to me not using a mouse with your laptop is (to borrow from Chike and the River) the equivalent of living near the River Niger yet washing your hand with spittle. OR having a new and old phone with PC Suite synch capabilities yet manually retyping/entering/transferring your contacts across phones. the touchpad/trackpad cannot just compare to the mouse when you have serious work to do and you need to deliver fast. The mouse takes you right there,swiftly up and down while the touchpad can be painful on the fingers. there are some jobs that for efficiency sake you just have to do with a mouse. Eg: Video editing. while for other jobs you simply achieve more within less time if you use your mouse. Eg: working on data presentation with MS Excel.
anyway what's your opinion?
UPDATE: for those of you questioning why this made the front page just want to add that i decided to put this up cos I've come across so many people (who more or less just use their laptop to play solitaire, songs, facebook, watch films and type the occasional MS word document) dissing the mouse. apparently they feel the mouse is so old school and religiously using the touch pad shows you're in tune with technology.
just wanted to prove them wrong.
P/S: of course when on the go/move the touchpad can be excused, but for everything else, there's Mastercard, get a mouse.