Seven years ago, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad TrackPoint keyboard, and now it's finally ready to release. Imagine a Thinkpad laptop to get a good idea of what awaits you. Now prune off the screen and touchpad. That's the $ 1
If you put the original ThinkPad TrackPoint keyboard and the ThinkPad TrackPoint keyboard II side by side, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference. Lenovo has kept the layout the same, and for anyone who likes the company's keyboards, that's a good thing.
But the new keyboard throws out all the wires (the original had a wired option) and relies solely on Bluetooth and a 2.4 GHz wireless adapter. It also charges USB-C charging, which is great for anyone on the go. Lenovo says the battery lasts two months when fully charged, but with just 15 minutes of charging, you can use it for a week.
As the name suggests, instead of a trackpad you get the iconic Trackpoint nub (the little red dot mouse only a fanatic can love), along with two mouse buttons just below the keys.
The ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II works with PC and Android and is available for purchase today from the company's site. However, Lenovo says it can take 5-7 days to arrive, so don't get too excited about the keyboard's immediate goodness.