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T430 Trackpoint Cap Soft Rim?

#1 Post by mydreamlaptop » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:25 pm

I lost the original Trackpoint cap on my T430 and would like to try the "soft rim" version instead.
Any buying advice? Seems the Soft Rim has been discontinued by Lenovo.
Are third party manufactured caps any good? They seem to be available in 10 and 100 packs for about the same or cheaper than single quantity "genuine" caps.

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Re: T430 Trackpoint Cap Soft Rim?

#2 Post by dr_st » Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:53 am

mydreamlaptop wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:25 pm
Any buying advice? Seems the Soft Rim has been discontinued by Lenovo.
Make sure you get a cap that matches the height and opening dimensions of your cap. In recent years (after T430) Lenovo has changed the design of these multiple times.
mydreamlaptop wrote:
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:25 pm
Are third party manufactured caps any good? They seem to be available in 10 and 100 packs for about the same or cheaper than single quantity "genuine" caps.
I bought some; they fit well and felt OK. They may not last as long but at their price and quantity - who cares? However, the problem with third party products is that you have no idea what you're getting because it's all unbranded and standards are unknown. One time it may be a great product, another time - a flop.

Still, if I needed more caps, I'd probably try the third party ones since they are so much cheaper and more available.
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X61 7673-V2V, T60 2007-QPG, T42 2373-F7G, X32 (IPS Screen), A31p w/ Ultrabay Numpad, A21m 2628-GXU

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Re: T430 Trackpoint Cap Soft Rim?

#3 Post by mydreamlaptop » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:40 am

dr_st wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:53 am
I bought some; they fit well and felt OK. They may not last as long but at their price and quantity - who cares? However, the problem with third party products is that you have no idea what you're getting because it's all unbranded and standards are unknown. One time it may be a great product, another time - a flop.

Still, if I needed more caps, I'd probably try the third party ones since they are so much cheaper and more available.
Thanks. I'm gonna order a pack!

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Re: T430 Trackpoint Cap Soft Rim?

#4 Post by dr_st » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:43 am

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If in doubt, post the link here, and someone might be able to confirm whether it's the correct type for your laptop.
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X61 7673-V2V, T60 2007-QPG, T42 2373-F7G, X32 (IPS Screen), A31p w/ Ultrabay Numpad, A21m 2628-GXU

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