Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Microsoft Surface 2 day 1 update: Keyboard teething trouble
Posted on 22-Oct-2013 20:01 by Bill Bennett | Tags Filed under: Articles



Microsoft’s second stab at making a tablet is a big step up from first time around. As I wrote earlier, it is hard to find fault with the beautifully engineered hardware.

At least it’s hard to find fault with the tablet hardware. I mentioned problems with the keyboard which is just a little too small and the keys a little too close together for comfortable typing.

The experience reminded me why I never really got on well with netbooks and find 11 inch laptops cramped.

After finishing the earlier story, I had aches in my arms and lower back. I still do. They could be from sitting cramped over the small keyboard for two or three hours.

Another possible explanation is that the discomfort is a result of controlling things by moving my hands from the keyboard to the touch screen. Or it could be to do with the low-profile no-travel keyboard.

My fault?

Now you could argue the Surface 2 wasn’t built for professional journalists to sit hunched over typing at the keyboard for hour after hour.

I hear you. On the other hand whatever the designer’s purpose, that’s exactly what some people are going to do with a device like this.

To be fair to Microsoft, I have to report I went through something similar when I first began using my iPad as a typewriter. It could just be an adjustment thing.

And I’m partly to blame. Sitting a desk doing nothing by typing for a couple of hours isn’t healthy no matter what equipment you use. Even so, this is something I’m going to need to keep a close eye on.

While we’re on the subject of the keyboard, I found I hit wrong keys more often than normal. I touch type so hitting the odd wrong key is normal.

Hitting the wrong keys can slow down writing as you go back to make corrections, so there’s a small productivity hit. When I’ve done this in the past I’ve found I quickly adjust to the new keyboard and things get back to normal.

 

 







comments powered by Disqus


Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Auckland Airport fuel supply obliterated by digger
Created by Batman, last reply by k1wi on 23-Sep-2017 03:12 (220 replies)
Pages... 13 14 15


iPhone 8/iPhone X, impressions?
Created by surfisup1000, last reply by Krishant007 on 26-Sep-2017 07:19 (431 replies)
Pages... 27 28 29


Driving an automatic - do you use one foot or both?
Created by geekIT, last reply by Aredwood on 25-Sep-2017 22:48 (143 replies)
Pages... 8 9 10


Car pulling left - even after alignment
Created by Paul1977, last reply by Coil on 26-Sep-2017 09:28 (32 replies)
Pages... 2 3


When did we become America
Created by BTR, last reply by Fred99 on 22-Sep-2017 12:12 (66 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


vodafone shutting down email?
Created by FatFurryGuy, last reply by Pumpedd on 25-Sep-2017 09:00 (298 replies)
Pages... 18 19 20


Spam Text
Created by rendezvous, last reply by hio77 on 25-Sep-2017 22:00 (24 replies)
Pages... 2


Could a production electric car reach 500 KPH anytime soon?
Created by kingdragonfly, last reply by Coil on 26-Sep-2017 09:35 (22 replies)
Pages... 2