Multi-touch on Tablets and slates have taught us all to tap to have our devices spring to life and execute our wishes. But on Notebooks, Netbooks, Laptops, and Desktops clicking is still all the rage. Until recently, the Mouse has been all about clicking, and trackpads (with or without buttons) have been as well. But does that tapping experience from Tablet/Slates transfer over to these other devices many of us have used for so long?
Apple’s Magic Mouse brought a button-less but still clickable mouse to the table, and the Magic Trackpad does the same thing. Both of these devices though offer you an option of clicking or tapping in order to get your work done. You can select those options in preferences. Apple’s trackpads on its portable computers include the same set of options. Some PC trackpads offer similar options as well.
Here lately, I’ve been trying to get away from clicking and focus more on tapping, and intriguingly I find it tough to do. To me it is a very natural thing to do on the iPad, but when it comes to the trackpad on my MacBook Pro or using either the Magic Mouse (which I don’t like very well) or the Magic Trackpad, I find myself wanting to put down pressure and click away.
I’m guessing there’s an advantage to tapping vs. clicking in that you aren’t using whatever mechanics are designed to make and register the click. Everything eventually has a fail rate, and the more you click, the sooner you would approach that, I imagine. That said, as I force myself to use tapping vs. clicking, I don’t find it an easy shift on a desktop or a laptop.
How about you? Are you a clicker or a tapper? Let us know in the comments or in the poll below. UPDATE: Looks like the poll isn’t displaying, so please leave your thoughts in the comments.