[ltp] External USB keyboard w/ T520

Richard Neill rn214 at richardneill.org
Mon May 28 20:21:55 CEST 2018

Hi Rubin,

For what it's worth, I've also hunted lots. I use the USB compact 
ultranav in some places, but the keys are too small, and they have the 
insane positioning of the PgUp,PgDn keys right next to the arrow keys, 
which I frequently mis-strike.

The older desktop USB/trackpoint keyboard is still a great choice, and 
it's FRU 55Y9091, but I don't know where you can find them.

This one looks ideal, so I bought one. The keys are great. However:
There's no middle-button or scrolling, which is a real nuisance, and the 
two mouse keys require WAY too much force to press with the side of a 

You may like one of the "contour roller mouse" alternatives.

Otherwise... buy an A22p (really solid, with the best layout of 2+1 
mouse buttons), and use x2x to control the desktop!



P.S. Ergonomically, I usually find the problem is that the floor is too 
high. Usually, desktop, chair, mouse, keyboard and monitor line up just 
fine - if only I could put my feet 6" lower. So I now have to get a 
taller chair, raised desk, and raise the monitors!

On 28/05/18 18:00, Rubin Abdi wrote:
> I just went through this...
> https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/comments/8j70kt/desktop_keyboard_that_best_mimics_feel_of_current/
> Long story short, I don't believe there's a full sized keyboard out that 
> that mimics the keys on any of my ThinkPads any better than what Lenovo 
> has to offer under the ThinkPad branding. Having had an X220 previously 
> and doing the same hunt back then, I can say the same for the classic 
> style keys.
> If you search around you can still find new old stock of variations on 
> the classic style keys on an external keyboard, be it either USB (I have 
> one, the palm rest/trackpad is too bulky), or Bluetooth (less bulk) 
> format....
> https://www.amazon.com/SK-8845CR-Keyboard-TrackPoint-Thinkpad-Computers/dp/B076TTGTGK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1527526238&sr=8-5&keywords=thinkpad+keyboard
> Bluetooth is a little harder to find, but it exists.
> Here's a picture of my current setup when I've got my T480s docked at 
> home...
> http://0.starset.net/screenies/20180528095507-Selection.png
> Tip: Rubber feet of various sizes is crucial to making this work for me.
> On Mon, 28 May 2018 at 08:29, Jeffrey Taylor <jeff.taylor at ieee.org 
> <mailto:jeff.taylor at ieee.org>> wrote:
>     My neck and back are complaining about too much time staring down at
>     the laptop
>     screen.  Solution?  External keyboard and raising the laptop. 
>     Anyone with
>     recommendations and/or experience with external keyboards?  I
>     suppose an exact
>     match is impossible.  What are good matches?
>     TIA,
>        Jeffrey
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