Chrome OS notebook's revolutionary feature: No caps lock

GOOGLE NEGLECTS CAP LOCK FEATURE ON IT'S CHROME OS NOTEBOOK. it might have been a blessing?

In terms of technical specs, Google's Chrome OS notebook isn't much different from other 12.1-inch laptops, except for one thing: There's no caps lock on the keyboard.

Okay, two things: The function keys are gone as well, but nobody cares about that. Caps lock is getting all the buzz, and rightfully so. It's easily the most reviled key in modern computing, a waste of space in a tragically convenient location. It's the reason that, when someone on this Website writes something too nice about Apple or too mean about Microsoft, the comments section becomes a shouting match.

With all due respect to every other keyboard in existence, it's time for a little peace and quiet.

Back to the Chrome OS notebook, dubbed Cr-48. Google didn't simply leave an empty space where the caps lock would be. Instead, there's a search button -- pretty logical given the importance of search to Google's livelihood, and useful to boo

But Google must know that banishing caps lock brings side benefits. "We expect this will improve the quality of comments across the web," an unnamed employee reportedly told Business Insider.

Related Slideshow: Google's CR-48: A Visual Tour

Of course, caps lock has some practical uses for niche groups. Programmers might like to write bits of code in all caps. Television stations tend to use caps in their headlines and news tickers. But the many needn't suffer for the needs of the few. I don't know whether Google plans to have a software caps lock, but that would be fine if it's hidden far from the sight of your average comment spammer

Frankly, I didn't want to be so harsh in this blog post. It's much cooler to play the contrarian. An article along the lines of "In Defense of Caps Lock" would be a fascinating read, but I certainly won't be the one to write it.

Send Jared your best 140-character, caps-laden rant on Twitter .

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftGoogleApplehardware systemslaptopskeyboardsultraportable laptop

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jared Newman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?