Do you experience friction on the trackpad when your fingers are moist?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bbnck, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. bbnck macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    Especially during a warm day my fingers can become warm/moist during trackpad use, especially on a warm day, and when my fingers are moist there is friction when I glide my finger over the trackpad (in other words it's not smooth - but when my fingers aren't moist it's smooth and fine). I suppose it may be different for everyone. Does anyone else experience this?
  2. unamused macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    ... you cant be serious...

    have you ever touched glass?
  3. bbnck thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    I find your post offensive. Listen, I've seen many people most a lot of crap on this forum over people asking honest questions and my thread ain't gonna be one of them. If you have nothing positive or nice to say, be considerate and don't post at all. This is a serious thread with a serious question. It's people like you that make people hesitant to even post topics on this forum without being insulted.
  4. bhattsan macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2010
    I experience this too (Even with the iphone's glass, which is why I like the feel of screen protectors on it). The trackpad is miles ahead of whatever crap trackpads alienwares used that even with this problem its still way more usable and nice than the amazing trackpad on mbps :apple:
  5. bbnck thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    Good job I'm not alone. It's not a big deal I'd agree and trust me, I've tried many other laptop trackpads out before, such as HP's and it's as if these companies don't give a darn about one of the most important things customers use on a laptop. Thanks for replying though.
  6. unamused macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    wow, chill out...

    im guessing youve never played around with wine glasses and wet fingers...
  7. bbnck thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    Yeah, well I'm trying to ask a serious question which can be seen a little differently and once someone takes the piss others are gonna follow and respond similarly. It's very difficult to find out whether someone who posts something on a forum is joking and being sarcastic or whether they're responding being a jerk - it's not the same as speaking in person.
  8. Narse77 macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2010
  9. aigoya macrumors member

    May 18, 2010
    I have one of those randomly start sweating out my hands type of deal.

    On the original glass, my fingers skip a lot because of moisture.

    I bought a track pad film, and it makes a big difference. I suggest that you try it out.
    I'm not saying with moisture you'll glide around the pad perfectly, but it makes a huge improvement. I also like the texture of it more than the glass trackpad.
    Application is easy, removal is easy, no sticky residue, comes with a 2 pack.

    Btw dont use zagg trackpad film, its horrible from my experience.
  10. bbnck thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    Yeah I'm already aware it's made of glass; when the trackpad is smooth it is one of the smoothest trackpads I've ever used before.

    @aigoya - perfect, thanks for the suggestion. I think everyone's different, some people's skin become more moist than others typically also on a warm day, ... so I'll buy these trackpad films and see if it solves my issue :). Thanks.
  11. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2009
    Denver, CO
  12. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

    May 24, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Woah the same thing happens when I get molasses and/or peanut butter on my fingers. It is so weird. But what's even weirder is when put some sandpaper on my finger tips and get a lot of resistance from the trackpad. Does this happen to anyone else? Am I doing something wrong? Should I use glue instead of molasses? :confused:
  13. Crysalis macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2009
  14. Sankersizzle macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2010
    Ah! I used to have this same problem. Now I just put my laptop in the washing machine every now and then and dry it in the microwave.

    it gets all of the sugary residue off!
  15. aigoya macrumors member

    May 18, 2010
    It's a bit pricey though, i think after tax and shipping it comes out to around $18. So 9 bucks per film.

    I wasted 2 already because I had some problems and took it to the apple store, and they gave me new units, and i completely forgot to take the film off.

    I already ordered another set though. The first accessory i'll ever buy with any mac will be these films.

    Let me know how it works for you ^^

    PS. They don't really tell you how to take off the film... but here is the quick rundown if you ever need to. Take some tape, put it on one of the corners of the film, pull it off. The stronger the adhesive on the tape, the better.

  16. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    lol this is so funny! :p
    i put on the moshi trackpad film and it feels nice, less likely to feel that friction. on the other hand, my magic mouse has no film or protective gets really "sticky". :/ just gotta keep the hand cool/less sweaty.
  17. bbnck thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
  18. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I get the same results. When my fingers/palm is sweaty, it causes friction on the trackpad and is not smooth.
  19. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    I find the trackpad surface to be as you describe it, making it almost unusable. I therefore opted to install the trackpad film included with the Moshi PalmGuard and have found it to be an excellent remedy.
  20. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    It happens to me with the older trackpads but the newer glass ones are much better.
  21. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    Practice ignoring the responses you think are from jerks. By taking the bait in such an inflammatory way, you virtually guaranteed that others would take similar swipes.
  22. bbnck thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    I don't think that's entirely the case (in this case anyway). I think it's more of practicing on how to respond to jerks when it happens that's the key. If I ignored the post and responded to the newer post from aigoya (which I didn't see at the time until I posted my initial response to unamused), that would of done the same effect. I can relate to what your saying though, but it's not just as simple as ignoring a response that prevents other people from responding similarly. Everyone is different and I'm sure you would deal with this situation differently to me. I complained about what he said, he explained his (by saying he said it as a hard joke), I explained my side of view and obviously nothing has been said about it since, since there's nothing more to say about it.

    And I'm glad I'm not alone with this friction issue - thanks to people that have confirmed. I've purchased that Power Support Trackpad Film, will see if it remedies the problem :).
  23. unamused macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    Spend enough time on the internet and you will develop a thick skin.

    I think it would have been better if you had worded the initial post as more of a question for something to solve the issue you were having because the way you worded it from the get go made it sound like one of those "duh!" statements... which is why others replied with other sarcastic comments.

    Anyway, I'm glad you were able to find (at least hopefully) a solution to your problem.
  24. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    Yes. It's glass.

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