No, the keyboard is not backlit on the Chromebook. That's never been an issue for me - you get a lot of reflection from the screen on a dark flight, for example. The Chromebook doesn't have a huge number of bells and whistles. It's a stripped down machine that takes care of most cloud-based web services very well. The best part about it is that it boots up really fast, it's easy to use, the battery has long life, it's light (so easy to carry on a flight or around generally), and of course it has a great price.