Actually, IBM refined the technology and put it on its laptops, the IBM ThinkPad line. Lenovo didn’t own the ThinkPad brand until 2005.
The pointing stick is as much to ThinkPad’s brand as its logo, which even includes the red dot.
I don’t know if you’re actually planning to read the comments section. I learnt how to use a TrackPoint in 2014, because I wanted to know what all the buzz was about. Now 3 years later, I’m a software developer, and I use the TrackPoint on a daily basis. Why may you ask?
You should really give it more than 10 minutes…I don’t use the touchpad at all…being able to scroll through webpages and move the cursor without my hands ever having to leave the keyboard is one of the main reasons I own a ThinkPad…the TrackPoint is iconic…if they ever eliminated it from a ThinkPad, there would be a mutiny.
I must confess my deep admiration for the trackpoint. It is the best thing ever and in terms of pure efficiency gives maximum movement for minimum effort. I swear by it and would never buy a laptop without a track point.
The TrackPoint (not TouchPoint as you incorrectly call it in the fifth paragraph of your op-ed) is a precision pointing device used by professionals to improve their productivity. Unlike a TrackPad (or touchpad, as they are called on non-ThinkPad systems), which necessitates moving your hands in an arc off the axis of…