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12 great laptops with backlit keyboards

Dell Xps 13 9300
Dell Xps 13 9300 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

If you often find yourself working during nighttime hours or in dimly lit rooms, getting a keyboard that has good backlighting is crucial. This feature lights up your keycaps as you type, allowing you to easily see where specific keys are. Thankfully, keyboard backlighting has become an incredibly common feature over the last several years, and nearly every device — including many entry-level budget laptops — has it. But which laptops with backlit keyboards are the best of the bunch? Here are all of our favorites.

If we had to choose just one ...

All of the laptops in this list are incredible, but if we had to choose just one, it would be the Dell XPS 13. This laptop has consistently been rated one of the best (if not the best) laptops ever made, and for good reason; the combination of cutting-edge specs, a brilliant display, supreme battery life, and a killer design all make the Dell XPS 13 an absolute delight to daily drive. If you're in need of a laptop with backlighting and you don't want any compromises, the Dell XPS 13 is simply the best option.

With that said, don't overlook the alternatives we listed here if a premium clamshell isn't a good fit for your needs. The HP Spectre x360 14 will be the better choice for you if you want a high-end convertible, while the Surface Laptop Studio is ideal for folks who need a flexible and powerful workstation.

If you're a gamer and need something with industry-leading hardware, the Razer Blade 15 will serve you excellently with its NVIDIA RTX 30-series GPUs, Intel 11th Gen H-series CPUs, and blazing fast memory. Meanwhile, folks who need something more affordable, but still performant will love the HP Envy x360 15.

If none of the laptops in this list appeals to you, though, make sure you check out our roundup of the best Windows laptops.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.