I really really can’t stand those trackpads on laptops. I get annoyed when the pad interprets an accidental lift of my finger as a “tap”, that was not intended, and they have no scroll wheel, which is horrible for any CAD usage. So I carry my favorite mouse, the Logitech M705, with me wherever I go. I have several of them, in case I temporarily lose one. That’s how essential it is for me.
However, there are times when I am sitting on a couch and wish I had a mouse surface, I have even experimented with using a clipboard by my side for that surface. Not any more.
One day I noticed that I seem to always have my phone in my hand, wishing I could use it for a mouse.
Then I remembered a BlackBerry 10 app, ‘Blue Touchpad’ which has me reaching for my mouse less, and my phone more.
Blue Touchpad is available in BlackBerry World, and made for BlackBerry, for $1.99 and well worth it.
It turns the touchscreen of your phone into touchpad that connects via bluetooth to your laptop, so you can use your phone as a touchpad for moving your laptop cursor.
How is this different from the touchpad already on your laptop? Ergonomics. You can hold it on your hand, and you can use your thumb as the pointing device which seems to be a lot more stable than an index finger on a flat surface.
Also, by long pressing, you can “lock” the left mouse button, for dragging. I have always found it tricky to hold down the mouse button with one finger while dragging with the other, this feature eliminates that by locking the mouse button, so that only one finger is used to drag.
In addition, when your thumb is lifted from the pad, a scroll area appears on the right edge, which acts very much like a scroll wheel. I love this feature for scrolling through web pages or documents on the couch or easy chair.
The app provides a touch keyboard to access all of the unique PC keys such as arrow, page up/dn, function keys etc on your PC.
The app is easy to set up, and is well though out, providing all of the settings that you might need for both trackpad and keyboard.
Left and right button clicks are simulated with a tap with one finger, or for a right click, a tap with two fingers.
I like it, it’s like a handheld remote for my laptop. And I no longer am switching between my phone and my mouse. I find myself using the mouse less since discovering this convenient app. My BlackBerry Classic now doubles as a thumb mouse, and one that I always have with me. I no longer find myself stranded without the mouse that I forgot to pack. Just one more way of integrating my phone and my PC.