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Laptop without a touchpad

By mitaka90 ·
Tags: Hardware
It might seem a stupid question and it's probably why I haven't found anything on the internet but it actually makes some sense if you see my point from a gaming perspective.

Although a Laptop is supposed to have a touchpad because it is supposed to be portable and used without connecting another mouse to it or any other hardware when you look at it from gaming purposes no one uses the touchpad. Also, if you are used to playing on a PC and you use the WASD keys for movement your hand rests nicely on the desk because your wrist rests lower than your fingers. However, on a laptop, you are forced to rest your wrist on the laptop itself which is on the same level as the keyboard and makes it uncomfortable for the hand. And it is all because of the touchpad.

Another thing is that, if the touchpad gets removed, laptop keyboards can get bigger and make it more comfortable for gamers as a lot of keyboards on laptops are quite small.

Now a lot of you may still laugh at me and say I'm dumb, because why not just build a PC then? Well, again, it is a gaming laptop I am talking about, which you can still carry around easily unlike a PC and you only need to include a mouse in your bag, which the majority does anyways today.

Also, I would like to know why this would not work, like if I am missing something in the design behind laptops as I am in no means an expert in this area. It's just an idea that I believe with the latest technology development would make sense but is still not out there.
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If you are resting your arms on the space where

by wizard57m_cnet Moderator In reply to Laptop without a touchpad

the trackpad/touchpad is located, you might want to disable the pad using device manager of whatever
operating system you are using. Remember to re-
enable it after gaming. Laptops were not really meant
as heavy gaming machines, though many now have
enough power to play even demanding games...
portability, that's the primary reason laptops have touchpads/
trackpads.

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AGREED

by JRPM In reply to Laptop without a touchpad

I have been slightly anti touchpad since my first laptop. My hands are too big. And it was the early 90s. I say slightly because there have been instances of convenience such as when my mouse batteries died. But overall, having the cursor znd screen position take off to points unknown unexpectedly out ways that.

ASUS mothership (g700gx) was an answer i found, but they are apparently not available any more. I also saw a reference to an hp model, but now i can't find it again.

There is a market out there. Maybe with better marketing we will find it.

(I am not a newbie. CSP,CCP,CDP since the 80's, working with computers since 71.)

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Not a stupid question at all

by WoodyRedHead In reply to Laptop without a touchpad

Your question is not stupid at all. I use my laptop for writing, book keeping, and working. It is annoying for the cursor to jump all over the place. I have searched for a laptop with the keyboard in front of the touchpad. I can't afford it. It is a monster gaming pc. I don't play. My older laptop had a toggle to turn off the pad and this one had an option to disable internal pointing device when external USB device is detected. An infamous Window update took that option away. I am still searching for an author-friendly laptop.

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Isn't the touchscreen the new touch pad?

by jdenverg In reply to Laptop without a touchpad

I have a Yoga laptop and have found myself simply reaching up from the keyboard and selecting what I need with my finger on the touchscreen. I find it faster than touch pad. Definitely could use some improvements, but I think this concept will eventually replace the touch pad, or at least it force it to evolve. But to use your finger to place the cursor, or select a form or drag something around can be completed more efficiently.
Plus, it hints at Trek TNG computing interface UX, so there's a cool element to it as well. Disclaimer, I've never adopted the touch pad as primary form of navigation and typically use a mouse. Stand by my prediction though...

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I really need to turn off touchpads

by max k. In reply to Laptop without a touchpad

I have also been searching for a way to do this as Window 10 no longer allows you to disable touchpads, which I find absurd. I use a touchpad about .0001% of the time and find it interferes with nearly all computing activity 99% of the time. Online searches direct users to the device manager, but there are no options to turn off the touchpad, and if you delete its driver, Windows 10 automatically reloads it.

I am basically at the point of simply taking off the back of the laptop to unplug the touchpad completely, but would prefer a more elegant software method of doing this. There is some mention of 3rd party software which might do this, but I have not found any yet. Any suggestions?

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I just worked on 3 laptops in the past day.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to I really need to turn off ...

All have ways to disable the touchpad. Because this varies with make, model and OS I'll wait for you to provide more detail but as to W10 not providing a way? That's false. Keep looking.

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Re: disable touchpad

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to I really need to turn off ...

With me, it's in the ELAN tab of Control panel>Mouse. Not in Device Manager. It never was there.

Indeed, it's not in the Settings app of Windows 10. But since Windows 10 still has the full Control Panel of older versions, it's not right to say you can't do it in Windows 10.

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Laptop

by jaceytome In reply to Laptop without a touchpad

Although a Laptop is supposed to have a touchpad because it is supposed to be portable and used without connecting another mouse to it or any other hardware when you look at it from gaming purposes no one uses the touchpad.

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