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Touchpads are relativley new out on the market as stand-alone devices (versus imbedded in laptops). Most users either swear by them, or at them.

Touchpads seem to get better in their size and capabilities evertime I turn around. As these devices do not require any force to operate, they have reduced the finger and hand stresses related to grasping and moving the mouse, and button clicking. However, the knack of the finger tapping used on the touchpads seems to escape some people. Early versions did not sense when your finger reached the edge of the finger pad (this was a problem when you were not yet where you wanted to go!). Many improvments have increased touchpad usability and capabilities of late.

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  • Don't hold your smaller fingers straight, up out of the way during use as this places a static stress on the fingers' extensor muscles (curl the fingers down and under - in a more natural posture).

  • Some have also found that slanting the touchpad towards the hand helps hand posture in its use.

  • Fine cursor movements can be accomplished by rolling your finger tip on the pad, as the program calculates the center of your finger impression.

Cirque Corporation
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
(801) 467-1100, Fax (801) 467-0208
http://www.cirque.com/

Power Cat Touchpad

  • Compatiblity: Dos, Win 3.1, 95, NT
  • Estimated price: $79.94
  • Availablity: Retail

Cirque's fourth generation GlidePoint touchpad offers all three operations right on the pad's surface. With a simple glide of the finger you'll quickly maneuver through Windows 95 and the web for the easiest surfing and editing ever. And for a personal touch, open Cirque's signature software and paste your John Hancock on-screen with the first touchpad- compatible pen. There's no need to print! Add right taps, edge extenders and eight assignable button commands and you'll get input power from this touchpad like you've never seen before.

Powerful New Features:

Touchpad

Sign: Signature tool and software accept your signature as a graphic for placement into any compatible application. An icon on the Windows toolbar allows access to the signature program. Feature requires installation of Cirque driver.

Surf: Internet navigation buttons ('back' and 'forward') are operable in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. Glide your finger along the upper edge of the touchpad to activate page back and forward surf. The surfing area is labeled on the touchpad surface; feature requires installation of Cirque driver.

Scroll: Horizontal and vertical scroll commands are operable in most '97 applications and many non-'97 applications. Just glide your finger along the right and bottom edges of the touchpad to activate up/down or sideways scrolling. Scroll areas are labeled on the touchpad surface; feature requires installation of the Cirque driver.

Zoom: Magnification feature is operable in most '97 applications. Glide your finger along the left edge of the touchpad to activate zoom in/out. Zoom area is not labeled on the touchpad surface; feature requires compatible applications and installation of the Cirque driver.

Other: Right Tap Zone and GlideExtend edge extenders are Plug-and- Play features. Custom virtual button and GlideExtend settings require installation of Cirque driver. Sounds and custom speed, sensitivity, and orientation settings also require installation of Cirque driver.

(see website for more manufacturer product information)

Smart Cat

  • Compatiblity: Dos, Win 3.1, 95, NT
  • Estimated price: $59.95
  • Availablity: Retail

Cirque Smart Cat Touchpad Cirque Smart Cat sets a higher standard of performance and comfort with the new generation of GlidePoint technology. That old mouse or trackball can't compete with effortless control like this... Intelligent software you can personalize, one-touch scroll and zoom in most applications, distinctive sounds for each operation, and more make the Cirque Smart Cat the most precise, easy-to-use pointing device in its class.

Powerful New Features:

Scroll: Horizontal and vertical scroll commands are operable in most '97 applications and many non-'97 applications. Just glide your finger along the right and bottom edges of the touchpad to activate up/down and sideways scrolling. Scroll areas are labeled on the touchpad surface; feature requires installation of the Cirque driver.

Zoom: Magnification feature is operable in most '97 applications. Glide your finger along the left edge of the touchpad to activate zoom in/out. Zoom area is not labeled on the touchpad surface; feature requires compatible applications and installation of the Cirque driver.

Right Taps: Right 'clicks' can be activated by tapping your finger in the upper right corner of the pad. The area is marked on the pad surface with a change of color and texture, and is a Microsoft Plug-and-Play feature. Customizing the feature requires installation of the Cirque driver.

GlideExtend: Edge extenders are activated when your finger reaches the pad's edge. The area is marked on the pad surface with a change of texture, and is a Plug-and-Play feature. Customizing GlideExtend requires installation of the Cirque driver. Other Sounds and custom speed, sensitivity, and orientation settings also require installation of Cirque driver.

(see website for more manufacturer product information)

Easy Cat

  • Compatiblity: Dos, Win 3.1, 95, NT
  • Estimated price: $39.95
  • Availablity: Retail

Cirque Easy Cat Touchpad NEW! Why push a mouse around when you can just point? Cirque's patented GlidePoint technology makes it easier than ever to control your PC. Simply glide your finger over Cirque Easy Cat's surface and gently tap on the pad or click on the buttons to perform all mouse functions. Plus, its solid-state design keeps Cirque Easy Cat working without breakdowns-there are no moving parts to clean!

Powerful New Features:

Right Taps: Right 'clicks' can be activated by tapping your finger in the upper right corner of the pad. The area is marked on the pad surface with a change of color and texture.

GlideExtend: Edge extenders are activated when your finger reaches the pad's edge. The area is marked on the pad surface with a change of texture.

Other: Right and left button 'clicks' can be activated both on the touchpad surface and on the lower button set. Drag, draw, and highlight functions can be activated by double-tapping and holding your finger on the pad, or by holding the left 'click' button as your finger glides.

(see website for more manufacturer product information)

Comments

Cirque licenses their technology to Alps for their GlidePoint product. Alps had innovationed with an adjustable, weighted stand and a programmable 'click lock' function which I really like. However, it appears that Cirque has just taken the lead in pushing this technology to its current leading edge. So far I see no mention of Mac compatibility -KSW-

Product Reviews

Ergonomic Sciences Corp's Review of the Glidepoint 2
http://www.ergosci.com/gliderv.html

(Information last checked: Nov'97)

Interlink Electronics
546 Flynn Rd., Camarillo CA 93012
(800) 340-1331 or (805) 484-1331
Fax (805) 484-8989
http://www.interlinkelec.com/

VersaPad

  • PC Compatible
  • Estimated price is $69.95
  • Availability: Where To Buy! . . . Distributors

VersaPad's patented Semiconductive Technology delivers versatility previously unavailable in conventional touchpads.

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  • New Semiconductive Technology for smooth, precise cursor control with finger or stylus—even gloves
  • Pressure sensitive Pan and Scroll Bars for one-touch browsing and editing
  • Personalize-able Toolbar
  • Pop-UP utility to capture sketches and signatures

(see website for more manufacturer product information)

(Information last checked: Nov'97)

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Smart Cat Pro, Smart Cat, and Easy Cat Comparison

Models # GP415U-5321, GP415U-5311, GP415P-5321, GP415P-5311, GP410U-5321, GP410U-5311, GP410P-5321, GP410P-5311, GP160P-0311, GP160P-0321, GP160P-0821, GP160C-0311, GP160C-0321, GP160U-0311, GP160U-0321, GP160U-0821

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Cirque

CONTENTS:

Why should anyone be forced to drag a mouse around their desktop when they can just point a finger? Eliminate the stress on your wrists and enjoy the precision of effortless glidetouch control with a touchpad - a superior alternative to the mouse.

Cirque's Desktop Touchpads:

  • Provide more precise cursor control than the typical computer mouse,
  • Are ergonomically designed to eliminate stress on your wrists,
  • Are plug-and-play compatible, and
  • Feature an efficient space-saving footprint.
  • Perfect for power users and system integrators, the Smart Cat Pro features programmable one-touch hotlinks to quickly open files or execute programs.
  • The Smart Cat features an exceptionally roomy touch surface and provides the ultimate in comfortable touch navigation. Optional software and button settings enable customization for enhanced performance.
  • A sleek, attractive design, coupled with the comfortable ease-of-use found in all Cirque desktop touchpads, renders the Easy Cat the perfect solution for everyday home and office computer users who have grown weary of achy wrists and clumsy cursor navigation.
FeatureEasy CatSmart CatSmart Cat Pro
Product picture
Available modelsGP160P-0311, GP160P-0321, GP160P-0821, GP160C-0311, GP160C-0321, GP160U-0311, GP160U-0321, GP160U-0821GP410U-5321, GP410U-5311, GP410P-5321, GP410P-5311GP415U-5321, GP415U-5311, GP415P-5321, GP415P-5311
Touchpad housing dimensions68.6 x 86.4 x 12.7 mm
(2.7 x 3.4 x 0.5 inches)
101.6 x 111.8 x 10.2 mm
(4.0 x 4.4 x 0.4 inches)
101.6 x 111.8 x 10.2 mm
(4.0 x 4.4 x 0.4 inches)
Touchpad surface dimensions61 x 43.2 mm
(2.4 x 1.7 inches)
63.5 x 53.3 mm
(2.5 x 2.1 inches)
63.5 x 53.3 mm
(2.5 x 2.1 inches)
Mechanical buttons24 Mechanical Buttons, 3 Unique Button Actions (The two small side buttons perform the same action)4 Mechanical Buttons, 3 Unique Button Actions (The two small side buttons perform the same action)
Tap zones226 (4 Programmable Tap Surface Areas, Left Click Zone, Right Click Zone)
Physical requirementsNo contact pressure required - sensitivity adjustable with driverNo contact pressure required - sensitivity adjustable with driverNo contact pressure required - sensitivity adjustable with driver
Connection/Cable length
USB cable: 182.9 cm (6-feet); PS/2 cable: 182.9 cm (6-feet)
ColourBlack housing and white housing (with grey overlay); black housing with black overlayBlack housing and white housing (with grey overlay)Black housing and white housing (with grey overlay)
Draglock YesYesYes
ProsPortable. Useful for workstations with very limited space; ambidextrous deviceExcellent for small spaces; large touchpad surface; ambidextrous deviceExcellent for small spaces; virtually button-free clicking; large touchpad surface; ambidextrous device
Cons

Device can tip when buttons pressed (buttons located on front edge of housing); only 2 mechanical buttons; smaller touchpad surface; limited functionality for Mac users (requires 3rd party drivers)

Limited functionality for Mac users (requires 3rd party drivers)Limited functionality for Mac users (requires 3rd party drivers)
Warranty
Drivers

Smart Cat Pro

GP415U-5321USB, Black Housing
GP415U-5311USB, White Housing
GP415P-5321PS/2, Black Housing
GP415P-5311PS/2, White Housing

Smart Mice & Touchpads Drivers

Smart Cat

GP410U-5021USB, Black Housing
GP410U-5011USB, White Housing
GP410P-5021PS/2, Black Housing
GP410P-5011PS/2, White Housing

Easy Cat

GP160U-0311USB, White Housing with Grey Overlay
GP160U-0321USB, Black Housing with Grey Overlay
GP160U-0821USB, Black Housing with Black Overlay
GP160P-0311PS/2, White Housing with Grey Overlay
GP160P-0321PS/2, Black Housing with Grey Overlay
GP160P-0821PS/2, Black Housing with Black Overlay
GP160C-0311Serial, White Housing with Grey Overlay
GP160C-0321Serial, Black Housing with Grey Overlay

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