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What makes the "trackpad" so great?
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Sep 27, 2005, 12:53 AM
I just got a new iBook and I was wondering why the "trackpad" technology is so great? Thanks.
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Sep 27, 2005, 03:35 AM
Because it is. Give it some time.

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Sep 27, 2005, 09:33 AM
Well, just like Randman said... "Because it is"

Personally, I like it because its just like putting your finger on the screen and moving it around and having what you want happen, happen. its a space saver compared to a regular mouse. And the little nipple that's on the IBM thinkpads, well, unless there's feedback from touching the nipple, there's no point in the nipple.

It takes a bit of getting used to, but once it is up and running its a great replacement, or compliment to a "regular" mouse.
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Sep 27, 2005, 11:20 AM
I don't like it because it doesn't let you use iScroll2 which actually has more features. The pre-2005 iBooks and Powerbooks are actually at an advantage.
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Sep 29, 2005, 06:12 AM
ah, the thinkpad nipple. if there's one thing i miss with my ibook...

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Sep 29, 2005, 07:27 AM
I can't stand the IBM-style nipple. I'm always overshooting stuff when I have to use it.

I actually prefer trackpads and trackballs over a mouse. Especially when playing Starcraft! (Or Aperion...) I think there's something about being able to leave your wrist in place and just move your hand and finger around that is more comfortable for me. Sometimes, I even do the two-finger shortcut to get to the other side of the screen!

Also, the very first thing I do whenever I get a new laptop is disable the tap-to-click feature. For some reason, whenever I use a trackpad, I always trigger false taps when that feature is on.
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Sep 29, 2005, 11:09 AM
I have an old IBM mouse with a nipple on it. It's not as full-featured as the ones on the thinkpad, but I used it all the time. The only prblemI had with it was it would make my fingertip itchy for hours.

Haven't tried the new ibooks long enough to love it/hate it, but I must commend Apple for giving us as much trackpad real estate as they do. I was using a new Toshiba Satellite yesterday, which has scrolling similair to Sidetrack, but with the tiny pad....it drove me crazy!
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