This indeed looks tidier and more systematical, no doubt at all.
But, if anyone would ask me what I’d prefer compared to CTRL+F in a HCL list is - filtering as detailed as possible, and it shouldn’t be hard to achieve that.
We all have some starting point - mine is CPU, so, first I’d choose CPU from ark.intel.com, then would search for laptops with this CPU offers to see what I could expect regarding the price, then would come back to HCL list, filtered it to chosen CPU then to all other criteria I’d like to have, then would browse for detailed specs for filtered laptops’ bios characteristics and chipsets, then would go back to ark.intel.com to check chipsets, then would try to find reviews on a notebookcheck.com, and then would try to check availability, and at the end I’d insist to enter bios and to start Qubes installation from USB flash.
So, as can be seen, at least for me, HCL list is not crucial, but is more a supportive spot that I made a proper choice.
Once filtering is present, it is less important for me how the table itself is organized…