Precision touchpad of Razer Blade Pro 17 gaming laptop.

In this article, I am going to explain the cons of the traditional touchpad and the reason to replace it with a precision touchpad.

To know why Windows has introduced the Precision touchpad, you first have to understand how the traditional touchpad works.

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How Touchpad in Windows PCs works?

The touchpad on Windows PCs works a bit off-way. Unlike Apple's Macbook Pro, all the Windows PCs found handling the instructions in a very different way. And, the touchpad on many cheaper Windows PCs found not even smooth some time due to the plastic material. When compared to the Macbook, it fails in terms of smoothness.

So, coming back, what happens when you actually do gesture activities like swiping, pinching, and many more on the touchpad.

When you perform an activity on it, it first sends the data to Windows OS.

Then, the data is handled by an external PS/2 mouse - the traditional mouse that we're using nowadays even.

It means that the data first converted to the PS/2 mouse's data and then interpreted by Windows OS to check whether it's a swipe, pinch, or zoom gesture. And, after data interpretation, Windows responds to it by showing you the movement or action on the screen.

So, this long-process takes quite more time. In addition to that, Windows OS is a driver-based OS. And, the drivers were being manufactured by the device manufacturer. Hence, differs from device to device of a different manufacturer.

As a result, you see the actual response late. In addition to that, the driver-based interpretation can't interpret the data accurately. Hence, you won't find the touchpad accurate. Mostly, In my experience, While doing the gesture activities like zoom and rotate on Dell Inspiron 14 3542's touchpad, I found they were handled mostly inaccurately.

This is the same problem with all Windows-based PCs. As a result, Windows has announced a precision touchpad when it has launched Windows 8.1.

What is a Precision Touchpad?

The precision touchpad is developed to meet the limitations of the traditional touchpad.

With the evolution of the Precision touchpad, Windows PCs are now competing with Apple's Macbook. Although, In my experience, I found Apple's trackpad more superior in terms of smoothness, responsiveness, and accuracy than the Windows Precision touchpad.

With the launch of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has created a specification for a touchpad called a Precision Touchpad with Synaptics. Synaptics is a touchpad company. So, unlike a traditional touchpad, a Precision touchpad will not need to be like a normal mouse. It won't do all the hard work on the driver's side, rather it will send the raw data to Windows OS. And, then Windows will be responsible to handle the gestures accurately.

So, in this way, Windows will understand the data more efficiently and effectively to produce better, and accurate output.

In short, the Windows precision touchpad doesn't need to be at least an external PC/2 mouse.

Is Precision Touchpad is always better?

No, to be frank, the precision touchpad is designed with a concept of handling the data differently. Not in a perfect way. Macbook's touchpad is still a great touch nowadays on this planet.

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