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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IBM has always always had great keyboards.. or for as long as I can remember. Even my old manilla (now dirty grey) IBM keyboard is a rock solid beast and joy to type on.

My only hope is that Lenovo did a good job rather than screw up something that it's brand predecessor did right.

(edit): the special keys

I agree that many of the special keys could go away such as the Win key (as if it's the only OS out there). I'd be happy if the keys simply functioned through the BIOS though. Screen brightness, monitor output, volume and mute.. there is no reason these functions should be written through a hardware driver and especially when that driver will only be released for Windows.

Edited 2010-01-14 15:05 UTC

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