For example, laptopkeyboard.com offers a "100% genuine OEM" replacement part, and since their site has a query box right on the page, I asked whether their keyboards were actual Lenovo T520 parts or third-party replacements and whether they have Lenovo FRUs. Their answer: "We only sell OEM part with specifications same as your original keyboard."
Yourlaptopexperts.com offers "Genuine Lenovo IBM Thinkpad T520 T520i T520s Series US keyboard" for about $20 less. No claim of OEM status.
But I read about shoddy products on offer from shady sources, and I know that there are Chinese factories turning out all manner of replacement parts, some of them not just second-rate but essentially counterfeits. So I wonder whether anyone has a line on a reliable supplier of reliable parts. (I find both Amazon and eBay swamps of fakery and deception, and I suspect that those under-$40 items are not quality goods.)
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I think I might have some sets of less worn genuine T520 keyboard keycaps from my 5 broken ThinkPad T520 keyboards (all faulty membrane), if you are interested.
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This way I have just purchased an X201 keyboard (for my X2100 heh) and it actually looks and feels pretty decent. X201 has a keyboard different from X220/X220t/T420/T520/W520 but same principle applies I believe when buying.
P.S. you may use this page to look up suitable keyboard FRU-s. This page provides some extra info on how to read that table:
They you can build a saved search on ebay for the FRU-s you're interested in, with your region and price cap and have emails come in when suitable keyboards surface. Perhaps your luck is going to be in and eventually you will see an unsused (new) keyboard sold by a private seller with real photos. In UK I'd expect it to be £35-40. Then you can get your new one For example for me if I wanted UK layout NMB or Chicony but not ALPS the ebay search would be "(45N2170, 45N2240)": like this. Oh wow there seem to be a couple new ones for around £31.. Heh I've overspent a bit this year, maybe I will not buy. But I could. What I see there now might be suitable keyboards. Of course this search also picks up the sellers which are offering individual keycaps, which are different between NMB/Chicony/ALPS/no-name-clones btw.The first columns is ALPS keyboard (generally regarded as the worst), the second row is Chicony (regarded as good) and the third row is NMB (regarded at the best). The differences between Chicony and NMB are most likely minor
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