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New touchpad - Makes a huge difference in Win 8 usability

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I'm curious how it works. I can see using a touch screen because you can see what you are point to with your finger/fingers. How does this work with the touch pad? How do you know where you finger is on the screen?
    Not the same as touch screen. There is no screen positioning. It is an enhanced mouse pointer with gestures.
    It's just an enhanced track pad. You can run your fingers along the edges to pull screens from the left, similar to hot spot thumbnails being dragged onto the main view. It is an enhanced touchpad mouse basically with 2, 3 and 4 finger gestures. There should be a video about it at Logitech or online somewhere. It has a glassy type of surface and is very smooth to touch. It is fingerprint resistant.

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    Anyone know if such a touchpad is being developed for laptops? I don't have a space saving computer for windows 8 so I'm going to hold off on a touchpad for a desktop, plus that's expensive when I could just use a mouse but this could be handy of the laptops come with the technology.
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    I did find a video here: Logitech

    Very kool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tseven View Post
    Anyone know if such a touchpad is being developed for laptops? I don't have a space saving computer for windows 8 so I'm going to hold off on a touchpad for a desktop, plus that's expensive when I could just use a mouse but this could be handy of the laptops come with the technology.
    Pretty much every new Windows 8 certified PC comes with multi-touch gesturing touch pads like the Logitech touch pad, except for a few things. Actually, some recent Windows 7 laptops also have multi-touch support.
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    @Xtrucker, With a touch pad when you touch it with your finger you are just touching the mouse cursor. It won't move until you move your finger, and moves with your finger. It's like when your mouse runs out of room and you pick it up and move it. The onscreen cursor doesn't move again until you put your mouse down and move it again.

    @CoKe Robot, The laptop touchpads are getting better, much better. One drawback to a lot of the current ones is they are slightly recessed. That makes the endge swipes for the charms bar, etc, very difficult to do. This is frustrating some people that did an upgrade from 7 to 8 only to find out their touch pad still isn't all that useful.
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  6. #16


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    I'm still trying to get used to using a touchpad after years of using my Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse and a keyboard with a desktop computer. My new Notebook has a multi action touchpad and I'm still working out how to use that along with the Windows 8 it came with, it's fun learning though.
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    I use a trackball on my main desktop PC, a Logitech Wireless Trackball M570. On my other desktop PC I use a Logitech K-400 Wireless keyboard with Trackpad. The trackpad/touchpad is on the right where the numerical keypad would be. It will do dual finger scrolling, but that's about it. I don't use a mouse on any of my PC's or laptop. At some point I'll snag a T650 for my main PC. I'll pair it with the Trackball, I'll still be using the trackball for gaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    @Xtrucker, With a touch pad when you touch it with your finger you are just touching the mouse cursor. It won't move until you move your finger, and moves with your finger. It's like when your mouse runs out of room and you pick it up and move it. The onscreen cursor doesn't move again until you put your mouse down and move it again.

    @CoKe Robot, The laptop touchpads are getting better, much better. One drawback to a lot of the current ones is they are slightly recessed. That makes the endge swipes for the charms bar, etc, very difficult to do. This is frustrating some people that did an upgrade from 7 to 8 only to find out their touch pad still isn't all that useful.
    Oh yeah, this is true and very annoying. So far, the best laptops with touchpads are from Sony, HP, ASUS, and a few Dells. The best ones will have touchpads almost flush to the surface.
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