Trackpad question - 2011 MBA 11"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Travisimo, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    I have a question about my new 11" MBA. The bottom 4-5mm (slightly less than 1/4") of my trackpad is not responsive to touch sliding. I can still press down there and it will register a click, but my cursor does not move if I slide my finger until I reach about 4-5mm above the bottom edge of the trackpad. The top, left, and right sides seem to be responsive almost all the way to the edges.

    Is this normal? It doesn't sound like much of a big deal, but since the trackpad on the 11" is pretty small, I find myself trying to use the 2-finger scroll in web pages and it doesn't always register because one (or both) of my fingers start below this 5mm area.
  2. macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
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    I havent noticed this yet but I'll check my 13" when I get home.
  3. macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2011
    London, Ontario
    My 2011 13" does the same thing. The bottom edge has about 0.25" of area that doesn't move the mouse cursor. Using a program like BetterTouchTool, I can view a "live preview" of what the trackpad is seeing. It is definitely detecting touches in this lower edge, so it would seem that something within OS X is set to ignore them.
  4. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    Mine's the same way, and I just checked my mother's 2009 MacBook Pro. It's the same, so it appears to be normal.
  5. macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2011
    Mine is completely responsive, I would take it back if it annoys you
  6. macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2010
    I have noticed this on most macbooks, i don't think its a problem.
  7. macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2010
    Same issue here, exact same MBA. *shrug* I personally wouldn't bother taking it back for this.
  8. macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2011
    I don't have that issue on my July 2011 MBA.
    Mouse movement works on the whole trackpad.
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jul 9, 2008
    Okie land
  10. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    It's because that area is usually where people rest their thumb. If OS X were to not ignore that small area, then it would assume you were doing 2 finger gestures all the time (which it sometimes does confuse).

    It will allow you some movement of the cursor down there if you move one finger alone quickly.

    It's a feature and it is meant to be like that.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2011
    mine does this as well. It's a little annoying because you haven't reached the bottom yet and the mouse stops moving. I've been going to the swipe motion as opposed to the slide.
  12. macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    Same situation here. Maybe it's because they expect the thumb to be there to click the trackpad, so by disabling movement in that part the cursor doesn't inadvertently jump when clicking...

    Edit: Just noticed I can do two-finger horizontal swipes here in Safari (Lion), but not 1 finger movement. Definitely seems to be a "feature".
  13. macrumors newbie


    Jan 16, 2005
    Just checked. Mine does this too and I don't think it is a problem.
  14. macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2008
    My 2008 macbook unibody does this. Probably normal.
  15. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Never really noticed this so it I guess it doesn't bother me but it's the same on my 2010 11"
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    it is SUPPOSED to be like that

    my macbook air 13 is the same...all three

    its so you people who are used to a trackpad with separate buttons can still use this one like they would use a normal trackpad (one finger to move pointer, thumb to click button at bottom(or nonsensitive area of apple pad).

    this is so it won't trip a gesture or something

    kilamite said it much better:
  17. macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2011
  18. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    Thanks everyone for replying. It's not a big deal, but I just wanted to make sure there wasn't something wrong with my trackpad.
  19. macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Same behaviour on my MBA, but also with the stand-alone trackpad connected to my Mac Pro.

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