Microsoft knows this, and have announced at WinHEC that they are looking at making the use of Precision Touchpads a requirement for devices part of the Hardware Compatibility Program, for future versions of Windows 10 after the Creators Update. This, in theory, would mean hardware makers would have no choice but to implement Precision Touchpads rather than touchpads from Synaptics or some other 3rd party trackpad maker if they wish to preload Windows 10 on their devices.
I get the impression that most Windows laptops have perfectly decent trackpad hardware, but they just really suck at the software aspect of the story. More often than not, trackpads will function like a PS/2 mouse, with little to no regard for them actually being surfaces instead of rolling balls or bouncing lasers. Even when laptop makers include terrible third-party drivers with horrid configuration applications, the end result is still garbage.
I’ve never actually used one of these fabled Precision Trackpads before, so I can’t attest to their quality, but from what I hear, they’re almost Apple-level in terms of quality.
And honestly – even a potato would be better than the average Windows trackpad.
Given the abysmal quality of most modern laptop trackpads, and no matter how venerable the Synaptics PS/2 touchpad is, this sounds like a great thing.
They should also require real physical buttons for the touchpads. This “THE TOUCHPAD IS THE BUTTON!” nonsense just doesn’t work. And sure, Apple does a great job of this. But it still doesn’t work nearly as well as real separate buttons.
Edited 2016-12-28 23:10 UTC