I can count on one finger the number of people I know who actually use the Function keys on laptops as they were originally intended. 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 by offering direct action keys above the number row, and some on the Windows side of the aisle have finally gotten the message. But others haven’t. Sony’s VAIO Pro 13, for instance, needlessly goes the combo route, as do many Lenovo ThinkPads