James McMinn
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XPS 9560 Keyboard - Keys unresponsive when pressed from edge or corner

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I received my XPS 9560 last week, and it's a nice machine, however I'm having issues getting keys to register as being pressed.

At first, I thought that I was just getting used to the keyboard and missing some of the keys whilst typing - they work most of the time, however I've started noticing some patterns and narrowed down the cause.

Essentially, the problem occurs if I do not hit the keys exactly in the centre of key. Pressing either the edge or, more commonly, the corner will depress the key a significant amount, but apparently not enough to register as a key press. It is lost obvious when pressing either the right hand edge, or bottom right hard corner of a key. 

I've put a short video together demonstrating the issues: https://youtu.be/HAPq0vntpPk

(Please ignore the meowing noises in the background. Tux is a very vocal cat.)

I'm certain it's not a software issue as this has been happening across multiple Linux installs and whilst using Windows. 

Is this normal behaviour and something others are able to replicate? It's killing the typing experience for me on what is otherwise a very nice to use keyboard, and may be enough for me to return the 9560.

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RE: XPS 9560 Keyboard - Keys unresponsive when pressed from edge or corner

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That user scenario (missing the center of a key by that much) is not something we nor our manufacturer would test. Your post is also the only hit I could find when searching for, "XPS 9560 keys unresponsive". Maybe some other XPS 9560 users will chime in.

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James McMinn
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RE: XPS 9560 Keyboard - Keys unresponsive when pressed from edge or corner

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Thanks for the response Chris. I've been doing some research and querying on the matter myself, including bringing the issue up with Luke Presley who seems to be Frank Azor's XPS representative of choice on Twitter. Luke hasn't heard of the issue before either, so is asking around to see if the issue has been brought up before: https://twitter.com/JamesMcMinn/status/828617319521910785

(The video in my Tweet is perhaps a clearer demonstration of the issue)

The delete key is posibly the worst offender, and often doesn't work even when pressing down on the right hand third of they key, as shown in this video: https://twitter.com/JamesMcMinn/status/828623669505171458

I've also found that the L key will not work unless pressed very firmly even when pressing with my finger in this position: http://i.imgur.com/518Rjo7.jpg

I asked a number of reviewers how the keyboard on their devices compared, however the ones that have got back to me say that their keyboards don't appear to show the same issue, which makes me believe I that have a particularly bad keyboard.

I have found one other person, with a Precision 5520, who was able to replicate the issue, and had been noticing that they were getting things such as passwords consistently wrong, which I suspect comes back to the fact that touch typing on keyboards with the issue is near impossible.

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RE: XPS 9560 Keyboard - Keys unresponsive when pressed from edge or corner

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Using the purchased warranty (either Return To Depot repair or Onsite), Technical Support could setup service to replace the keyboard.

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James McMinn
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RE: XPS 9560 Keyboard - Keys unresponsive when pressed from edge or corner

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Just had a tech replace the keyboard which has fixed the issue.

Seems I'm the first person to have experienced this issue and hopefully just got unlucky.

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jstack14
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RE: XPS 9560 Keyboard - Keys unresponsive when pressed from edge or corner

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I too have the same issue with the tab key. I also have issues with a few other keys exhibiting similar (though less egregious behavior). The tab key is particularly bad. I just submitted a ticket and thought I'd comment here to raise awareness of this issue.

alphy89
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RE: XPS 9560 Keyboard - Keys unresponsive when pressed from edge or corner

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I'm having the same issue with my 'i' key. Very annoying.

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WildnerM
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RE: XPS 9560 Keyboard - Keys unresponsive when pressed from edge or corner

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I have/had the same issue...I just had a keyboard replaced because of this and although the new one seems significantly better it still sometimes exhibits the same issue with some keys :-/

I either got super unlucky, or Dell has some serious quality issues....

I also prefer to type light which is probably why I noticed the issue in a first place,  but I never had a similar issue with any other laptop...

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WildnerM
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RE: XPS 9560 Keyboard - Keys unresponsive when pressed from edge or corner

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James McMinn: I guess you are a soft typer too? Did the issue get resolved for you 100% by exchanging the keyboard? Because my new keyboard behaves better, but especially the lowermost line of keys (and especially up and down keys) are pretty bad at this still :-/

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avtiuk
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RE: XPS 9560 Keyboard - Keys unresponsive when pressed from edge or corner

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Same problem, same key ('i').

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