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Default Do I need a mouse? - 01-31-2009, 06:00 PM

I ordered a Dell Outlet Mini 9, obsidian black, with XP, bluetooth, 16GB drive, 1GB ram on Jan 27th, and I am going nuts with anticipation. I bought it for travel when visiting relatives and friends, and as a journal/notebook at home.

I've never used a touchpad. Is it an acceptable substitute for a mouse or just a compromise to save space? Do people buy mice for their touchpad laptops because the touchpad is inferior or they aren't willing to spend time becoming proficient with it?

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Default Re: Do I need a mouse? - 01-31-2009, 06:07 PM

I use both. If I'm going to use the Mini for a long period of time (hour or more), I get the mouse out.


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Default Re: Do I need a mouse? - 01-31-2009, 06:38 PM

I've not used a mouse with the mini yet though my work laptop is used with a mouse in the office and just the trackpad elsewhere.

If you're just browsing, need to pick things from menus, do the occasional drag and drop -- regular windowing work -- then the trackpad is all you'll ever need. They do take a little time getting used to if you haven't used one before, but once done you can adequately cover those things without feeling like you need a mouse. The scroll-sensitive edges are nice and useful substitutes for windows.

If you use other apps that benefit from finer precision actions/placements or sweeping movements (graphics, mapping, games, etc.) you'll then need a mouse.
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Default Re: Do I need a mouse? - 01-31-2009, 11:02 PM

I suggest getting used to using your Mini9 without a mouse. Otherwise, every time your caught without one (this is a mobile device?), everything will be SO much harder.
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Default Re: Do I need a mouse? - 01-31-2009, 11:57 PM

I have a mouse for my Mini but I can use the trackpad too. I find trackpads too fussy for my purposes, but they'll do in a pinch. The mouse sits in my carry case so I usually have it available.


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Default Re: Do I need a mouse? - 02-01-2009, 04:41 PM

I never use a real mouse. I used to game using a trackpad and my i9300. Trackpads give a lot of people difficulties, I find them quite nice. The scrolling on the Mini 9 suck though.
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Default Re: Do I need a mouse? - 02-01-2009, 07:56 PM

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I suggest getting used to using your Mini9 without a mouse. Otherwise, every time your caught without one (this is a mobile device?), everything will be SO much harder.
Very good suggestion! My Mini 9 arrived yesterday and played with it all night. Setting up the Mini to my preferences was frustrating using the touchpad - it seemes tedious compared to a mouse. But today, after several hours practice under my belt, the touchpad is getting easier to use.


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Default Re: Do I need a mouse? - 02-01-2009, 09:13 PM

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The scroll-sensitive edges are nice and useful substitutes for windows.
Woah. I didn't know about this. Just tried it on my mini, and sure enough, it will scroll down using the edge of the pad as a drag bar. This IS nice.

Thank you for mentioning it, where did you learn about this? I'm wondering if there are other useful features I'm missing.
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Default Re: Do I need a mouse? - 02-03-2009, 01:23 PM

It's under Control Panel>Mouse Settings if you have the synaptics touchpad driver installed.


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