ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II
ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II

ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II – Have you ever looked at your ThinkPad and thought that I wish i could just yank the keyboard out and use it for my phone or my desktop or something like that? This is the ThinkPad TrackPoint keyboard II.

PROS

  • A great writing experience
  • TrackPoint pointing stick
  • Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Only one Bluetooth profile
  • Feet are not long enough
  • Too Expensive

ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II Features

  • Key Style Chiclet
  • Number of Keys 84
  • Cable Length/Type 1.0 meter
  • Connection Type 2.4G wireless and Bluetooth BLE with Swift Pair
  • Battery Life Up to 2 month in single full charge (may vary based on usage)
  • Dimensions (L x D x H) 12.03 x 6.46 x 0.54 inches (305.5 x 164 x 13.7 mm)
  • Hot Key Yes, Programmable F12 key
  • Specialized Software/Driver Yes
  • Hardware Requirements Supported PC or Android device with Bluetooth or USB A connection
  • OS Requirements Windows 7; Windows 10; Android
  • Weight 516 g (1.14 lbs)
  • Extra USB-C to USB-A charging cable

ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II Design

thinkpad trackpoint keyboard ii Design

The keyboard itself feels a lot like a proper ThinkPad device, it’s pretty sturdy despite the fact that it’s so thin like there is a bit of flex, but it’s very minimal. 

and the most important thing though is how it types and i have to say after using it for a while, it’s surprisingly similar to the laptop keyboard. 

it really feels like they just yanked it out. one thing I do miss from a proper laptop keyboard or a portable keyboard is to have a trackpad.

so this doesn’t have a trackpad but it does have the buttons as well as the ThinkPad’s signature TrackPoint. 

so i know a lot of people are pretty good at using this as their mouse replacement. but if you’re tired, it’ll be a bit hard to get used to it trying to control the cursor.

The Connection

thinkpad trackpoint keyboard ii Connections

The very distinctive ThinkPad TrackPoint II keyboard provides two methods of wireless communication: 2.4GHz and Bluetooth.

As the 2.4GHz setting is the easiest setting; All it takes is to connect the dongle to an open USB port on any device and it works instantly, without the need for software or setup.

Bluetooth pairing is very easy, all you have to do is move the wireless key on the keyboard to the right for a second, then watch as the status light flashes white and then follow the instructions on your computer (or other device) to complete pairing. In our case at least, these instructions always included writing a symbol on the keyboard and pressing enter.

ThinkPad TrackPoint II keyboard also supports Swift Pair, a very important feature in Windows 10 that alerts you that a paired Bluetooth device is near you and asks if you want to pair with it or not.

for instance Switching between the two wireless connections is very fast and easy. Using the keyboard for days and switching between Bluetooth on my computer and 2.4 GHz on Raspberry Pi 4, the keyboard became positively responsive by simply switching the wireless mode switch.

The Battery Life

Lenovo caught a surprise: the ThinkPad TrackPoint II keyboard lasts for two great months at a cost. But I did not have time to test this claim.

But I tried to measure the validity of this talk and left it running for more than 10 days, and I never turned it off, and the surprise is that I have not received any indication of a low battery charge.

in Conclusion keyboard charges via the included USB Type-C port.

The Typing

Typing on TrackPoint Keyboard II is almost the same writing experience on any modern ThinkPad.

It features Chislett-scissor-switch keys which are powerful pressure, gentle travel and standard layout of up to 60% for all primary keys (almost) which means I can get full typing speed quickly and incredibly.

F1-F12 is the default for laptop controls (size, brightness, etc.) but can be locked and controlled to standard function keys using FnLock.

ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II Software

Lenovo has a Windows app that’s appropriately called ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II.

after that installing the app gets your hands on it, and when clicked, lets you control the cursor speed and the F12 key is set to perform a special action of your choice (by default, the Lenovo webpage is launched).

Unfortunately, for people who have a non-Windows device, they will not have this program, be sure you will not notice a difference.

The Performance

There are a lot of cool and wacky things in CES but this is a surprisingly refreshing basic thing. 

so it’s what it looks like, it’s a keyboard that is a lot like the ThinkPad keyboard you’d find on let’s say an X1 Carbon. 

but the difference is that you can use this with any sort of Bluetooth connected device or even hook it up with a PC. 

now if your PC doesn’t have Bluetooth, there is actually a dongle that includes it and you can use the dongle and just stick it into your PC, and use it like a normal Bluetooth keyboard.

they’ve got-the keys have great travel, they have a nice amount of space. they are always sturdy, you don’t always feel like. 

the key is unbalanced. It’s always pretty solid and this reflects that around the back you’ll find that it’s pretty much just a plain body. 

now there is the addition of these two feet that can fold in and out. for instance can fold them out for a more ergonomic typing experience, definitely appreciated.

Overall

in Conclusion Lenovo’s comfortable and practical ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard 2 provides an excellent premium ThinkPad typing experience, Similarly including the small TrackPoint Red, as a wireless keyboard that works with any Windows or Android device.

The battery lasts incredibly, as it has been proven to last for days and this of course is incredible

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