Lenovo USB Keyboard with TrackPoint - US English

MPN: 55Y9003
Product Details
Description
The Ultimate Compact Keyboard! The ThinkPad USB Keyboard features an elegant, ultra slim design with the same low profile keys found on the legendary ThinkPad keyboard. This one-of-a-kind keyboard lets you save valuable desk space and is the perfect complement to your ThinkPad in the office or at home.Legendary ThinkPad keyboard look and feel Low profile, ergonomic design Integrated TrackPoint, no external mouse required! Spill resistant design Function (Fn) key provides access to variety of ThinkPad features Red backlit buttons for volume and microphone mute Volume up/down keys 3 year warranty Compatible with Windows® XP & Windows Vista™
Summary
Product Title Lenovo USB Keyboard with TrackPoint - US English
Manufacturer Lenovo
Expert Reviews
Lenovo ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint
4 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jan 7, 2011

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. Features ... PROS: (1) TrackPoint mouse emulation - dont move your hands off of the keyboard for slight mouse adjustments (2) mimics the feel and layout of a ThinkPad laptop - perfect for those already accustomed to using that style and size of a keyboard (3) extremely lightweight - a very good option for a full keyboard for use on the go (4) very sticky rubber feet - sticks to the desk despite being so lightweight (5) compact - tenkeyless design gives you a much more ergonomic resting place for your mouse ... CONS: (1) lacks trackpad (2) not wireless (3) sticky shift and missing keystrokes for fast typists - driver issue? (4) firmer keys and mouse buttons than those found on the equivalent laptops - potentially painful for sensitive fingertips

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User Reviews
I love this keyboard
5 Star Review   By mike444 on LENOVO - Nov 6, 2010   

I have used this type keyboard for 14 years. I love the Trackpoint. Now what are we to do, it won't work with Windows 7. If anyone knows how to make this work with 7 please please let me know.

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Workaround for sticky shift problem.
3 Star Review   By steadycookie on LENOVO - Oct 30, 2010   

I recently bought this Thinkpad USB keyboard with trackpoint (55Y9003). It is good except the famous annoying “sticky shift” problem: the shift key does not restore to normal state after you physically release the shift keys, and thus you will always get “YOu” but not “You”, and other words like that. Before I bought this keyboard, I knew this problem, and I just have not found a better alternative to my desired keyboard: 1. has the similar layout as Thinkpad keyboard; 2. has the palm rest; 3. must be keyboard with the same width as my laptop (a Thinkpad x series), so that the mouse is close enough to my right hand. So, I jumpped to this keyboard. As expected, I was not lucky to avoid the sticky shift key problem. After trying many times, I confirmed this is indeed an annoyinjg problem. I was thinking whether I can resolve the problem by software method. After some investigations and tests, I found the workaround, posted below: yaoguang.wordpress.com... Hope it is helpful for you. Good luck! 10/30/2010

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good keyboard
5 Star Review   By crocea on LENOVO - May 29, 2010   

this is an improvement over the previous version. 1. no more touch pad to avoid random movement of moues (trackpoint is much better anyway). 2. one windows key added. 3. one right-click key added. 4. Esc key was enlarged and moved along the F1 row just like a regular keyboard. i know some people criticized this as a departure from the traditional thinkpad keyboard. i don't use thinkpad. this keyboard is great for fingers and has mouse embedded. 5. an enlarged Del key. also this keyboard works great under linux. i once got some doubt from some previous users. i think they were talking about the alternative-functions (battery, CD ...) of those F1, F2 ... keys. i never bother this kind of stuff so i don't mind the installation CD is windows-only (or maybe not, i didn't look at it).

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Nice trackpoint keyboard
4 Star Review   By feek on LENOVO - May 28, 2010   

I was very leery of this keyboard after reading about the sticky Shift problems; alas the one I got (s/n 00-367-049 ordered here 3 weeks ago) does not have the problem, at least not under Linux (RHEL 5.x), so have to rate it excellent. There is some mixed evidence out there on this and I agree Lenovo needs to come clean on what the deal is - certain USB hub incompatibility, bad batch, what ? This is a VERY nice keyboard otehrwise (and pretty much the only way to go for trackpoint lovers) and its a shame there is so much doubt about it out there.

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Keyboard rocks
5 Star Review   By jelarv on LENOVO - May 27, 2010   

Strengths: Keyboard/peripherals, integrated pointer mouse

Weakness: no dedicated number pad

I bought this about 2 months ago and wish I would have done so years earlier. Having owned Thinkpad laptops for over 10 years I'm a big fan of having the mouse integrated as a pointer in the keyboard. It saves so much time and reduces hand fatigue. I have not had any performance issues like I read online before making the purchase (and I'm fairly quick typer) and I'm running Windows 7. it's also great that the laptop sound controls are integrated into the keyboard so that I don't need to open a window or the physical laptop to turn it up, down or mute. My only complaints are that it doesn't have a dedicated number pad and it wasn't available on Amazon.com, which is my preferred purchasing channel. Also, at $59, it's not cheap, but it's also not the most expensive keyboard out there.

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How did they screw this up?
1 Star Review   By SoFrustrated on LENOVO - Apr 9, 2010   

Weakness: Keyboard/peripherals, Included Software, incompatible

I have had many ThinkPads and several trackpoint USB keyboards but this latest is unbelievably bad. 1) It has incorrect keymapping which it "fixes" with its driver. This keeps it from being used with Linux or old Windows OSes or with Windows Safe Mode or to enter data in a BIOS screen. Crazy design decision. 2) They've made seemingly arbitrary changes to the key locations so it is NOT touch compatible with the ThinkPad keyboard. The Fn keys are all shifted over one spot and the gaps in-between F4/F5 and F8/F9 are reduced, the Insert key, etc. are shifted, the Esc key is twice it's normal size, etc. The purpose of this keyboard is so that it has the same feel and layout of the ThinkPad! Why change the layout? 3) Same issues as the other reviewers have had with touch sensitivity, etc. Bring back the SK-8835 or one of the older keyboards!

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Great Design with one Major Flaw!!
2 Star Review   By tabpclover on LENOVO - Mar 13, 2010   

First the important point which is the problem with this keyboard. "The shift key isssue". The shift key holds on a bit too long so that when typing fast first 2 characters become capitalised or shifted rather than just intended one. For e.g. you get "IN the jungle" rather than "In the jungle" if I type fast. I am using the latest Nov 2009 driver. Lenovo are you listening! Similar opinions have been expressed at amazon.com in their user review of this keyboard.. So I am not the only one who has noticed this problem. You can read these at "www.amazon.com/Thinkpa..." Otherwise the keyboard is great and a close replica of the T400s keyboard. Design Quality- Great Key feel and response- Very Good Light- Very light Keyboard flex- Nil Hardy- Very very good built quality Future improvements 1) Please address the shift key and capitalisation issue 2) INclude wireless option if possible 3) Add USB ports like those on the IBM travel keyboard 4) I may be dreaming now but make it backlit and add a few more colored keys - if possible But please improve the shift and the capitalisation issue even if you do not do the rest.

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Great Keyboard But Trackpoint Disappoints
2 Star Review   By Ed1953 on LENOVO - Feb 25, 2010   

I have been using USB keyboards with trackpoints for years with a variety of Thinkpads. This latest version is very nice to type on as the feel is very much like my T61. Unfortunately, the trackpoint does not work in all programs. I have updated to the latest drivers which did help a little but scrolling in Firefox as well as some other programs is still problematic. Unless I can find a solution to the scrolling problem, it will have to be returned.

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Great idea, terrible implementation
2 Star Review   By Nialsh on LENOVO - Jan 14, 2010   

I love typing on my Thinkpad - the keyboard is head and shoulders above anything else I've ever used. So naturally I tried to find one for my desktop. The design seems great but the electronics inside it are trash. The key presses and releases are too laggy for most touch-typists. You usually get double capitals because the shift key lags or double letters combined into one. ONe careles litle oversight...

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Unusable due to apparent hardware bugs
1 Star Review   By laxxy on LENOVO - Dec 23, 2009   

Strengths: small size

Weakness: hardware problems

Nice design and feel; would be just great if not for a major bug that makes it entirely unusable: it does not recognize keys when they are pressed quickly enough (at least on Vista). I am not a fast touch typist; but in essentially all ("esentialy al") words repeated letters do not get recognized. Same goes for things like repeated backspace (which makes correcting these typos doubly annoying), "--", etc etc. ALso when a first letter of a word is capitalized with a SHift it results in the second letter being capitalized too. UPdating to 1.02 drivers from the website does nothing to fix the issue. As it stands this devise is unusable.

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Product Details
Description
The Ultimate Compact Keyboard! The ThinkPad USB Keyboard features an elegant, ultra slim design with the same low profile keys found on the legendary ThinkPad keyboard. This one-of-a-kind keyboard lets you save valuable desk space and is the perfect complement to your ThinkPad in the office or at home.Legendary ThinkPad keyboard look and feel Low profile, ergonomic design Integrated TrackPoint, no external mouse required! Spill resistant design Function (Fn) key provides access to variety of ThinkPad features Red backlit buttons for volume and microphone mute Volume up/down keys 3 year warranty Compatible with Windows® XP & Windows Vista™
Summary
Product Title Lenovo USB Keyboard with TrackPoint - US English
Manufacturer Lenovo
Additional Specifications
Cable Connectors: USB
Expert Reviews
Lenovo ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint
4 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jan 7, 2011

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. Features ... PROS: (1) TrackPoint mouse emulation - dont move your hands off of the keyboard for slight mouse adjustments (2) mimics the feel and layout of a ThinkPad laptop - perfect for those already accustomed to using that style and size of a keyboard (3) extremely lightweight - a very good option for a full keyboard for use on the go (4) very sticky rubber feet - sticks to the desk despite being so lightweight (5) compact - tenkeyless design gives you a much more ergonomic resting place for your mouse ... CONS: (1) lacks trackpad (2) not wireless (3) sticky shift and missing keystrokes for fast typists - driver issue? (4) firmer keys and mouse buttons than those found on the equivalent laptops - potentially painful for sensitive fingertips

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User Reviews
I love this keyboard
5 Star Review   By mike444 on LENOVO - Nov 6, 2010   

I have used this type keyboard for 14 years. I love the Trackpoint. Now what are we to do, it won't work with Windows 7. If anyone knows how to make this work with 7 please please let me know.

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Workaround for sticky shift problem.
3 Star Review   By steadycookie on LENOVO - Oct 30, 2010   

I recently bought this Thinkpad USB keyboard with trackpoint (55Y9003). It is good except the famous annoying “sticky shift” problem: the shift key does not restore to normal state after you physically release the shift keys, and thus you will always get “YOu” but not “You”, and other words like that. Before I bought this keyboard, I knew this problem, and I just have not found a better alternative to my desired keyboard: 1. has the similar layout as Thinkpad keyboard; 2. has the palm rest; 3. must be keyboard with the same width as my laptop (a Thinkpad x series), so that the mouse is close enough to my right hand. So, I jumpped to this keyboard. As expected, I was not lucky to avoid the sticky shift key problem. After trying many times, I confirmed this is indeed an annoyinjg problem. I was thinking whether I can resolve the problem by software method. After some investigations and tests, I found the workaround, posted below: yaoguang.wordpress.com... Hope it is helpful for you. Good luck! 10/30/2010

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good keyboard
5 Star Review   By crocea on LENOVO - May 29, 2010   

this is an improvement over the previous version. 1. no more touch pad to avoid random movement of moues (trackpoint is much better anyway). 2. one windows key added. 3. one right-click key added. 4. Esc key was enlarged and moved along the F1 row just like a regular keyboard. i know some people criticized this as a departure from the traditional thinkpad keyboard. i don't use thinkpad. this keyboard is great for fingers and has mouse embedded. 5. an enlarged Del key. also this keyboard works great under linux. i once got some doubt from some previous users. i think they were talking about the alternative-functions (battery, CD ...) of those F1, F2 ... keys. i never bother this kind of stuff so i don't mind the installation CD is windows-only (or maybe not, i didn't look at it).

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Nice trackpoint keyboard
4 Star Review   By feek on LENOVO - May 28, 2010   

I was very leery of this keyboard after reading about the sticky Shift problems; alas the one I got (s/n 00-367-049 ordered here 3 weeks ago) does not have the problem, at least not under Linux (RHEL 5.x), so have to rate it excellent. There is some mixed evidence out there on this and I agree Lenovo needs to come clean on what the deal is - certain USB hub incompatibility, bad batch, what ? This is a VERY nice keyboard otehrwise (and pretty much the only way to go for trackpoint lovers) and its a shame there is so much doubt about it out there.

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Keyboard rocks
5 Star Review   By jelarv on LENOVO - May 27, 2010   

Strengths: Keyboard/peripherals, integrated pointer mouse

Weakness: no dedicated number pad

I bought this about 2 months ago and wish I would have done so years earlier. Having owned Thinkpad laptops for over 10 years I'm a big fan of having the mouse integrated as a pointer in the keyboard. It saves so much time and reduces hand fatigue. I have not had any performance issues like I read online before making the purchase (and I'm fairly quick typer) and I'm running Windows 7. it's also great that the laptop sound controls are integrated into the keyboard so that I don't need to open a window or the physical laptop to turn it up, down or mute. My only complaints are that it doesn't have a dedicated number pad and it wasn't available on Amazon.com, which is my preferred purchasing channel. Also, at $59, it's not cheap, but it's also not the most expensive keyboard out there.

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How did they screw this up?
1 Star Review   By SoFrustrated on LENOVO - Apr 9, 2010   

Weakness: Keyboard/peripherals, Included Software, incompatible

I have had many ThinkPads and several trackpoint USB keyboards but this latest is unbelievably bad. 1) It has incorrect keymapping which it "fixes" with its driver. This keeps it from being used with Linux or old Windows OSes or with Windows Safe Mode or to enter data in a BIOS screen. Crazy design decision. 2) They've made seemingly arbitrary changes to the key locations so it is NOT touch compatible with the ThinkPad keyboard. The Fn keys are all shifted over one spot and the gaps in-between F4/F5 and F8/F9 are reduced, the Insert key, etc. are shifted, the Esc key is twice it's normal size, etc. The purpose of this keyboard is so that it has the same feel and layout of the ThinkPad! Why change the layout? 3) Same issues as the other reviewers have had with touch sensitivity, etc. Bring back the SK-8835 or one of the older keyboards!

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Great Design with one Major Flaw!!
2 Star Review   By tabpclover on LENOVO - Mar 13, 2010   

First the important point which is the problem with this keyboard. "The shift key isssue". The shift key holds on a bit too long so that when typing fast first 2 characters become capitalised or shifted rather than just intended one. For e.g. you get "IN the jungle" rather than "In the jungle" if I type fast. I am using the latest Nov 2009 driver. Lenovo are you listening! Similar opinions have been expressed at amazon.com in their user review of this keyboard.. So I am not the only one who has noticed this problem. You can read these at "www.amazon.com/Thinkpa..." Otherwise the keyboard is great and a close replica of the T400s keyboard. Design Quality- Great Key feel and response- Very Good Light- Very light Keyboard flex- Nil Hardy- Very very good built quality Future improvements 1) Please address the shift key and capitalisation issue 2) INclude wireless option if possible 3) Add USB ports like those on the IBM travel keyboard 4) I may be dreaming now but make it backlit and add a few more colored keys - if possible But please improve the shift and the capitalisation issue even if you do not do the rest.

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Great Keyboard But Trackpoint Disappoints
2 Star Review   By Ed1953 on LENOVO - Feb 25, 2010   

I have been using USB keyboards with trackpoints for years with a variety of Thinkpads. This latest version is very nice to type on as the feel is very much like my T61. Unfortunately, the trackpoint does not work in all programs. I have updated to the latest drivers which did help a little but scrolling in Firefox as well as some other programs is still problematic. Unless I can find a solution to the scrolling problem, it will have to be returned.

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Great idea, terrible implementation
2 Star Review   By Nialsh on LENOVO - Jan 14, 2010   

I love typing on my Thinkpad - the keyboard is head and shoulders above anything else I've ever used. So naturally I tried to find one for my desktop. The design seems great but the electronics inside it are trash. The key presses and releases are too laggy for most touch-typists. You usually get double capitals because the shift key lags or double letters combined into one. ONe careles litle oversight...

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Unusable due to apparent hardware bugs
1 Star Review   By laxxy on LENOVO - Dec 23, 2009   

Strengths: small size

Weakness: hardware problems

Nice design and feel; would be just great if not for a major bug that makes it entirely unusable: it does not recognize keys when they are pressed quickly enough (at least on Vista). I am not a fast touch typist; but in essentially all ("esentialy al") words repeated letters do not get recognized. Same goes for things like repeated backspace (which makes correcting these typos doubly annoying), "--", etc etc. ALso when a first letter of a word is capitalized with a SHift it results in the second letter being capitalized too. UPdating to 1.02 drivers from the website does nothing to fix the issue. As it stands this devise is unusable.

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