Speaking of the keyboard, Lenovo makes wonderful keyboards and that’s repeated here. The keys are tight with good pitch and travel. It’s awesome to type on as long as you’re into the chicklet-style of keyboards. The backlit keyboard also has ThinkPad’s signature TrackPoint in the middle, and the top of the touchpad serves as left and right mouse buttons when using the nub.
The touchpad itself is not the most expansive out there. It’s a good size for what it is, but I can easily see something larger being more desirable. Given the size of the laptop itself and its ability to fit into the aforementioned shoulder bag, I’m easily able to give it a pass. I never found myself in a situation saying, “Gosh, I wish this thing was bigger.”
There are a couple of downsides here though. The first is more of an annoyance, but Lenovo went with the compressed up and down arrow keys to fit into a single-row configuration. The result is that the up and down arrow keys are half the height, so they can be easily mistaken for each other. I’m personally not a fan, your mileage may vary.