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Two Videos of E-Lead's Noahpad in Action

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the headed-for-the-circular-file dept.

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Engadget has a couple of great videos depicting the new 'Noahpad' laptop offering from E-Lead. This laptop offers a new kind of touchpad that is integrated with the keyboard. An interesting idea to be sure, but I doubt I could ever get used to typing on something this strange.

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funny video (2, Interesting)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268296)

Ok, I know its not the point of the article, but if you want to make a serious product demo video (which it seems like they did), wouldn't you first want a native English speaker to massage the copy a bit before the British guy reads it? Excellently dictated British Engrish (Britgrish?), its a first!

Re:funny video (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270666)

At least you've got the ears to understand what they're saying. I found listening to it a rather painful experience. For a "serious" product demo, the audio production was pathetic! Seriously, this is worse than the worst that can be found on YouTube!

Are we sure this isn't some sort of early April fools joke?

They call that a keyboard? (5, Insightful)

KublaiKhan (522918) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268298)

I'm fairly sure I saw that same design on a recent list of 'worst keyboards of history'--I'm getting carpal tunnel just thinking about typing on that abomination. Not to mention it's one of those flat things of the same type as your typical McDonald's cash register of late '90s vintage--and the chief difficulty of that kind of keyboard, besides the anti-ergonomic layout, was that frequently used keys would wear away, and the contact would become exposed--and shortly thereafter, break.

The designer should be either shot, or forced to use it.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22268334)

You must have missed the part around 3:30 in the second video, when the user of a normal laptop keyboard experiences extreme arm discomfort. Clearly the Noahpad is superior.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (5, Insightful)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268358)

From the look of the video it was something a bit different... the trackpad appears to detect where your finger is (what letter you want to type) but to actually type it you seem to have to press the WHOLE half of the keyboard down for some reason. Watching the short bit where the guy was "typing" looked really painful. You can't type properly when the whole keyboard has to depress and then return for every keypress!

Re:They call that a keyboard? (1)

KublaiKhan (522918) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268404)

Not to mention that it's going to put an increased strain on each button--and so it's likely to break a lot faster.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (1)

ksheff (2406) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268522)

not to mention that the display is scrolling around like mad while you're trying to type.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (1)

encoderer (1060616) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270312)

I'm pretty sure that's to give you some tactile feedback. I think if they could do it JUST RIGHT it might work, but I'd have to try it out to say for sure.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (2, Funny)

KublaiKhan (522918) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268380)

Wait, hold on...you're supposed to use this thing SMS style, with your thumbs?

Now I know the designer's braindamaged. Nintendo thumb is bad enough; this guy apparently wants to turn us into thumbless lolcats or something.

Harsh (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22268474)

> The designer should be either shot, or forced to use it.

That's WAY too harsh a punishment for the poor keyboard designer. I mean, all he did was design a hard-to-use keyboard, so he can't possibly deserve a punishment that awful.

Better just to shoot the poor guy.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (3, Insightful)

YuuShiSann (793626) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268786)

If you watch carefully, the guy using the keyboard needs to look at the keyboard while he is typing and his sleep is slow too. So I think the guy doesn't know what a typist needs. Typist needs to touch the 2nd key before the 1st is releasing. Merging all keys together will disrupt the feel for the typist. The design is good for those who type by using a single finger. That's why I think the inventor is not a good typer. It is an interesting design but without much practical usage. I feel bad that he invested his money on creating such a product.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (1)

cheater512 (783349) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269448)

Hey I type with two fingers. :)
Always have, always will.

Its surprising how fast you can do it with a lot of practice.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (1)

milsoRgen (1016505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269618)

hehe, i did the two finger thing for years... even while taking typing classes in each year of school middle and high school, hey easy A!, but yeah IM'ing eventually got me using all my digits. With HTML/CSS editing in notepad further refining my skills to 80+ wpm

still I concur, I was rather speedy with two fingers

Re:They call that a keyboard? (4, Insightful)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268916)

that frequently used keys would wear away, and the contact would become exposed--and shortly thereafter, break

It looks like this design is different. It looks like two gigantic "keys", that are actually touchpads with a keyboard printed on top that have a switch underneath to tell the difference between just touching it and pushing down on it.

The keys would eventually rub off, but then you're down to a blank touchpad. Anyone know how long it takes for laptop touchpads to wear out? Most likely, the switch underneath each side would break first.

The virtual desktop thing is what amuses me most. I remember the bad old days when XFree86 defaulted to allocating the largest screen possible whether your monitor could handle it or not, leading to endless streams of newbies on IRC asking how to turn the damn screen scrolling thing off.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22269310)

leading to endless streams of newbies on IRC asking how to turn the damn screen scrolling thing off.

So...

Actually, never mind. I'll just keep all my windows in the middle.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22271666)

Actually, never mind. I'll just keep all my windows in the middle.
It's better to keep them in one corner. Then you can easily get them back on screen when you scroll, and you have two sides of the screen that you can brush the mouse against without scrolling at all.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (2, Insightful)

mikee805 (1091195) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268938)

They say in the voice over that a user us more likely to accept a bad keyboard than a bad pointing device(in windows). And they are trying to fix the pointing device, since most laptops have the emphasis on the keyboard. In short they are admitting the keyboard sucks, but thats not their focus.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269726)

I never understood why they didn't put trackballs on laptops. they could take up much less space than the standard trackpad, and provide much better accuracy. I use a trackball on all my desktop computers. I even find it superior to the mouse.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22269846)

Trackballs crud up and get jumpy.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (1)

mikee805 (1091195) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269884)

Are optical trackballs any better about that?

Re:They call that a keyboard? (2, Informative)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270132)

I have a couple optical trackballs, and they do get a little cruddy. It doesn't so much affect the tracking as it affects how smoothly they roll. I only have to clean mine about once a week. It only takes 2 minutes. I think it's a small price to pay. I like that the trackball is always in the right spot on my desk, and that I don't have to devote a lot of deskspace to it. I also like that I can constantly keep on "moving" without having to pick the thing up and readjust the position of it all the time with like regular mice. This is actually quite and advantage in FPS games.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (1)

Nicholas Evans (731773) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270448)

This is actually quite and advantage in FPS games.
The best sniper I've ever met used a trackball. JosyWhales?

Re:They call that a keyboard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22270716)

umm... They did put trackballs in laptops at one time. Problem is the keyboard half of the machine needs to be thicker than the ball itself. So either you'll have a monstrously thick notebook (by today's standards), or an incredibly tiny ball. So it's a no brainer why track pads are the standard native navigation for notebooks now, and possibly not going anywhere soon if everyone picks up on the multi-touch gestures that Apple is pushing.

Re:They call that a keyboard? (2, Interesting)

Samgilljoy (1147203) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269334)

The commercial reminds me of nothing so much as when Homer Simpson introduced that monstrous car he designed for his half-brother Herb's company.

I'm also a little confused by the CEO's assertion that "most people have laptop computers".

Most people in the world don't have a computer at all, so he can't mean them.

Most people who do have computers own desktops, so he can't mean them.

Perhaps most people he knows have laptop computer, in which case, he can expect to sell the Noahpad to his mom and his friends, but I don't know about the rest of his market.

Are we absolutely sure the Onion didn't do that commercial?

Re:They call that a keyboard? (1)

milsoRgen (1016505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269636)

maybe he was referring to laptop sales overtaking desktop sales?
I seem to recall reading that recently...

Innovative Waste Disposal (1)

alcmaeon (684971) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270834)

With 1.3 billion people in China, their sewers must be overflowing with shit, but does that mean they should wrap a turd in plastic and try to sell it to America? It's innovative, but the concept fails because it relies on an unsustainable level of stupidity in the market to function.

Interesting concept (1)

bepe86 (945139) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268302)

Interesting concept for sure, and I like the way virtual resolution is implemented.

Re:Interesting concept (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268632)

I like the way virtual resolution is implemented.
Take it you've never set your DEs resolution to greater than your Xorgs? The behavior shown is pretty standard, all they've done is separated screen movement from mouse movement.
I appreciate that you have to try out new ideas, but somebody should have told this guy that splitting the keyboard in 2 isn't a good idea. I also don't like the idea mouse buttons used by a separate hand, the main advantage to using a touchpad for me is 1/2/3 finger tapping.

There is a good goal behind this teribale product, if you want to make a UPMC smaller you have to get rid of the touchpad.
touchsreen? people say its tiering, im not sure that this is true on a UPMC tho? its only going to be 10" at most.
nipple? whatever happened to them? they weren't too useful on laptops but that's only because touchpads were better.
what about a more standard keyboard using touchpad technology? If you get rid of the stuff that sucks in this product, separator bar, flat keyboard, 1 big button. o wait that's my idea to make millions, does Slashdot count as prior art? Do you need to work out the technical details or can you just patent ideas?

The article way of increasing the screen space is useful though, i wonder if the EEE can be hacked to give a similar effect with the touchpad + modifier key?

Re:Interesting concept (1)

Ambiguous Puzuma (1134017) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268824)

I actually prefer the "nipple mouse" to a touchpad or even a conventional mouse, especially when combined with a scroll button for my thumb. Switching between typing and using the mouse requires a lot less movement.

Re:Interesting concept (1)

RobBebop (947356) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269324)

I actually prefer the "nipple mouse" to a touchpad

Agree, but not all nipples were created equally. There was something about the ThinkPad nipple on my old school (circa 2001) T-22 that made it a pleasure to work with. If you really want to make a great UMPC (Ultra Mobile) then take the technology that went into the old school ThinkPad T-series nipples and use that. Honestly... beats the Trackpad hands down, and Toshiba nipples just never seemed to cut it.

Re:Interesting concept (1)

milsoRgen (1016505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269664)

I actually prefer the "nipple mouse" to a touchpad


I actually prefer not using the word "nipple" to describe an input device...

Re:Interesting concept (1)

RobBebop (947356) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269734)

I actually prefer the "nipple mouse" to a touchpad

I actually prefer not using the word "nipple" to describe an input device...
As if nipple [xkcd.com] is the most obscene way to describe it.

Mod parent up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22271474)

I had a ****mouse thinkpad.

Re:Interesting concept (1)

Rene S. Hollan (1943) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268712)

Geez, the Osborne I did something similar: 24x80 text screen with something like 52 characters wide displayable at once.

And, let's not forget virtual displays in X bigger than the physical display (as others have noted).

Not a bad idea, but already done. And, there are times when I'd just plain prefer the physical and logical screen resolution to match, say when I've maximized an input window for data entry.

Re:Interesting concept (1)

zienth (890583) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270378)

It was a 54 column screen, I had one. And it was a bad idea. You had to scroll left and right for every single line of text. It sucked a quarter of a century ago, I can't imagine it would be much better now.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Zienth

FROSTY PISS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22268306)

I'm a troll, you fucking slashdot faggots!! It has been 10 minutes since you last sucessfully posted a comment what the fucking FUCK??

Blogtard Noise Machine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22268316)

This is the most interesting, original, mobile computing idea I've seen in at least six months.

As a result, the blogtard noise machine has already swung into action to shut it down.

I can only assume that the "wisdom of crowds" is that we can best be served by tiny incremental changes to the vast bleak landscape of utterly useless Origami crap.

Re:Blogtard Noise Machine (2, Insightful)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268624)

Not only is the keyboard a lame idea but the idea of making you scroll around the screen because the resolution of the desktop is greater then the monitor is dumb too. Been there, done that. It sucks. You miss pop-up windows all the time and never know what the hell is going on.

Agreed. (2, Insightful)

More_Cowbell (957742) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268376)

It certainly is strange, and I'm not so sure I could get used to it either. But then wasn't the same said for many of the things we use daily when they first came out?

My question is why? The video seemed to emphasize the idea of having a 10" screen on a 7" device. Where is the great application for this? I mean where is it you are needing to bring a portable that you have room for this but not a 10" version? It's not like it will fit in your pocket.

Re:Agreed. (1)

ynososiduts (1064782) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268934)

What I don't understand is why would carry around a 7" portable when a 12" would do just fine. Like you said, you can't put it in your pocket so why not just go for a regular sized laptop. My Dell D420 is only 3.5 lbs with a 12 inch screen and 6 hour battery, and I don't even notice it in my bag. I don't really understand this 7" craze because if it can't fit in your pocket why bother sacrificing usability.

Re:Agreed. (2, Funny)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269746)

You obviously haven't seen the size of pants most teenagers are wearing today. You could easily fit a 7" laptop in those those pockets.

neat idea, but why the origami? (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268392)

why would you want this on an origami PC which is just totally useless. I wouldn't mind having that built into my full size laptop keyboard though. no more reaching for the mouse just move your hands around the keyboard. wouldn't be good for gaming but how many plan hard core games with a track pad anyways?

Something like that even a desktop could be useful too, you don't need the resolution focus so much but you could use the other side to implement other functions.

It is at least something different.

Re:neat idea, but why the origami? (1)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268888)

Just use a good laptop. I can easily reach touchpad on my laptop with right thumb with only a little movement of my hand. It's certainly much faster than using a mouse.

Old skool ease of use (4, Funny)

El Cabri (13930) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268410)

Finally, using a point-and-click interface will resemble using VI. The beard-suspender set rejoice !

Aisians! (-1, Flamebait)

kurt555gs (309278) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268448)

OMG, I just watched the video about using this abomination, and all I could think about was that this exemplifies the Asian mindset of making things needlessly complicated, and difficult to use at the same time.

Well, looks like we can add keyboard/mouse interfaces to the list of other great Asian skills, such as ...... being able to drive.

Cheers

Re:Aisians! (1)

lexluther (529642) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269212)

I don't really think this embodies any culture's mindset - I think that this is just bad design. I really cannot imagine why 1.) you want this "virtual" screen - it is just annoying to have to pan around to see the whole window. It is like walking around with a ski-mask on and constantly having to adjust your ski-mask - you'd rather just take off the masks. 2.) why have the touchpad and the keypoard one and the same - they seem to have a fair amount of real estate in the middle to use.

I think it is just really bad on many levels - I imagine their target audience is people with limited experience on a computer.

Re:Aisians! (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269786)

It would probably be better to just install an OS with multiple desktops. Possibly even use Metisse to have somewhat the same effect, but without having to scroll around to see an entire maximized window.

Bad business model (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22268538)

They will only sell these in groups of 2.

GREAT business model! (2, Funny)

JonTurner (178845) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268760)

Why force buyers to purchase two? Customer satisfaction, that's why! Because, when that keyboard pisses you off for the last time, merely throwing one Noahpad across the room might not be enough to soothe your rage.

Think about it. Wouldn't the *crunch* or that thing hitting a masonry wall at 40MPH with all those little *$(@#$# keys spilling onto the floor be really satisfying? You know it!

Thanks, E-Lead, for putting the customer first!

Touchstream LP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22268540)

There was a product line that combined keyboard and mouse pad (well, more of a Star Trek alike gesture pad to be honest.. programmable and all) in this way years ago already - there is nothing really worth a news item in the today presented product. I used to own one. Typing was not easy because of the lack of feedback to the fingers but not having to move the hands to be able to use "mouse" was really handy. Not exactly alike but the idea of combining those two functionalities and enriching them with multi-point sensing, gestures and such was similar.

could work. But not this one. (2, Interesting)

Janek Kozicki (722688) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268556)

Summary: they are using "Virtual" screen option, available since years in X11. Throw in two touchpads (one for mouse, second for scrolling on virtual desktop) and totally DESTROY the keyboard layout.

Two touchpads are nice. I don't mind the lack of per-key response when typing, probably could get used to it. But the keyboard layout? C'mon, that will be the next PCjr of "dual-touchpads". PCjr inveneted pc101 keyboard layout, see?, so I bet that they just invented "two touchpads" thingy.

If this is ever gonna work, it will be touchpads overlaid on a classical keyboard, and the border frame between them will be just to fit between the keys.

Re:could work. But not this one. (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269766)

most standard laptops have enough room for a couple trackpads below the keyboard. I think the only reason they don't have them on the sides is because your hands would hit them too often. But if you could just hit a key to turn it off and on, you could have 2 trackpads, or 1 really big one.

Re:could work. But not this one. (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270532)

Summary: they are using "Virtual" screen option, available since years in X11.
I thought all (MS Windows) computers did this when your video card puts out a resolution higher than the one your monitor can support.

Re:could work. But maybe this one. (1)

MickLinux (579158) | more than 6 years ago | (#22272022)

This is all a software issue, though.

I'd like to see the keyboard driver put open to redevelopment, because two touchpads is more than enough for almost any typing. But if you're going to go to a smaller layout, you'll have to relearn the keypad anyways. So at that point, it makes sense to get rid of the qwerty mode.

I'd like to see some interesting new drivers, such as
(1) quick-select typing (the one where the most probable letters and letter combinations fly from right to left at different heights, and you select which ones you want)
(2) probablistic combo-keys (similar to quickselect, but memorized and still typed, with left-right key combos, and "pre-select" function keys, and preselected app-specific keyboards)
(3) finger-writing
(4) standard numeric/symbol/alpha keys
(5) standard qwerty, as shown

or as is on the palm computers, a selectable set of all of the above.

Finally a Christian Laptop! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22268676)

... Which will be approved by my local church!

All hail Noahpad!

ZX80 anyone? (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268702)

Reminds me of that other abomination of usability, the ZX80 keyboard. Also, I once saw someone use a PC monitor the same way, scrolling around different parts of the screen. It was painful just to look at it. I imagine it's like reading a vandalised web page where you have to scroll horizontally to read every line.

Fractured English (3, Interesting)

Rorschach1 (174480) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268736)

I love how the voiceover - done by someone who's clearly a native English speaker - sticks exactly to the fractured English script. You've got to wonder if it just wasn't part of his job to point out all of the errors, or if the non-native speaker who wrote it had too high an opinion of his own language skills to listen to him.

Re:Flactured Engrish (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22268812)

"I love how voiceover - done by someone who clearly native English speaker - stick exactly to fractured English script. You got wonder if just wasn't part of job point out all of error, or if non-native speaker who wrote had too high opinion of own language skill to listen to."
There. Translated it for ya.

Agreed. The first time or two the speaker left out "the" I thought it was a mistake. "Wait, did I just hear that?"
After the third, it was entertainment.

Re:Fractured English (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22270528)

I love how the voiceover - done by someone who's clearly a native English speaker - sticks exactly to the fractured English script. You've got to wonder if it just wasn't part of his job to point out all of the errors, or if the non-native speaker who wrote it had too high an opinion of his own language skills to listen to him.

By the end I was starting to wonder if the voice-over was being read by a computer. Surely no real native English speaker could read like that.

Re:Fractured English (2, Funny)

rasputin465 (1032646) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270544)

Oh my GOD... I didn't watch the second video until after reading your comment. This is hilarious coming from a native speaker.

"With this special feature, User can press any part of the touch pad... Just like the mouse, no matter THERE your finger tip touches any part of the touch pad, you just gentle touch, and it can execute input function."

It's strange that the language in the first video is fine. You get the impression that the narrator tried to be nice and speak correctly for the first video, got in an argument with the script writers over lunch, and then said "Fuck it" for the second one.

Re:Fractured English (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 6 years ago | (#22271362)

Probably the latter - Asians have a cultural thing about losing face and it's a big taboo to question things.

Re:Fractured English (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22271656)

You get this a lot in Japan. They'll hire native speakers to do narration but usually rely on their own translators as they don't want to risk an unknown being responsible for the content of the message.

The narrator is probably a part time English teacher just looking for extra work.

very targeted ad campaign (1)

Fry-kun (619632) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268798)

Anyone else notice the uber-targeted ad campaign in the "Sponsored Links" section on the right?

For the lazy (and in case it goes offline), quoted here:

Attention: John B.!
Would you like to go to Winter Formal with me? Love, Claudia

Re:very targeted ad campaign (1)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269026)

ads? I don't see any ads because I use Firefox with Adblock Plus

Re:very targeted ad campaign (2, Funny)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269346)

ads? I don't see any ads because <ad blocked>


The wonderful thing about the Proxomitron is that it can block advertising in Slashdot posts.

Slow typing speed (4, Insightful)

jon3k (691256) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268808)

This would _dramatically_ decrease your typing speed. On a normal keyboard, once you depress the first key, before the key has even traveled back to its starting position you've struck the next key. This is possible because the keys aren't physically linked. The key press isn't signaled once the key has returned to it's starting position, but after it's depressed completely. For you to type any two letters on the left or right hand side you have to wait for the "key" (the whole side) to return to the starting position.

Looks like a brick, but it does run Linux (1)

Lord Byron II (671689) | more than 6 years ago | (#22268966)

I did notice the Kaffeine icon on the desktop in one of the shots. Forgetting the keyboard for a moment, the whole thing looks like a big brick. And the "virtual display" is nothing new... I had a Pentium 166 laptop running Windows 95 that did the same thing.

Native English speaker? (1)

pcgabe (712924) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269226)

There is quite a bit of audio, clearly spoken by a native English speaker, but not WRITTEN by a native English speaker. He reads exactly what is written though, without correction. But he obviously KNOWS that what he is reading is completely wrong. It's like a horribly racist comedy routine.

Re:Native English speaker? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22269424)

"It's like a horribly racist comedy routine."

except in this case nobody is being a racist.

so its exactly NOT like a racist comedy routine. at all.

They show lots of Operation, but virtually no Use (1)

Zadaz (950521) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269470)

There is lots of video of someone scrolling around a virtual screen, but no one types more than three letters on the thing. I want to see it being used properly, not being held and stroked smugly by a Japanese guy in a turtleneck. (I already own enough Apple stuff, thank you!)

In fact people are shown typing on regular keyboards several times in close up. You'd think the CEO could be shown typing on one at last, but no, he's typing away on a traditional 101-key keyboard. (And a full-size display).

One thing that would drive me nuts is not being able to touch type. You can't even rest your fingers on the keyboard without causing trouble. Never mind there appears to be no tactile indicators for the home row. (And don't get me started about the vertical key alignment. Z is not below Q, it's below W...)

Laptop by the anti-Steve (2, Insightful)

geophile (16995) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269498)

Look, I know everyone is saying the same thing, but sometimes, you know, you've just got to express yourself.

This has got to be the absolute worst computer I've seen since the Adam. That keyboard is insanely ill-conceived -- the key layout, the split, the two big buttons idea. The display is horrendous. I've seen that sliding window idea on laptops and it really just completely sucked. Horrible. And it's just about the ugliest laptop I've ever seen.

An abortion.

Dreck.

Awful.

How sad that someone devoted all this time and money to such a piece of crap.

Whoever invented this is the anti-Steve.

retarded (1)

Thanatos69 (993924) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269832)



This is fricken retarded. The keyboard ergonomics are crap. The screen, wtf? Why limit it to 10" on a 7" display, you might as well make it 100", I'm still positioning all windows within the 7" area so I don't have to scroll around like a bxtch. I hate it when I remote into a machine and the screen resolution is larger than what I can see on my screen. It's a pain in the ass and as mentioned before, I just end up positioning everything into the area I can see and using alt+tab to switch between windows.

Perhaps I'm not the target market, but who is? I hope they didn't spend too much money on this, if I were ever subjected to something as asinine as this I would probably start killing...

...Geographical restrictions????? WTF!? (1)

syrinje (781614) | more than 6 years ago | (#22269912)

the part about geographical restrictions had me flummoxed - yes, I confess to have actually WTFV.

Worst laptop ever (1)

monjici (720023) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270030)

This is really the worst and most annoying laptop I have ever seen. On top of that, the guy seems to have dual 20 in monitor in the beginning of the video. I really can't imagine him thinking he would better with scrolling 60 times per minute to type is freaking word document. I would prefer investing in high risk mortgage...

They call it a computer? (1)

chris_sawtell (10326) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270088)

It's just a butt-ugly brick. I pity the poor Mums and Dads who have persuaded to invest in the company which produced this hunk of stupidity. I don't think I have ever seen such a absolutely stupid thing in all my days. Boat anchor material!

Re:They call it a computer? (1)

gujo-odori (473191) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270932)

If that thing were only heavy enough to actually anchor my boat, I might give it a shot. Most definitely the fugliest computer on the market, in any form factor. All I can say is "WTF were they thinking?"

They're just setting out to prove... (3, Insightful)

Chysn (898420) | more than 6 years ago | (#22270586)

...that British men sound smart regardless of the words coming out of their mouths.

Noahpad's Killer App (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22270768)

I see those two big pads and can only think of one thing for it.

Track & Field! [atariage.com]

This is why the Macbook Air gets it right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22271538)

The video clearly demonstrates why Apple got it right - we can't keep shrinking the keyboard and screen. They become too unusable. Better to simply make it thinner, but still have a normal sized keyboard and screen.

Click and drag... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22272226)

while holding the Ctrl key.
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