My clumsy adjustment to a desktop trackpad -- what do you like?

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    Oct 23, 2010 3:18 PM GMT
    So I got a separate wireless desktop trackpad for my new iMac. I was already using an amazing Magic Mouse with my previous Mac, another one being supplied with this new iMac.

    The Magic Mouse is the best mouse I have ever used. No track balls or buttons, it's all just swipes and taps over its glassy surface.

    But the trackpad is challenging me. I didn't like a smaller trackpad version on our MacBook Pro notebook, and I try to use it with a Magic Mouse, too.

    I've been using a mouse for something like 25 years. But I understood this was the new technology, where computing was going. So OK, I'll give it a shot. I don't wanna be a dinosaur.

    But Hell, it's hard! I guess smarter and more efficient to move just my fingertips instead of my whole hand. But I want to GRAB something, and push it around.

    So are any of you guys in the same boat? Find this trackpad thing tough, compared to a mouse? Or is this old dog just having trouble learning new tricks?
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    Oct 23, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    The Macbook's trackpad is the main reason why a Mac is now my mobile platform of choice. What I use it for most is web browsing, and navigating in Firefox using one, two, and three fingers on the trackpad is pure heaven. And, for me, the trackpad was immediately intuitive.

    I actually bought a multi-touch touchpad for my PC, but it sucks compared to the Mac's, and I only use it when my mouse battery runs out and I have to recharge it.
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:11 PM GMT
    paradox saidI actually bought a multi-touch touchpad for my PC, but it sucks compared to the Mac's, and I only use it when my mouse battery runs out and I have to recharge it.

    I suspect that's how I'll be using this new Apple trackpad with my iMac -- backup during Magic Mouse battery recharges.
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:23 PM GMT
    I am using the Apple Magic Trackpad together with a mouse. I suppose I would get used to it more easily if I put the mouse away. As it stands I'm not using it all that much.
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    Oct 24, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    That's kinda funny -- just had this conversation with the IT director at work the other day. Can't say I get the point of the trackpad. I like it fine enough for navigating my MBP when I'm mobile, but at a desk, I use a Mighty Mouse. Eventually, I'll get a Magic Mouse I think.

    I'm going to guess it's all about preference, really. I'm looking forward to the day when multi-touch is truly integrated into an OS -- and I'm not talking just a touch screen a la a POSI system in a restaurant -- I'm talkin' full on Minority Report coolness.
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    Oct 24, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
    Tried using a trackball in the past. I could never get used to it. Never liked touchpad, even though my current laptop has one with multi-touch. I'll stick with the good old scroll mouse for now. But my all time favorite pointing device..

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    Oct 24, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
    I'd say if you don't like trackpads, don't buy one. If you already have one on a macbook, and can use it you won't be left behind with computers. And this comes from a life long Apple user and Retired DP1(SW) lan managing kinda geek.
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    Oct 24, 2010 11:19 PM GMT
    Someone else who like the TrackPoint!!!! YAY!!

    Everyone always makes fun of me for loving the "red stick" because they can't use it. My laptop has the trackpad too, but I have it disabled. So, if someone tries to use my laptop, they have to use the TrackPoint which no one can. LOL!! I always end up hitting it with my wrist and it moves the mouse all over. So, it's turned off.

    Anyways, I love it and hope Lenovo never gets rid of it!!
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    Oct 24, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    I have the first generation white Macbook, and I haven't upgraded to the new Macbook Pro like I want to (sooooooo efffin bad) because of the new trackpad. I hate it! Give me my separate button, and pad. It bothers me.
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    Oct 25, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    halltd saidSomeone else who like the TrackPoint!!!! YAY!!

    Everyone always makes fun of me for loving the "red stick" because they can't use it. My laptop has the trackpad too, but I have it disabled. So, if someone tries to use my laptop, they have to use the TrackPoint which no one can. LOL!! I always end up hitting it with my wrist and it moves the mouse all over. So, it's turned off.

    Anyways, I love it and hope Lenovo never gets rid of it!!

    I wish IBM/Lenovo didn't discontinue this keyboard..
    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-4WKSWX.html
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    Oct 25, 2010 4:30 AM GMT
    UrsaMajor saidI am using the Apple Magic Trackpad together with a mouse. I suppose I would get used to it more easily if I put the mouse away. As it stands I'm not using it all that much.

    Well, my conclusion is that the desktop trackpad sucks. I'll use it for backup, but nothing else. Sometimes Apple gets it right, sometimes not.
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    Oct 27, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    I always throw the mouse in a drawer somewhere and buy a kensington trackball. Much easier for me 'cause I can't bend my thumb, plenty of assignable buttons, and it doesn't get lost on long strokes. Plus, when I'm bored and/or thinking, I can take out the ball and play with it.

    I've always been disappointed that apple didn't stick with the little trackballs that they had on their first laptops. Or at least had an option to swap out trackpad for trackball.

    I am starting to get used to multi-touch on my other devices though, and it's sometimes hard to switch back and forth.
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    Nov 02, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
    halltd saidSomeone else who like the TrackPoint!!!! YAY!!

    Everyone always makes fun of me for loving the "red stick" because they can't use it. My laptop has the trackpad too, but I have it disabled. So, if someone tries to use my laptop, they have to use the TrackPoint which no one can. LOL!! I always end up hitting it with my wrist and it moves the mouse all over. So, it's turned off.

    Anyways, I love it and hope Lenovo never gets rid of it!!


    Yes, TrackPoints Rocks! So much more precision than Trackpads.
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    Nov 02, 2010 10:52 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    I wish IBM/Lenovo didn't discontinue this keyboard..
    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-4WKSWX.html


    Yeah, but they made a new one! No number pad, but I think even closer to the feel of the Thinkpad keyboard itself.

    http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:item.detail?GroupID=38&Code=55Y9003&current-category-id=E9ADAEB6787146E29B78400A33E7FE8A&&hide_menu_area=yes

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