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IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad Ultranav external keyboards (SK-8845/8835/8855)

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IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad Ultranav external keyboards (SK-8845/8835/8855)

#1 Post by snap1 » Wed May 20, 2020 2:28 pm

Hi all,

My apologies in advance if this isn't the right forum for such questions.
I'm one of the weird ones who enjoys laptop keyboards with shallow key travel, especially with scissor 'switches' (actually just an enhanced rubber dome with a little cross-arm mechanism to stabilize the keycap) and I always wanted such an external keyboard for my PC.
I don't really want a mechanical keyboard as the switches make too much noise.
Looking around I've found the ThinkPad-like SK-8845 and 8835 for sale on aliexpress and immediately fell in love with them however what's stopping me at the moment is the exorbitant price of these items. I have the money however I'd feel a bit ridiculous shelling out ~100 usd on a rubber-dome keyboard.

I've also considered the new Lenovo USB keyboard with TrackPoint (which is a bit cheaper but way less charming), but I really don't like the chiclet keys.

Could anyone please advise if these units are worth the asking price? What keyboard should I go for?

Thanks and best regards,

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Re: IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad Ultranav external keyboards (SK-8845/8835/8855)

#2 Post by w0qj » Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:14 pm

Hello, the prices you've mentioned are about the same as being offered in our region.

As keyboards are a very personal thing (key shape as you've mentioned, the "hardness" of keys when pressed, keyboard layout, any TrackPoint or UltraNav on keyboard, if wireless keyboard how solid is the connection, etc.), it's really up to you to decide if the keyboard is suitable for you!

Wishing you fun choosing your external keyboard!

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P.S. - There is apparently an older thread about an older model of ThinkPad UltraNav external keyboard (SK-8840) here:

http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=130530
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Re: IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad Ultranav external keyboards (SK-8845/8835/8855)

#3 Post by crashnburn » Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:59 am

snap1 wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 2:28 pm
Hi all,

My apologies in advance if this isn't the right forum for such questions.
I'm one of the weird ones who enjoys laptop keyboards with shallow key travel, especially with scissor 'switches' (actually just an enhanced rubber dome with a little cross-arm mechanism to stabilize the keycap) and I always wanted such an external keyboard for my PC.
I don't really want a mechanical keyboard as the switches make too much noise.
Looking around I've found the ThinkPad-like SK-8845 and 8835 for sale on aliexpress and immediately fell in love with them however what's stopping me at the moment is the exorbitant price of these items. I have the money however I'd feel a bit ridiculous shelling out ~100 usd on a rubber-dome keyboard.

I've also considered the new Lenovo USB keyboard with TrackPoint (which is a bit cheaper but way less charming), but I really don't like the chiclet keys.

Could anyone please advise if these units are worth the asking price? What keyboard should I go for?

Thanks and best regards,
I am in complete agreement with you on Mech vs Thinkpad keyboards. I find them perfect.

Hence I bought 2 TP with UltraNav keyboards when / before I left the US for the first time - not for 100 but maybe 40-60% of the 100 $ price. I wouldnt pay it now, but then my Thinkpad addiction was at peak.

I wish they would take UltraNav and put it with a Bluetooth new system and create one.

I've survived till now but have been giving me some GLITCHES and STICKY keys. It means I'll have to do a full cleanup WITHIN - One of these days before end of the year. Until then I am using a different - Wireless Bluetooth keyboard.
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