Poll Touchpad vs Mouse for desktop use?

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Touchpad vs Mouse for desktop use?

  1. Touchpad

    7 vote(s)
    24.1%
  2. Mouse

    22 vote(s)
    75.9%
  1. supremekizzle

    supremekizzle Member

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    About to buy a dual monitor setup and docking station to use my SP3 as a desktop. Currently trying to decide between a touchpad or arc mouse for my pointing needs. Vote for what you'd use and any product suggestions for either or. :)
     
  2. strollin

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    Definitely mouse. I hate touchpads and will only use one if a mouse is not available.
     
  3. jnjroach

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    I don't want take the hit on battery life using an external mouse or carry anything additional.....Trackpad all the way.
     
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    I have NEVER used or seen a touchpad that comes close to a mouse for desktop use - not even the vaunted MacBook
     
  5. supremekizzle

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    This will be for a desktop set up.
     
  6. zhenya

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    If you are using a stand-alone keyboard, definitely a mouse. If not, and the option is the Arc mouse, I'd say it's more of a wash. I picked up the Surface Mouse recently and while it's impressively compact, I'm not impressed with its function. It's merely ok. I'd buy a proper mouse for desktop use.
     
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    Yes, that is what you said....I use the Type Cover and the Microsoft Wireless Display, the only thing plugged into my SP3 is Power....heck my Ethernet drop is plugged into a 802.11AC Travel Router.....
     
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    I do a lot of website and database design. Using a trackpad would be almost impossible for fine layouts. Mouse all the way.
     
  9. hughlle

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    A mouse in my opinion is infinitely more efficient than a touchpad. Mouse al the way if im trying to do serious work.
     
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    I picked up a Microsoft wedge touch mouse back when I bought my RT. It's a wonky little thing but it still beats the touchpad on my SP3 when I'm working in Excel.
     
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    At my desk I use a USB 3.0 Hub and have a USB dongle for my Logitech Performance MX mouse that I use at my desk. This by far is the most ergonomic and I can sit at it for a very long time without thinking about it.

    While about in the office I will easily use the track-pad; but being new to the touch screen idea I have realized that it is sometimes just easier to literally 'point'n'click'!

    I do have a mobile Bluetooth mouse for longer periods away (Mad Catz RAT M)
     
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    Yeh definitely a mouse for desktop use! I use the touchpad and the Arc Touch for general use and travel, but if I was going to go full in docking/monitors etc. then definitely I'd be getting a full mouse!
     

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