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The Second Coming!

September 7th, 2009 by william

There was a point a few years ago when I scoured the internet trying to find an old IBM Ultranav keyboard — the kind with the nipple mouse, USB connector, and hub. The only American English versions I could find were several hundred dollars, and I would up purchasing one with French-Canadian layout for a $20 on eBay. I didn’t care too much about the layout, but everyone else who used it felt it was incredibly annoying.

Well, now is the second coming of the Ultranav keyboard. Lenovo solicited ideas for a new keyboard in this vein a few months ago and now they have a product out. It doesn’t have the USB hub, but who cares? I am just excited they have brought it back.

Check out the post on the ThinkPad design blog.

The bottom of the keyboard is even well designed. I have had several keyboards that rock whenever I prop them on stand of my monitor as their bottoms have all these injection molded contours. The new Ultranav has none of this and they have included a small storage area for the extra cord.

Now, all I have to do is realize spending $60 on a keyboard is ridiculous. Too late.

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