- Brand Name: IBM
- Model Number: S2537128
- Connectivity Technology: usb
- Keyboard Description: QWERTY
- Color: Black
IBM USB Keyboard with UltraNav ( 31P8950 )
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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.Read more ›
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
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.
I'm having problems with the touchpad on this keyboard that i never had with laptop touchpads, like the mouse pointer moving randomly through the screen just before i click on something or at the edges of the touchpad, even with the latest drivers from Lenovo or Synaptics.
The trackpoint buttons below the spacebar do not always work and sometimes i have to click them very hard or multiple times for them to work.
The Page Down, End and Backspace Keys also suffer this problem, they have a different feel than the rest of the keys and sometimes i have to press them very hard or multiple times to make them work.
Also the location of the Fn key is very annoying if you're are used to the Ctrl key being in the lower left corner of the keyboard and there is no way to remap it or swap it with the Ctrl key.
Overall it feels like a cheaply made keyboard.
On the plus side i can type 10 wpm faster on this keyboard than on a regular desktop keyboard. Also, if you want regular Home, End, Insert, Delete, PgUp and PgDn key locations you can rearrange and remap the keys on the Numeric Pad to match the location on a standard keyboard.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't say enough good things about this IBM keyboard - but here are a few:
standard sized keys
familiar layout (not like most... Read more
This is a fantastic keyboard. It has the flat keys, which I prefer, just like on my Lenovo laptop, rather quiet, feel very well built, solid. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by BWHull
Is the price listed correct??? It says, 1 new from $333.33 (as on July 14th, 2010). Cant believ!!!! I bought this keyboard three years back for around 80$. Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by Rao B
I got this keyboard after replacing my IBM T60p with an Compaq (HP) 6910p and didn't like the Compaq keyboard. Read morePublished on November 17, 2009 by Louis Lyon
I love the trackpoint system, I used a SpaceSavers II happily for several years. But now computers don't have PS2 ports, so I bought the new UltraNav USB keyboard. Read morePublished on September 27, 2009 by Anna
This IBM keyboard worked pretty well out of the box, with the exception of the control-c, control-x, control-v functions, and some significant hang-ups with installing the... Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Did I mention that this keyboard is flexy? Way too flexy? It is. Couldn't use it. Sent it back. I don't want to be annoyed while typing.Published on May 1, 2009 by Dave
I have used a few models of ThinkPad for the past 13 years. I started with ThinkPad 760, then 570, then T20, T41 and am using a T60 now. Read morePublished on February 3, 2009 by L. YEE
I have been using Thinkpad notebooks for years, mainly for their trackpoint keyboards, which avoid carpel tunnel pain for me. Read morePublished on January 26, 2009 by A. Yarrington