All across the tech world, the appetite for wireless devices continues to grow. But going wireless requires tradeoffs. As I sit here typing on my ThinkPad USB Keyboard with TrackPoint, I cannot help but ponder how things would be different if this accessory was wireless. I sat deep in thought until all of a sudden, it hit me. If we went wireless, the Trackpoint, which is a current rubber analog device, would quickly drain the battery. Since I love my TrackPoint, living without it in order to go wireless with efficient power hold would be a BIG problem. This issue opened my eyes to the broader discussion of product development. The TrackPoint used in the Tablet folio is optical instead of rubber, and of course, wireless. I wonder how the two compare – unfortunately, I have not had a chance to put the two next to each other and see how the Tablet optical TrackPoint compares to the rubber TrackPoint on the beloved ThinkPad. Although it is not in the plans to replace the rubber with optical TrackPoint, this may be something to think about. It would be great to know if anyone has had a chance to work with both the rubber TrackPoint and optical to compare the pros of each.
One other possible way to make the keyboard wireless is to increase the battery size. But the tradeoff is that batteries increase thickness and weight, which could limit travel. This increase in weight may not bother me, but I am sure others may have complaints. I have come to realize that a lot of thought goes into developing products and the end result is a strategic one. I would love to hear from you about similar development questions you may have pondered.