The ThinkPad mouse node – the TrackPoint – is a controversial piece of technology. People tend to look down on the red dot substitute for a real mouse, or to worship it as the best single mouse solution. For those in the second camp, Lenovo’s new $ 99 ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II, an updated version of its old wireless keyboard that lets you use this good TrackPoint nub user interface with your desktop computer.
TrackPoint II – which was announced at CES, but is on sale today – is quite similar to the old one ThinkPad compact Bluetooth keyboard with TrackPoint model, but with a new design based on the design and layout of the keyboard of the more modern ThinkPad X1.
Unlike the old model, the TrackPoint II only offers wireless connectivity, via Bluetooth or an included USB dongle (although it supports Windows and Android). The trade-off for wired connectivity is a switch to USB-C for charging, instead of Micro USB, which seems like a useful swap.
The ThinkPad TrackPoint II is available today in the Lenovo online store.