In today’s climate it is essential to have the right hardware working effectively at home. Having the right laptop, monitor and accessories can greatly increase your productivity.
So I was excited to finally try out one of the newest Chromebooks on the market, the Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise, recently. Undoubtedly, it’s a fantastic device (and hopefully a product we’ll be fully reviewing someday) but since I only had it for a few days, a few things stood out.
Chromebooks have proven to be a breakthrough for industries desperate for low-cost, high-performance and durable devices, with schools, universities and research labs flocking to the devices. But would it be the same for me, working from home in a job that mainly requires a lot of typing?
In a word – no. Now I have nothing against this machine, or Dell, but there was one aspect that made the Chromebook almost completely useless for me. There is no caps lock button on the Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise – or any Chromebook for that matter.
This isn’t a new feature – and has been on most Chromebooks for a while – but I just can’t figure out why. Instead of quickly pressing a button, setting a capital letter now involves hitting the Alt key and the search button (more on that later), then tap the time icon in the lower right corner and click Caps Lock is on .
In a business environment, the lack of a caps lock button is something I can’t get past. Example: To log into my work account, I need a long and complex password that our IT team would be very proud of when I created it. However, the first letter is uppercase and the shortcut required for this cannot be accessed from the Chromebook’s login screen. Cue a tricky scramble for a workaround, meaning I’m late to log in for the day.
As someone who writes, edits, and customizes for a living, caps lock is one of my most used keys, so getting used to not being there (doing a two-button shortcut instead) was a bit tricky.
Google recently renamed its “not a caps lock” key (which was officially known as the search or home button) to be called the “everything” button, with the company saying “user feedback” influenced the change.
But for a device intended for business or corporate users, it just seems like a blatant mistake that there isn’t the option of doing away with setting up a Google search in favor of something that many people actually use.
Like I said, the device itself was fantastic and I really enjoyed using the Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise. It offered a quick set up (despite passwords), a smooth user experience, and an all-day battery, even with everything I threw in.
But please don’t take my Caps Lock key away.