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Lenovo ThinkPad Compact USB Keyboard with TrackPoint

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad Compact USB Keyboard with TrackPoint. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and size. The usability and design are also appreciated. There are some critical reviews about the durability, while there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

design, usability, size, price


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo ThinkPad Compact USB Keyboard with TrackPoint is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad Compact USB Keyboard with TrackPoint from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on

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Sep, 2019

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Stiffer keys than the real thing


The trackpoint drifts, but they always do. Considering the opportunity for some redesign, I would have enjoyed larger arrow keys. Not all apps can be configured to use vim key bindings, so arrows get used.

Perfect layout for me. Even better layout for me than the real laptop (larger esc key, not above f1)

They keys are stiffer than the real laptop keyboards. I think my fingers have adjusted over time, but it was a little uncomfortable early on ; Was not able to configure the trackpoint to move as fast as I wanted

Nov, 2010

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three months of use: this keyboard strikes out


The ideal purchaser for this keyboard will be a slower typist who has no previous experience with Thinkpad keyboards. If you're a longtime Thinkpad keyboard users and/or a medium-to-fast typist, you may find that this new model has slow response, a...

small size

poor keyboard response

Nov, 2010

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nice keyboard overall


This keyboard works amazingly well as a gaming keyboard, as it has awesome key action and keys are positioned very closely in the right areas. Would have never thought that but i absolutely love this keyboard for gaming.

Nice key action and not very loud ; No number pad - something I consider a total waste of space and almost never use

Trackpoint is a bit useless, I would rather see them bring back the touchpad

Oct, 2010

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Excellent keyboard


I just love it. I'm going to order another one for the office. Love the three buttons which only Thinkpad keyboards have.

Just like my Thinkpad keyboard. Reduces my carpal tunnel syndrom (or at least I think that it does). You also get an integrated extra mouse through the track point. I am even able to reach the arrows with my right pinky finger which means less movement...

Plastic feels a bit cheap but it's not really a concern. It bends very slightly in the middle if you press hard on it, but it's not really a concern and you don't notice it unless you really press hard (which you sholdn't, bad for the tendons in your...

Sep, 2010

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For use with desktop


TIP! if using for your desktop make sure your BIOS setting for the NmLk is set to "Off" otherwise every time you log in you may find that you will be typing numbers instead of letters! eg. i=5; o=6, u=4

Compact in size. Reduce strain by using TrackPoint. No keypad to the right of keyboard so closer reach to the mouse if needed. Less travel to press keys. looks great

Not exactly same build as my T61 keyboard, but works just the same there is a slight difference in the "sound" and "feel" I am guessing a difference in the springs and backing of the keyboard since it "quieter." T61 sounds more metallic in nature

Aug, 2010

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doesn't measure up to previous Thinkpad keyboards


I have used Thinkpad laptops since 1992 and have used an external Thinkpad keyboard at work for several years. I tend to wear out the external keyboards in two years or less so have had three models prior to this one. Until this keyboard, the externals...

Keyboard layout is similar to long-time Thinkpad norm

Key response inferior to Thinkpad laptop keyboards ; Key response inferior to previous Thinkpad external keyboards

Aug, 2010

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Nice try, but not exactly....


This is about the third iteration of the Thinkpad keyboard that I've purchased and the first one that I simply could not use. The USB Travel Keyboard with UltraNav so far is the way to go.

None noted. The price is about 1/2 of the USB Travel Keyboard with UltraNav which is an exact replica of the Thinkpad keyboard layout including UltraNav

If this is supposed to be an exact copy of the Thinkpad laptop keyboard then it was a nice try, but failure. I found too many of the keys in the wrong place (F1 is not below the Esc) or missing (no insert key above the Del)

Aug, 2010

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Random caps annoying


I wish there was a wireless version of this. I'm tempted to try the ROsewill touchpad one, but I fear I will miss the Trackpoint.

AS several others have pointed out, this keyboard is basically a Thinkpad keyboard with a USB interface, and is one of the very few keyboards available with a Trackpoint. I also have a Unicomp keyboard with trackpoint, but it doesn't have a middle...

The random "shift stays on too long" problem is quite annoying when you start running into it. I think it has to do with rollover--if the shift key was depressed when it rolls over to the next key, then shift will be on for that key also even if shift...

Aug, 2010

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Awesome One of Kind Keyboard


Same layout and typing experience as the legendary ThinkPad. Love that I can have the same look and feel in an external keyboard while working in the office, rather than having to use a standard keyboard with bulky keys. Save space, looks cool, has an...

None that I can think of other than I wish I had another one to frame on my wall

Jun, 2010

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I have a T42 Thinkpad, T500 and a X200. This keyboard is exactly the same as the X200/T500 and the same quality as the older IBM T42. There is no flex, no bending or any other issues that others described. Either Lenovo fixed what other people were...

Exactly like the Thinkpad keyboards I've come to love over the years, great buy if you like them, don't hesitate! Windows 7 recognized it without the drivers ; Small footprint, works great in a tight space (why I got it beyond just the desire to hoard...

The scrolling with the middle button wonks out with some applications. It sends a Ctrl+K and in Firefox 3.6 you have to disable Ctrl+K for search or whatever. I used the Firefox Addon called Keyconfig to get it working properly. Surprisingly my laptops...

Jun, 2010

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