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HP Dev One - A Great, Well Engineered AMD Ryzen Linux Laptop

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    My problem with this isn't the (admittedly, stupid) omission of a middle mouse button (or better, an actual wheel, which there's ample depth for if you use the right part, i.e. a knurled cylinder, like the volume control on decent keyboards) but the keyboard layout, which is... well, garbage, basically.

    "Developers" need arrow keys etc. We're "real" creators, not just consumers of cat videos. While there are definitely issues with laptop keyboards being off-center thanks to numpads etc, it's not impossible to have a TKL layout with a movement block without skewing the positioning to uncomfortable levels - in fact, the keyboard Michael is actually using with it is a fairly good example of exactly that. This laptop trend of shittifying the up and down keys to an absurd unusable size just because most laptops are vanity devices for hipsters is fine when that IS the case, but it's a joke on something that's supposed to be aimed at people who do Actual Work with a keyboard all day long.

    So I don't really get what the "real" market for this machine is. It's just not suitable for the supposed developer audience, but at 16 cores it's stupidly OP for office use. It's more like they're targeting people who want to PRETEND to be developers, or middle managers who "have to" have better equipment than their peasant underlings, who'll just plug it into a dock in the office and use a real keyboard , mouse, and monitor, then take it home to goof around on in the evening. Which is fine if that's what you want to sell, but no use to me.

    It's a shame, because I've certainly done plenty of work on much less powerful laptops than this. But while a crappy keyboard *response* is basically what you're stuck with on a laptop but can get used to, a crappy keyboard *layout* is a deal-breaker, especially if you're going to transition to and from a real keyboard while at rest.