A Closer Look at Synaptic ForcePad on HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1

The HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1 has arrived with multiple new features and among them is the Synaptic ForcePad. Unlike the older ClickPad, the new touchpad technology no longer utilizes the standard mechanical mechanism and it is now based on much more reliable and accurate solid state sensors.

Other than supporting multi-touch gestures, it comes with variable pressure detection. Users could apply a varying degree of pressure to adjust the rate of gesture operation.

The ClickEQ feature allows for enhanced functionality and accuracy, which better supports gestures of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The removal of button switches and hinges, allows HP to design lighter and thinner laptop models. To differentiate between a palm and fingers, the ForcePad comes with the integrated TypeGuard feature. This should minimize any unintended inputs.

Synaptics has a goal to deliver innovative touch-based solutions to laptop markers and its new partnership with HP could expand the company’s technology in the ultrabook market. However, it all depends on consumers to say whether they really get a truly innovative and unique touchpad experience, that’s unlike anything they find on the market.

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