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Hardware => Suggestions => Topic started by: illwieckz on April 08, 2016, 11:58:45 PM

Title: Trackpoint?
Post by: illwieckz on April 08, 2016, 11:58:45 PM
Hi, I can't imagine myself buying a laptop without a trackpoint! The trackpoint is an awesome input, and a trackpad is just something that can never substitute a trackpoint for people who have been intiated to a trackpoint. I guess I'm not the only one in this world who need a trackpoint, I guess most of Thinkpad owners and most of professional consumers from other brands can't imagine buying a laptop without a trackpoint. ;D
Title: Re: Trackpoint?
Post by: Carlos on April 16, 2016, 02:29:00 PM
Nice to have, but it's not a deal breaker for me.
Title: Re: Trackpoint?
Post by: mpasteven on May 04, 2016, 01:21:40 AM
Trackpoint is patented by IBM, although rumor has it the patents expire in 2016. Regardless, before they expire a patent license would be required even very close to their expiration.

Trackpoints are rather nice though, but I would also want a touchpad also since both can be very handy for specific situations.
Title: Re: Trackpoint?
Post by: Amitari on January 02, 2017, 10:50:49 AM
Trackpoint is patented by IBM
Novena has a Trackpoint, it simply uses spare Thinkpad keyboards to get around that problem.
Title: Re: Trackpoint?
Post by: bryceadamprescott on February 26, 2017, 02:16:46 AM
Here is another laptop project, with different goals, that has a trackpoint-ish thing: (
I could swear that back in the 90s, IBM's competitors had something like a trackpoint before touchpads became the norm. I don't think having a red dot that moves a mouse would cause any legal trouble; the issue is probably the name and the exact specs itself.

I see the difficult part being sourcing the keyboards with this built in. The Novena got around it by using a wireless ThinkPad keyboard but something else would be more ideal. Maybe  choosing a spare ThinkPad keyboard part that is highly available would work. The problem with doing anything like that is that the laptop would need a redesign if the parts ever become sparse. Producing a custom keyboard with a red dot would probably be expensive.