Lenovo's ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II brings the nub to a standalone keyboard
If you hate trackpads or love nubs, you'll be happy with the ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II.
What you need to know
- Lenovo launched the ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II.
- The wireless keyboard features the infamous Lenovo nub and several other design elements from classic Lenovo keyboards.
- The ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II is on sale now for $100 (opens in new tab).
Lenovo's keyboard nub, or TrackPoint, yields a vegemite-like response from people, meaning they either love it or hate it. If you're a fan of the TrackPoint nub, you can get it on the new ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II. Lenovo launched the wireless keyboard this week, and it's avaialble on Lenovo's website (opens in new tab) now for $100.
The TrackPoint first appeared on keyboards at a time when laptop trackpads weren't anywhere near as good as they are now. Trackpads have improved so much that many consider the nub unnecessary, but Lenovo's keyboards have a passionate following. In addition to the TrackPoint nub, the ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II has dish-shaped keys and three mouse buttons on the bottom of the keyboard.
The keyboard connects with either Bluetooth 5.0 or a 2.4GHz wireless Nano USB dongle that can connect to two devices. The keyboard has a physical switch that swaps it between Windows and Android modes.
The keyboard charges through a USB-C port, and Lenovo claims that the ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II gets up to two months of battery life.
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> TrackPoint first appeared on Lenovo keyboards at a time ... when they weren't Lenovo keyboards :)
You're right, it was IBM I think. I've corrected that. Thanks.
yeah, it was IBM..... and now for people that hated nubs on their laptops can rage more when their desktop keyboard arrived with a nub!
My HP 5500CS also had a trackpoint back in the day.
My current HP laptop from work has one. I never use it.
Low key want this even though I don't think I can spend the day typing on a non-mechanical keyboard anymore.