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trusktr
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Why no indicator LED light for the capslock key on new ThinkPads, Lenovo?

I just bought the ThinkPad Yoga. Overall it is amazing. I love it. It has only a couple quirks that I think will fix themselves at some point with software (hopefully, like the need to calibrate the Stylus accuracy, especially around the edges).

 

But one thing I was dissapointed about is that the capslock key does not have an LED indicator light! The mute key, Fn key, and microphone keys all have lights, but not capslock! Why would anyone make such a decision!?!?! Of all indicators, the capslock LED indicator would probably be the most important, followed next by the Fn lock indicator.

 

Please, in the future Lenovo, don't exclude the capslock indicator, especially because you don't know if your customers are going to install some other OS that doesn't have the software to show an indicator symbol on the screen.

 

Don't just be the best PC brand, be the *very best* PC brand possible. Thanks.

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Re: Why no indicator LED light for the capslock key on new ThinkPads, Lenovo?

Hi,

 

Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!

 

Thanks for your feedback regarding ThinkPad yoga and I appreciate the thoughts shared.

 

While I think Lenovo still has an amazing build quality and the machines are tank-like in durability, people make comparisons within the same series. Many people have favorite features or design elements on a particular model, and because they value that, the design directions for new models may be seen as better or worse. I too support your suggestion regarding the caps lock indication which would be really great. Hopefully, our engineers will take the suggestions to concern while designing upcoming machines.

 

Best regards,

Mithun.



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Re: Why no indicator LED light for the capslock key on new ThinkPads, Lenovo?

I agree, the Lenovo's are very nicely built. I love my ThinkPad Yoga more than any laptop I've tried so far.

 

In my humble opinion, an indicator LED light for the capslock key is something simple that every computer should have (it's common place), especially a ThinkPad. 

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Re: Why no indicator LED light for the capslock key on new ThinkPads, Lenovo?

Hi,

 

Nice to hear that you are happy with the product. And appreciating your suggestion. Please feel free to post back in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further query.

 

Cheers!Smiley Happy

 

Best regards,

Mithun.



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Re: Why no indicator LED light for the capslock key on new ThinkPads, Lenovo?

I find it strange that they would put an indicator light on the function key as well. Why put it there?

 

On my laptop (not a yoga though) and every laptop I have used I think, the function key has to be pressed in combination with another key. Also, the function key does not work as a toggle. As soon as the function key is released, you need to press it again to activate it.

 

Surely the caps lock is the one key that could use an indicator?

 

Very strange design decision there. Would love to hear a rationale for that :-)

 

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Re: Why no indicator LED light for the capslock key on new ThinkPads, Lenovo?

Yeah, I'm in command line Linux now with no indication of the caps lock status. I'd the caps lock key key had an LED indicator light it'd much more helpful.
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Re: Why no indicator LED light for the capslock key on new ThinkPads, Lenovo?

I also find it baffling that the indicators for num lock and caps lock can't be controlled independently.

 

Lenovo only allows you to either sown the indicator briefly or always on for both buttons.

 

However, most people always have caps lock off and num lock on and only want to see when caps lock is activated.

 

Lenovo's settings don't allow for having say, the num lock icon show briefly when activated AND the caps lock icon to always show when activated.

 

Having the LEDs in the keys would solve this issue and get rid of the annoying on-screen indicators.

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Re: Why no indicator LED light for the capslock key on new ThinkPads, Lenovo?

I support the OLD idea of a status indicator LED on the caps lock button. Don't know why they implemented it Smiley Sad
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Re: Why no indicator LED light for the capslock key on new ThinkPads, Lenovo?

two of the biggest mistakes lenovo made was to swap the fn, ctrl keys, and to remove light for caps lock. honestly, who wakes up one day and decides that is a good idea?

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Re: Why no indicator LED light for the capslock key on new ThinkPads, Lenovo?

My Yoga 460 has the same location of the Fn & Ctrl keys as all my previous ThinkPads dating back to the 600 Series.  I have worked on other brand laptops with Ctrl and Fn keys swapped and I find it awkward since I use the Ctrl key far more often then I do Fn.   I was quite surprised to discover there is no light for the CapsLock key, yet now there are other keys lit up.  It seems like such a simple thing, but it makes such a dramatic difference when you are at a login screen and happened to be blinking when the brief pop-up on the screen showed CapsLock is engaged.

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