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IBM USB Keyboard with UltraNav ( 31P8950 )
List Price: $106.99

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Product Description

Bring legendary IBM ThinkPad notebook keyboard look and feel to IBM desktop systems or to ThinkPad docking solutions. For the ultimate in pointing flexibility, this multi-pointing system combines an IBM-customized touch pad and the latest TrackPoint device. The two, built-in USB ports conveniently provides for additional expansion. Plus, it's the only external keyboard that allows you close the ThinkPad notebook LCD and still access key ThinkPad notebook features requiring the function (Fn) key, such as system sleep and suspend.Adjustable keyboard feet provide for three levels of typing comfort; flat (folded under), level-1 and level-2. Integrated keyboard cord wrap lets you adjust the length of the cord for use or storage. Function (Fn) key provides access to key ThinkPad notebook features such as (depending on model) speaker volume, LCD/external monitor select, LCD brightness, system sleep and suspend controls. IBM ThinkPad UltraNav, an example of IBM ThinkVantage Design, lets you choose which pointing device to use: TrackPoint, touchpad, or both. And, it eliminates the need for an external mouse and saves desktop space.The IBM USB Keyboard with UltraNav is supported on the following IBM systems: IBM-compatible desktop or ThinkPad notebook system (not compatible with notebooks other than IBM ThinkPad). Full functionality of ThinkPad hot keys will be with the following ThinkPad models: 2681, 2682, 2683, 2672, 2673, 2366, 2367, 2652, 2653, 2658, 2659, 2677. All others, including desktops, will have some non-functioning ThinkPad hot keys.For a complete compatibility list please refer to the original manufacturer's web site.

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Customer Reviews:

  • Good idea, poor quality
    I've just bought and received this item from amazon (August 25, 2008) and the quality is much lower from what i would expect on a $90 USD Keyboard.

    I'm having problems with the touchpad on this keyboard that i never had with laptop touchpads, like the mouse pointer moving randomly through the screen just before i click on something or at the edges of the touchpad, even with the latest drivers from Lenovo or Synaptics.

    The trackpoint buttons below the spacebar do not always work and sometimes i have to click them very hard or multiple times for them to work.

    The Page Down, End and Backspace Keys also suffer this problem, they have a different feel than the rest of the keys and sometimes i have to press them very hard or multiple times to make them work.

    Also the location of the Fn key is very annoying if you're are used to the Ctrl key being in the lower left corner of the keyboard and there is no way to remap it or swap it with the Ctrl key.

    Overall it feels like a cheaply made keyboard.

    On the plus side i can type 10 wpm faster on this keyboard than on a regular desktop keyboard. Also, if you want regular Home, End, Insert, Delete, PgUp and PgDn key locations you can rearrange and remap the keys on the Numeric Pad to match the location on a standard keyboard....more info
  • Great keyboard for about 18 months then it fails
    I love the feel of this keyboard, the pointer and all of that. It is too bad that after about 18 months of use the mouse buttons start working intermittently (the ones just below the spacebar). Of the 5 of these that I've bought over the last 4 years, 4 of them now suffer this problem (I use them at home and at work and have had to replace 2 of them so far and those new ones are also failing in the same way). The only one that is still working is on my wife's computer. She uses the other mouse buttons and doesn't use it as much as I do. I notice one other reviewer reported the same problem.

    It does not seem to be related to dust or dirt or any of the normal keyboard woes - jiggling the cable might temporarily get it to work. Too bad they can't work out the quality problems with this keyboard as it is the best one I've found. That said, I think I will keep on looking before buying numbers 6 and 7....more info
  • As advertised - Thinkpad experience on the desktop!
    If you're a ThinkPad lover like me, this is the desktop keyboard for you. It delivered everything it advertised, which is that same Thinkpad keyboard experience for the desktop that you get on your T61 or whatever version thinkpad you have with the dual UltraNav and Touchpad keyboard. I had grown weary of my mouse and wanted a keyboard where my hands could stay in one place. What's also nice is that this keyboard has the number pad on the right, which really is necessary for a desktop keyboard. The real benefit is that now I use the same keyboard no matter which device I'm working on. Makes it convenient having keys like Delete, Home, etc. all in the same spot. Thank you Lenovo, IBM or whoever you really are!...more info
  • Simply the best
    I have been a ThinkPad user for over 10 years and been spoiled with using the best laptop keyboards out there.

    Now that I use a docking station, I went through two keyboards beofore coming across this one. It feels like a ThinkPad keyboard, but only larger, and is just as responsive.

    Best of all, it has the trackpoint mouse in the middle of the keyboard. This is the biggest benefit of the ThinkPad keyboards especially if you job involves heavy typing. With the trackpoint keyboard mouse, there you don't need to ever move your hands away from the keyboard. What an excellent idea, I just don't understand why all keyboards aren't like this.

    On top of being a great keyboard, it integrates well with your ThinkPad and it has 2 USB ports!

    The only negative things I have to say is the mouse functionality is not plug and play, you have to install a driver (included), and there is no ThinkPad power button.

    Overall 5 out of 5 stars!...more info
  • If you love ThinkPads, you'll love the feel of this keyboard
    I have used a few models of ThinkPad for the past 13 years. I started with ThinkPad 760, then 570, then T20, T41 and am using a T60 now. For years, I could not imagine typing on another notebook. The feel of a ThinkPad keyboard is unmatched. And I am so used to the placement of the keys (eg Page Up/Page Down, the volume control, etc) that I can't imagine my finger on another area of the keyboard. And I love the Trackpoint, that red little pointer.

    When I built my own Core 2 Quad desktop, naturally I'd like to look for a good keyboard and while this keyboard is pricey, I have no regrets about getting it! It works great - for work and for gaming.. the familiarity and feel of the keyboard was excellent for a desktop PC. The Trackpoint and Touchpad and Volume control buttons worked instantly without having to be configured (on a Vista OS). Fn F4 puts my PC into the Standby. Fn NumLk brings up the calculator (new to a ThinkPad user).

    My only gripe - no Windows button. But it didn't stop me from giving this keyboard a 5-star :)

    Oh, I need to mention this. My friend bought the ThinkPad USB Travel Keyboard (not the same as the keyboard being reviewed). The Travel keyboard does not have the numpad and thus it is shorter and in the same footprint (size) as a ThinkPad. The other important difference is that the Travel keyboard has shorter USB cable.. so if you are like me and is buying this keyboard for desktop PC and your desktop PC sits underneath your table, you need THIS keyboad, not the Travel one, as this keyboard has a longer cable....more info
  • This is it...
    Standalone mice are so last century! This is just about the perfect keyboard. I highly recommend it. Only thing missing is backlighting/illumination....more info
  • The right choice
    This keyboard is perfect for me The letters are slightly closer together than in a regular keyboard, they require less extension and pressure on the fingers.You have an option to use either the touchpad or the stick. Getting the right drivers may take a bit of time, but is worth the trouble. I am using it with a Dell PC and HP monitor. Since I have been using it I have not been bothered by the arthritis in my hands.

    ...more info
  • Great Keyboard
    Well built and sturdy while also sleek and lightweight, this device is a joy for anyone who flourishes typing with laptop keyboards. It didn't take much thought for me to buy second one of these keyboards for my large rolling laptop case, and the travel version (31P9490, identical to this model, except minus the number pad) for my carry-around bag.

    Key action is fast, uniform, and comfortable. Its professional and attractive design is a refreshing change from the glut of overly-buttoned contraptions around these days. For those with space saving issues, the USB ports and option to do away with a mouse with TrackPoint are definite plusses.

    I have only two caveats, neither of which are really critical. First, although this is a full size board for the character and numeric keys, the layout and size of the lesser-used keys (insert, delete, home, end, page up/down, cursors, etc) are a tad eccentric and will feel small and misplaced to an experienced touch typist. In particular, if you normally use Ctrl key shortcuts by touch, you'll find yourself often hitting either the cursor keys on the right or the function-shift on the left -- which I'm still not completely used to yet.
    Second, if you place the keyboard on a slick desktop (my own is on a metal shelf), the board will slide about considerably -- which I remedied with a couple of rubber grip stick-on buttons from the local hardware store.

    But overall, I must wholeheartedly concur with all the previous postive reviews. If you conceive yourself a discriminating typist who uses only the best, you won't be disappointed here. ...more info
  • No Mouse Needed
    If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, you should invest the money to get the right keyboard for your usage. Lenovo's UltraNav keyboard rates somewhere between three-and-a-half stars and four stars for those who risk carpel tunnel syndrome from overuse of computer mice, e.g., in corporate financial analyst circles. The UltraNav keyboard mitigates problems caused from overuse of computer mice by incorporating TrackPoint and touchpad pointing devices on the keyboard itself. Compared to the grip that is required to actively control a mouse, the TrackPoint requires pressure from only one finger; while the touchpad can be controlled by a light touch.

    As other reviewers indicate, Lenovo's UltraNav keyboard is lightweight, and of a solid build quality. I found the UltraNav's trackpoint to be perfectly configured out-of-box. Other trackpoint devices (I've used Dell and HP Compaq corporate laptops) feel "loose" by comparison. The UltraNav's touchpad supports virtual clicking -- which simulates mouse clicks by quickly tapping on the touchpad; and virtual scrolling -- which enables quick scrolling down or across a window by sliding one's finger down the right side of the touchpad, or across the bottom of the touchpad, respectively. The touchpad's driver software enables both features to be tailored to preference, and comes with a practice "game" to help ensure that one's preferences are just right. The UltraNav TrackPoint comes with a third button (in addition to the standard left- and right-click buttons) that can act either as a scroll lock or a magnifying glass. Both the touchpad and TrackPoint may be adjusted for left-handed use. Both are also simultaneously active, but one or both may be deactivated or set to use a subset of their features. I keep both enabled; I use the touchpad to move around broadly, and the trackpoint to move around and select items more precisely. With Lenovo's UltraNav keyboard, a mouse is no longer needed.

    The downsides to the UltraNav keyboard generally revolve around its lineage as a ThinkPad laptop keyboard. Like most other laptop keyboards, the UltraNav keyboard has tiny function keys, and tiny Insert, Delete, Home, End, PageUp and PageDown keys. Several keyboard functions -- including the three volume buttons, the Fn key, and the blue mechanic (ThinkVantage) key -- may be rendered useless for those who don't pair their UltraNav keyboard with a Lenovo computer. Lenovo should have been smart enough to include software to help such users remap all of those non-functional keys to do something more useful. This keyboard also lacks Windows keys (the Windows key and right-click key), and instead has [Previous Page] and [Next Page] keys. I'm not convinced of the utility of the latter, because it is just as easy to press and to move backwards and forwards in a web browser.

    The UltraNav keyboard also includes two USB 1.1 ports; which are less useful today than when this product was introduced, since many USB devices these days can take advantage of higher USB 2 speeds. Remember to install the UltraNav drivers -before- plugging in the keyboard into your computer for the first time. Windows Vista 64-bit users should consider using the latest generic drivers from Synaptics because Lenovo's Vista 64-bit drivers doesn't support virtual scrolling for the touchpad. Both the Synaptics and Lenovo drivers however, do not support the magnifying glass action for the Trackpoint's third-button.

    Lenovo's UltraNav keyboard merits serious consideration from those seeking a solid alternative to computer mice, and can sacrifice a bit of keyboard functionality. Hopefully the next version of this keyboard will incorporate with Windows keys (since they were made available in the ThinkPad 60 series keyboard), USB2 ports, and maybe multi-touch support for the touchpad....more info
  • Great keyboard
    I have a X60 and use the keyboard at home when my computer is docked. I like having the extra space, the keyboard is a bit bigger and the number pad is nice. Also the "feel" of the keyboard is great. However it is not wireless, which makes it a pretty expensive option. ...more info
  • it is just wonderful
    it is just wonderful!

    it is full size, but not very big. I hold it on my knee instead of my notebook, which can be really hot. And my eye can stay further to the computer, which I think can protect my eyes.
    I can have more freedom to move and do not need to keep in only one position.

    it has two usb port on the key board. It is so convenient! Only one left in the stock? you got be hurry.

    ...more info
  • Perfect for those who are prone to carpel tunnel pain
    I have been using Thinkpad notebooks for years, mainly for their trackpoint keyboards, which avoid carpel tunnel pain for me. Recently, I had been using an older Thinkpad at work, simply for the keyboard, and couldn't purchase a newer one due to budget freezes. However, I needed some functionality that only my desktop would offer (serial port, dvd burner (laptop was only a CDRW), faster processor (T41 was a bit slow), but couldn't purchase what I needed for the Thinkpad. I bought this keyboard using my own money, and it is exactly as all have said. The key response is just like a Thinkpad, as is the ultranav trackpoint/touchpad. Really, it looks like they took a thinkpad keyboard and put it in a plastic housing with a numerical keypad. Well worth the $100!...more info
  • Way way way too flexy
    Did I mention that this keyboard is flexy? Way too flexy? It is. Couldn't use it. Sent it back. I don't want to be annoyed while typing....more info
  • Great keyboard
    Been using this keyboard for about a month now and love it. I've always typed better (70+ wpm) on laptop keyboards when compared to desktop keyboards (50+ wpm). I even used a Microsoft Natural keyboard for a number of years until I realized that I do better on laptop keyboards. I've also been having wrist pain when using a mouse. I do not get this pain when using the touch points/touch pads on laptops. I started "The Hunt" for a desktop USB full size laptop keyboard with a built in touch pad/touch point. The IBM was the only one I could find. IT ROCKS! I love it. I'm consistently typing at 70+ wpm on it with no wrist pain. The quality feels good. The keys are quiet but still retain the laptop "clicky" noise. I did, however, have some driver issues as I was mating it to a Dell laptop that already had a touch pad and touch point. I have the laptop docked and had to disable the built in touch pad and touch point on the laptop to get everything to work correctly. It still flipped out a little when having both sets of drivers installed. I removed the Dell drivers, installed the IBM drivers and got the keyboard tweaked to perfection. I then reloaded the Dell drivers and all is well except for the fact that I cannot access the mouse preferences when the IBM is plugged in. Funny. Oh well. I guess this is an isolated incident when pairing a keyboard with a built in touch pad/point to a computer that already has a differently branded touch pad/point. It's worth it. I did not have this problem on another pc or my IBM laptop BTW. If you're considering this keyboard, don't. Just buy it already!...more info
  • great keyboard, where is the WIRELESS version?
    as the others have said, this is a great keyboard, particularly if you are accustomed to or like the Thinkpad touchpoint keyboard environment. the keys have enough travel to make it feel like actually typing.

    my only complaint is that this is a perfect keyboard to have a wireless version of. its light, easy to use, and you dont need a mouse. I have a wireless mouse and keyboard in my living room for use with a media center PC attached to my stereo and flat screen monitor and if this keyboard came in a wireless version I could eliminate my need for the separate mouse and keyboard and just have this one light keyboard/mouse instead.

    ...more info
  • Long-Term Quality Problems
    I used this keyboard for about three years and I first have to say that I like the layout, the feel of the buttons, and the dual built-in mouse features. My only concern is the long-term quality. Mine has not been abused in any way, but about 15 months after purchase the mouse keys below the spacebar went intermittant and then altogether stopped working. Now it's the letter "C". I type on it for an average workday, which really means I spend more time on my mouse then my keyboard. My Belkin mouse is still going strong except for paint wearing off. The IBM keyboard still has its showroom colors, but the electro-mechanical parts are wearing out....more info
  • Great keyboard, but where are the Windows keys?!
    I just got it, plugged it into the Advanced Mini Dock for my T61, and all seemed well until I noticed two things that really bothered me.

    - It lacks a Windows key anywhere, and I use that key excessively for bringing up the file explorer (Win-E), toggling the desktop (Win-D), and getting a command line (Win-R). It also lacks the Windows context key usually found on the lower right - I never use that, so no big deal. Thinkpad keyboards have them, so why doesn't this keyboard?

    - The blue Thinkvantage key doesn't bring up the Thinkvantage menu on my T61.

    Other than that, it seems to be a nice keyboard, but nowhere as good as the keyboard on my actual T61....more info