops with number pads in 2022

As laptops get thinner and lighter, there tend to be some things that get sacrificed along the way. The best premium laptops we see these days are often tiny and only have Thunderbolt 4 ports in order to save space inside the chassis, for example. Another thing that’s fallen by the wayside over the years is the inclusion of number pads, which many of those best laptops don’t have.

Those dedicated number keys can be hugely important if you work with numbers. All the keys are easily accessible in one position, so number-crunching becomes a lot more efficient and convenient. These days, you have to look to 15- or 17-inch laptops if you want a number pad, since 13-inch laptops are very small. But even then, there are a ton of laptops out there that don’t have a number pad.

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If you’re having trouble finding laptops that include a number pad, we’ve rounded up the best ones you can buy right now. Let’s get into it.

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Best overall: Lenovo Yoga 7i (16-inch)

A person holding a Lenovo Yoga 7i in tablet mode

Number pads may not be as common as they may have been in the past, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t premium laptops still being made with them, and the Lenovo Yoga 7i is a shining example of that. This is a convertible laptop with a fantastic display, top-tier performance, and of course, a number pad, so it’s ready for whatever you throw at it.

We’ll start with performance, and the Yoga 7i surely isn’t lacking in that department. It comes ith Intel’s 12th-generation processors, and more specifically the P-series models, which have a 28W TDP. You can get it with up to an Intel Core i7-1260P, meaning you get 12 cores, 16 threads, and clock speeds up to 4.7GHz, so you’re definitely not going to have trouble with day-to-day tasks. Plus, it comes with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM at 4800MHz, and you can configure it with up to 1TB of storage (though only one configuration is available right now). There’s plenty of performance here.

The display is also fantastic, being a 16-inch panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It’s one of the best displays you’ll find on this list, and that tall aspect ratio is fantastic for productivity. It means you can see more on screen with less scrolling, which can be super useful in apps like Excel – which you might be using a lot if you need a number pad. Plus, this panel comes in a sharp Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600) resolution, so everything looks sharp on it, and with 400 nits of brightness, it should be easily visible outdoors. In fact, consuming media on this should be great all around, considering it has a powerful quad-speaker stereo setup.

Above that display, there’s even more good news with a Full HD 1080p webcam, which should provide solid quality for your video calls and meetings. Plus, there’s an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition, in addition to a fingerprint reader.

Coming around to the design, the Lenovo Yoga 7i also looks great. It only comes in two different shades of grey, but Lenovo still made it look unique by implementing a new design with curved glossy edges. This gives the laptop a distinct look and makes it more comfortable to hold in your hands, so it’s a win-win. At 4.19lbs, the Lenovo Yoga 7i isn’t super light, but for a 16-inch convertible, it’s not the heaviest, either.

Finally, we have the ports, and it’s a solid setup, too. The Yoga 7i comes with two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, and a full-size SD card reader. It’s a wide selection that should cover most users’ needs, and it just adds to the overall versatility of this laptop.

It’s hard to point out a ton of flaws with this laptop, and that’s why it’s at the top of this list.

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Best thin and light laptop with a number pad: Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro

Laptops with number pads don’t often have a ton of overlap with thin-and-light laptops, but the 15-inch Galaxy Book 2 Pro that does both, and it’s actually one of the best laptops around. The first Galaxy Book Pro was already great, but the greatest model improves a few key areas that make this an even better choice than before.

Like the Lenovo Yoga 7i above, the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is powered by Intel’s 12th-generation P-series processors, up to a Core i7-1260P. That means up to 12 cores and 16 threads, plus max speeds up to 4.7GHz, all in a very thin and light design. It also goes up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of storage, at least in the configurations you can buy right now. A model with Intel Arc 370M discrete graphics is also planned but not yet available.

The display on the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is also great. It’s a 15.6-inch panel and it comes in Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, but what’s great about it is that it’s an AMOLED panel. That means you get true blacks, vivid colors, and very high contrast ratios. Usually, AMOLED displays are reserved for very expensive laptops, so it’s great to see it in this more affordable package and a more down-to-earth resolution. Some might have liked to see a slightly sharper panel at this size, but this is definitely serviceable, and being an AMOLED panel makes up for it. This year’s model can reach up to 500 nits of brightness in HDR mode, too.

One of the big upgrades Samsung made this year is the webcam, which now supports Full HD resolution and has a wider field of view. That means you should look clearer during video calls and meetings, and you’ll be able to fit more people in the frame, too. There’s no facial recognition for Windows Hello, but the laptop does have a fingerprint reader on the power button.

What’s truly impressive about the Galaxy Book 2 Pro is just how thin and light it is. For a 15.6-inch laptop, being just 11.7mm thin is super impressive, and it weighs just 2.45lbs, too. It’s especially great to see that getting to that thin-and-light design didn’t require sacrificing the number pad, which is still available here. The Galaxy Book 2 Pro is available in two colors: Graphite and Silver, both of which look great without being flashy.

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro has a somewhat limited supply of ports, but nothing you shouldn’t expect for something this thin. You get one Thunderbolt 4 port, one standard USB Type-C port, one USB Type-A port, HDMI, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. That’s still a very solid setup, especially when you consider how thin this laptop is. You can connect most peripherals you could possibly want this way.

With last year’s model, Samsung made some notable sacrifices to get this thin and light design, but with the Galaxy Book 2 Pro, those are much less apparent. This is a fantastic laptop in almost every way, and one of the best options if you want a number pad.

    The Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro is an impressively thin and light 15.6-inch laptop that still has high-end specs and even a number pad.

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Best 17-inch laptop with a number pad: HP Envy 17

HP Envy 17 on a purple gradient background

While some of us value portability, others might prefer having the largest screen possible, and the HP Envy 17 is the best laptop for those people, particularly if you want a number pad. Delivering top-tier performance in a premium design, this is a solid choice for just about anyone wanting more space to work with.

Performance-wise, the HP Envy 17 is about the same as the laptops above. You can get it with up to an Intel Core i7-1260P, a 28W processor with 12 cores and 16 threads, so there’s plenty of performance for everyday tasks and even a little more. HP also announced a version with discrete graphics in the form of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2050, but that’s not available at writing time. You can also configure it with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM at 3200MHz, and storage options go up to 1TB, so all the basics are covered for a solid laptop that can last you a while.

The display here is a bit less impressive than some other models, but it’s still solid. It’s a 17.3-inch IPS panel and the base configuration comes in Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, with the option for touch support. At that size, that can start looking a little pixelated if you look closely, but for many users it should be just fine. If you don’t like it, though, you can upgrade to a 4K (3840 x 2160) panel, which is more than sharp enough for anyone’s needs. Sadly, the 4K panel isn’t available with touch support, but it does come with 100% coverage of DCI-P3 and increased brightness.

Something that’s absolutely fantastic about the Envy 17 is the webcam, which HP has upgraded to be a 5MP camera with support for 1080p video. Like most of HP’s premium laptops for this year, it comes with a bunch of smart features like auto framing and backlight correction so you always look your best during video calls and meetings.

The design of the HP Envy 17 is premium, but also very basic. It’s a mostly metal laptop, and it’s only available in silver, which is all too common with laptops these days. Because of its large display and metal build, this isn’t a light laptop, coming in at 5.49lbs, but you probably already expected that buying a 17-inch laptop.

As for ports, HP makes good use of the available space, giving you two Thunderbolt 4 ports, three USB Type-A ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader. That means you can connect just about any peripheral you could want, and if you need something extra, two Thunderbolt ports give you plenty of possibilities for expansion.

While it takes away the portability some might want from a laptop, the HP Envy 17 is a great way to get a large display, high performance, and a number pad all in one package.

    The HP Envy 17 gives you plenty of screen real estate to work on, plus it has high-end specs.

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Best creator laptop: Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED front view on a desk

We’ll admit that we may be cheating a little bit with this one, but the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is one of the best laptops for creative work, and while they’re not physical keys, it does have a number pad. It may take some getting used to, but you get a really cool form factor and a ton of performance with this design.

First off, the latest iteration of the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED comes with Intel’s 12th-generation processors, but unlike the models we’ve looked at so far, these come from the H series, and they have a 45W TDP. That means it does use more power, but in exchange, you can get up to 14 cores and 20 threads, as well as boost speeds up to 5GHz if you go with the Intel Core i9-12900H. You also get Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, which gives you plenty of power for creative workloads or some gaming, if you want to dabble in it. Plus, you get up to 32GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 1TB of PCIe storage.

We can’t talk about the display on the Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED like other laptops, because it actually has two. That primary display is already phenomenal – it’s a 15.6-inch panel and as the name indicates, it’s OLED; meaning you get true blacks, vivid colors, and a high contrast ratio. It’s also 4K resolution and it covers 100% of DCI-P3, it’s validated by Pantone, and it’s certified for VESA DisplayHDR 500 True Black. It’s just a stunning panel overall.

The real kicker is below that, though. There’s another screen here with the same horizontal resolution, but about half the width (the actual resolution is 3840 x 1100). This is an IPS panel with touch support, but it’s here to give you quick access to controls in creative apps like Photoshop, or to help you multi-task by housing windows that don’t require a ton of space. The screen is raised at an angle when you open the laptop, so it’s more easily visible while you use it, and it allows for additional air intake to cool the laptop.

Having this huge screen on the base means the keyboard has to be pushed down, and so instead of having the touchpad below the keyboard, it’s actually on the right side of the keyboard. This can be hard to get used to, but if you want a number pad, it’s actually not that bad. That’s because this touchpad can turn into a virtual number pad with the touch of a button, and in that context, the number pad is exactly where you’d expect it to be on the keyboard. You will need some time to get used to it, but that’s to be expected with such a unique design.

This design does come with some sacrifices, though, because this is a fairly heavy laptop at 5.16lbs, and it’s also quite thick. Again, that’s not unexpected. Another downside of this model is that it only has a 720p HD webcam, but to Asus’ credit, at least it does support Windows Hello facial recognition.

As for the ports, the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED, you get a pretty solid selection here. Two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB Type-A, HDMI 2.1, and a headphone jack. It’s not as versatile as some of the other laptops here, but considering everything that’s going on with this laptop, it’s understandable there wouldn’t be space for more. Plus, this still has a lot of variety.

It may seem odd at first, but the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED is certainly one of the best laptops you can buy as a creator, and with the virtual number pad, it can also be great for crunching numbers. You can buy the latest model below with a Core i7-12700H processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage, plus GeForce RTX 3060 graphics. You may also want to keep an eye on Asus’ website to see if more powerful configurations show up.

    The Asus Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED is a fantastic laptop for creators, giving you a large second screen for intuitive touch controls or improved multi-tasking.

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Best business laptop: HP EliteBook 860 G9

Even among business laptops, not every device gives you a number pad, but thankfully, they do exist. HP’s EliteBook 860 G9 is a great example, packing high-end specs, a tall display, and business-oriented features in a sleek chassis.

Starting with performance, the HP EliteBook 860 G9 comes with Intel’s 12th-generation processors, just like many of the laptops we’ve looked at so far. They’re from the 28W P series, and you can go up to a Core i7-1280P with Intel vPro support, giving you additional security and manageability features for businesses. The Core i7-1280P also has 14 cores, 20 threads, and boost speeds up to 4.8GHz, so it’s the most powerful model in the P series. The RAM can be configured up to 64GB of DDR5 (you can always upgrade it yourself later, too), and you can get up to 2TB of SSD storage, or a self-encrypting drive if you need extra security.

The display on the EliteBook 860 G9 is a 16-inch panel, and it’s a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is actually a first for this series. That’s great news for productivity, though. The resolution is Full HD+ (1920 x 1200), and you can’t really upgrade beyond that, but you do have options including a touchscreen, anti-glare coating, or perhaps most importantly, a built-in privacy screen, which makes it so that people around you can’t see what’s on your screen while you’re working. This is a very important feature for business users.

Just like HP’s other premium laptops, this one comes with a 5MP camera capable of 1080p video, and it includes a bunch of smart features like auto framing and backlight adjustments. Plus, the camera supports Windows Hello facial recognition (as an optional upgrade), and there’s a fingerprint included (also optional) if you prefer unlocking your PC that way.

Design-wise, this is a pretty standard HP laptop, featuring a silver-colored metal chassis for a subdued look overall. At 3.87lbs, it’s not the lightest machine around, but it’s not heavy for its size, and it should be fairly easy to carry around.

Connectivity is one area where business laptops tend to excel, and in this case, you’re getting two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, and a headphone jack, plus there’s the option to add a Smart Card reader and NFC support. Of course, one thing many business laptops tend to have is cellular connectivity, and this is no exception – you can choose between LTE Cat 16 or 5G support, both powered by Intel modems. both allow you to stay connected to the internet from pretty much anywhere you go, plus you can bypass insecure Wi-Fi networks if you’re working in public, which is important if you’re working with sensitive data.

For business users, HP makes some of the best laptops around, and the EliteBook 860 G9 is a big upgrade over the previous generation, making it easy to recommend.

    The HP EliteBook 860 G9 is a business laptop with the latest specs and a 16:10 display that's great for productivity.

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Best gaming laptop with a number pad: MSI Raider GE76

Front view of MSI Raider GE76

If you want a powerful laptop but you’re more into gaming, the MSI Raider GE76 is probably the laptop you want. It’s the most powerful model on this list, featuring the latest hardware from Intel and Nvidia to offer a fantastic gaming experience with all the flare you could want.

Performance-wise, it’s what you’d expect from a big gaming laptop like this. It comes with up to an Intel Core i9-12900HK processor, meaning it-s a 45W processor and it has 14 cores, 20 threads, and boost speeds up to 5GHz, similar to the Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED we mentioned above. Backing that up is up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, the most powerful laptop GPU you can get right now. With Dynamic Boost, that GPU can use up to 175W, so it’s incredibly powerful for mobile gaming. It also goes up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM and 1TB of PCie 4.0 SSD storage, so you have all the performance you could want.

There are a few display options available, but they’re all great for different kinds of gamers. This is a 17.3-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and you can choose either a Full HD (1920 x 1080) panel with a 360Hz refresh rate, a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) version with a 240Hz refresh rate, or a 4K (3840 x 2160) panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. These are all fantastic, and it depends on what kind of experience you want. A high refresh rate is ideal for lightning-fast reactions, but a higher resolution increases the visual fidelity and sharpness of the image.

Perhaps surprisingly, the MSI Raider GE76 actually has 1080p webcam, which makes it suitable for video calls and even game streaming, if that’s something you plan to do. Unfortunately, there’s no Windows Hello support, whether that’s with facial recognition or a fingerprint reader. That’s not uncommon with gaming laptops, though.

If the performance didn’t make it obvious, the design of the Raider GE76 makes it absolutely blatant that this is a gaming laptop. It’s got an RGB backlit keyboard, but there’s also an RGB lightbar at the front, on the keyboard deck, which adds a lot of flair to your setup. Beyond that, the fact that it’s over 27mm thick and weighs 6.39lbs also makes it obvious this isn’t a laptop you can take with you anywhere easily. It’s quite heavy, but you can take it to a friend’s house or something for a gaming session.

This laptop also has plenty of ports, which gaming laptops often tend to do. You get one Thunderbolt 4 port, one standard USB Type-C port, three USB Type-A ports, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, RJ45 Ethernet, a headphone jack, and a full-size SD card reader. There isn’t much more you could ask for here, so we can safely say this is a terrific port setup.

You can buy the MSI Raider GE76 below, configured with an Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and a Full HD 360Hz panel. If you want a different configuration, you can find more options at Adorama.

    The MSI Raider GE76 is onee of the most powerful gaming laptops you can buy today, and in addition to its high-end specs, it has a number pad that might come in handy.

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Best budget laptop: HP Pavilion 15t-eg200

HP Pavilion 15t on gradient orange background

Want a laptop with a number pad without spending a lot? The aptly called HP Pavilion 15t is a great option if you’re looking for something affordable but still quite capable. It gives you a few configuration options, too, so you can make it even better if your budget can accommodate it, but we’ll focus on the entry-level since that probably interests you more if you’re on a budget.

Starting with performance, the HP Pavilion 15t is powered by Intel’s 12th-generation processors, this time from the U15 series. It won’t be quite as powerful as the other laptops on this list, but with 10 cores and 12 threads, it’s still going to be far from slow. Of course, you can upgrade to a Core i7 if you want, and there’ an option for Nvidia GeForce MX550 graphics if you want a slightly better gaming experience, but that may not work for your budget. The laptop also comes with 8GB of RAM (up to 16GB) and 256GB of PCIe SSD storage (up to 1TB), so it covers all the basics fairly well to give you a good budget-conscious experience.

The Pavilion 15t comes with a 15.6-inch display, and it’s in the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, which is definitely what you’d expect for this price range. On the bright side, you get a Full HD panel by default, so this is actually pretty good for its starting price. There are some upgrades to make it brighter or add touch support, but it’s up to you whether you need it. The base brightness of 250 nits may make it hard to read outdoors, so that’s something to keep in mind.

A downside of this laptop is that it has a standard 720p HD webcam, which isn’t very good. That’s very common with affordable laptops like this, and the camera is still usable, it’s just not on the same level as the more expensive laptops on this list. It also doesn’t include Windows Hello facial recognition, but there may be a fingerprint reader available. HP’s spec sheet says there isn’t but you can see it in the official images, so it may have been a mistake.

In terms of design, the HP Pavilion series doesn’t usually stand out, and this isn’t exactly an exception. It looks pretty standard overall, but one thing it has going for it is the array of color options available. You can get it in Natural Silver, Ceramic White, Warm Gold, Fog Blue, and the beautiful Forest teal pictured above. At the very least, you can get a color that matches your preference, and that’s a big win. At 3.87lbs, this isn’t an extremely light laptop, but it’s about what you’d expect for a budget device.

Finally, in terms of ports, you’re getting one USB Type-C port (without Thunderbolt), two USB Type-A ports, HDMI, and a headphone jack. It’s a fairly basic, but still very capable setup. Sure, some would have liked Thunderbolt support, but this is standard for budget devices like this.

All of this comes in at just under $650, and suffice it to say, you’re getting a lot of laptop for your money. A 12th-generation Intel Core i5, a Full HD display, a premium-looking design in a bunch of fun colors make this one of the best laptops with a number pad if you’re on a budget. You can configure your own and buy it below.

    The HP Pavilion 15 is a budget laptop but it still has the latest hardware from Intel and a premium-looking design.

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Best Chromebook: ASUS Chromebook Flip C536

ASUS Chromebook Flip C536 light green background

Finally, if you’re not interested in a Windows laptop right now, it can be hard to find a Chromebook that has a number pad. But the ASUS Chromebook Flip C536 stands out in a good way and includes these additional keys while also being a solid convertible laptop.

The ASUS Chromebook Flip C536 is powered by an Intel Core i3-1115G4 processor, which has two cores, four threads, and speeds up to 4.1GHz. It’s not as high-end as many of the other laptops here, but this is still a solid processor, and with Chrome OS being a lightweight operating system, it should work very well here. In addition to this, you get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, so you have a pretty good combination of specs for a Chromebook.

The display is also quite good for this price. It’s a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) panel so it looks decently sharp and gets the job done well. Also, this is a convertible laptop, so the screen supports touch and you can rotate it all around to use it as a tablet. There’s also pen support if you want to buy a USI pen separately.

To no one’s surprise, the webcam isn’t particularly good here, being a 720p camera, as you’d expect to find on a budget-oriented laptop. There’s also no form of biometric authentication supported on this laptop. Facial recognition with an IR camera wouldn’t be supported by Chrome OS, but there’s no fingerprint reader, either.

Turning over to the design, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C536 actually looks quite good. It has a white exterior and a black interior, which makes for a cool dual-tone effect and gives it some personality. It also meets MIL-STD-810H standards for durability, and it’s about 18.5mm thick. It’s a bit heavy, though, at 4.3lbs, but that’s not too bad for a 15-inch convertible.

As for ports, the ASUS Chromebook Flip C536 comes with a decent supply of ports. There are two USB Type-C ports, one USB Type-A port, HDMI, and a microSD card reader. The lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack is a bit odd, but whether that’s a problem or not may vary from person to person.

    The ASUS Chromebook Flip C536 is a solid Chrome OS laptop and one of the few to include a number pad. It has solid performance and a nice display, too.

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And those are some of the best laptops you can buy right now that have a number pad. You may notice that this list is quite different from any of our other lists of best laptops, and that’s largely because number pads are quite hard to find these days, as we’ve mentioned. We chose the Lenovo Yoga 7i for the top spot because it has top-tier performance, the versatility of a convertible, a beautiful design, and a fantastic display. It’s actually hard to ask for much more, and you really can’t go wrong with it.

Every laptop on this list is fantastic, though. I’m personally drawn to the more powerful laptops like the MSI Raider GE76 and the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED, but there’s something for everyone here.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Editor at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.

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