Originally Posted by FerdinandPo
Apple has really lost the plot with this one...
... then reduces this by getting rid of the num pad, the home and end keys, the page up and page down keys, ultimately reducing the board to only 27 cms. Oh, yes, and we also lose the additional 7 function keys.
... keyboards ... designed for people who make occasional use of a computer, not for anyone spending six or more hours a day at the keyboard. ...
I agree they have a habit of pairing good advances with almost unbelievable steps backwards in various user interface/control areas.
My Dell std issue keyboard is 44cm, my 3rd party ergo keyboard is about 45cm, all with numeric keypads that I daily make use of.
To subtract keys and jam the remainder into a smaller space seems very dubious to me. One of the things the ergo technician told me at my last corporate posting was to vary hand and arm (and seat) positions. If the keyboard is so small now, and with no ability to occasionally vary hand/arm to a keypad mode, it does strike me as more confining.
I would think that the engineers who design the computer keyboards choose to use full size, not micro keyboards for themselves (just my guess, you understand
For me, having worked with computers for years, and continuing for years more I expect, I need my primary input interfaces to be Human centric, not micro-designer-artsy.
When did it start that 'cool' now trumps human comfort and usability?
(well, if I think back to that horrible round hockey-puck mouse of the original iMac...
Well, I guess the only upside is it's good for a thriving third-party after-market. Though overall, a waste, as part of the purchase costs go to produce, sell and buy Apple keyboards (and mice) that many will just box up, shelve, etc. (I have a whole 'stable' of Apple mice that I just do not ever use. )
(I hope I'm not starting to repeat myself... repeat myself ....