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Introduced in 2009 the ThinkPad USB Keyboard is a professional compact desktop keyboard from Lenovo.

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Pros

TrackPoint mouse emulation - don't move your hands off of the keyboard for slight mouse adjustments

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mimics the feel and layout of a ThinkPad laptop - perfect for those already accustomed to using that style and size of a keyboard

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3-year warranty

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crowdsourced design

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no flex

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great for use on the go

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compact - tenkeyless design gives you a much more ergonomic resting place for your mouse

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laptop style scissor-switch keys - quiet for use in an office environment, nice feel for those accustomed to using laptops

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extremely lightweight - a very good option for a full keyboard for use on the go

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liquid drains - for a fighting chance your keyboard might survive an accidental spill

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very sticky rubber feet - sticks to the desk despite being so lightweight

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affordable price point

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includes all of the media / usability function keys of a ThinkPad keyboard, keeps you productive

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wired

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high quality Lenovo design and build / materials

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Cons

sticky shift and missing keystrokes for fast typists - driver issue?

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lacks trackpad

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not wireless

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firmer keys and mouse buttons than those found on the equivalent laptops - potentially painful for sensitive fingertips

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Introduced in 2009 the ThinkPad USB Keyboard is a professional compact desktop keyboard from Lenovo. The main design aims of the keyboard were found by crowd-sourcing - specifically an 800 respondent survey. These turned out to be quite simple: mimic the famous ThinkPad laptop keyboard, while keeping cost low. The ThinkPad keyboard has been heralded since the series was introduced, featuring a perfected layout, quiet laptop-style scissor-switch keys, and very little flex. On this most recent desktop model the trackpad was cut, due both to cost and lack of interest - but the rest, which amounts to what could otherwise be considered a full T400s keyboard, including all of the media keys and TrackPoint mouse emulation nub / buttons were included. 

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Yale
01/13/2011 01:02

Keys and mouse buttons are a bit stiff and the Trackpoint is considerably less sensitive than my T400, but the more I use this board the more I get used to being a little heavy handed and I'm starting to enjoy it more. Pinky gets a little cramped up after continuous use of the left ctrl button with ctrl shortcuts, but I'm pretty sure that has to do with my ergonomics (not using the right ctrl) than the fact that the keyboard is small.

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