A computer’s keyboard is more important than most companies seem to care about. I was all set to buy the Eve V, and then I saw the keyboard:( Typests, and developers, use all the keys on a keyboard. Most keyboards don’t have the application key (the one between the Alt and Ctrl on the right side that brings up the right-click menu). Many keyboards put the F keys behind an Fn modifier key, which turns hard-refresh into a three-key press (Ctrl-Fn-F5). The shift key belongs next to the typable characters on a keyboard (Lenovo, I’m talking to you). Every keyboard should have a Home, End, PageUp, PageDown, Delete, and Insert. Paste, cut, and copy is also Shift-Insert, Shift-Delete, and Ctrl-Insert. Ctrl-Home takes you to the beginning and Ctrl-End to the end. So it would really be ideal if Home, End, Delete, and Insert weren’t hidden under a Fn modifier key as all those shortcuts become painful. Also, I actually like when the arrow keys fall a little below the rest of the keys as that makes finding them without looking very easy. Finally, there is no reason to not have the keys go nearly to the edge of the keyboard. My fingers don’t fall off the edge of the keyboard, so I don’t need a bezel around my keyboard.
I know it may be hard to fit all that in a 13" space, but let’s be realistic, if one actually mapped out how much of the right-shift or enter is actually pressed, they would probably find room to shorten those keys. Additionally, the spacebar needs to only be about as wide as F-J, it certainly doesn’t need to be D-K, and a hand naturally sitting on the home row will have their thumbs at about V and N, so there is all sorts of wasted space there.
I would love to see a community collaboration of a keyboard for the next 13" or 15" device the Eve puts out. I would love to participate in it.
Pretty good examples of keyboards:
All day battery when browsing the web (which includes many tabs in Chrome, with ads, many of which are those auto-play videos). Just to be clear that is all day browsing the web, not a few hours of browsing the web and a few hours of sleeping or reading a long document on a single web page. My days are longer than 4-7 hours (HP).
I have not purchased computers because they wash out or are too reflective. Most people have lights in their home or a window. I shouldn’t have to angle my computer just right to use it. Also, if it can be folded or held like a tablet, it should support a digitizer for a real pen, not a capacitive stylus. Full HD is fine, less than that isn’t.
USB Type A, USB Type C (with all it supports, Acer): remember the past; consider the future. I keep my machines for several years. Also, micro HDMI isn’t that useful, since I need an adapter to use it anyway. Go DVI, go full HDMI, go USB C, go Miracast, or go without.