Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jan 2010 11:37 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems It's funny how while software changes so fast, and many hardware components evolve at ridiculously fast paces (processors, memory, hard drives), the keyboard has remained largely unchanged over the years - until recently, that is. Even Lenovo has now buckled under the pressure, switching to a chiclet-style keyboard for ThinkPads - while also removing the SysReq key.
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Comment by talaf
by talaf on Thu 14th Jan 2010 13:56 UTC
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Thinkpad keyboards are supergood, but I'm really not hot on the Fxx keys needing modifiers. F1 help, F3 search, F5 refresh, F11 fullscreen, F12 save as... I use them on a very regular basis. As long as you can switch the behavior and revert it to the original one, I'm okay with the default behavior being different.

Something that is very comfortable on Thinkpads (at least 4x and 6x) is the fact that :
- Volume keys are hardware (no need for the OS to be up for them to alter the sound volume or mute)
- Pressing the mute button ALWAYS mutes the sound, you have to press vol up or down to unmute it. That way, you launch your laptop in meetings, and by pressing mute you know your sound will be muted.

I do hope this behavior is kept unchanged. Details like that are what makes Thinkpads Thinkpads for me ;)

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RE: Comment by talaf
by Carewolf on Thu 14th Jan 2010 14:24 in reply to "Comment by talaf"
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On my thinkpad R61 all the buttons are software. So volume and mute only works if an application have been started that responds to them.

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