I know this is about hardware, not software, but I thought it may be the best place to put this. Downside: fewer people will see it here than in the general writing thread. I have bought two new laptops in the last 12 months, one Toshiba and one HP. I notice a disturbing change in the manufacturing which I want to share to save others from making a bad purchase. The keys are very stiff and inflexible now. This greatly affects how you type, in speed and accuracy, which will likely become an instant impediment to your work habits/productivity. Also the touchpad is very rough like that spray-on bedliner material for pickup trucks; not smooth like glass the way they used to be. The keys on the new machines have to be pressed very HARD and do not respond to a light touch. This causes you to miss certain letters or characters and have to constantly backtrack to fix errors. I have owned many machines and used many others at my job, and I have never seen computer keyboards as stiff as the ones they are making today. Never. You can barely feel the key depress when you press on it. It feels no different from pressing down on the hard plastic on the laptop body. And there's no clicking sound, and no 'reflexive' motion to feel the key rise again. (I always use an external keyboard when writing, but still I am disappointed by the manufacturers forcing this bad quality on us.) This has got to be a decision by the designing powers-that-be to save money somehow. In any case, I see a huge difference between these two new machines and my 2006-2008 era laptops. (advances are being made in processors graphics etc yes but I say they are going backwards in ergonomics and tactile quality, etc) Unaware, I bought my new Toshiba in January of 2015 and immediately noticed the stiff keys, but since that one sits on my desk I always use an external keyboard and mouse, treating it like a desktop. So I didn't worry too much, but made a mental note to never buy a Toshiba again. Then last week I bought a new HP from bestbuy online and it has the SAME stiff keys and 'alligator' rough touchpad as the Toshiba, which tells me this is industry-wide now, confirmed by a visit to the computer store. All'z I'm sayen is, PUT YOUR HANDS ON THE ONE YOU INTEND TO BUY to make sure the keys feel right, and that there's nothing weird about it like the number pad is reversed or the volume button is missing etc. Don't do like I did and order online making assumptions. DRIVE TO THE STORE and actually touch the model you like, to see if it feels okay. I'm trying to help you guys out here!