03-11-2010 08:28 AM
Just curious if anyone else is having similar issues with the design of the flush touchpads on the T510/T410 Thinkpads...
I'm right handed and I primarily use the Trackpoint for navigation. In previous Thinkpads that had recessed touchpads, so when I used the Trackpoint, I never had an issue with the edge of my thumb/palm coming in contact with the touchpad - and issue I'm having with the flush T510 touchpad.
So when I'm using the buttons associated with the Trackpoint (under the space bar), my thumb/palm ends up brushing up against the scroll up/down portion of the touchpad - especially when trying to hit the left-click button. This causes the cursor to shift to the scroll icon when I want to left-click.
My solution has been to simply disable the touchpad in settings, but it doesn't seem like this should be the way to resolve this. While I think the flush touchpad looks neat, I think it might have a fundmental design flaw.
Just wanted to post this to see if anyone else has been in the same boat as me.
03-11-2010 09:27 AM
I haven't had that particular problem yet--though I've never had a TrackPoint before, so I've never been used to it. It did take a bit of getting used to finding the boundaries of the track pad, but the bumpy texture helps. One thing I did was to disable the side and bottom scrolling regions on the trackpad, since it recognizes the two-finger-swipe-to-scroll gesture I'm used to using on my Asus Eee 1000HE, plus you can scroll with the TrackPoint.
One issue I have had is in accidentally hitting the space bar when reaching for the TrackPoint left button, or, less frequently, vice-versa. But again I think this will just take some time.
03-11-2010 04:49 PM
The UltraNav driver (in Control Panel/Mouse) is pretty sophisticated these days... you can specify the zone regions for most actions. You might be able to customize your settings to suit the way you work.
03-11-2010 09:05 PM
ya, i've got the problem of my touching the upper left hand corner of the touchpad as well thereby inadvertently zooming in on the page that i'm working on. solution: just be more conscious of where i'm resting my left palm when typing.
03-11-2010 09:37 PM
I am on my fourth thinkpad at this time.
Obviously I am a fan. I just received my new t410 on Tuesday.
I am not happy at all with the flush touch pad and the trackpoint buttons. Trying to click the left trackpoint button is bad as it does not standout high enough from the touch pad. The touchpad is quite a bit wider that the one that was on my T60 and thus my palm now comes in to contact with the touchpad.
I still have my T60 so I can compare the two and it is really different. I know that part of it is that I am used to the T60 but I at this point am really disappointed with the flush touchpad and the trackpoint buttons layout. Just simply not enough separation vertically between the two.
I am sure Lenovo does testing by I am guessing they don't do much testing with people who are using Thinkpads from 2 or 3 generations back. I would have been able to give them this feedback in 5 minutes of use with the T410.
08-22-2010 06:36 AM
Actually there is simple solution to fix the problem of T500 touchpad messing up while typing. What you need is just pressing Fn + F8 keys on your T500 laptop. There you should see any setting you can use to manage the system. Looking for the touchpad option and choose to only enable the touchpoint and disable the touchpad. This method is works fine whether on Lenovo T500 or T400 laptop.
08-22-2010 06:50 PM
I absoutely agree with you. I have been using Thinkpads over past 12 years. From 760->770->T20->T40->T60p->T410. This is the worst model I ever have. I totally hate the new thinkpad's trackpoint buttons layout design. It drives me nuts. It just doesn't stand high enough to press easily. And keyboard feeling is weird too, my typing accuracy drops significantly. Lenovo has totally screw up with this model.