I went with the backtick. I avoided the function keys because this keyboard has a manual switch between the function keys and keyboard hot keys. I think the idea was to come up with a keyboard that provides a transition to Windows 8, but it's kind of a mess (they also didn't include indicators to show "Num Lock" and "Caps Lock", if you can believe it).
I bought this model because it was on a great sale and I wanted the ergonomic profile. I had a Microsoft ergonomic keyboard previously and I like the format much better than a standard (non-ergonomic) arrangement. I don't type enough for the oddities to be an issue and, if they do bother me, I'll use my old keyboard and look for another ergonomic model. I do, however, use FARR a lot so that was an issue I had to resolve.
Again, thanks for the quick response (and great program!).