With the caveat that the two touchpads "must" be included, yeah it's probably about as good as it gets. Option B would be putting the pads on top and the sticks/buttons underneath, but then half of your hands would hang off the bottom of the grips, and it'd be hard to reach the top bumpers/triggers. Option C would be putting the sticks on the outside and the D-pad/buttons on the inside next to the screen. Believe me when I say that's a nightmare, because it's the same layout as the original GPD Win.I don't like the placement nor the absolute chonkitude of the Steam Deck. The OG Switch is too big a handheld, for me, so this is going to be like holding a giant boulder of a system while playing. That's the price to pay for portability, I suppose, but goodness, was that the best placement for buttons?
I love the word "chonkitude" though, and ultimately I think that's also Steam Deck's saving grace. At a glance everything looks kinda squished together, but in reality there's plenty of real estate there. Possibly to the point where the majority of complaints will come from people with smaller hands.