I hope that's not real!
I do seriously hate it when keyboard makers screw with the layout of the keyboard. For example, the keyboard on my R61 has the Windows key and the Control key switched
At least your Thinkpad has a Windows key. My T30 does not. =/
As for the Dell: who doesn't type by feel? Middle-schoolers?
It's just a mistake with a UK keyboard.
The left shift key is US size and all the keys are shifted over once.
UPDATE 1st May 2008 5pm: I phoned Dell for 20 minutes and they have confirmed that this affects all new Vostro 1310s in the UK. Oh dear!! They're hoping they can just replace the keyboards, though the guy on the phone said it was a 'motherboard' problem... I can't imagine that though.
Wouldn't bother me as I use the good old "hunt and peck" technique
Yeah I had typing classes in middle and high school but I, and most of the class, just cheated like a mofo because there was one teacher for like 40 students. He just walked around the lab and never really watched what we were doing. Actually I think he was making sure no one was playing games or trying to steal anything. As soon as he passed me I would H&P until he walked around again.
The keyboard was made for the Chinese as you can tell from the writing left of the keys. Its seems that a few people here don't know that most Chinese have a smaller pinky then the rest of the world, thats why the Z had to be moved over one key especially for gaming.
I recently relocated to the UK for work and was surprised to find out their keyboard layout was different. It's obvious this is a UK-EN style keyboard, as the 4 key has the British Pound symbol on it instead of the US dollar.
Seems like a bit of poor 'reporting' by Steve (again).
They keys are all there. Shift, \|, Z, X... its just that the left shift is too big, forcing everything over too far. The Z has to be between the A and S... look on ANY other keyboard and that's where it sits. This is not a US/UK layout issue, just a general monumental flaw.