Old Lenovo Thinkpads used to have something like that too
My current laptop, a T430, has one! It's called the ThinkLight!
I have an old Lenovo T420 that has this it actually comes in handy and it is really cool.
Yea my W530 has something similar as well! I really like it. It cycles when choosing the keyboard backlight brightness.
This is an HP EliteBook 8570p, which despite its mechanical lid latches, boxy construction and physical WiFi button, actually shipped with Windows 8 in 2012.
It was on the 8460p as well, my first laptop
Not uncommon when other manufactures had a patent on backlit keyboards. Also, this was much cheaper to produce. HP and IBM had a lot of laptops with this design.
Edit: wow why is this getting so many upvotes lol
Ah, yeah, the cost makes a lot of sense before backlit keyboards were standard
Yeah I had a couple of IBM ThinkPads in the early 2000s that had lights similar to this.
Not really related to the post so much as ThinkPads in general, but I really miss the nub on my old IBM ThinkPad. I can't believe the design isn't more popular, as it's superior in pretty much every way to a standard track pad.
I had a boss who was so annoyingly on call all the time that he reprogrammed the keyboard illumination light on his Lenovo to light up when he got email. He was reachable via email all the time except when he was asleep. He was probably my best boss, but had some annoying habits. "There is no rush" meant do it ASAP, I am going to check every day.
What did, "I need it right away" mean then?
Had one of these all through high school, honestly a great laptop (though it was my first so I'm biased). Spent a lot more time playing games on it than doing school work
Doesn't everyone play lots of games on their byod laptops?
whose bright idea was this?
Mr. Hewlett himself
I've got a desktop monitor with a small light on the bottom of the frame, that could be useful in the same way. I use it at work, so it is never dark, though.
[Feature: "A task light to provide soft illumination under the display"](https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01489706)
That actually sounds really useful. I can easily imagine that being insanely helpful in a shared low-light environment.
hey i have the same one!
Ah the good ol days, back when things were worse but somehow better
That's not really that old. 5 or 6 years maybe?
Right? The thing is running windows 8/10 most likely.
Oh ya my mums old work laptop had one of these they are pretty cool
I really like this design actually. Was super pissed when it was discontinued in favour of backlit keyboards. Bring back the ThinkLight!
My old game boy used to have a light attachment, I also had a magnifying glass light combo so you could actually see the screen without having to shove your face inches from the screen.
These lights are great for when you have to work in the middle of the night because someone unplugged the fileserver in the Singapore office in the middle of Windows updates, but they needed to plug in the new demo rack and there weren't enough power plugs in the room, so you end up spending hours rebuilding the server because it is the only DNS/AD/DFS-R fileserver local to them because management is too cheap to pay for a redundant server.
The folks at r/talesfromtechsupport would love this story!
Better than a backlit keyboard in a work situation.
Ok, I'm officially old.
I'm currently using the EliteBook 2570p and have been using it for my research for the past 6 years. It's a beast with the SSD installed. All sorts of research software as well as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (important for scientific figures, as well as the occasional meme making) open up in seconds! It also feels very solid and has accompanied me on various conferences around the world gathering a ding or two here and there on the lid but it's still rolling!
Was even able to run Overwatch on it for a good period before I bought a dedicated gaming laptop (currently living abroad so can't get a tower until I get back to a base country).
EDIT: Ironically to this post, the only thing which is "acting up" is that very light, for some reason the clip mechanism to keep it closed doesn't seem to be working and so it's constantly open and on, but it's barely noticeable. Perhaps I should give it some love it deserves and try to fix it.
What sort of research do you do? Sounds interesting with all that travelling.
Just like all old thinkpads
In the present days, this feature would be the “deluxe” version of the laptop and it would cost you 100$ more because it is a luxury feature
OMG is that what that is on the used PC laptop I've had for a year!?
literally using one now
It's an EliteBook 8460p! I am using one right now! Great laptop!
Every time I see the word "illuminate" it reminds me of this:
Woah! Weird I saw this post after I just found the same thing at my current job. And I've seen a lot of old computers, working in IT my whole life.
ah, a fellow member of the cult of the keyboard lamp
I was gonna say "Well why don't we do that nowadays", but then I realised, almost every damn laptop, computer and fuckin' typewriter under the sun has fuckin' neon rainbow gamer lights an' shit
I love old computer gimmicks like this. It makes them so cute.
Not only is this God damn adorable! That would be useful in a lot of different situations! I love little laptop features like this. And I really like to think about the engineer that poured all his heart and soul into designing this adorable little enhancement on the product. It makes me so happy
Aww, cripes. I didn't know I'd have to write a description. How many words is that so far, like a hundred? Soooo, yeah. Mildly interesting stuff. Stuff that interests you. Mildly. It's in the name, ffs.