Current design fads in laptops that you hate.

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  1. TSE

    TSE Notebook Deity

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    What are some current design trends you absolutely hate?

    I, myself, cannot stand thick bezels, or disproportional bezels. While ultrabooks look nice from the outside, and they are insanely thin, the bezels just completely throw me off and make me cringe.

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    Whatever happened to the good ole' days when small bezels were awesome, and every inch of laptop was precious, and there was no extra, wasted space?

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    Another fad I hate is glossy plastic. Although it has STARTED to die down, it still hasn't completely gone away. Glossy plastic is the most ridiculously hideous design aspect I have ever seen in my life.
     
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    Dekabal Notebook Evangelist

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    1376 x 720 as the standard resolution. Not only are they hard to do work on, but every one of the lot (except the isp on the x220) looks god awful color-wise. Also, High resolution screens with horrible colors. If i'm to pay $1000 + for a laptop, the colors had better be above average (i'm looking at you vaio SA).
     
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    Tinderbox (UK) Sir Pumpkin Longshanks

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    I hate glossy screens with a passion.
     
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    Gamer872 Notebook Evangelist

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    I have one that kills the glossy plastic argument, glossy keyboards. Some Toshibas have them, or at least used to. shudders I think that Sony Vaios pull off shiny plastic pretty well.
     
  5. Steven

    Steven God Amongst Mere Mortals

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    I hate thick bezels as well, they take away a lot of screen space.
     
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    thick bezels, and minimal user upgrade-ability now ( soldered on RAM and inaccessible SSD's/HDD's annoy me most )
     
  7. woofer00

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    Some of these are external, others are engineered & internal

    Thin&Lights paired with clunky chargers
    F-key volume, eject, and WiFi control
    16:9 glossy screens
    Plastic retention clips instead of screws everywhere
    Arrow keys taking the rightful place of the right control key
    Numlock- & numpad-less keyboards
    Latchless monitor closures
    Metal stickers on the wristrest
    Torx / multiple screw sizes inside a chassis
    Glue/Epoxy
    Tape
    Double-stacked or side-by-side USB ports that block each other
     
  8. tijo

    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    The onslaught of awful 1366x768 panels we've been getting lately and the lack of dedicated media keys. Fn+F11/F12 for the volume control is a pain to use with only one hand. Seriously, Asus what were you thinking, at least use keys like F3/F4 that are within reasonable reach of the Fn key.

    The thick bezel, i can deal with even though i'd rather not have it.
     
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  9. Steven

    Steven God Amongst Mere Mortals

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    Also, who could forget the intel stickers some laptops have on the palm rests.
     
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    Cramped I/O port positioning & HSF which unaccessible from bottom service panel
     
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