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T430 Touchpad or similiar available on newer machines?

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T430 Touchpad or similiar available on newer machines?

#1 Post by john1in2 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:41 pm

I have a T430 and I just love the touchpad, its got a nice rough texture to it and even lightly touching is very accurate, plus there are 2 buttons below and above for mouse clicks.

The t430 is a little dated and I would like to upgrade to a more powerful unit (with quad core processor) but I tried the T440p and I just hate the smooth touchpad with no lower buttons. Even with sensitivity maxed out its seems far inferior to the T430 stock pad.

Question- If I want something similar to the T430 touchpad but a newer more powerful unit- which ones would it be?

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Re: T430 Touchpad or similiar available on newer machines?

#2 Post by TPFanatic » Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:43 pm

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Re: T430 Touchpad or similiar available on newer machines?

#3 Post by agklimit » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:10 am

Just amazed that there's someone who actually likes the T430 touchpad :D (the only part on my trusty T430 I really don't like... apart from the display panel... But it's even worse.)
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Re: T430 Touchpad or similiar available on newer machines?

#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:44 am

The clunkpads on all T440 models can be replaced with the touchpad+3 buttons from the T450 models.
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Re: T430 Touchpad or similiar available on newer machines?

#5 Post by skx » Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:25 pm

agklimit wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:10 am
Just amazed that there's someone who actually likes the T430 touchpad :D (the only part on my trusty T430 I really don't like... apart from the display panel... But it's even worse.)
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Re: T430 Touchpad or similiar available on newer machines?

#6 Post by olddog » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:11 am

There's no accounting for taste.

A T430 was my first Thinkpad, so it is the standard by which I judge others. I find the keyboard (the much-maligned Chiclet) to be fine, though I prefer the look of the older TP keyboards. Perhaps if I had started with an older machine, I would like the T430 keyboard less.

By the same token, I have no complaints about the touchpad, though I usually use a mouse, or failing that the joystick (or whatever it is called). That goes for all my TPs.

So I have always been slightly bemused by the violent reaction of some people to the Tx30 series keyboards (and the touchpads). As a consequence, I didn't pay too much attention to what people were saying about the so-called "clunkpad".

Note the word "didn't"!

I have somehow come into the possession of a T540p. (Acquiring Thinkpads is something that seems to happen to me more by accident than by a conscious effort of will.) And I now know about clunkpads.

Good grief!!! What on earth were Lenovo thinking when they produced this terrible contraption? It's by far the worst thing I have ever encountered on any personal computer. And my first PC was an Apple II purchased in 1982, so I have seen a few.

The T540p arrived yesterday. It's in good condition, and aside from looking rather bland it's an impressive machine - except for the the expletives deleted touchpad! I love the backlit keyboard, and despite quite low specs it seems quicker than my better specc'd W530. I prefer a numeric keypad, so that's a plus, and all in all I think I will keep it.

But that clunkpad! It's the Ford Edsel of computing. Really, really, really, horrible.

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