One of the main complaints I hear about Asus netbook keyboards is the awkward placement of the right shift key. On the Asus Eee PC 700, 900, and 1000 series of netbooks, the shift key on the right side of the keyboard is located to the right of the up-arrow, making it difficult for touch typists to hit. I personally use the left shift key more than the right one so this doesn’t bother me much, but it drives some people crazy.
Well, it looks like Asus may be planning to change its keyboard layout. Netbook 3G found a user manual for the Asus Eee PC 1002HA/Asus Eee PC S101H, and there’s a picture of a keyboard that doesn’t look like any Eee PC keyboard I’ve seen so far. The right shift key is on the left of the up arrow, and there’s an additional Fn key to the right of the up arrow.
The Asus Eee PC 1002HA I recently reviewed had the typical Eee PC keyboard, so either this is the keyboard we’ll see on the Eee PC S101H, or it’s a misprint.