My first laptop was a Dell Inspiron 8200 and it had both trackpoint and touchpad. I tried each for several hours and decided the trackpoint was better for me. So, for me, the trackpoint was more intuitive. I kept using trackpoints almost exclusively for about 2 years. Then I bought a Dell Inspiron 700m, which only had a touchpad and so I was forced to use it. Also, I saw a cousin of mine use a touchpad with one hand (and before that I had always used both hands), and that inspired me to learn how to use touchpads properly. I worked very hard on it, but still I took me several months to learn to use it as well as a trackpoint. Few people who've decided that the trackpoint suits them better would ever be willing to work so hard at learning the touchpad. Had I not made so much effort to learn touchpads, I would probably be swearing by the trackpoint like most people here are doing, and saying things like "touchpads are for novices".dr_st wrote:novices tend to prefer touchpads (initially more intuitive, more common and therefore more familiar), users with sufficient experience with both generally favor the trackpoint.
Now I use the touchpad better than the trackpoint, not because I have stopped using the latter -- my 240Z only has a trackpoint and I use this laptop a lot -- but because I have worked really hard to learn the touchpad.