After all, even the new Chiclet-style Thinkpad keyboard is the best available on a notebook, with the retirement of the Classic Keyboard.
It's firm, consistent, and springy. It could be a lot worse.
I am wondering about the mechanism: is it a scissor-switch?
What kind of full-size external keyboards are like it? (Besides the Lenovo Thinkpad USB keyboards, of course).
Also, which is the 'best' Lenovo Thinkpad-style external keyboard?
Yes, its still scissor-switch (which is the same mechanism as old ThinkPad keyboards).
In terms of external keyboards with a TrackPoint, besides the ThinkPad USB / Bluetooth keyboard, there also is the Unicomp EnduraPro keyboard with a TrackPoint – IBM Model M buckling-spring keys, but the TrackPoint only has two buttons and its an old version that isn't fixed. Then there is the TEX Kodachi, which is like an homage to the classical ThinkPad design. Has a TrackPoint, has three TrackPoint buttons and the 7 row layout. Unfortunately, ANSI layout only (if you prefer ISO, of course).
Fortunately, I have a mouse when using my external keyboards, so they don't require a trackpoint.
Scissor-switch is pretty good. It's quiet, it's consistent, and it can use backlighting.
Even though I am using MX-switch mechanical keyboards right now, I wouldn't mind a decent scissor-switch keyboard.
Problem is, I don't know what they are. Are there any good scissor-switch keyboards out there with a firm backplate, such as metal?
The X1 Carbons are great, because the keys are tightly integrated into the chassis. Something like the Logitech K120, in contrast, feels mushy because of the excess use of plastic materials.
Speaking of which, what are the Thinkpad chiclet keys made of? ABS plastic?
Apart from the ThinkPad Compact external one (which isn't metal, but still pretty stable for plastic), maybe the Surface keyboard? https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surfa ... verviewtab Another alternative could be older Apple keyboards, although they do have a weird layout, of course.
And Apple's relatively recent chiclet keyboards are highly rated.
But you're right, whenever I do even a cursory internet search, people say that the new Microsoft Surface-style keyboards are the best available for Windows computers. Which is probably true. Microsoft was always good at peripherals.
I think I'm going to go check one out in a store today.
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Trackpoint II isn't bad... and I bet a small piece of software could simulate negative inertia without too much of an issue. Third button? Well that can always be modded in given a bit of time and effort...oh yeah and a Dremel. I don't use the third button too often anyway so it wouldn't be a huge deal for me.
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