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IBM USB Keyboard with UltraNav ( 31P8950 )

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  • Touchpad Keyb Black 2Port USB Hub

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: IBM
  • Model: S2537128
  • Keyboard Description: QWERTY
  • Color Name: Black
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009APTK
  • Item model number: S2537128
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 21, 2003

Product Description

USB Ultranav Trackpoint

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Been using this keyboard for about a month now and love it.
James O. Booth
And although the keys feel somewhat "clicky" (good for feedback), they're also relatively quiet (good for neighbors and family).
Bob Carpenter
It also lacks the Windows context key usually found on the lower right - I never use that, so no big deal.
R. Reed

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bob Carpenter on November 5, 2004
Simply put, the keyboards IBM puts in its Thinkpad line of notebooks are the best keyboards I've ever used. The keyboard here is just a large-model Thinkpad keyboard done up for the desktop with USB (with a built-in two-port USB hub). As such, it's perfect. I've wanted one of these since I first laid fingertips on a Thinkpad keyboard in 1997.

I'm a 100 word-per-minute touch typist who's seen a lot of keyboards -- I learned to type on a manual typewriter in the early 1970s and spent summers in college earning money as a keypunch operator on teletype-like keyboards. Before this keyboard, I was always on the lookout for a better keyboard.

The throw of the keys on this keyboard is a lot less than that of a standard desktop keyboard. And although the keys feel somewhat "clicky" (good for feedback), they're also relatively quiet (good for neighbors and family). The key layout is just like on the Thinkpad. I use the windows key a lot, but you can rebind one of the ALT keys in your operating system.

The keyboard extends a long way below the keys, just like the bigger Thinkpad's keyboards. I find this provides perfect palm rests for me.

I would've gotten this just for the keyboard. But there's also a trackpoint built in. And my fingers want to use it due to long experience on IBM notebooks. Of all the notebook pointer technologies, this is the only one that works for me. It works better than other company's implementations of track pointers (like on a Toshiba my wife had). Trackpoints don't bounce on planes or trains like the touchpads.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2004
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I bought this keyboard when I was trying to replace my MS Natural Elite keyboard with something that included a pointing device. I liked this keyboard enough that I didn't return it, but I'm back using my Microsoft Natural Elite because I've gotten so used to the keyboard layout.
Unlike some other combination keyboard/pointing devices, this one works very well. They keyboard feel is quite good, with a very short, sharp throw on each key, and a well positioned and easy to use pointing device. The only problem with this keyboard is that it is laid out like a laptop keyboard, which means that some keys are too small and oddly located.
In all, its a good choice if you want a keyboard on your desktop that matches the keyboard on your laptop
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pinxet on July 16, 2006
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Well built and sturdy while also sleek and lightweight, this device is a joy for anyone who flourishes typing with laptop keyboards. It didn't take much thought for me to buy second one of these keyboards for my large rolling laptop case, and the travel version (31P9490, identical to this model, except minus the number pad) for my carry-around bag.

Key action is fast, uniform, and comfortable. Its professional and attractive design is a refreshing change from the glut of overly-buttoned contraptions around these days. For those with space saving issues, the USB ports and option to do away with a mouse with TrackPoint are definite plusses.

I have only two caveats, neither of which are really critical. First, although this is a full size board for the character and numeric keys, the layout and size of the lesser-used keys (insert, delete, home, end, page up/down, cursors, etc) are a tad eccentric and will feel small and misplaced to an experienced touch typist. In particular, if you normally use Ctrl key shortcuts by touch, you'll find yourself often hitting either the cursor keys on the right or the function-shift on the left -- which I'm still not completely used to yet.
Second, if you place the keyboard on a slick desktop (my own is on a metal shelf), the board will slide about considerably -- which I remedied with a couple of rubber grip stick-on buttons from the local hardware store.

But overall, I must wholeheartedly concur with all the previous postive reviews. If you conceive yourself a discriminating typist who uses only the best, you won't be disappointed here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Picky Keyboard Customer on May 31, 2006
I have been a ThinkPad user for over 10 years and been spoiled with using the best laptop keyboards out there.

Now that I use a docking station, I went through two keyboards beofore coming across this one. It feels like a ThinkPad keyboard, but only larger, and is just as responsive.

Best of all, it has the trackpoint mouse in the middle of the keyboard. This is the biggest benefit of the ThinkPad keyboards especially if you job involves heavy typing. With the trackpoint keyboard mouse, there you don't need to ever move your hands away from the keyboard. What an excellent idea, I just don't understand why all keyboards aren't like this.

On top of being a great keyboard, it integrates well with your ThinkPad and it has 2 USB ports!

The only negative things I have to say is the mouse functionality is not plug and play, you have to install a driver (included), and there is no ThinkPad power button.

Overall 5 out of 5 stars!
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