Continuing on the trend of keyboards, my diligent readers reminded me I hadn’t commented on the Fn-Ctrl key swapping that was supposed to be built into the new models, despite having published my full ThinkPad T410 review.
I am here to report that all is well and as it should be on the ThinkPad Edge 13, which I am in the process of reviewing. You can see the BIOS menu for keyboard options in the photo above. Flipping the switch to “Enabled” and pressing F10 to save & exit will have you non-ThinkPad traditionalists in all of your Ctrl-Fn glory. Everything worked as expected, but I didn’t leave that option enabled for too long, being rather used to the Fn-Ctrl layout.
Another tidbit I noticed when exploring the BIOS, which you may have noticed above as well. The Edge 13 keyboard has supplanted the top row keys with system functions like volume and screen brightness, with the traditional F1-F12 keys relegated to secondary role and requiring a Fn-key combo.
Thankfully, Lenovo’s engineers saw fit to include an option to swap this function as well. This adds a few points back to the Edge in my book, having used this keyboard layout before on the HP Envy 13 and Envy 15, being that I use the F-row keys quite a bit as a touch typist.
For you T/R/W 400-500 series owners, you could always go out on a limb with a hacked BOIS to get your swapped keys.