Lenovo Thinkpad Trackpoint Keyboard II: A practical test of the keyboard with mouse replacement. The keyboards of the Thinkpad notebooks from Lenovo are popular because of the combination of a comfortable typing experience and built-in mouse replacement. Now there is a Bluetooth version for PC, smartphone, tablet.

Expensive and a bit sensitive, the Thinkpad keyboard from Lenovo, as a Bluetooth version (Lenovo Thinkpad Trackpoint Keyboard II), should convince the tough fans of the Trackpoint concept. For PC users, the USB version (Lenovo Thinkpad USB Keyboard with Trackpoint) is the better choice: It offers the combination of a great writing experience and fast mouse replacement for much less money.

Pros:

  • Pleasant pressure point
    Quiet when writing
    Bluetooth
    Fast mouse replacement

Cons:

  • Keyboard feet sensitive
    High price
    Editor’s assessment

 

The notebooks from Lenovo Thinkpad Series score with a special feature: In addition to the usual touchpad, there is a small pen in the keyboard as a mouse replacement. The advantage of this trackpoint: frequent writers can quickly switch to the “mouse” without taking their fingers off the keyboard that saves time. Lenovo also offers this keyboard individually as a Thinkpad trackpoint keyboard. The Bluetooth model (Lenovo Thinkpad Trackpoint Keyboard II) was used for the practical test, and there is also a USB version for 60 euros (Lenovo Thinkpad USB Keyboard with Trackpoint).

Easy commissioning

Just remove the supplied dongle from the keyboard and plug it into a USB socket, the keyboard on the PC is already running. Practical: The USB plug can be stowed in the keyboard for transport. If desired, you can also connect the keyboard via Bluetooth. This is (once) a bit more complex, because the keyboard has to be coupled, but it also works with a smartphone, tablet or Mac.

Perfect for frequent writers

The writing experience is really good, perfect for frequent and blind writers. The trackpoint requires some practice and even small movements make the mouse pointer whiz across the screen. But those who have got used to it are happy about the time advantage. The battery in the keyboard is charged via USB-C, this task can also be carried out by the smartphone’s power supply unit or a USB-C cable that is plugged into the PC. The battery lasted a few days in the practical test, so recharging is rarely necessary.

The layout of the Lenovo Thinkpad Trackpoint Keyboard II looks the same as that of the Thinkpad series notebooks. One difference is the buttons in the upper right corner for switching on the keyboard and for switching the wireless technology.

Something wobbles

The Thinkpad keyboard is made solid, but has one weakness, the keyboard feet are not very robust. In the practical test, two broke off. If you want to set up the keyboard in order to adjust the typing angle, you should always fold the feet carefully in and out. For touch typists, folded up is probably the better choice, as the lower angle of attack relieves the wrists.

ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II (DE)

Expensive and a bit sensitive! The Thinkpad keyboard from Lenovo, as a Bluetooth version (Lenovo Thinkpad Trackpoint Keyboard II), should convince the tough fans of the Trackpoint concept. For PC users, the USB version (Lenovo Thinkpad USB Keyboard with Trackpoint) is the better choice: It offers the combination of a great writing experience and fast mouse replacement for much less money.