Netbook hack: Adding a keyboard illumination light

Every now and again someone will ask me whether one netbook or another has a backlit keyboard. No. Pretty much no matter which netbook you’re talking about, the answer is no, it does not have a backlit keyboard. Netbooks are, by definition, cheap laptops. And that’s a premium feature that you’re not likely to find in a cheap laptop anytime soon.

But that doesn’t mean that there’s no hope for anyone that wants to use their netbook in the dark. MyDellMini user vrg3 came up with an interesting solution. He opened up his Dell Mini 9 netbook and added a LED into the bezel near the webcam. Then he wired it up so that he could turn the light on and off by resizing and holding the Ctrl key.

In the end, it’s probably easier just to carry a flashlight around with you and shine it on the keyboard. But if you’re cool with drilling holes in your netbook and voiding your warranty, hit up the MyDellMini forum for details and more photos.

via Lifehacker

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  • juan

    a premium feature?
    backlit keyboard is a basic need for something portable.
    can you imagine a mobile phone without it?

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  • http://home.comcast.net/~tomleem/ BigGoofyGuy

    One could probably use a book light to do about the same thing. They are small and inexpensive and would not require one to open the computer. There are also USB lights that one could use with the netbook too.
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  • Joey

    Backlight for keyboard is not necessary for something portable. Especially not for a keyboard unless you fail at typing that hard, so it makes sense that netbooks which are cheap don't come with one.

  • Mikez

    Telephone booths have lights in them, why do need a light in your cell phone?
    The calls are cheaper also, only the caller gets charged, not both caller and callee.

  • Mikez

    Telephone booths have lights in them, why do need a light in your cell phone?
    The calls are cheaper also, only the caller gets charged, not both caller and callee.