There are good trends in gadget design, like thinner and lighter devices, bigger and sharper phone screens, and water-resistance. And then there are design fails that make us scratch our heads. When it comes to laptops, tablets and smartphones, I keep seeing many of the same annoying flaws over and over. There are also some new trends in gadget design that absolutely need to be nipped in the bud. Consider this list a polite, but forceful, intervention for clueless manufacturers.
If you can’t see something, logic dictates that it’s harder to locate and press. But this line of reasoning hasn’t stopped the likes of LG, Amazon, HP and others from creating devices with the power button and volume controls on the rear. In the case of the LG G2, the power and volume controls are stacked vertically, making it even harder to discern what’s what.
The HP SlateBook x2 suffers from the same backward design thinking, though at least this tablet-laptop combo places the power and volume buttons on opposite sides of the slate’s back. Meanwhile, the keyboard portion of this hybrid lacks a power button, so you have to reach around the x2 to turn it on in notebook mode. Dumb.
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