Dell XPS 13 trackpad performance improvement

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  1. RobotDoctor

    RobotDoctor Notebook Consultant

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    As with all of us, erratic trackpad performance plagues the XPS 13 Infinity. Recently I added a protective skin on the outside of my XPS 13 and the skin kit came with an option of ordering a skin for the trackpad. I thought I would give that a try at least for protection against scratching (due to work environmental issues). I applied the skin and now trackpad pointer movement has greatly improved. The two finger screen zoom performance was so bad I deactivated that. I reactivated this and tried it with the skin applied and now this is reliable. I have to believe it is the glass used that is causing the issues because trackpad performance with a skin applied how greatly improved. Just an FYI.
     
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    gametime10 Notebook Geek

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    Do you have a link to purchase the skin?
     
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    The link is:

    https://dbrand.com/shop/dell-xps-13

    I ordered the Titanium finish. I may have ordered a trackpad skin along with it. I don't remember. The trackpad skin is an additional $2.95.
     
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    Would you mind taking a few pictures, and comment on the general feeling of the material? :)
     
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    Here are the pictures of the skin I have on my computer (and a shameless plug for my favorite baseball team). :D
     

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    Cool , I like the orange track back skin so I can see in the dark ..

    Thanks mate ..:)
     
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    Great post, thank you. How difficult is it to apply the skin?
     
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    I have a trackpad skin on right now, and can't say the trackpad feels any better. Not particularly fond of the texture either, but I'll leave it on for a few days to see. Looks nice enough, even though the fact that the touchpad is slightly uneven is a lot more highlighted now that it's not black on black.
     
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    I put a skin on my XPS 15's Trackpad and found it terrible. Much better without (though the XPS 13 has a worse Trackpad)
     
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    I also added the skin and it didn't make it any better. Strangely though, if I use my ring and pinky finger to do a two finger scroll, it works perfectly. Something about the angle of my hand maybe? It's reliable enough to make it worth holding on to the machine.
     
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