x220 replace touchpad

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  1. PatchySan

    PatchySan Om Noms Kit Kat

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    I have a spare T420 palmrest with a spoilt rubber trackpad lying around (accident with super glue...) so I could try use the penknife method suggested by ThinkRob and provide the pics of this flat surface when I have time.
     
  2. aadadams

    aadadams Notebook Deity

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    It would be greatly appreciated!
     
  3. PatchySan

    PatchySan Om Noms Kit Kat

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    So I took out my spare palmrest which was in a sorry state after spilling some glue while fixing something for my sister. It wasn't pretty...

    [​IMG]

    So I got my sharp compass and picked the edges of the rubber trackpad...

    [​IMG]

    ... and whaddya know. It peels right off pretty easily.

    Once that textured rubber trackpad sticker was peeled away it leaves a rather smooth and pleasant to touch trackpad to glide your fingers over. Not that I use it myself, I always prefer Trackpoints myself!

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Kaso

    Kaso Notebook Virtuoso

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    New ThinkPad option for 2012:


    textured trackpad ........................... [included in price]

    smooth trackpad ............................. [add $25]​

    :D
     
  5. sniper_sung

    sniper_sung Notebook Evangelist

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    Actually if they offer:

    Touchpad /wo physical buttons ........................... [included in price]

    Touchpad /w physical buttons ............................. [add $125]​

    I would definitely pay the premium for sure.
     
  6. ThinkRob

    ThinkRob Notebook Deity

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    This ain't Apple. ;)

    If it were Lenovo doing this, it would read:

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    [*] Textured TrackPad                   $0.00
    [ ] Smooth TrackPad                     $--.-- ($0.00 through 02/29/11!)
    
    And the date would always be a couple days from today. :D
     
  7. Kaso

    Kaso Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yeah. The X220 trackpad "experiment" was epic fail. I hope they fix it (by going back to X201-style trackpad) in the 2012 iteration.

    :D
     
  8. MidnightSun

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    Thanks for the pictures, Hearst, very interesting indeed! Wonder if this is possible on the X220... my first instinct would be "no," since the buttons are integrated with the surface, but hard to say since I don't have an X220 in front of me.

    I think the problem was that with the X201's trackpad, every review criticized it for having a miniscule trackpad. So, Lenovo opted to increase the size of the trackpad by integrating the buttons into the touchpad. And now every review criticizes it for being a clickpad.

    The reality is that there's only so much vertical space on the X220 (especially with the 16:9 aspect ratio), so you have to make a compromise somewhere if you want to keep the 7-row keyboard. Either:
    • Trackpad with integrated buttons, as in the X220
    • Absolutely tiny trackpad with distinct buttons, as in the X201 (I would prefer this)
    • Entirely removing the trackpad, which would alienate many users, including my dad
    • Using a custom non-7-row keyboard that isn't as tall, which would alienate most traditionalist Thinkpad users
    • Removing the Trackpoint and associated buttons, but then it wouldn't even be a Thinkpad ;)
     
  9. Pseudorandom

    Pseudorandom Notebook Evangelist

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    How about having a truly buttonless trackpad (not clickpad, just a mouse movement and gesture pad), and use the trackpoint buttons or tap to click.
     
  10. MidnightSun

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    I was thinking about that as well, but it would be a bit of an ergonomic adjustment. Not entirely unpractical, though.
     
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