I agree. At a minimum, consider moving one of the two vertical rows on the right to the left side to better center the keyboard.
That....could actually be an easier change for GPD than any of the others. It still would not be ideal, but at the very least the keyboard would be centered.
Still...having the power button, Start/Select, and L3/R3 buttons in the keyboard area is the worst idea they've came up with. They're almost guaranteeing that no one will be using those buttons during gaming.
My guess is that someone on the design team saw a gaming keyboard with macro keys and decided that it would be cool to copy that design for the gaming handheld, while replacing the macro key idea with Power and gamepad buttons.
Again for l3 and r3 the most important, critical thing is you can reach them while using their respective analog sticks, which is totally mission impossible on the GPD XD .
left analog left, l3 other side of handheld, great. Improvement over XD. I would prefer R3 to be somewhere on left side of GPD win, but given you don't usually have to *keep* it pressed (for running like with L3) it's okay there.
I agree the keyboard will not be very good for long typing sessions with this layout. But I think l3 and r3 during gaming will not be a problem, altough the location in the mockups might look very strange indeed and I understand everyone's anxiety, I think l3 and r3 will be quite okay when you get used to gaming on it.
But the thing is too expensive for my tastes anyway.
I have to say, the fundraising is going like a space shuttle launch! they have 7.5 of 8 weeks left and are on 336% ... and it actually seems to be accelerating (the rate with which they rake in $$$) I mean just yesterday after 4 days Kendy was happy he had 55 preorders, now there are 120....