Do you really find laptop keyboards much worse than desktop keyboards? I am a huge fan of desktop computers, which you can tell just by looking at my signature.
The overwhelming majority of keyboards, whether desktop or laptop, have a stupid design. There are ergonomic keyboards, but there are no laptops with them.
Except for a one-of-a-kind SGI prototype.http://web.archive.org/web/20090629230816/http://www.jumboprawn.net/jesse/projs/laptop.htmlI learned of it from this forum, thread "If you had to use another brand of computer what would it be"
I like desktops, too. And I also like electronic typewriters. But laptops, typewriters, and most desktop all have stupid keyboards. The thing that bothers me most is the stagger: the left and right halves should
be symetrical. I only have a basic ergonomic keyboard: a TypeMatrix. With it, I can finally touch-type the numbers and functions! Nothing fancy like a Maltron
My complaint is not about travel distance or the feel of keypress action, but about the physical positioning of keys. Acer (and eMachines, surprising to me) tried a curved laptop keyboard
for a while, but in my opinion, eliminating the stagger is more important than adding a curve.
For a while, I was so fed-up with staggered keyboards that I tried a couple tablet slates, to make the statement "I don't want a staggered keyboard anywhere near my computer". But a tablet is much less usable without MS Windows, and I missed the hardware volume and brightness control. So now I am back to laptops, with an external non-staggered keyboard.
The day I find a laptop with an ergonomic keyboard will be the first day I consider getting one new (instead of used).