Lenovo has apparently replaced the legendary classic ThinkPad keyboards with the newer AccuType on the next-generation of their business laptops. The AccuType keyboards with ergonomically shaped isle-style keys have been used only on IdeaPad and ThinkPad Edge notebooks, but it has been also spotted on the first known non-Edge ThinkPad models for 2012. We have noticed the AccuType keyboard on the first published image of the ThinkPad L430/L530 last week, but today we saw that the X230 ultraportable also has AccuType. In addition, the T430u ultrabook is also equipped with the isle-style variant.
Since the past L-series ThinkPad notebooks have almost the same design as the T and W series ThinkPads, there’s a great possibility that the upcoming T430, T530, and W530 will include AccuType as well.
It will be interesting to see how the market will react on the change, since the old-school ThinkPad keyboards have been considered to be the best in the industry for years.