Although a touchpad (most often found on laptop computers) and a mouse are identical in function, the two vary greatly in form and give the user a different experience. Deciding which suits your computing needs better is a personal choice with a few criteria.
Both a mouse and a touchpad allow the computer user to manipulate a pointing device to change the position of the cursor or any other object on a computer display. Either device, in tandem with the keyboard, is the basis for all user interaction with a computer.
The laptop touchpad offers a sense of convenience because it is built into the laptop and requires no wires or adapters, as a mouse does. Although convenient, the touchpad can present difficulties for new users in achieving a smooth range or motion and ease of clicking. The mouse offers precise control and a larger unit that many people are accustomed to, though the bulk and wires can also be inconvenient if you are on the go.
Computers are meant to be technological companions that make your life easier, so you should choose the mouse or the touchpad that does just that. Different people will find that different devices are more effective and comfortable for the tasks they complete and the way they use their computer systems.
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