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ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2: Lenovo fixes the keystrokes-bug

ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2: Lenovo fixes the keyboard-bug
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2: Lenovo fixes the keyboard-bug
For months, a problem has been lingering around Lenovo's expensive ThinkPad multimedia-flagship: The keyboard of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 does not recognize keyboard inputs reliably. For a ThinkPad laptop, a brand known for great keyboards, an especially frustrating problem. Now, Lenovo might have solved the bug with a firmware update.
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If ThinkPads are known for something, it is their input devices. The TrackPoint and especially the keyboard have an excellent reputation. In the times of decreasing key-travel, ThinkPad still over a good amount of key-travel as well as the typical ThinkPad keyboard-feel.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 is no exception from this rule. Still, some users are unhappy with the keyboard of their expensive multimedia laptop: Key strokes are sometimes not recognized. A frustrating problem that countless users have complained about in Lenovo's forum since late 2019. We also reported this problem in our extensive review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2. Also affected: The identical workstation-model Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 1.

After months of waiting, Lenovo finally seems to have solved the problem: The new UEFI-BIOS version 1.29 with the embedded-controller update 1.22 is supposed to fix the issue. According to the changelog, this fix ("Fixed an issue where keystroke might missing.") is the only change in this firmware update

We would be interested to hear from users of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 or ThinkPad P1 Gen 2. Does the update really fix the issue or are those ThinkPad laptops still missing key-strokes?

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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-05-12 (Update: 2020-05-12)