A touchpad is an input device which is usually found on a laptop computer.
Because a laptop is meant to be portable, people aren't always able to attach a traditional mouse, it might be too much hassle or there might not be enough room to use one. A touchpad can be used in place of a mouse.
By dragging your finger over the surface of the touchpad, sensors underneath detect the movement direction and speed. The sensors only react to a fingertip and not a pencil or other object. There are usually two buttons next to the touchpad which are used to replace the left and right mouse button.
|Advantages of touchpads||Disadvantages of touchpads|
|Useful for laptops when using a mouse isn't practical||Takes practice and skill to control the position of the cursor using the touchpad|
|The pad's position is fixed compared to the keyboard, unlike with a traditional mouse||Gloves cannot be worn i.e. in a clean room or industrial environment where gloves need to be worn.|
|Very short finger movements are required to move the cursor||Moist, sweaty or calloused fingers can disrupt the signals picked up by the sensors.|
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