depletedvespene wrote: ↑
07 Aug 2019, 20:21
It is NOT a necroposting if the issue is still in vigour!
You'll surely remember my ranting about the brutish way the ISO-based Spanish layout was forced on top of the ANSI-ish keyboard in my work-issued laptop, and how what was supposed to be the RCTRL key (already unacceptably shrunk to 1U) was made to be the < >
key, an undeniably unconscionable change. But, given that this is a computer in a mid-range line, one would expect one from a high-end line to be better, right?
Well... a cow orker has an "HP Omen" laptop (a "gaming" computer and pretty expensive, too), and lo and behold, check THAT bottom row:
I'm sure we could argue for days on end about what's proper and what's improper about rearranging a keyboard, but I'm fairly sure we'll all agree that a 2.25U alpha key (again the < >
key) in the bottom row is way beyond the line.
While this keyboard does look like it sucks. I wouldn't say it is the worst layout wise, and in fact compared to your original post this keyboard actually looks *somewhat* better layout wise. Doesn't mean I think its good, but it is better.
Just need to look on the bright side of your friends burning hellfire themed laptop.
This keyboard for instance has a notch area around the arrow keys, to make them easier to find. As well they are separate with a space around them. This is actually good.
There is a space between the numpad and the alphablock. This helps in finding it as well. Most of these are just XT mashed together which makes finding them by touch impossible.
Num 5 has a homing bar additionally so numpad finding is somewhat better.
W has a homing bar which makes gaming at least somewhat easier.
The ~ key on the row is narrower versus the 1 allowing you to potentially identify it easier versus the 1! key.
The F row keys are shorter so maybe they can also be felt easier by hand.
The space between the F row and the Num row is slightly larger than the rest of the row gaps which helps with feeling by hand.
The space bar extends down so you can also find it easier.
Doesnt mean I like this keyboard, but getting punched in the stomach is better than getting punched in the groin.