04-04-2015 09:19 PM - edited 04-05-2015 09:20 AM
I've been a long time Thinkpad user. I've been using T420s for years, and T61 before then, always running Linux. I recently received a W450 (I think) for work, which has no real buttons. This touchpad is pretty much unusable for me, so I am going to return the laptop. I noticed that the newer laptops have the real buttons above the touchpad back (clearly, I am not the first one to find the buttonless touchpad unusable). The real buttons at the top are nice (and important), but I also use the buttons below the touchpad a lot, and I don't see any Thinkpad that still has these. Does Lenovo still sell any laptop with the real buttons both above and below the touchpad?
By the way, I don't understand why Lenovo needed to change the touchpad all of a sudden after using pretty much the same configuration for many years, dating back to the IBM Thinkpad as I recall. What was wrong with the old configuration that they needed to take away the buttons that were fine for all these years? Don't answer that. I don't really care what the reason was. But this puts me in a bind because I can't move off my current T420s until I find something similar that has the physical buttons, including the middle button. I don't know if they exist. Lenovo has broken the perfect touchpad as far as I am concerned, which is unfortunate.
04-05-2015 08:46 AM
04-12-2015 08:42 AM
I really can't stand Lenovo's buttonless touchpad, so I ended up getting a used T430s with 16 gigs and 256 gig SSD, which should work for me for a while until either Lenovo comes up with a more functional (for me) touchpad, or I find an alternative. Looks like at least Dell sells some laptops with botton configuration similar to the T430s (3 on top, 2 below the touchpad), eg. Inspiron E6440, though it's a bit heavier than I'd like. If anyone knows of other laptops with the same touchpad button layout, let me know.
04-12-2015 11:21 AM
10-17-2017 07:53 AM
I was really hoping that the new 25th anniversary ThinkPad would have buttons under the Touchpad (I know that a true purist wouldn't want the touchpad at all). But thankfully the 2 T530s I have are tanks and still work for just about everything modern. I guess I'll have to be careful not to destroy them...
Honestly, if they decided to sell just ONE new thinkpad with these buttons I'd pay upwards of 4 grand for it. I hope they bring it back soon; having a 5 year old laptop is becoming a hassle...