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March 1, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Saitek keyboard design

PinkkeyboardA reader writes in:

I like bright colors, so I bought this Saitek keyboard.

I've had it a month and it still drives me crazy that the "volume up" button is on the left, the "volume down" button is on the right, and the "mute" button is a full three buttons away!


Wow, that's pretty. But dang, that's stupid. BROKEN! (first)

Posted by: =David at March 1, 2007 12:43 AM

that is a little odd... hardly the first incidence of poorly thought out keyboards... mine is a DVD quickplay button right next to the power on my laptop, manys the time that I have found my computer in the back patiently waiting for me to insert my favorite action/adventure flick, for hours...

Posted by: VHoratio at March 1, 2007 02:09 AM

I just noticed something similarly dumb with my brand new Kensington keyboard.

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Posted by: mathew at March 1, 2007 10:57 AM

Haha, I'm totally the one that sent this in. Sorry about not including my name. After about two months, I've finally gotten used to the keys, but it's still definitely broken!

Posted by: nyssa at March 1, 2007 12:07 PM

Very odd indeed, when it would have been just as easy to swap the play/pause and stop buttons with the volume buttons, and the design would have made sense.

Posted by: Memnon at March 1, 2007 04:01 PM

My wife is a transcriptionist who uses a foot pedal (USB) to control an audio playback app as she types. The big center pedal is play/pause as you'd expect, but the rewind is on the right and the fast forward is on the left...completely backwards! The worst part is how easy it would be to let the user assign the functions however they wish, but the programmers didn't provide that option.

Posted by: Erich at March 1, 2007 06:27 PM

The mute being far away is bad enough, but the volume keys how they are: completely backwards!

Needs a redesign (and a recoloring, if you ask me).


Posted by: evanseeds at March 5, 2007 12:50 AM

its really awkward but my laptop also does that with the volume control buttons: left=up right=down. But at least the mute button is right next to the volume button! Yep, the mute button is broken.

Posted by: Demache at March 5, 2007 10:52 PM

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