I recently got a new work laptop, since my old one’s USB ports had started to go. I depend on USB to do backups and to run my KVM.
Since the rise of the Macbook, I had hoped that the pointing device mess that exists on most non-Apple laptops had been simplified. Nope. Dell still offers both the rubber nubbie and the trackpad for driving the cursor, just like they have for years.
I don’t understand this design. Why support two methods?
If anything, this causes confusion about which to use and odd behavior, e.g. if you use the rubber nubbie, the trackpad picks up trace movements made by your wrist, causing phantom cursor bounces.
When I ran Windows and used the old laptop frequently out of its dock, I had to disable the trackpad to corral my cursor and prevent ghost movement caused by my wrist brushing it.
And why are there so many buttons?
You’d think one set would be for the nubbie, the other for the trackpad, which seems correct. If so, then why does one set have three buttons, whereas the other only has two?
Yeah, I suppose I could RTFM, or figure it out by using Windows, but this layout is highly unfriendly. Frankly, I don’t want to know what they do. Plus, the first thing I did was install Ubuntu.
I was hoping that Apple’s success over the five years since the last time I got a new work laptop would have positively influenced hardware design.
I’ve watched n00bs use a Macbook trackpad, the one with no buttons, with minimal instruction. This mess features two ways to move the cursor and potentially five other actions.
Then there are the odd glyphs on the trackpad. No idea what they’re meant to indicate.
Everyone copies everyone in technology. So why not copy something that works better?
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