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Lenovo ThinkPad Black USB Wired Ultimate Compact Keyboard with TrackPoint - US English

  • USB Wired
  • Lenovo
  • Black
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The ThinkPad USB Keyboard features an elegant, ultra slim design with the same low profile keys found on the legendary ThinkPad keyboard. This one-of-a-kind keyboard lets you save valuable desk space and is the perfect complement to your ThinkPad in the office or at home.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Danny C.
  • 10/21/2013 6:56:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent piece of work

Pros: Smooth typing action. Accurate mouse movements.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: It's a well designed and constructed keyboard. I'm very happy with it.

Bought this to replace the three Adesso (Solidtek USA) ACK-540UW's that broke on me.

Why didn't I think to buy a Lenovo keyboard in the first place, since their laptop keyboards are great.

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  • Piotr F.
  • 9/18/2013 9:10:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the price tag

Pros: Compact design, built-in track point, low profile keys for effortless quick typing

Cons: None that i can come up with

Other Thoughts: Recently I bought 2 of them for my server KVM switches and they are absolutely perfect. Love the "thinkpad" feel to them, typing is easy and the track point is great. They are bit steep in price, but I really think they are worth it.

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  • Tim C.
  • 9/17/2013 7:54:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest keyboard around today

Pros: This is a lightweight keyboard and of not very durable construction as some have said. But this is an ABSOLUTE joy to type on, which is the point of a Lenovo keyboard (Lenovo's new chiclet keyboard is awful but that's a separate review ). Even if your keyboard lasts only 5 years - and I think it should last longer, you will get your $50's worth and more. Let me say it again because it bears repeating - in the age of chiclet keyboards (which is about saving money for manufacturers , not typist comfort), it is pure pleasure to type on this one. Lenovo knows the fanatical following it has and so can charge $50 for this $7 keyboard knowing people are willing to pay. I was. It's totally worth it.

Cons: Price. Shameful price gouging, nothing more. Lenovo charges because people are willing to pay. Capitalism 101.

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  • William S.
  • 12/29/2012 8:50:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat! CAUTION WITH WIN 8 !!!

Pros: I've used T-4x & T-6x ThinkPads for years and loved them. When I built a desktop, I got the older full-sized SK-8835 add-on keyboard, which worked great until I went from XP to Windows 8.

Why the problem? Because Win8 virtually demands a "Windows" key between between Left Control and Left Alt keys. Theoretically, you can, using the ThinkPad Keyboard Mapper utility, remap Right Alt into the Windows key.

However, I did need a smaller keyboard, and since almost never used the TouchPad (just the red TouchStick) that was OK.

Cons: Note!!! There is only a CapLock indicator light but no NumLock or ScrollLock lights (if you used this with a real ThinkPad, it would be no problem as the indicator lights are on the screen.)

The biggest problem I had is that after installing Win8 and using this keyboard, my password would not work (part of it is in the NumberPad area.)

Other Thoughts: After several hours of experimentation, and Googling, there is an answer. For some crazy reason, Win8 by default, sets the NumLock default to "ON". This means you have to manually un-NumLock before entering a password in the NumberPad area.

There is a fix!!!! According to numerous sources (including MicroSoft), this is set in the Registry (using RegEdit.exe) by

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard\InitialKeyboardIndicators

Mine was originally set to a nonsensical string "InitialKeyboardIndicators = 2147483648" (actually all 4 systems I have have been set to this)

The documented options are:

0 - Turn all indicators Off (NumLock, CapsLock, ScrollLock)
1 - Turn CapsLock On
2 - Turn NumLock On
3 - Turn CapsLock and NumLock On
4 - Turn ScrollLock On
5 - Turn CapsLock and ScrollLock On
6 - Turn NumLock and ScrollLock On
7 - Turn all indicators On (NumLock, CapsLock, ScrollLock)

Using the above, I entered "InitialKeyboardIndicators = 0"

Problem solved - I now love this keyboard!

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  • Nickolas W.
  • 12/10/2012 1:49:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsKeyboard for real programmers

Pros: Used this to replace the hipster mac keyboard on a new iMac ... layout is identical to that of the T series laptops (400) ... I personally own a T60 so I use this at work the T60 at home though the T60 is more sturdy this is still awesome.

If you are like me ... married to the Thinkpad keyboard for life ... this will defiantly fit the bill though I was a little worried about getting this due to some of the comments but I think it works flawlessly.

Cons: It's not as sturdy as the laptop keyboards ... keys have a sort of cheap "clicky" sound but it defiantly works and is well worth the money.

Other Thoughts: It has a space underneath for hiding the extra cord length which you cant really see in the photos ...

In OSX the option+shift+arrow(left|right) doesn't work right ( at all ) ... kinda sucks but you get used to it after a while especially if you simply can't work without this keyboard.

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  • Jeffrey S.
  • 2/24/2012 11:36:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBetter with some modification

Pros: The keyboard itself is a real T400 series keyboard. If you are used to this, nothing else is going to suffice.

Cons: The chassis that the keyboard is built into is really really cheaply made. Oh, and the sticky shift is there, though you have to be a really really fast typist for that to be an issue.

Other Thoughts: To make this feel like a real Thinkpad keyboard, I opened it up and packed the inside with Dynamat, which is dampening goo used by car stereo guys to keep their cars from rattling. This deadened everything, and gave the keyboard a more substantial feel, and if thickly applied gives some more support under the keys. Then, I removed the little rubber feet from the bottom and replaced them with a large rubber mat that covers the whole bottom. This allows the keyboard to be supported over the entire bottom so it does not give so much when you press a key. Doing these two things will make Thinkpad users feel like they are typing on an actual Thinkpad keyboard. It is too bad Lenovo could not be bothered to make this a little more solid.

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  • Quintin S.
  • 12/2/2011 6:34:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlease Keep Making These Forever

Pros: You don't have to move hands away from keyboard to move mouse. They seem to work on all computers, Windows, Mac, Linux. These newer models don't have that annoying touchpad anymore (which I just covered with lots of packing tape). Once you get used to a Trackpoint I can't imagine wanting anything else. I think most people just don't want to put in the week to get used to it.

Cons: The one thing that's not perfect about this keyboard is that the DPI is kind of low, so the pointer moves slowly. After 8 years of practice, I like my pointer to move much faster. Other mice and trackballs move faster out of the box. On Windows I can just crank it up in control panel and it's fine. On MAC I bought a little app to speed it up. It works, but the DPI gets cranked up a lot, so the cursor jumps a few pixels at a time. On Ubuntu there's a setting to speed it up and it's fine. I wish Lenovo would increase the output DPI so that it's the same as mice and touchpads, etc.
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If you don't like a zippy cursor, then it doesn't matter, I guess.

Other Thoughts: I've been a consultant doing programming for a zillion years. I take one of these keyboards to every contract. They always look at me a little funny, but I explain that I get carpal tunnel from a mouse, and this Lenovo TrackPoint keyboard allows the irritation to go away.
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I was at a bank that didn't allow ANYTHING brought in from home, and after two months my carpal tunnel pain resurfaced and had climbed from 0 to 4 (of 10), so they let me bring in this keyboard. Over 3 weeks my CT pain went back to zero.
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I liked the first Lenovo keyboard I bought back in 2003(?) so much I bought another, then another, then another. Now all 5 of my computers use this keyboard, event the laptops. It's just so much easier to have the exact same key placements and a Trackpoint everywhere I go.
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I love this Keyboard. Thank you Lenovo!

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  • Jordan M.
  • 6/10/2011 3:14:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsJust Right...

Pros: Like a laptop for a desktop, I love the TrackPoint, so much more efficient. I have had none of the major problems reported so far.

Cons: I had to modify my registry to turn off numLk but that was no problem. Change to 0 or 2 in regedit from long number in ALL InitialKeyboardIndicators.

Wish the software was compatible with non-thinkpad/Lenovo computers. The audio controls and sleep function work but the on-screen display is not there for the audio. The integration software is not compattiblke with other computers... But it still works, so a slight con.

Other Thoughts: A great purchase for TrackPoint users, worth the investment.

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  • Mr. A.
  • 11/30/2010 1:05:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStiffer keys than the real thing

Pros: Perfect layout for me. Even better layout for me than the real laptop (larger esc key, not above f1).

Cons: They keys are stiffer than the real laptop keyboards. I think my fingers have adjusted over time, but it was a little uncomfortable early on.

Was not able to configure the trackpoint to move as fast as I wanted.

Other Thoughts: The trackpoint drifts, but they always do.

Considering the opportunity for some redesign, I would have enjoyed larger arrow keys. Not all apps can be configured to use vim key bindings, so arrows get used.

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  • Steven M.
  • 11/11/2010 9:38:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsthree months of use: this keyboard strikes out

Pros: small size

Cons: poor keyboard response

Other Thoughts: The ideal purchaser for this keyboard will be a slower typist who has no previous experience with Thinkpad keyboards. If you're a longtime Thinkpad keyboard users and/or a medium-to-fast typist, you may find that this new model has slow response, a longer stroke, and stiffer feel than the previous (outstanding) Thinkpad keyboards produced since the early 1990s. The most common problem I've had is slow response causing a double alpha or numerical character that is typed quickly to display as a single character. This can be a real problem for numbers since spell-check won't pick up any of the problems. I have downloaded Lenovo's most recent driver and experimented with available settings but nothing makes much difference.

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