The ThinkPad mouse nub — i.e., the TrackPoint — is a controversial piece of expertise. Folks are likely to both despise the crimson dot-shaped substitute for an actual mouse, or adore it as the one finest mouse answer round. For these within the second camp is Lenovo’s new $99 ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II, an up to date model of its previous wi-fi keyboard that permits you to use that good TrackPoint nub UI together with your desktop laptop.
The TrackPoint II — which was announced at CES, however goes on sale right this moment — is fairly much like the previous ThinkPad Compact Bluetooth Keyboard with TrackPoint model, albeit with a brand new design that’s primarily based on the extra fashionable ThinkPad X1’s keyboard design and structure.
Not like the previous mannequin, although, the TrackPoint II solely presents wi-fi connectivity, both by way of Bluetooth or an included USB dongle (though it helps each Home windows and Android). The trade-off for wired connectivity is a swap over to USB-C for charging, as a substitute of Micro USB, which looks as if a worthwhile swap.
The ThinkPad TrackPoint II is out there right this moment from Lenovo’s on-line retailer.