NEWS – Many years ago, when Lenovo was still part of IBM, they made a number of laptops that were powerful enough for programming yet small enough to travel. Perhaps the defining characteristic of these laptops was that instead of designing a nice, large trackpad, like Apple did, they added what was affectionately was known as the eraser. It’s a small red nub that pokes up from the middle of the keys and controls your cursor. In those days, we mostly operated our trackpads with our thumbs, so the eraser was novel in that we operated it with our fingers, all without having to move them from the home keys. I personally do not miss the eraser, but if you do, there’s good news! Lenovo has brought it back! They are now selling the ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II. It supports Bluetooth and wireless via a USB dongle, has a long battery life, and weighs just over a pound. You can order one today directly from Lenovo for just under $100.
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