I can count the number of people I know who actually use Function keys on Windows laptops with one finger. So why do laptop makers continue to force people to perform annoying key combinations to do something as simple as adjust the volume or brightness? Apple has been doing this the right way for ages, but some other PC companies have finally gotten the message. Kudos to HP and Dell for including direct action keys on some of their machines. Acer, ASUS, Sony and Lenovo are still behind the times.