Wired USB keyboard with centered touchpad that can disable taps
Posted on 2013-01-16
I need a keyboard with the followings features:
(1) USB wired (not wireless).
(2) Touchpad (not a trackpoint or trackball) in the center underneath the space bar (not on the right side).
(3) Touchpad must have taps disabled or provide a driver (for 32-bit Vista) that allows taps to be disabled.
(4) Small and light would be good (it's going to be in the lap all day), but item (3) above is by far the most important feature...it is the deal-killer/show-stopper capability.
I have been researching this on the web for more than a month. I have already purchased (and returned!) several keyboards that fail item (3) above, including models from Adesso, Gear Head, Motion, and Perixx. The manufacturers tout that the keyboards are plug-and-play, which means that they use the mouse drivers built into Windows, which also seems to mean that all of the touchpads have taps enabled, i.e., a tap on the touchpad (usually accidental, which is the problem) sends a mouse click. As an editorial comment, it baffles me why anyone would want taps enabled...I often send accidental mouse clicks with these types of touchpads...it's a feature that does far more harm than good, and is unnecessary, since there are mouse buttons. The good news is that all modern laptops have touchpad drivers that allow taps to be disabled. The bad news is that I can't find a single wired USB keyboard that does. Many of the keyboards are built with popular touchpads, like Alps, Elan, and Synaptics, but I can't find one that supports installation of the touchpad driver (or that comes with taps disabled).
I'm looking for an Expert who actually has such a keyboard installed and can confirm that taps are (or can be) disabled, i.e., the only way to send mouse clicks is to hit the left and right mouse buttons. As mentioned above, the target system is 32-bit Vista, but I'd be willing to experiment with a keyboard known to have this feature in XP or W7. Btw, price is not an issue. Thanks much, Joe