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Message 11 of 15 (1,921 Views)

Re: ThinkPad T431s User Guide & Pictures

A1X, don't knock a click pad until you've tried one. I've been consistently impressed with the one on Twist (it does have dedicated trackpoint buttons). The clickpad implementation on the Twist is making me rethink my perception of clickpads, and I've actually found myself using it for scrolling and some gestures. 

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Re: ThinkPad T431s User Guide & Pictures

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I'm a trackpoint user since 11 years ago and it's hard to switch to a clickpad now. I was never been a clickpad user. I  think I can't play my games using a clickpad but I can handle them using the trackpoint. I confess that I'm a bit reluctant regarding the functionality of the trackpoint buttons integrated in the clickpad area. But one have to see and try.

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Re: ThinkPad T431s User Guide & Pictures

The Trackpoint makes for a good joystick, but as an owner of a T420s you may have (like me) found the touchpad on these newer models to be a more accurate instrument. I certainly do. Where the current Trackpoint feels about as accurate and responsive as the touchpad on my 2007 Macbook, the touchpad on my T430s outclasses both. So I tend to use it more despite having used Trackpoints in the past. The one area where I still feel drawn to the Trackpoint is the middle-button scroll function. But only when I'm typing a lot.
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Message 14 of 15 (1,845 Views)

Re: ThinkPad T431s User Guide & Pictures

Hi Buzz,

 

the trackpoint accuracy has actually decreased due to being combined with the touchpad for some reason - the trackpoint on my T520 gets MORE accurate (smoother/less jittery) when I disable the touch pad in the BIOS (disabling it in Windows is not enough). It's then as accurate as on older trackpoint-only devices (X41, X200) and kicks the trackpad's ass.

 

Try it and you'll never go back to the trackpad (at least until Lenovo takes away the buttons)...

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Re: ThinkPad T431s User Guide & Pictures


bemymonkey wrote:

 

the trackpoint accuracy has actually decreased due to being combined with the touchpad for some reason - the trackpoint on my T520 gets MORE accurate (smoother/less jittery) when I disable the touch pad in the BIOS (disabling it in Windows is not enough). It's then as accurate as on older trackpoint-only devices (X41, X200) and kicks the trackpad's ass.


I find that if the TouchPad is enabled then when I use the Trackpoint my hand hovers over the pad close to it. Apparently that causes it to interfere with the TrackPoint operation. Now one of the first things I do with a new ThinkPad is disable the TouchPad.

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