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ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint

by Lenovo
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  • USB wired Keyboard with TrackPoint
  • Same low profile keys found on the keyboard of ThinkPad laptops.
  • Red backlit buttons for volume and microphone mute
  • 3 year warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Lenovo
  • Model: 55Y9003
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Weight: 1.45 pounds
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 9 x 1 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002ONCC6G
  • Item model number: 55Y9003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

The ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint is an external keyboard that has an ultra-slim design. It has the same keys with the keyboard of your ThinkPad computer. Your option package includes the following: ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint, Setup and warranty poster and Software and User Guide CD.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best keyboards I've ever used.
Zhenya
The keyboard action is very much like the Thinkpad, it doesn't feel different to me.
Sean Reifschneider
Use thinkpad laptops and love the keyboard feel and trackpoint.
T. Jolly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Spriggs on September 16, 2012
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SUMMARY: If you have used (and love) the Lenovo Thinkpad keyboard, this is a great reproduction that you can use as a USB keyboard. I definitely recommend!

I've grown quite accustomed to Lenovo's STELLAR thinkpad keyboards because my work laptop is a Lenovo Thinkpad T420. I was quite ecstatic to find out that Lenovo makes these USB ThinkPad keyboards...Still, I didn't want to buy something that would be a poor imitation of the real thing...and so I read reviews.

If you read some reviews, you will find talk of bugginess...there are reviews that speak of missed keys or of multiple letters being capitalized if you type too quickly (the "INitial CAps" problem). I wanted to know if these problems had been solved, so I googled some more...and I kept finding years old (2009, 2010) forum posts talking about the issue...and all of the posts seemed to conclude the same thing: there was a problem, and there were no concrete solutions.

But why were all of the forum posts so old?

When I checked the Amazon reviews, I tried to do something different...I sorted the reviews in order of NEWEST FIRST. From there, I discovered reviews from 2012 pointing out that people who had most recently bought this keyboard weren't experiencing the issue anymore.

I would like to join this crowd and PRAISE this keyboard. If you don't believe me, just sort by "Newest First" and hear the other folks praising too.

I type at over 100 wpm, and I have never experienced any problems with this keyboard missing strokes or capitalizing multiple times. So, let me just break this down for you:

PROS:
+ This keyboard will be familiar to anyone who has used (and loves) a Lenovo ThinkPad. That is the value proposition here.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Brown on December 18, 2009
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I've used a whole bunch of external Trackpoint keyboards since the Trackpoint was first invented (when I worked at IBM Almaden Research, where Ted Selker, whose lab it came from, also worked).

I pronounce this keyboard in my "Top 10%" Trackpoint keyboards. The key action is firm, crisp, and quiet. The large delete key is a welcome improvement, the volume and mute buttons are very well designed, and the lack of an annoying track pad is a gift.

As for the other reviewer's comments about it being "slow" -- I'm about a 40wpm touch typist (I've never improved my speed past my 9th grade typing class), but I've been typing all my working life, and I just don't think your average typist who is similar to myself is going to run into any double character issues (I just typed issues twice, without issue, BTW).

As to the "flimsy construction" I can't agree. All external keyboards are made of similar grade plastic, and I think what the reviewers here might be objecting to is weight, not quality. This keyboard is very very light. But it only "flimsy" if you equate "light" with "flimsy." By that metric, the Boeing 787 is also "flimsy" because it's made of composites and not heavier aluminum. Cameras, watches, and cellphones, yes, the heft of metal in your hand is something I prefer as well. But a keyboard that primarily sits, unmoving, on your desk? Oy.

My only negative is the lack of a separate numeric pad. It's rare I have to do data entry, but when I do, it was nice to have that numeric pad waiting for me at the side. If they came out with a version with the numeric pad, I'd rank this at the top of my list of external Trackpoint keyboards I've used over the last 15 years.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Brunner on October 21, 2009
This new Trackpoint Keyboard from Lenovo is the only Trackpoint option currently offered in any external keyboard. If you, like me, got used to the Trackpoint over the years, this is your only option for a desktop keyboard. The keyboard itself is excellent. The keys have a very short punch, shorter than on the T60s, ideal for very fast typing. They keyboard is very small and saves desk space. The keys are narrower than on regular desktop keyboards ideal for smaller fingers. This keyboard is also to some extent water prove and would survive a coffee spill - it has drain holes on the bottom. I read that the keyboard is that of Lenovo's business line, the Thinkpad T400s. The Trackpoint itself works exactly the same way as on my Thinkpad T60 and I do not notice any choppiness in mouse movement as reported by some other people. There are 32-bit and 64-bit drivers available. The keyboard cost half of what the old Trackpoint keyboard was costing. This all would warrant 5-stars, but read on:

The cons: The keyboard is slow. If you type fast, it swallows characters and there is a slight delay in characters appearing on the screen (tested on Thinkpad T60 XP Pro SP3). A better driver is available from Lenovo's support site which improves on this problem but does not solve it. The keyboard casing is lightweight but also very flimsy. Actually the whole keyboard wobbles and bends while you are typing making a tapping sound on the desk: an excellent keyboard in a very cheap casing.
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53 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Russell on November 18, 2009
This keyboard is wonderful - nearly everything that I would want in a keyboard, and nothing more. The quote that comes to mind is "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

BUT -- I can confirm that, as the previous poster noted, this keyboard is broken and unusable for a speedy typist. It has two problems: First, INitial CAps; the shift key does not immediately release in software when you physically release it, so a fast typist ends up with TWo CApitals at the beginning of almost every sentence. Titles are particularly bad; you end up with "THe PResident of the UNited STates." It's particularly infuriating in that it happens so reliably that when you backspace and re-type, you get the exact same problem.

The second issue is that, often, double-clicking a character will give only ONE copy of that character. So "Three little puppies hopped over the puddle" becomes "Thre litle pupies hoped over the pudle." It does this almost every time, if you are a fast typist.

All of this occurs with both the default drivers and the latest (11/5/2009) drivers on the website. I tested using Windows 7.

It's too bad, because this would otherwise be a wonderful keyboard. I've never seen a keyboard before that couldn't keep up with my typing. I guess that if you are not a touch typist, this keyboard would be perfectly fine for you.
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