Trackpads on desktops?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by icetraxxg5, Mar 8, 2003.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2002
    Commerce Township
    I have an iBook right now and I really like to use the trackpad, I can use it more efficiently then a mouse. Is there a trackpad that is USB that can plug into a desktop on a Mac? I am going out to get the new 17' iMac later today and I really don't want to use a mouse, especially a one button mouse (I don't want to buy a 2 or 3 button mouse right now).
  2. macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2003
    NC, USA
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2001

    Yes there is. I'm sorry but I don't know the name of it, but CompUSA definitely sells some sort of usb track pad that has two buttons on it.

    I can't see why on earth you'd be better at using that than a mouse, but to each his own.

  4. macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    hey, glad to see another trackpad person... i know they used to make ADB trackpads, and i suppose you could get a USB -> ADB adaptor, but i don't know about drivers in X... if you can find the USB trackpad go for it...

    personally i'm dying for a wireless trackpad, but i doubt they'll ever make one for me... *sigh*

  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2002
    Commerce Township
    That would be perfect! A wireless trackpad would be so much more useful then a wireless mouse since you could hold it and wont have to use it at a desk or surface; I wish something like this existed...
  6. macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2001
    Marion, Ohio
    I can see where you are comming from liking track-pads, but I must say, for any gaming and such, I don't think you can beat a mouse. The precision is better with it and you just get better motion with it. That is just my feeling on the subject. Of course, with a mouse, you have to have some sort of flattish area (although with optical mice, which I think are heaven, you are able to work on a lot more surfaces).
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2002
    I havent ever seen a "new" desktop trackpad for sale, oh well.

    Ah those were the days..

    My 20th Anniversary has trackpad that can sit into the keyboard or be used seperately. I hate it. Nice computer though.
  8. macrumors member

    Feb 13, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Re: Trackpads on desktops?

    Yes, I know of one. I'd use it too, I think having it in my lap would be more ergonomic than using a mouse.

    FingerWorks iGesture

    A complaint I've heard is that it is really expensive for what it is. I wish this mini-tablet coming from MacAlly were a trackpad instead:

    MacAlly iceCAD

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