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Looking up to equip my Thinkpad desk setup - mouse&KB suggestions needed

#1 Post by wujstefan » Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:57 am

Hello,

I must say I do not use a desktop KB very often, but would like to ask you guys for opinions.

As for the mouse, my to-go is Logitech MX Master as I use it for CAD for several years, and am very happy.

As for cordless keyboard... I don't have a clue! I wanted to ask for opinions and get to know what you are using.
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Re: Looking up to equip my Thinkpad desk setup - mouse&KB suggestions needed

#2 Post by dr_st » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:05 am

I use Lenovo Enhanced Performance USB keyboards; they are not cordless though. The keyboard is great, but the media buttons suck. Seriously considering getting the DAS Keyboard 4 Professional Brown Cherry MX switches keyboard with that awesome volume wheel, which is also not cordless. I don't dig cordless keyboards...
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Re: Looking up to equip my Thinkpad desk setup - mouse&KB suggestions needed

#3 Post by wujstefan » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:54 am

dr_st wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:05 am
I use Lenovo Enhanced Performance USB keyboards
Well I've got one, bought new some couple of years ago. If this one had the trackpoint I'd skip the "cordless" requirement.
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Re: Looking up to equip my Thinkpad desk setup - mouse&KB suggestions needed

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:59 am

Got one of these: Tyrfing V2 87/88-Key RGB Tenkeyless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
I never use the numpad, mine has a UK-layout and I have set my backlight to baby-blue.
Using the KB-software, I changed the PgDn key into a second Enter-key.
I don't game but I like the small KB size.
And it was only $59.99 new, incl. shipping from China.
I still use a wired USB-mouse, a Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0.
That thing is almost indestructible, even after about 12 years of use!

I'll soon be changing from desktop to a T440p with dock, external monitor and above KB and mouse.
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#5 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:06 am

Cordless? Well I mean if you want to trade cordless for track point there is always the Unicomp EnduraPro series...made by ex-IBMers themselves.
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Re: Looking up to equip my Thinkpad desk setup - mouse&KB suggestions needed

#6 Post by Pokrzept » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:21 am

For such a die-hard thinkpad Fan like yourself I recommend you to try SK-8855 or even 8845. I have both variants in my collection and I have been using a new version for over two years. It's light, portable, keys have proper response and trackpoint works great - far better than these you can find in newer thinkpads.
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Re: Looking up to equip my Thinkpad desk setup - mouse&KB suggestions needed

#7 Post by MikalE » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:37 am

Not cordless, but I use a Model M keyboard from 1989 on one of my T510's. It is mostly for convenience so I can keep the lid closed on my workbench. It also has a 22" monitor in use.
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Re: Looking up to equip my Thinkpad desk setup - mouse&KB suggestions needed

#8 Post by wujstefan » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:55 am

Pokrzept wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:21 am
For such a die-hard thinkpad Fan like yourself I recommend you to try SK-8855 or even 8845.
I'd love to sport any of them if the prices were not so insane. $100+ is a big hit.
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#9 Post by olddog » Sun May 05, 2019 6:24 am

A mouse is of course almost essential and I have cordless mice by Logitech and MS which both work fine despite being cheap.

But a separate keyboard, on a TP? Heresy! I do miss not having a numeric keypad with my TPs, but a small standalone item works quite well.

My main work-space consists of a W530, numeric KP, mouse, and 24" monitor on an arm situated just above the laptop screen. When video-editing, the numeric is replaced by a Shuttlepro.

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#10 Post by dr_st » Sun May 05, 2019 9:16 am

olddog wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 6:24 am
But a separate keyboard, on a TP? Heresy! I do miss not having a numeric keypad with my TPs, but a small standalone item works quite well.
If you want to do any kind of gaming on a Thinkpad, you must have an external keyboard. In terms of key rollover (simultaneous keypresses), Thinkpad keyboards suck, just like most (all?) laptop keyboards - many 3-key combinations make them jam.
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#11 Post by olddog » Tue May 07, 2019 6:48 pm

OK, understood. I am not a gamer, so not an issue for me.
dr_st wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 9:16 am
olddog wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 6:24 am
But a separate keyboard, on a TP? Heresy! I do miss not having a numeric keypad with my TPs, but a small standalone item works quite well.
If you want to do any kind of gaming on a Thinkpad, you must have an external keyboard. In terms of key rollover (simultaneous keypresses), Thinkpad keyboards suck, just like most (all?) laptop keyboards - many 3-key combinations make them jam.

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Re: Looking up to equip my Thinkpad desk setup - mouse&KB suggestions needed

#12 Post by wujstefan » Wed May 08, 2019 6:37 am

olddog wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 6:48 pm
OK, understood. I am not a gamer, so not an issue for me.
Me neither, but for the sake of ergonomy, working on 2x 24" Thinkvisions using internal keyboard just won't work. Not to mention that some actions in CAd requires 3 keys hit the same time.

I got highly interested in both wired AND wireless TP keyboard with trackpoint. Those seem not to be available in Poland at all tho!
Need to investigate&dig a bit.
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Re: Looking up to equip my Thinkpad desk setup - mouse&KB suggestions needed

#13 Post by WarhawkCZ » Thu May 09, 2019 1:01 pm

I've got Business Black Preferred Pro (bottom of the keyboard says P/N:41A5129) for my work desk and I am happy with it.

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