The Chromebook's Magical Button-Free TouchPad

Posted: May 11 2011, 2:10pm CDT | by , Updated: May 11 2011, 2:15pm CDT , in Technology News


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The Chromebook's Magical Button-Free TouchPad

Good riddance to the button.

Google is well on their way to popularizing the button-free touchpad. The Chromebooks draw a number of features from smartphones and tablet computers. They brag near-Instant-on capabilities, all day battery life, and now gesture-based controls. See, the Chromebook has no buttons on its touchpad.

The control scheme is pretty much what you'd expect. Press down once to click, press with two fingers to right-click. If you have tap-to-click enabled, you'll be able to quickly poke the touchpad to use it.

Vertical scrolling has been implemented in an interesting way. You just put two fingers on the touchpad and raise it up and down.

By far the most "touchscreen" reminiscent gesture on the Chromebook touchpad is the ability to drag-and-drop. You select the item with one finger, and use a second finger to drag it to the final location. Removing both fingers completes the drop. Genius.

USB mice will also be supported by the Chromebook. Google brags that no driver install will be needed. I have a feeling most people will prefer the touchpad, though. The smartphone has already accustomed us to this sort of an interface. Adding what amounts to a tiny capacitive touchscreen to the laptop form-factor is a stroke of brilliance. Even if you aren't excited about Chrome OS, this is a trend you can't help but want to see take off.

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