10 minutes ago, cbae wrote
No. Do I need to? I can tell by the specs of the two keyboards. The Type Cover 2 is 1" shorter than the Type Cover 3. About half of the difference in the picture that I linked in is taken up by the gap.
It'd help if you had some actual experience so you'd have some understanding of what you are talking about.
Did I say there was some kind of ergonomic problem with the gap itself?
Did I say that you did?
The problem is that the space could have been used to make the touchpad larger and more useful.
At what cost? You still refuse to acknowledge even the possibility that the gap has use.
The gap in and of itself is useless.
You keep saying that and yet it doesn't make it any more true now than when you first started.
How is it useful?
As has been stated, the Type Cover 3 is intended to be snapped up into an angled position... which puts very little clearance between the bottom of the touch screen and the keyboard. Why do you want space there? Lets say you are working on a project in Visual Studio and go to hit F5 to run the app... do you push the key like this:
Or like this:
I find the second option far more comfortable and easy to do.
Are you really that clumsy that you couldn't press the function keys without grazing the function keys?
Isn't it a little early in the day to be drinking? That statement made no sense. The issue is with hitting the top row of keys without touching the screen.
The function keys on the Type Cover 3 are already quite large compared to function keys on most compact keyboards.
And? The function keys on the Surface keyboards have always had the F functionality as secondary compared to brightness, mute, play/pause, search, share/etc.
The function keys on the Microsoft Wedge Keyboard are about 50% of height of the other keys. On the Type Cover 3, the function keys are 2/3rd the height of the regular keys.
And on some laptop keyboards, the function keys are the same size as the rest of the keys *gasp*!
Add at least 1/4" for the raised area around the keys like on the Type Cover 2 (which presumably contains the keyboard innards) and another 1/4" for the crease between the raised area above the keys and the raised area containing the magnets, and there's still plenty of space between the top row of keys and the surface of the display.
Since when did you become a hardware & mechanical engineer? I know a few folks on the Surface team if you are looking for a job.
If you're that klutzy, you can press the bottom half the function keys. As I said, they're quite ample in size compared to the function keys on compact keyboards.
But if you make the keys smaller even hitting the bottom half of the key is harder.
First, it wouldn't be right up against the display.
The keyboard fold is right about where the display ends. How much of the clearance room on the keyboard size do you want to take?
Second, the SP3 isn't a laptop.
It is however the tablet that can replace your laptop... and for me it has. I use it plenty on my lap while banging out code at home or on a table top in a meeting at work.
The gap between the keyboard and the display on laptops is where speakers are placed The last time I checked, the Type Cover 3 didn't have any built-in speakers. Most laptops also have huge frames around the display. Since the body of the laptop needs to be the same size as the lid, there's plenty of footprint for the keyboard and touchpad. It would look rather silly pushing it up to the display for no reason. So the keyboard is usually pushed back and the space is used for speakers.
In some systems the speakers may be there, in others there may be a power button ... in others that gap remains. Take the current MacBook Air:
I don't see any speakers up there... and yet the gap remains.
The reviewers that trash the SP3 have no need for the pen, and they apparently spend all day working on their laps with no mouse as well.
And what exactly is the problem? According to you they are able to use it all day as well. Re the pen, it all depends on ones use. For me the pen is fantastic when debugging code while using the device as a tablet.
Panos Panay made it a point to try impressing these types of reviewers. Personally, I wouldn't give a rat's * if the Type Cover came without a touchpad. I would use a mouse even if the Type Cover came with a magical touchpad that farted pixie dust. But I'm not the one the Surface team was trying to impress with this design.
Yet you are the one here doing all of this griping about a device you apparently have never used.