Back in the old days when laptops were B I G and H E A V Y, the fashion was to make the keyboard with fewer keys than a desktop, and what keys there were were often cut down versions of their big brothers. A kind of de facto “laptop keyboard” standard arose.
But then we got widescreen laptops, thinner laptops, lighter laptops – but still kept the narrow keyboards. Instead of giving the keyboards a normal set of keys as on a desktop, we still get these ridiculously small keyboards that favour people with arms that stem from their breastbones, not their shoulders!
It isn’t as if the makers don’t have enough space – they often stick speakers on either side of the keyboards, so they could clearly make the keyboards wider without trouble. But they don’t. Why? Look at a typical widescreen laptop like the Dell 16″ or the Apple 17″. Masses of space for a normal sized keyboard. But they still stick a miniature one on top that would fit into a 12″ laptop. Why?
Isn’t it about time they realised laptops don’t need a cut down keyboard anymore? I’m fed up of trying to hit not just a standard sized Enter or Backspace key, but in many cases one that is even smaller than the other laptop keyboard keys. It’s ridiculous, and unnecessary.
C’mon manufacturers – buck your ideas up and make a proper keyboard for laptops!