Deepin DE is a very nice, very good looking desktop environment, but what can you change and tweak ? Let's take a tour of the different settings !
If you're using a multi monitor setup, you get to select how these screens behave, with an option to display the same thing on all screens, extend your main screen with the other ones, or use only one of the displays. You also get an option to use display scaling, from 1.0 to 2.0, with fractional scaling in between. Scaling works well, and is well implemented, but requires you to logout and log back in, which is annoying if you need to switch between modes frequently.
You also have access to the brightness settings per screen, which is awesome, and night shift can be turned on to switch off some of the blue light.
Deepin allows you to save multiple settings sets for the displays, letting you switch in one click the resolution, the brightness and the layout of your displays.
You first get to choose the amount of transparency you want. The transparency setting only seems to affect the settings panel, and the dock, not the transparency of the menus or the terminal.
YOu can then change the theme, between a set of limited options: the light or dark theme, which does not apply itself to Deepin apps: if you enable dark theme, you'll still get light themes on default applications, you'll need to enable the dark mode on each individual app as well.
You can then choose between 5 different icon themes: Marea, which uses circle shapes for application icons, and a flat theme for the rest of the icons, Papirus, which is a well known and loved icon theme, sea, which adds a marine theme to everything, and which I personaly find fun but totally illegible, and the default Deepin and Deepin dark theme, which have very little variation between the two.
The last setting is the window effects: disabling this will remove all animations, transparency, window spreading functionality. WHile it does make Deepin look a lot more bland, it does reduce the resource consumption just a little bit. I'll still keep it on.
The last personnalisation settings are found in the panel, allowing you to change between fashion and efficient mode, changing the panel location on any of the screen's edges, or tweaking the menu settings: if the Deepin launcher is not to your tastes with its full screen grid of apps, you can reduce it to a standard menu by clicking on the little arrow in the upper right corner.
Mouse and touchpad
Nothing to write home about here. You can enable left handed mode, which is always appreciated, disabling the touchpad when you type, and tweak the scroll speed and the double click speed, with a cute little stylized cat to try this setting on.
Pointer speed can also be adjusted, but not the acceleration curve, you can simply enable or disable acceleration. You can also automatically disable the touchpad when you plug in a mouse, which is handy, and turn on natural scrolling, if you prefer using your trackpad as you'd use a smartphone screen, pushing or dragging the content instead of moving the view.
For touchpads, you get to set the speed, as well as enabling tap to click, natural scrolling, which makes a lot more sense on a touchpad, and enabling palm rejection.
Keyboard and language
You can obviously change the keyboard layout, as well as adding more layouts, select the system language, and change a bunch of shortcuts, such as opening a quake window terminal with ATL + F2 by default, opening the Deepin screenshot tool with Control, ALT + A, accessing the multitasking view with SUPER + S, or open the system monitor with control, alt + escape.
That's it for system settings. Deepin has the basics, and a few handy ones as well, and does not seem to lack any major option, in my opinion. I think Deepin strikes the right balance of options and tweaking options so as not to be too frustrating, or too complex.
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