The ThinkPad Compact USB Keyboard combines the corded reliability of a USB keyboard with the TrackPoint convenience of ThinkPad laptops. The compact design is perfect for limited desk spaces while the scissor lift key mechanism ensures better ergonomics and comfort. The keys and spaces between are optimize for higher typing accuracy and quality typing experience. Simply connect to your PC- this compact keyboard is easy, simple and reliable for everyday use.
Lenovo ThinkPad Compact USB Wired Keyboard with TrackPoint is rated3.83 out of5 by42.
Rated 5 out of 5 bysnowflake99 from Poor keyboard - much worse then the older oneFor one the trackpoint drifts half the time without user input the mouse just moves slowly to the left of the screen. Very annoying.Second - the function of F keys is only accessible with the pressing of Fn key and the software to reverse it does not work on Windows 7.Third the palmrest is very small - the older version of this was so much better with deeper palm rest!
Date published: 2016-12-13T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byJeremyB from My Favorite Keyboard of All Desktop/Laptop OptionsFor everything that the keyboard is, it's 100% my favorite. I didn't give 5-stars because I want a new version of this keyboard to be created ASAP which is illuminated, and which can do either Bluetooth or USB. Having the two separate products like it is right now, is not ideal. They are the exact same product, but purposely limited. They should be combined and illuminated and kept at the same price. Lenovo would then be making a lot more money off of this keyboard (I would buy 2 in a heart beat and recommend them to everyone).
Date published: 2018-10-26T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byTomCat from great keyboardit is same as Thinkpad laptop's keyboard. it is wonderful.
Date published: 2014-05-21T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byprgeno from Love Thinkpad keyboardsAnd this one is very good too. Too bad Lenovo doesn't make this their full feature keyboard. This keyboard with a numeric keypad and biometric fingerprint reader would be the best keyboard ever. Lenovo, please bring out that best keyboard ever.
Date published: 2015-12-05T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 bydavidberman from Not as good as the keyboard in your ThinkpadI've used Thinkpads for years. I love that keyboard and need the trackpoint. However this one does NOT have the right feel. If you are going to use the keyboard all day and except that same excellent feel, do not get this keyboard. I had to give up on it. There ARE other earlier USB keyboards from Lenovo that have "the feel" (e.g. model SK-8855), but this one ain't quite right.
Date published: 2018-03-03T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byBigD_Rides from Great matching keyboard when docked at home!Nearly identical touch and feel to my Yoga X1 laptop keyboard. Compact and carpel tonal free! Great to have the same keyboard layout when docked at home as when on the road. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-02-18T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byJasonH from This keyboard is excellentAfter reading some of the concerns in the other reviews, and the fact that this doesn't come with a TrackPad, I was hesitant about ordering this keyboard but couldn't find anything else to go with, so I took a shot. After using it for a few days, I am very happy with this keyboard. I like the small form factor, the key layout (including the dual purpose function keys), key travel, TrackPoint. I still wish it had a TrackPad but I'm OK with just a TrackPoint because I tend to use keyboard shortcuts the majority of the time anyways (and if it becomes intolerable or I have a task that requires extensive mousing, I will just buy a USB trackpad or I will reattach my normal mouse and keep it nearby.)
Date published: 2017-01-09T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 bynjsf from Poor design of usb connector and riser tabs, poorI just hate the way the usb cable connects. It is clearly flimsy and will break fast if you have a tight space, which would be a reason to buy this item. For such an expensive keyboard this is unacceptable. EPIC FAIL here.the riser tabs are so low they might just not be there, makes this keyboard a poor ergonomic choice. Had to buy 2 slim wrist tests one to rise the back of the keyboard another to rest the palms to even make it usable. EPIC FAILI do love the key layout, better than my old trusty SK8855, but the lower risers, cable issue and the very nice wrist rest included in the SK8855 make it a far superior product, so much so I went back to using after remapping the prev/next keys above the cursor keys to pgup/pgdown.
Date published: 2018-06-09T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byOffice from Matches ThinkPad keyboardI have a 2013 Lenovo Thinkpad x230. I use it with two auxiliary screens, keyboard and mouse when I am at my desk. I have used one other keyboard but didn't like the fact that the keys differed from the laptop, because when I am traveling I use the laptop alone. This keyboard matches my laptop. On the downside some of the special functions don't work, for example, turning wireless on and off, but most of them do. If the computer goes to sleep I have to open my laptop to turn it back on. This is my third ThinkPad auxiliary keyboard. I have been disappointed that the other two did not last. So my 4 star rating rather than 5 star is cautionary based on my past experience with these keyboards and the inability to perform all functions from the keyboard without opening the laptop.
Date published: 2018-09-16T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byNetSightNetman from Perfect Keyboard for Tight Workspaces and MobilityLove Thinkpad Keyboards! This Keyboard brings their tech to tight workspces and mobile onsite computing.
Date published: 2019-07-21T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byHer Majesty Roberta from OK, but it ain't like the old keyboardsIt's nice to have a usb keyboard with a trackpoint, but the keyboard doesn't quite compare to my T450s, and compared with the keyboard on my new and quite old T60p it's a piece of grbge.
Date published: 2019-12-26T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byAbry from Excellent keyboard! Quiet!Love this keyboard. Offers the same layout as the thinkpad, which I really like. It is consistent going from dock to laptop. Love the page up/down keys being so accessible for excel and web browsing. It is very study, with satisfying keystrokes, but also quiet so it doesn’t bother those nearby.
Date published: 2019-10-07T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byFrisco from No real middle mouse buttonI'm an X windows user, and make extensive use of the middle mouse button with the trackpoint. I've used many Lenovo laptops and keyboards and until now loved them all because they had a three button mouse built right into the keyboard.Unfortunately, the middle mouse button on this keyboard is not really a middle mouse button, because it doesn't allow you to drag. The minute you drag, the mouse button is reported as released and instead up and down movement gets reported as scroll wheel events. Worse, I can't even get the horizontal scroll wheel to work, because it seems to get reported as a completely different class of usb hid event.What's so frustrating about this is that it's trivial to configure the X server to emulate a scroll wheel given a third mouse button, but almost impossible to do the converse. Why did Lenovo do this do the keyboard instead of just having the driver software or configuration handle scrollwheel emulation for people who want it?
Date published: 2014-06-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byYual Chiek from Best Keyboard ever!This is an excellent keyboard. While it is compact it doesn't feel cramped. It would be even better if a slightly softed plastic was used. Over all, this is, in my opinion the berybest portable keyboard available. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-05-03T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byWilliamP from Good value for the moneyI bought this keyboard a month ago. All in all, it was good value for the money, especially if you're running out of desktop space. However, the keystrokes feel and sound cheap. Keyboards on real ThinkPad laptops are way better. I wish they just put the real keyboard in this external form factor.
Date published: 2018-10-14T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byCPA User from Great KeyboardI have a small home office desk and bought this compact keyboard for extra paperwork space. Its size, responsiveness and haptic feedback perfectly fit the bill. The unexpected surprise is how well the Trackpoint works. My Thinkpad Yoga 12’s internal one has never worked properly and I generally use a mobile mouse instead. For whatever reason, the external keyboard’s Trackpoint works perfectly with the same laptop. This is my 9th or 10th Thinkpad since the original model, and this keyboard’s Trackpoint may be the most comfortabke. Recommended to anyone needing a compact keyboard. I also bought Lenovo’s excellent number keypad to go with it, which I can set aside when I don’t need it. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-02-28T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byPaul from Great for travel but also wrist / shoulder reliefThis is a really great keyboard. The form and size allows for travel but I've got these for my desktop machines at home and work. The low profile helps with wrist strain and the compact size allows the mouse to be closer and your shoulder positions to be more neutral which is really nice. You can SWITCH the Ctrl and Fn key functions if you like. It's in the manual. That said, I haven't switched it and I use the Ctrl key extensively without issue. Also, I keep the F# keys active instead of the multimedia keys.
Date published: 2014-04-15T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byluke from X1 Carbon Dream Come TrueI purchased the ThinkPad USB 3.0 Hub for my X1 and last second decided to see if Lenovo had the forethought to port over the amazing keyboard from the X1 to a USB. Thank goodness. This thing feels amazing. The first one I received had the middle scroll button stick a little. 5 minute call to Lenovo and a new one was on the way at no charge with a prepaid box to ship the old one back. Fantastic customer service on top of a fantastic product makes it hard to recommend anything else.On a side note: Lenovo, whenever you decide to update this keyboard I have two suggestions:1. Make it back lit (I would buy another one tomorrow).2. Don't use the newest X1 keyboard layout. Not a fan.
Date published: 2014-08-11T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byJoey10990 from My favorite external keyboard.My favorite external keyboard. But the quality is not nearly as nice as the laptop keyboards. There is a lot of flex in the chassis.
Date published: 2019-09-13T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byrihorto from Excellent, but where's the number pad?This is my third ThinkPad keyboard with TrackPoint. The first one was purchased by my employer, and I left it there when I changed jobs. What a shame. It had the integrated number pad. It was the best keyboard ever. This keyboard is still amazing if you like the feel of laptop keyboards (which I do) and like the TrackPoint features (which I do). I'll keep using this keyboard as long as it is still available, though I hope Lenovo brings back the model with a number pad.
Date published: 2018-02-23T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 by11111 from Great Keyboardfeatures of the regular lenovo keyboard. Works with my docking station from lenovo.
Date published: 2018-10-20T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byAngelica P from I like it, and that's good enough for meI really appreciate having a keyboard separate from my laptop so I can work more comfortably at home. For the most part this keyboard has worked quite well for me. The only thing I'll say is that sometimes the "TrackPoint" will sometimes be a little finicky and continue sliding in one direction. This I somewhat expected since I used it before and I still value a finicky TrackPoint to having to buy a separate mouse or accidentally moving my cursor because a touch-pad is too sensitive and screws up what I was typing. Stupid additional note, I like the click of this keyboard, so that's nice too. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-05-17T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byH Lebo from A perfect extra keyboardJust what I was hoping for -- an ideal external keyboard for many uses. Great key feel, and SO glad to have the TrackPoint
Date published: 2019-11-12T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byStillMe from responsive and accurateExcellent feel, responsiveness, and accuracy. I use this keyboard at work and home for consistency wherever I am.
Date published: 2019-11-17T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byJofCB from ThinkPad Wired USB Keyboard with TrackPoint Works!The ThinkPad Wired USB Keyboard with TrackPoint saved the day for me. My small office space and desk made it difficult to use the ThinkPad's keyboard. I installed this keyboard which allowed me to bring it closer to me and WOW! This keyboard is easy to type, it's small form factor is easy to make room for and the trackball allows me to work without a mouse!
Date published: 2019-11-08T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byAnonymous78164 from Middle mouse button is brokenI wish I had read the other review about the middle mouse button before my purchase! It's broken - dragging with it is not possible, the keyboard pretends like it's a scroll wheel.It seems the Windows driver supports toggling this, but since it's done in the firmware of the keyboard, Linux users are up the creek.
Date published: 2016-01-18T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byJonesBob from Just Like On My T450SKeyboard has the same feel as the T450S keyboard which is great, but it really needs a number pad. Without it there's not much reason to buy this keyboard as there are comparable ones that include the number pad or cost much less.
Date published: 2016-01-12T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byChuck Necker from Here's A ThinkPad Keyboard For Your Desktop!I have owned ThinkPad laptops for 20 years and find the TrackPoint feature to be indispensable for moving the cursor without having to reach for a mouse. So naturally I wanted a TrackPoint keyboard for my Lenovo Y720 desktop. This keyboard is surprisingly compact while providing a comfortable key spacing for typing. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-05-23T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byMarkInChicago from Would be 5 stars if key-labels weren't reflectiveI have been hooked on ThinkPad keyboards for nearly 20 years. This one feels right to me, is nice and small, and doesn't have the disconnect issues that I experienced with the Bluetooth version. My one major complaint is that the labels for the keys aren't matte. My workspace is set up such that I have an overhead light about four feet in front of me, and the reflection off my shiny key-labels makes them hard to read. It's so bad that I've used a metallic marker to give myself a couple of visual landmarks for function keys, which are outside my touch-typing comfort/confidence zone.
Date published: 2018-03-14T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byJoseph H from Almost perfectThis keyboard is almost perfect. In my opinion, it only needs to have the 'PgUP', and PgDOWN' buttons to be trimmed from the bottom (wrong keys are pressed if in a hurry). I believe that the newer ThinkPads already have them as such. Except for that, its keys are responsive, its easy to travel with, and it has a TrackPoint. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-03-17T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byDRahm from Perfection!World's last and best keyboard with a pointing stick. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-03-09T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byTreetrunkrick from Treat your desktop PC like a laptop.This keyboard gives me the concise control I’ve expected from ThinkPad laptops for years and now I can use it on my desktop PC to increase office productivity by eliminating the number keypad and putting the mouse in the middle.
Date published: 2020-01-08T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byMichaelB from Fn key is where the Ctrl key should be!I really tried to like this keyboard. It has so much about it that is GREAT. However, after 2 months of trying to get used to it, I just couldn’t: the Fn key is where the Ctrl key should be! I use the Ctrl key A LOT (e.g., copy/paste and a zillion other important keyboard shortcuts). I need to be able to reliably hit it without looking for it. This is no longer possible as it is not in the most logical place: the bottom left corner. I am therefore going to have to sell my brand new keyboard on eBay because I simply cannot get used to this.I therefore advise everyone to think long and hard about where they need their Ctrl key to be, as it is not in the right place on this keyboard.Michael
Date published: 2014-04-01T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byKevin from Good KeyboardI purchased this keyboard after using the X120e laptop by Lenovo. The tactile response and key layout is by far the best I have ever used. I only have one gripe about the keyboard. I wish there were function controls for pause/play, and fast forward. The x120e has these options and I really notice their absence. I would have easily given up the alt-tab shortcut, windows "Find" and whatever function is added to F12 (doesn't do anything on Windows 7 Pro that I can tell). Lastly, I felt the price point was a little high but for Lenovo quality and the specific design I was looking for I was willing to pay for it.
Date published: 2013-11-21T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 bycmonMan from Small, light. Bulletproof!Small - light - as is usual with all the old Lenovo keyboards, totally bulletproof. I HAD to get one before they stopped including their pointing stick, which it seems, they are slowly phasing out. At least this way, I'll always have my pointing stick! So now i use a big (Lenovo, of course) - 19" monitor, cause it was the lightest one I could find,with a pc desktop. so I could build my own "laptop" platform I could sit on my lap. It's still a work in progress, but I already like it. As usual, the little arrow has already started moving around on it's own like they all do, but it's the small price you pay - to have a pointing stick, & that's the ONLY reason i marked "good' - instead of "Excellent"
Date published: 2016-08-19T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byzimon from The older model of ThinkPadt USB Keyboard betterThe older model with bigger palm rest and separate volume keys was much better. Please bring it back.The new model can be usefull also if one wants really small, but still full size ergnomical kayboard. But the older model was even more ergonomical.
Date published: 2014-04-30T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byMosong from Nice keyboard with issues, still want the classicThe original (like the one on my X220) is perfect. This one is good for typing, has correct size. Just a couple of issues: 1) keys are a little bit. 2) The USB port position is a bit awkward. Better position it on the side or use a more flexible USB cable. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-07-03T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byMWBelin from USB keyboard with TrackPointI use the portable keyboard as I use my laptop at home and work in the docking station. The keyboard is the older style "chicklet" which I prefer. I love the built in trackpoint. Only negative is that the Cap Lock does not light up. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-07-02T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byuflRob from USB Connector Weak and BreaksThe USB cable for both the USB and the Bluetooth models of this keyboard is detachable, attached to the back of the keybaords via a microUSB connector. This connector is extremely weak and has broken for both of the two devices we've purchased so far, so that the cable is no longer firmly held and resulting in the USB model disconnecting and the Bluetooth model not reliably charging.
Date published: 2016-12-01T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byx200user from Great portable keyboardI needed a portable keyboard that I can take with me for work and since I love my personal x200 keyboard I figured that this new compact USB keyboard would be a great place to start.The keyboard worked fine in plug and play mode but installing the Lenovo driver allows changes to the TrackPoint speed which was a nice improvement for my setup.I took off one star for the design since I still prefer the old style keys but overall no one else comes close for laptop keyboards.
Date published: 2013-11-26T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byBurns from Snappy little keyboardI spent a lot of time researching for a quality keyboard and I wound up landing with this one. It's very snappy and responsive, yet the foot print is very compact. ThinkPad has always had a great reputation for responsive keyboards and this one does not disappoint. Highly recommend this for writers and coders. It's also thin and portable. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-06-24T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5 byJ Moon from Same layout as X1 Carbon 6th gen. but the feel finSame layout as X1 Carbon 6th gen. but the feel finish are completely different. Feels a little more cramped and the keys are a kind of glossy, textured finish, rather than the matte soft-touch finish on the X1C. Obviously neither keyboard compares to the X220 and the matching SK-8855 USB keyboard (which were a perfect match and both excellent keyboards). Sad to see Lenovo following Apple down the path of subpar chiclet keyboards.