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Your next laptop might have a touch-sensitive spacebar

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    Your next laptop might have a touch-sensitive spacebar


    The spacebar might be the most used button on your keyboard, but that doesn't mean that it can't do even more. At least, that's what Synaptics thinks. The company — best known for its laptop trackpads — wants to make your spacebar touch sensitive.

    That means that you may soon have two different ways to click on your spacebar. You'll still have that satisfying, traditional physical click for typing, but if your laptop or desktop keyboard has the "SmartBar," you can set custom actions for when you merely tap on the spacebar. In fact, Synaptics says you can set five different actions for when you tap on the SmartBar, presumably depending on where you tap the bar.

    Read more: Your next laptop might have a touch-sensitive spacebar | The Verge

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    I would disable it. Immediately.
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    Something else to nerve if you have clumsy hands with a mind of their own, like me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by orlandotek View Post
    I would disable it. Immediately.
    Same here.
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    looks like only surgeons would turn this on
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    Ditto the comments!!!

    One thing I've noticed with Win10TP on my Dell Inspiron N5010 Notebook is that it automatically disables the touchpad when I plug in a USB Wireless Mouse, might be similar issues with other touchable things.
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    Thanks but no thanks!!!
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    No thank you. Disabled IMMEDIATELY.
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    What, just the spacebar? Why stop there - make all the keys have additional functions depending on how you touch them. What could go wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by markweatherill View Post
    What, just the spacebar? Why stop there - make all the keys have additional functions depending on how you touch them. What could go wrong?
    Ummmm, This?

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