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Condition of T440 trackpad

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Condition of T440 trackpad

#1 Post by jballew » Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:03 am

Hi all, new here!

I just bought a used older T440. It has the trackpad with no actual buttons. The trackpad "works" well enough but the right and left click require an odd amount of force in order to be registered.
Tapping, tracking and scrolling also work fine.

My question is, do these usually require that much force for a click?
My first presumption is, that the trackpad is old and worn out. So I'm considering replacing it with the same type. Unless this is normal.

I've seen them listed new (https://www.amazon.com/buttons-Touchpad ... 162&sr=8-3).

I'm not sure of the year of this laptop, but it has a i5-4300U, which I think came out around ~2013
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Re: Condition of T440 trackpad

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:26 am

Have a look at the "Clunkpad" post above yours.
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Re: Condition of T440 trackpad

#3 Post by jballew » Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:12 pm

Thanks RealBlackStuff. I checked that post, I didn't see anything noting the condition of the trackpad or pressure required to register a click. Of course I could have overlooked it.
For clarification, I'm not interested in converting to the 3 button trackpad. I enjoy those but just don't use the trackpoint all that much.

I'm asking if for the "clunkpad" or the Synaps pad I believe it is called, do others normally have to apply a lot of pressure to register a click?

If not, then mine is probably worn and I'd be fine in replacing mine with the same pad, just new. If this is just the nature of this trackpad than maybe I will convert to 3 button pad.

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Re: Condition of T440 trackpad

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:37 am

[rant]
You'll find that a vast majority of xx40 owners will have replaced that daft clunkpad with a proper touchpad+buttons.
For me (as an X240 and T440p owner) it was never of any interest how good/bad that abomination worked: OUT WITH IT and into the bin.
Lenovo also came to its (admittedly very few) senses, by reverting back to touchpad+buttons in the next models.
Good luck finding a satisfied clunkpad user, who can inform you about any pressure needed.
[/rant]

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Re: Condition of T440 trackpad

#5 Post by cadillacmike68 » Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:55 pm

I had recommended a T440 for a wife's colleague, because she needed something ASAP and the refurb company had a 2 week wait on T430s.

I took it in to set it up for her, and when I saw that clunkpad and No locking latch for the lid. I immediately determined that T430 / T430 / W530 would be as high as I go.

It works, but I just can't stand it.
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