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#1 May 01 2013 at 9:49 AM Rating: Decent
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As a person who upgrades computers pretty regularly (every ~3 years, both at home and at work), I've noticed a disturbing trend (or anti-trend?) regarding computer keyboards. It seems that manufacturers no longer feel tied to a standard layout and have begun "customizing" the layout for their users. As I look at my new keyboard from the computer I set up last week, I immediately notice the following annoyances:

* The left CTRL key is now a FN key, and the CTRL key has been moved over one space.
* The right CTRL key is no longer right aligned under the shift key, but is about 2 key spaces to the left.
* The left arrow key is now under the right shift key.
* The standard INS/HOME/PGUP and DEL/END/PGDN layout has been replaced by a HOME/END at the top, an enlarged DEL button on the left, and PGUP/PGDN under the END key. The INS key has been moved to the right of the PAUSE key.

As a programmer who uses all of these keys pretty regularly, I find these "adjustments" incredibly unproductive and counter-intuitive. Yeah, I could just go back to using an old keyboard, and I may very well do that, but I'd rather they just stop mucking with keyboard layouts altogether. WHY DO THIS?
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#2 May 01 2013 at 10:05 AM Rating: Good
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#3 May 01 2013 at 10:11 AM Rating: Good
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What back alley in China are you buying your keyboards? Smiley: dubious

I bought my keyboard 2 years ago (Logitech G510) and its your standard layout (with macro buttons on the left side). A quick snoop around the Logitech website showed the Bluetooth iPad/tablet keyboards to have a sort of setup you're suggesting. But the normal PC keyboards all look the same to me.

Edited, May 1st 2013 11:19am by BeanX
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Are you sure it's not a backup keyboard for laptop users?
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Ergonomics because **** you that's why.
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Dam kids! Get away from my keyboard.
You will be assimilated.

Also, you don't have to upgrade your keyboard simply cuz you've upgraded your box. You can probably use that same old keyboard until the fap-juice holding it together bio-degrades into roach snacks.
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I use one of these at work. It's super comfortable.
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Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:


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Ergonomics because @#%^ you that's why.

What the **** am I even looking at there?
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It's the future of gaming in the palm of your hand!

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The future in this case means after we've mutated and gotten an extra pair of arms?
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It's the future of gaming in the palm of your hand!

Smiley: rolleyes

...or at the tip of your toe.
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The future in this case means after we've mutated and gotten an extra pair of arms?
F gaming, I'd fight crime.
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The future in this case means after we've mutated and gotten an extra pair of arms?
F gaming, I'd fight crime.

I'd knit.
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The future in this case means after we've mutated and gotten an extra pair of arms?
F gaming, I'd fight crime.
If everyone has 4 arms, I don't think having 4 arms will make you a good crime fighter.
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Quit repressing my imagination. I'm already designing a Rob Liefeld-ian costume.
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I just wish they would bring back the original Microsoft Intellimouse Optical 5-button mouse. I bought a couple refurbished ones off e-bay recently, but they aren't as nice as a new one. Have never tried another mouse I liked as much. (Although I switch to a Razer Deathadder for FPS gaming).
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Quit repressing my imagination. I'm already designing a Rob Liefeld-ian costume.
Have you started trying on spandex underwear yet?
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
His Excellency Aethien wrote:
The future in this case means after we've mutated and gotten an extra pair of arms?
F gaming, I'd fight crime.
If everyone has 4 arms, I don't think having 4 arms will make you a good crime fighter.
Not true. Most people can't properly use the 2 arms they already have.
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His Excellency Aethien wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
His Excellency Aethien wrote:
The future in this case means after we've mutated and gotten an extra pair of arms?
F gaming, I'd fight crime.
If everyone has 4 arms, I don't think having 4 arms will make you a good crime fighter.


It would make you a great pornstar though.
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I can't remember the brand (Acer or Asus), but some of their laptops made the left shift smaller to put a slash key to its right (just beside the 'z'). It's almost like I have to learn how to type again.
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I have to learn how to type again every time I type. The joys of being a hunt and peck typer.
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I have to learn how to type again every time I type. The joys of being a hunt and peck typer.
That makes your 34k posts a whole lot more impressive.
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Nah, it came with my new Lenovo PC.
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I still haven't got used to the layout of my Razer Deathstalker but it likes newer mtherboards way more than the G-15 ever did. I swear that thing just did NOT like anything faster than a socket 775.
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I still haven't got used to the layout of my Razer Deathstalker but it likes newer mtherboards way more than the G-15 ever did. I swear that thing just did NOT like anything faster than a socket 775.
That is one **** keyboard. I don't want to know what that costs, do I?
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#31 May 01 2013 at 6:08 PM Rating: Good
My keyboard looks like this. Took like 10min to get use to :3
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I use a ratty old Microsoft Comfort Curve. The layout is standard, but it's gently curved along the bottom to give it a more ergo feel than a standard keyboard.
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249.99 USD
Which would also mean €250. I'll pass.
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249.99 USD
Which would also mean €250. I'll pass.


You may want to go with the Black Widow Ultimate, it's the one I use and it's great. Also saves you €100.
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#35 May 02 2013 at 4:16 AM Rating: Good
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Doesn't have the sleek laptop style keys and that's one of the most important things for me. I'm not exactly shopping for a new keyboard though.
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Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
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249.99 USD
Which would also mean €250. I'll pass.


You may want to go with the Black Widow Ultimate, it's the one I use and it's great. Also saves you €100.
I've had nothing but problems getting mine to play nice with my desktop. I'm pretty sure it's got to do with my mobo/USB drivers though, because it plays nice with every other computer I've hooked it up to.
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Been using the same vaio keyboard that came with my old desktop computer for the past... ~10 years now? Still works perfectly fine.
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Quit repressing my imagination. I'm already designing a Rob Liefeld-ian costume.


How will you make your ankles that small, while making your shoulders that huge? Also, do you use make-up or markers to add those unnecessary lines to your face?

Also, this

ETA Number 35 is the one with the awesome might of Forearm, the mutant with Four Arms

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