I'm trying to help my mom replace her ancient laptop with a new laptop + external keyboard and monitor. For use mostly at home in one spot, so this would let us not care so much about a new laptop's form factor.
Use: MS Access / Excel, web, email. So a gaming keyboard isn't needed.
no number pad. Reaching far to the side of the alphabetic keys to get to the mouse is a problem. My mom had a RSI shoulder issue from awkward mousing a few years ago, so we think it's important.
ctrl key in the bottom-left corner, not some stupid Fn key: I bought one cheap compact keyboard to test-drive the external-keyboard idea. The braindead layout was a showstopper. The more sane the layout, the better. (Screenshots of the current laptop keyboard are in that link above. It's nice.)
similar "feel" to a normal laptop keyboard, so it's not jarring to go between internal and external keyboard. I don't think mechanical switches would be a plus.
built-in pointing device: for simple mouse movements, not reaching for the mouse at all saves wear and tear on the shoulder. She does sometimes use the trackpad on her laptop instead of the external mouse in this case.
Nice layout of the arrow keys is a plus, so alt+left / alt+right can be pressed easily with one hand.
This keyboad is the kind of thing I'm looking for.
Most external keyboards with built-in pointing devices have number pads, or are weird in some way. For example, the ADESSO ACK-540UW pictured above has really cramped ctrl/capslock keys, and the backquote / ~ key is in a weird place. I can't even make out the marking on the bottom-left corner key from that image, so I'm not even sure that's a ctrl key.
Wired or wireless is fine. Combo with a mouse is a disadvantage, but not a critical one. I'm interested in options at any price range, although it would have to be really amazing to spend over 100$ on. (We're in Canada, so online retailers can generally get most stuff that's available in the US.)
I've considered just finding a laptop with an internal keyboard that would work well for daily use, but laptops without number pads are typically 14" screens or smaller. This question is just asking for external keyboard recommendations; the off-topic stuff about laptops is just background.