Unlike many critics, I like Windows 8 for what it is: a genuinely fresh way of looking at a user interface. But it has some amazingly sloppy glitches. For instance, on the machine where I've been testing it, I have to reset the touchpad setting every time I restart, because it refuses to make permanent a setting that turns off the tap-as-mouseclick feature (which I loathe). It's a small thing, but hugely annoying.
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- Interesting. I'm owed a free upgrade to 8 on my laptop and have been going back and forth on whether I should do it or not. Is the touch screen available on any device (including my laptop I purchased in June) and can I turn it off or just use my keyboard/mouse like I am now?Dec 10, 2012
- I have yet to fully embrace the "charms" but I've enjoyed using it the past few months. I wish I had a touch screen to take advantage of the touch features. Most seem to be well thought out but dragging the charm down form the top to close it was not intuitive for me. I was also surprised that SkyDrive wasn't more fully integrated. It seems like my cloud based SkyDrive folder should be automatically mapped without having to download a program. It took a few minutes to get oriented but most things seemed pretty intuitive. My touchpad seems to work well, I must have gotten lucky with the driver.Dec 10, 2012
- How is it with a mouse and keyboard as your only input devices?Dec 10, 2012
- I was referring to the touchpad in my case. Touch screen works only if your screen was previously ready for it.Dec 10, 2012
- Who uses this anymore? And who sets it so that when I touch the mousepad in the act of slewing the pointer to another part of the screen, the damned computer thinks I'm really meaning to click where the pointer started? I thought interfaces had evolved beyond this monstrosity.Dec 10, 2012
- Interesting, on rare occasions when I've been stuck using a trackpad, I do like the tap-to-click feature! Have yet to find a scrolling area worth using though. I always plug in a mouse when possible, and tend to carry one in the briefcase, just in case.Dec 11, 2012
- One of the biggest reasons I don't use Windows more is that I have yet to find a PC laptop with a good trackpad. Most of them are unbearable and make you want to find an external mouse. The trackpads on Apple's laptops are another story. I prefer them over most mice, especially with all the touch gestures.
I don't understand why PC makers haven't gotten near Apple in terms of trackpad performance.Dec 14, 2012