During the original design process the community had identified this to be the most optimal solution as it provides the best balance for most users in terms of backlight and power management. You can always activate the keyboard backlight by touching trackpad, and not pressing the keys (I do the same on my MBA)
Most modern laptops have one or even none. But realistically I just tried my MBA which has like 10 of them and there is so little difference that it seems more like a gimmick and having just dim-bright-off would be the same.[quote=“Marius_Hoppmann, post:7, topic:6863”]
Then why not just add a setting to keyboards firmware that you can change with a little tool, so user can decide whether backlight automatically switches off or not…
But then how do we watch the power states of V from keyboard’s micro controller? And if we make it a hard selectable with buttons we might have people carelessly leaving it on and then complaining that they don’t get the promised battery life
Integrating keyboard backlighting as part of the native Win settings would be nice upgrade from MS and certainly make things less complicated for OEMs. Similar to what they’ve done with precision trackpads.