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    I do admit that I still use a mouse even though my laptop has its own touching pad. I just cant figure out how to use a Laptop's touch pad. It is more frustrating to use than a touch screen. There are many reasons why I can't stand using a touch pad. First Its hard for me to resize a window using it compared to a mouse. Also there are times when I am not clicking something but the touch pad thinks I was clicking because they mistaken my stroke as a double tap. When it comes to laptops, do you guys prefer using a mouse or the built in touch pad.
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    In Macs, the touch pad is some alien technology that you need documentation to understand. Mice are so cheap now, that it's very uncommon for anyone to use the touch pad for more than a few seconds if you forgot your mouse. For example, I can get a mouse at the supermarket for the same price as a soft drink. It's not wireless, but is very durable. It's still working today, even after falling down several times. But the best for me is the Logitech wireless mouse I got last year. As for touch pads, I only know one person from a very well known company who uses it only, without a mouse on his laptop. He claims that since it's on Linux, he doesn't require a mouse. But, all his colleagues are begging him to buy a mouse...

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    Yeah touch pad is really complicated to learn. I know there are people who learned them very fast but I found them hard to use. Also it makes my finger strain faster. There is something comforting about using a mouse. I remember a whole day when I have to use a touch pad and It really gave me a hard time because there are many executions that were much more comfortable with a mouse.
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    I can use the touch pad easily, in fact I use it more than the mouse I got, cause I only hot the mouse to play some games, the touch pad is better than the button pad that laptops used to use. But yeah using a mouse especially the wireless ones makes life easier

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    I really hate touchpad. When I do a simple tasks on my laptop I usually use a mouse.

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    I always prefer to use mouse than a touch-pad. A touch-pad is very difficult to use as we will never get full control on the pointer. As you said it would be a pain in activities like re-sizing the window, selecting a particular portion of the text etc. Thank God, there is an option to use a mouse even if touch pad is there. I think a joy stick is more friendly than a touch-pad, but not better than a mouse. With a mouse we can do things at amazing speed.

    I can work with a touch-pad also, but not as fast as with a mouse.

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    I tried to work with a touch pad in a whole day before. The moment I woke up after that day, I go directly to a computer shop and purchased a mouse. The fact that I learned a touch screen much more faster means a touch pad is not for me. I really struggled on trying to use one. It is also painful to use when it comes to gaming.

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    A touchpad does not have a scroll wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    A touchpad does not have a scroll wheel.
    Yes, however Touchpad has an alternative tool, if you slide your finger on the side of the touchpad area, you may have a rudimentary scroll

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    sliding your finger over and over is extremely tiresome, as compared to rotating the scrollwheel
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    Yes, however Touchpad has an alternative tool, if you slide your finger on the side of the touchpad area, you may have a rudimentary scroll
    That is a new information to me. Is it available across all models including the old ones? I am not able to do that in my Toshiba Satellite laptop.

    @panchabhut, that is right. It is very tiresome to use a touch-pad as it needs more focus and balance to reach the right target. The rotating scroll wheel on a mouse is very user friendly. I wonder how many time an average user may be clicking on a mouse. I bet it could be an amazing figure and people might be burning a good amount of calorie through clicking! But in case a mouse is not available with a laptop or it is faulty, then a touch-pad is a blessing and then only we will know its importance in a laptop.

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    I am more comfortable with the numlock keyboard mouse option than a touch pad. It is just not meant for me. I purchased many spare mice so I have replacement if my current one gets broken just to avoid the touch pad. A monitor with touch screen will be a good alternative to mouse as well.

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    I use touchpad quite often, but I am more comfortable with a mouse. My earlier laptop was having a joystick and I think that was much better than a touchpad. A joy stick gives better control than touchpad. But I prefer touchpad than the numlock keyboard mouse option, may be because I am not so familiar with it.

    By the way do you have any idea how to use scroll feature in a touchpad? Is there any additional buttons required for that?

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    I only use my touch pad in emergency instances where my mouse is not working. I always buy a mouse whenever I have a new laptop because I feel stressed when I am working with the touch pad. I remember I have a friend who hates a touch pad and calls it evil. There is a learning curve on how to use it but I will always prefer a mouse no matter what happens.

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