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Future Surface Covers Trackpad?

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    Future Surface Covers Trackpad?


    I notice that the trackpad on The Surface Touch/Type cover are fairly small and my fingers barely fit on it. Does anyone know of any news for future covers with enhanced trackpads?

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    I am unaware of changes coming, but I agree that is too small.
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    The cover is a great idea but yeah the trackpad is way too small and multi touch is smooth but again, needs a bigger trackpad.
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    yeah, the trackpad on the surface keyboards are way too small. the only way to solve that is to make the surface screen bigger which allows the trackpad to be bigger.

    I wouldn't be a fan of shrinking keys at all to make a trackpad bigger. I think most people are going to carry a mouse with them as an adjunct to the touchscreen and pen. the pen is a very good mouse substitute on its own for rubberbanding objects or selecting small objects.
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    Hmmm that's a good idea but if it requires creating a larger Surface then it won't be for a while.
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    I think sales of the Surface Pro have been good enough for Microsoft to go all in. They see the sheer profits Apple makes with machines and want some of that.

    Plus, when you have web sites joking about 18" tablet from Dell, who knows what people are willing to buy. No one thought people would want those enormous phablets and they're doing well:
    Dell's hybrid XPS 18 is a $900 all-in-one PC and an 18-inch tablet

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    check out the 18.4" "tablet" that weighs 4.8 pounds and has configurations starting at $900. $900 for an 18.4" tablet.
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    I'll put my few cents into this...

    If you buy a new touch enabled PC, let's say a Lenovo Thinkpad with a touchscreen, chances are that you will end up using the touchpad versus the touchscreen. It's because on that Lenovo, the touchpad enables ALL the touch gestures of Windows 8 right where a traditional input is always at on a laptop. So effectively, you might not use the touchscreen, and won't really use or experience a new touch input for a new Windows version designed better for that input.

    So if this was on the Surface, a similar situation would happen. That, along with the physical size of the tablet itself, prevents that. I've seen a several touch based laptop/ultrabook PCs that have a decent touchpad (this one ASUS the other, YES! best touchpad ever) and it seems just redundant to have that. Yes, it allows flexibility of input, but honestly, from what I've use with, a single finger on the Desktop really is just enough. It's better suited for touching than I've ever touched.

    Oh, said ASUS touch ultrabook I REALLY enjoyed retails for about 750 dollars. Pretty good deal!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    If you buy a new touch enabled PC, let's say a Lenovo Thinkpad with a touchscreen, chances are that you will end up using the touchpad versus the touchscreen. It's because on that Lenovo, the touchpad enables ALL the touch gestures of Windows 8 right where a traditional input is always at on a laptop. So effectively, you might not use the touchscreen, and won't really use or experience a new touch input for a new Windows version designed better for that input.
    So, you suspect people will prefer the touchpad experience over the touch monitor experience?
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    Personally, I wouldn't mind the track pad NOT having all the multi touch gestures, I just want a bigger one ^_^
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    If you buy a new touch enabled PC, let's say a Lenovo Thinkpad with a touchscreen, chances are that you will end up using the touchpad versus the touchscreen. It's because on that Lenovo, the touchpad enables ALL the touch gestures of Windows 8 right where a traditional input is always at on a laptop. So effectively, you might not use the touchscreen, and won't really use or experience a new touch input for a new Windows version designed better for that input.
    So, you suspect people will prefer the touchpad experience over the touch monitor experience?
    Possibly, not that the touchscreen aspect is bad, it's just personal traditional input habits tend to die hard. So when you have a touchpad where it's been for the past 15 years, you tend to use that. But if you just have the touchscreen and a keyboard, you will use the touchscreen. I've been using a touch AIO without a mouse and with a physical keyboard, haven't really needed one AT ALL.
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