|trackpad issues||Steven Canfield||5/12/11 1:45 PM|
So, the trackpad is painful to use after using a Macbook. I understand people are aware of this issue but I had a few questions:
Is this a hardware issue? If so, how good can it get with this hardware?
Is this a software issue? If so, are we working on it or are we depending on the hardware manufacturer?
|Re: trackpad issues||Matias W||5/12/11 1:53 PM|
To me it is currently a software issue. It would be a nicer experience if my trackpad could be even faster. (more sensitive)
|Re: trackpad issues||Adamx||5/12/11 2:18 PM|
After having used my "chromebook" so long, I'm mostly accustomed to the way the trackpad works so its issues don't bother me too much. I can see where switching from another trackpad computer would make the way it works (or doesn't) more noticeable. My other computers have a mouse or pencil-eraser cursor, so this is the only trackpad I use regularly.
When they added the "dead zone" around the edges of the trackpad a ways back, it was really annoying (trackpad should be sensitive up to a physical border so you can tell by touch when dragging your finger). But now I can't even remember if the dead zone is still there?
My biggest beef is that the trackpad is too freaking huge and so my hands sometimes rest on it while I'm trying to type. I don't usually try to double-tap, but when I do it's kind of hit or miss. I have it set so I can tap to click, instead of having to press hard.
|Re: trackpad issues||Steven Canfield||5/12/11 2:45 PM|
In my experience, a big problem is the trackpad behavior when I use 2 fingers. For example, to move a slider I click down with 1 finger and drag with the other. This works great on the macbook and not at all on the chromebook.
|Re: trackpad issues||Lovell||5/12/11 3:02 PM|
I think its software... The trackpad worked well on ubuntu 10.10, but I must say it's been working really good lately on chromeos. May b I gotten used to it, but the only problem I am currently facing is selection multiple texts, and dragging in google docs, so it could be an issue with sensitivity.
|Re: trackpad issues||DJ||5/12/11 3:32 PM|
Everything to me is pretty good, except click and drag is terrible.
|Re: trackpad issues||Jason C||5/12/11 4:09 PM|
When I let a friend, co-worker, or just random person asking about my CR-48 check it out they don't realize that the trackpad is a hard click. They've always asked me how I'm suppose to click.
Some people are just use to having right and left click buttons on the bottom of their trackpads. I think with those buttons dragging and dropping along with text selection could be easier.
The only real issue I have with the trackpad on the CR-48 is dragging and dropping. I've realized how difficult it is since the slideshow went out and I've had to drag media to the tab bar to open it.
|Re: trackpad issues||Redwan Huq||5/12/11 5:23 PM|
Click and drag is smooth if you click with one finger and drag with another. That feels more natural to me than just pressing hard and dragging.
No scrolling problems or dead zones.
|Re: trackpad issues||Alex R||5/12/11 6:01 PM|
I've found that the trackpad is pretty decent and getting better, although there are some moments when I just want to use a mouse. As for up-down scrolling, I've found that it works best to keep my two fingers separated slightly, so that they aren't touching. It's non-intuitive, because you naturally want to support your two fingers by holding them together, but with practice it gets better. As for right-click....I still use Alt-Click (with tap-to-click enabled) when say spell checking a word.
Over all the trackpad is usable...It could be a whole lot worse, but then again, I wish it were better. Is this the fault of hardware or software? I'm not sure on that one.
|Re: trackpad issues||Mile||5/12/11 6:30 PM|
I'm also happy with the trackpad. Then again, I don't have much experience with other devices to make a valid comparison. When I first began to use this track pad, it was worse. It's better now. I cannot find anything worth mentioning to the team to make better. But, I know some people will be comparing it to other devices, and if the cr-48 is competing with those, then they have to be taken into consideration.
|Re: trackpad issues||Matias W||5/12/11 6:36 PM|
I think that with a little more sensitivity that could help.
Like, the little slider where you change how fast the trackpad is (sensitivity)...it would be nice to be able to go even faster (more sensitive).
And when scrolling with 2 fingers, having an option for more sensitivity, or have more sensitivity there so you would scroll faster would help.
|Re: trackpad issues||Dusty||5/12/11 7:01 PM|
I think the double-tap and drag method works much better
|Re: trackpad issues||Keith||5/12/11 9:33 PM|
Wow, I don't even notice a trackpad issue
|Re: trackpad issues||Matias W||5/12/11 11:10 PM|
Well, the trackpad is functional, it's just..how many trackpad's have you used to compare the Cr-48 trackpad to?
I, personally, have used about 50+ different trackpad's, from Acer to Sony to Dell. I have used Netbooks, Laptops, Notebooks, integrated Keyboards, Macbook's and more. I work on computers..and own my own company.
So my perception of a good working, fully functional trackpad is different from people that haven't had to use so many trackpad's.
|Re: trackpad issues||Steve89||5/13/11 11:40 AM|
The trackpad is better than it was at the beginning of this program. However, 2-finger scrolling is still not smooth. With the Macbook Pro trackpad scrolling earning an A, I would rate this trackpad's scrolling a C-. My personal opinion is the problem may be hardware and thus may disappear with "official" chromebooks.
|Re: trackpad issues||Dusty||5/13/11 4:38 PM|
I think you're just doing it wrong (no offense)
2 finger scrolling works great for me. But I've never used a mac. It seems like most people who are having trouble with it are "mac people".
Maybe the macbook trackpad really is that much better, or maybe the scroll gesture is slightly different.
|Re: trackpad issues||Chris Toombs||5/13/11 5:11 PM|
I'm gonna have to agree, either that or you have hardware issues
I never have issues with scrolling, and even when I showed my friend the compy, one of his first comments was how smooth the scrolling was
|Re: trackpad issues||Steve89||5/14/11 5:35 AM|
I will certainly admit that I may be doing the 2-finger scrolling differently on this machine vice the Macbook Pro. However, I can't detect the difference while I'm doing it. For me, the problem with this trackpad is when I pause or stop scrolling. Often, as I take my fingers off the pad, the cursor will "jump"--for lack of a better term--usually up, but not always. The amount of the "jump" also varies. Other than this behavior, this trackpad is fully functional for me. I'm not trying to push Macs, but if you've never used a Macbook Pro trackpad, you owe it to yourself to just try one. I think if you do that, you will understand why Mac folks would be hard on other trackpads. Having used trackpads on notebook computers for many years, the one on the Macbook Pro is the best.
Having said all that, I will say that this trackpad may be "good enough."
|Re: trackpad issues||Max||5/14/11 5:48 AM|
This is the same problem I have. Seeing as I frequently use macbooks I am used to their trackpad. However I definitely think that the Cr-48's trackpad has improved a ton since I got mine. I think the problem is mostly a software issue since it has improved so much over time.
|Re: trackpad issues||Dusty||5/14/11 9:30 AM|
Which fingers are you using? I've been experimenting, and when I use my index and middle finger I get the jumps you're describing. It's happening because my index finger is lifting slightly sooner than my middle finger.
Make sure your fingers aren't too close together, and make sure you lift them at the same time
|Re: trackpad issues||Steve89||5/14/11 10:44 AM|
Thanks for the suggestion. I haven't paid any particular attention to how I scroll--I, too, use my index and middle fingers. I use this laptop on my lap as I do the Macbook Pro. I think I scroll the same way on both machines. It may be the Macbook is a bit more forgiving when scrolling with 2 fingers. I will try and pay attention to my 2-finger "technique" and see if I can confirm your hypothesis.
|Re: trackpad issues||Brian Mann||5/14/11 11:12 AM|
Try using your two middle fingers, that works a lot better for me.
|Re: trackpad issues||Raleigh||5/14/11 11:47 AM|
I use my middle and ring finger...it seems relatively smooth. Doing other things with the track pad like dragging things is tedious...but two finger scrolling isnt a pain point.
|Re: trackpad issues||gtm170||5/14/11 2:34 PM|
Having also using a MacBook regularly, the CR-48 trackpad leaves a bit to be desired. I agree that it has improved from the early days but would hope that there is more help for it. I've read that it is significantly improved on the Samsung ChromeOS devices coming out and would hope that those improvement can make it back to our CR-48s.