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Lenovo ThinkPad Black USB Wired Ultimate Compact Keyboard with TrackPoint - US English
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs three months of use: this keyboard strikes out 11/11/2010

This review is from: Lenovo ThinkPad Black USB Wired Ultimate Compact Keyboard with TrackPoint - US English

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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Lenovo ThinkPad Black USB Wired Ultimate Compact Keyboard with TrackPoint - US English
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs doesn't measure up to previous Thinkpad keyboards 08/25/2010

This review is from: Lenovo ThinkPad Black USB Wired Ultimate Compact Keyboard with TrackPoint - US English

Pros: Keyboard layout is similar to long-time Thinkpad norm.

Cons: Key response inferior to Thinkpad laptop keyboards.
Key response inferior to previous Thinkpad external keyboards.

Other Thoughts: I have used Thinkpad laptops since 1992 and have used an external Thinkpad keyboard at work for several years. I tend to wear out the external keyboards in two years or less so have had three models prior to this one. Until this keyboard, the externals were superb clones of a Thinkpad laptop keyboard's feel and function. But the model 55Y9003 external Thinkpad keyboard has longer key travel, stiffer keys, noisier keys, and is not as responsive to a reasonably fast succession of key strokes as it should be. I don't have trouble with the extra initial caps that reviews mention, but if I type idential successive characters too quickly, only one appears. I applied the most recent driver from the Lenovo site and it makes no difference. Control Panel settings make no difference. Bottom line: compared with Thinkpad laptop keyboards, this keyboard doesn't measure up. But compared with other keyboards you could hook up to your desktop PC, it's probably better than most.

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Display Name: Steven M.

Date Joined: 06/20/09

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  • First Review: 08/25/10
  • Last Review: 11/11/10
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