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class laptops shipped with the Chicklet Keyboard. I considered the absence of the Pause key and the reversal of the decals on the F keys
a major design flaw in an otherwise superior chicklet keyboard.
Someone goofy at Lenovo decided some class of user doesn't need or care about the F keys or the Pause button. I sure am not one of them.
It reminds me of when the Japanese decided Americans do not care about the AM band 25 years ago, installing cheap AM in even expensive
audio units. They still do it.
Power users want F keys that are easy to spot and do not want to have to push a Fn key to activate them. And we want a pause key. I've
tried to find out if there is a key combo that gives us pause. I called support twice and posted the question here twice and on the Linux
Boards. The two changes are a serious issue to a power Linux user. So much can be done so much faster on a GNOME or KDE desktop
with an F key combo. Three key makes the key aproach useless and not having pause stops you from reading boot code as it flashes by.
The two changes makes me wonder if Lenovo intends the $600 to $800 models to be largely toys with a good tough typing keyboard. I
ended up using a 11.6" Acer 722 (with the AMD C-50 Processor) for online instead. If the keyboard was more solid I'd say this first
laptop replacement netbook is superior to the Lenovo consumer models. The Energy Star Acer never shuts down the display of
video over HDMI, weighs only 3pounds, has a better display, 8hour battery use. Get this. I paid $200 for it at Target!
Now, with my Edge so far I had to replace the keyboard and I had to have the recovery discs sent to me as the Lenovo automatic
recovery partition failed and the DIY recovery discs are missing the Windows 7 ISO file.
I will say this. Support was excellent in both cases. The discs were free of charge and they do return to drive to exact factory state, completed with
the recovery partition. I inspected the Acer DIY discs. Perfecto. I didn't think I would ever buy a computer from Acer but given Target's return
policy, I though I would try out the AO 722 & the new AMD Fusion processor. Excellent. I bought two more for the Grand kids.
Lets say they wear out a little after out of warranty? So what? A solid years use for $200, not bad in my book, compared to a $600 Lenovo
which has a ridiculous keyboard layout, shuts down display every 15 minutes when you HDMI video and I wore out a keyboard in 9 months.
If Walmart would have had the Acer for near $200, I'd pick up two more years excellent Walmart warranty for $20, a heck of a lot cheaper than
any Lenovo 1 year extended warranty and you just return to any Walmart store.
Scroll lock is actually there, but there's no label on the key - I found it by accident (it's Fn-C).
I've hunted for Pause/Break, to no avail.
Someone likes to rant and not to read posts of others, in which he was pointed out multiple times to the obvious solution to the F key problem (BIOS setting).BruisedQuasar wrote:Someone goofy at Lenovo decided some class of user doesn't need or care about the F keys or the Pause button.
As far as the Pause key goes...
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