Hate touchpads?

Anyone else hate laptop touch pads?

Give me a mouse everytime. I have a mouse for every computer or laptop I own. It is so annoying to use a touchpad or those older eraserhead controller (they used to be on all laptops - I only see them on Thinkpads now).

Takes me 2x as long to do anything on a computer without a mouse.

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I prefer touchpads because of the smoothness - how smoothly I can move the cursor. Even high res mice and trackballs have just a little jumpiness.

Oh and how I’m productive with it is by using all my fingers. :slight_smile:

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I usually dislike the touchpad unless it’s made by Apple. Somehow they cracked the formula. They must be keeping it a secret.

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Must be why I like mine. :grin:

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Totally love touch pads but if a pointing device other than that is used it’s a trackball (Logitech)

I hate touchpads. they’re a pain in the butt when I’m typing. Keep tapping or clicking accidentally. Had to go into the bios of my laptop and disable it. Strongly prefer using mice. :slight_smile:

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I prefer mice over touchpads, but I rarely work on a laptop. The only good thing about touchpads is maybe the extra gestures you can use on a Chromebook (multiple finger swipes, etc.).

computer displays always wanted to have a touch interface.
the technology just wasnt there.

It’s there now. Exploit it.

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Absolutely hate touchpads. Doesn’t matter the brand of hardware. Love touchscreens, but if I’m in heavy productivity mode, my Logitech trackball is my go to. It’s great especially if you don’t have room to slide a mouse around, like a couch armrest.

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Replaced my iMac’s mouse with an Apple trackpad years back.

  1. matches how I work with my MacBook Pro
  2. many easy gestures much harder to replicate with a mouse
  3. smooth as silk
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It is so annoying to use a touchpad or those older eraserhead controller (they used to be on all laptops - I only see them on Thinkpads now).

I love those eraserheads on Thinkpads. In my time, we use to call it the nipple and I too don’t like a track pad but the nipple is something I can tolerate.

My weapon of choice, a trackball.

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I love the eraser heads.

Touchpads are okay if just browsing or simple tasks, but I don’t find them precise enough for anything more than that, like using tools in graphics programs (though pens are the best input method for that).

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The only touchpad I like is the one on MacBooks.

When on Windows laptops, I prefer using ThinkPads since they have the nub/nubbin/TrackPoint and totally disable the touchpad. In fact, I used to buy the X series ThinkPads that didn’t even have a touchpad built in.

I use my pen when just browsing, I really like it as an alternative to my finger. No smudges!

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Yes, this. I use PC and Mac both regularly. Apple has cracked the touchpad and I use it only when I have my MacBook Pro. It is large, smooth, and has great gestures. When I use my XPS I use a Bluetooth travel mouse.

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Definitely only use them when forced to. A lot of the stuff I do needs pretty precise pointer control and I find it far easier with a mouse.

Been wanting to try one of those laptops with the touchpad off to the side. Seems like it would better mimic the mouse and keyboard hand positions at least.

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much more of a nuisance for me; they just get in the way most of the time

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Not had a chance to watch the episode yet, but weirdly the thumbnail for Sunday’s tech guy is exactly the sort of thing I was thinking about

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I had a Logitech Revue, which had a similar keyboard. Decent for lean-back experience, though I prefer traditional desktop setup. I don’t really veg out on the couch anymore.

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