Smart Pad Multi-Touch Gesture Touchpad/Trackpad USB Mouse with Keypad for PC Windows 7/Vista/XP
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- With two finger: Easily Browse Function: Tapping, Magnifier, Rotate, Zoom -/+, Vertical/ Horizontal Scroll
- With three fingers: Windows Function: Tapping, Switch Window, My Computer, Page down/up
- Click and Right Click buttons with Calculator and Back functions
- Touchpad and Number pad mode switch button and LED
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Hot Keys : 3 Hot keys (Mode, Mouse click, right click keys)
Cable Length: Around 80 cm
Connector Solution: USB only
Support OS: Window XP and Vista
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This cheap, generic touchpad is perfect for my needs and sells at a great price. There is a branded version at a higher price point that I saw on Amazon, but it is the exact same thing as this device, except it has a logo. Save your money and get the generic. Perhaps you'll lose out on tech support, but at this price, I wasn't that concerned about support.
The device is a bit bigger than the average man's palm. It is light but feels pretty solid. It is ideal for mobile use and it is easy to stow in a laptop bag, which I do. I carry it everywhere I carry my laptop. Why carry an external touch pad with a laptop that has a touch pad? Several reasons: (1) because of RSI I put my lap top on a mount (a Cricket portable stand when I travel)and use an external keyboard (I use a Goldtouch portable ergonomic keyboard when I travel). (2) This touchpad is more advanced than my laptop's. My laptop doesn't support multitouch and all the touchpad shortcuts that multitouch can provide. (3) This external touchpad doubles as a numeric keypad. I find using a dedicated numeric keypad far more comfortable than using the embedded keys in a laptop. If you use the calculator a lot on your laptop, having a dedicated numeric keypad is handy.
Installation was simple. Plug in the USB cable and windows automatically installs the drivers. No need for a CD or to download anything. I use it with Windows 7 and it works perfectly. I did not test on any other OS, but I assume that it will work fine on Vista. The manual says it also supports XP. Seems that Mac OS is not supported.
In addition to the expected one-finger mouse-replacement functionality you'd expect from a touch pad, it supports at least 11 two and three finder gestures. The configuration options are rather simple, basically allowing you to toggle support for various guestures on and off. You can't create your own gestures or map gestures to your own programs. You also can't us this for hand writing or doodling. It also doesn't work with Scrybe, a gesture macro program that works with some touchpads. But what it does offer more than meets my needs and more than I would expect for such a low price.
I really like the fact that it doubles as a numeric keypad. Some may not like this, expecially since they add some raised dots to give tactile cues to differentiate the number "keys". Because of this it doesn't have the glassy smooth glide feel of many touchpads. This doesn't bother me, but I could see it bother some people. You toggle between normal touchpad operation and numeric keypad with a large "mode" button. When switch to numeric keypad mode, an led lights up. I thing they could have made device smaller if they got rid of the LED and mad the mode button smaller, but it does make it very easy to switch modes. When in numeric keypad mode, the primary and secondary mouse-click buttons are remapped. The left button fire up a new instance of the windows calculator and right button acts as a backspace.
The touch pad operation has been very good. It is rare for a tap to not take and the sensitivity is as good as my laptop's touch pad. Two and three finger guestures work as advertised and I now use the touch pad exclusively to scroll pages up and down, page up and down, zoom in and out, open windows explorer, and other actions that I had to use the keyboard for in the past.
This little gadget has been one of the nicest surprises of any recent purchase. It is cheap, works great, and travels well.
I'm still using this touchpad after two years. Now that I've switched to a treadmill desk, this touchpad completely replaced my Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 Left (VM4L). I find the touchpad easier to use when walking, especially since I can pick it up and control the pointer while standing a bit away from the computer (the USB cord on this thing is quite long).
I am, however, looking to replace it. After a couple years of use and now that I'm using it is my primary pointing device, I have some complaints:
1. I really want this to be wireless. It would be so much more convenient and natural to use at a standup or treadmill desk if it were wireless.
2. No support. I lost the CD it came with in the move and can't find the drivers to download, I had uninstalled its drivers when I got my Evoluent mouse and now the touchpad is now longer multi-touch.
3. Drag operations are terrible, especially with multiple monitors. One of my main complaints about touchpads in general is that click and drag operations are a two-hand (or awkward hold with thumb and drag with index finger) operation. This touchpad seems much worse than the one built into my laptop for dragging windows around, especially from one screen to another.
Plug it it. No CD; no drivers to download; no messing around. True plug-n-play.
I found the sensitivity to be perfect right out of the box. I use it for work, web surfing, and playing games; my child plays games using it; none of us have any problem getting the mouse movement and tapping to work as it should. In number pad mode it is a little sensitive for me and I sometimes find myself double-tapping a number, but it doesn't happen all the time, so I'm going to chalk this one up to my big fingers.
I love this feature and I'm getting so spoiled by it I don't know how I'll go back to a regular touchpad. Everything works great. Zoom, rotate, scroll, page back and forth...it just works exactly as the manual says it will.
Okay, here's the quirk. If you leave this plugged in on a windows 7 machine when you reboot, you will lose all the multi-touch functionality. I have no idea why it would work this way, but if you unplug it when you restart then plug it back in after you log into your W7 account, you're good to go.
I am actually a little upset that this is now in "Currently Unavailable" status on Amazon because I would buy a couple more if I could, one to put on each computer in my house. I love the smart pad features and it's very nice to take along with a laptop, it doesn't take up much room in the bag and you don't have to have a big surface to move on like a regular mouse.
** UPDATE: 12FEB2011 **
Happily this is back in stock and I've got these excellent touchpads on most of my computers now. Also, it seems the software updates have fixed the "have to unplug for reboot" issue. You might still (happens sometimes but not every time) need to unplug it for a second, but you can do it after the reboot now and it will give the multitouch capabilities.
The number pad is a great idea and I have used the mode button several times. Great feature but that blue light will blind you. I actually put a piece of tape over mine.
After signicant use over the last year, i have noticed that a short is forming, very likely in the usb cord where attaches. Since it is under a year I will see if it will be covered under warranty. OTher than that a great trackpad for the price...
If you are looking for specific gestures or a deep gesture library, this may not be what you want...