About a month ago I mentioned that I’d got a sore finger from using the touchpad on my MSI Wind. And I still have. I thought it might be something electrical – it sort of feels as if my finger is being repeatedly microwaved, albeit at very low power. But over time it builds up and starts to really hurt.
I still haven’t had a chance to try touchpads on other laptops – I’ve been way too busy. But no one else has reported this kind of problem. Anyway it’s probably best if I don’t test other laptops until my finger has fully recovered.
I’ve just had a close-up look at my finger and it seems to have a sort of blister on the tip of it. Possibly from friction – i.e. overuse or pressing too hard, or possibly from a burn. Either way, I’m going to have to stop using the touchpad.
But what to use instead? A mouse is no good, because I use the MSI Wind in bed, armchairs, sofa, car, etc and there’s nowhere flat to rest the mouse. So I’ve just ordered a trackball instead – a Logitech Trackman. In case you don’t know, it’s much like a mouse except that the ball is on the top instead of the bottom. The mouse part stays still and you push the ball around with your thumb. It’s perfect for me because you can use it anywhere. And I’ve heard that once you’ve got used to using a trackball you’ll never go back to a mouse. I’ll let you know how you get on.
Dave Haslett, ideas4writers, www.ideas4writers.co.uk