There are three things I don’t like about the keyboard thought. First and foremost – the escape key is totally in the wrong place. Escape is supposed to be to the left of F1, on the top row of keys. Everyone knows this! If you look at a larger image of the keyboard though:
You’ll see the escape key is on a row above the F-keys. I spent most of yesterday afternoon dismissing the help window in Linux! Every time I edited something in vi, I ended up hitting the F1 key.
The second thing I didn’t like was – there is no “windows” key. I have gotten used to hitting Windows-E, Windows-L – a lot. That missing key is a big problem.
The third thing I didn’t like was the placement of the function (FN) key used to invoke the “third function” on some keys. It is exactly where everyone knows the CTL key belongs!!! I keep hitting it instead of CTL.
I found I can easily fix the escape key and Windows key problems. I found a small utility – KeyTweak – that let me map the F1 as escape and turned my right CTL key into the Windows key. Unfortunately, the FN key is not a key that can be remapped – it doesn’t send out a scancode when you press it.
So, there is only one thing that makes this keyboard less functional than it could be now – that FN key. I suppose over time I’ll get used to it – but then I’ll be hitting the wrong key on other keyboards…