So yesterday my desktop decided to quit after a long hard 3 years. (probably due to cheap motherboard and psu) So i had to dig out this old Toshiba Satellite M40x -RH4.
This thing has a Celeron @ 1.5ghz, 512mb of ddr ram and a 60gb 4200rpm Hard drive (running lubuntu) But typing on this thing is enjoyable, something that we normally don't think about when we think laptop, but thats not how it always was.
Older laptops had great keyboards, keybaords that were designed to be typed on for long hours. Now days it feels like laptop manufactuers don't even care about the typing experience, even lenovo has shit keyboards now. Still better than most, but shit compared to the older models.
Why do you think this is? These crappy little chicklet keybaords are the reason i have not bought a laptop since 2010!
Older laptops had thicker keys thus more travel. The new keyboards are razor thin because of weigth and space saving concerns. Because they are thin there is no travel like we are used to in desktop keyboards.
I don't mind it but i'm not a person that cares about keyboards quality.
Should have ponied up for a carbon...My U530 has the worst keyboard I've experienced....The keys are anchored in the middle, and have loosened significantly so they wobble when typing...The "actuation point" (if you can even call it that) changes constantly
currently using an old HP Compaq 6730s currently running linux mint thinking of changing it to lubuntu or a more lighter distro and by god the typing experience on this keyboard feels amazing rivals the feel to my mechanical keyboard that is on my main desktop. Used to to have a more modern laptop an Acer 5750g before the screen smashed due to partially my fault for watching YouTube at school while two people kicking a soccer/football across the room.
I almost went with the UX305 because of price with ( sort of) the same stats. But when Linus made his review of it calling just short of the mechanical keyboard in the GT80 titan I bought it the next day. Worth every penny for school.
I have a ThinkPad and the keyboard is really quite phenol. In fact I prefer this keyboard over my desktop membrane keyboard. I'm #poorpeople and don't have the money for a mech keyboard. Not when im trying to upgrade from a Core 2 Quad. lol.