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Touchpad Sensitive Buttons Are a Real Chore to Use

Notebook touchpad manufacturers are really getting fancy with a simple pointing device. It is really just a non-moving mouse; a simple one at that, because it only has two buttons, rather than three. But the manufacturers can't leave this simple device alone. Instead, the Elan Smart-Pad on my Lenovo Y50-70 laptop is just one continuous touch surface. Basically, the two buttons are part of the touch surface as well. You can move the mouse pointer while moving your finger along the touch surface of the buttons.

And that's where the problem lies. The buttons has fairly long travel with great resistance. So to push down on it, you have to push fairly hard, that means more of your skin is compressed on the button. That means, sometimes, the trackpad thinks your finger is actually moving across its touch surface. That means your computer, sometimes, moves the mouse pointer just before the button registers. That means, sometimes, the trackpad causes you to click on the wrong spot.

Yes. It's a huge headache. So I try to see if I can re-configure the touchpad buttons using the Elan Smart-Pad configuration tool. But it doesn't let you disable the touch surface on the buttons.

Then I try to insulate the buttons from my finger with a Post-It note. The touch surface could still sense my finger through the paper.

Then I try to use a pen to activate the buttons. But guess what? The Elan designer has outsmarted themselves. If the button's touch surface doesn't "feel" your finger, it doesn't register the button click as a mouse click! That means I can't even fabricate my own insulation pads for these buttons so that I can use the buttons without them being touch surfaces. WTF!!!!! Do I !@#$%^ need a touchpad that is so "smart" it outsmarts the user? Touchpad manufacturers really need to !@#$%^ lay off the "technological advancement" of a touchpad. It's just a !@#$%^ touch pad!

Give me a simple touchpad with two simple non-touch buttons and I can get my work done twice as fast.

Jake
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:02:58 +0400

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