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"Get a mouse" is right. Been there, seen it, done it and I have the T-shirt.
As for which side you plug it in, try getting an MS Wireless mouse 3000 or equivalent with a USB micro-transceiver. You can leave this plugged in all the time and it doesn't matter where the USB port is. One AAA battery seems to last the thick end of forever.
My reason for this was getting right, royally hacked off with my sleeve brushing the trackpad while typing and changing the focus on the screen. That one seems to be a problem on every laptop I have tried. Add a mouse and check the option for "no trackpad when mouse found" in the trackpad driver and all is well.
Off-centre touchpads are an abomination that really infuriate me every time I have to use them. Common on bigger laptops with numeric keypads to the side of the main keyboard, I suppose the idea is that the touchpad lies centrally beneath the main keyboard... but it's a retarded idea.
The problem is that if you're typing away on the main keyboard, you're not using the touchpad. When you do want to use the touchpad, your hands will almost certainly naturally fall to the middle of the laptop along the bottom edge, NOT the middle of the main keyboard (which might as well not exist for the time you're using the touchpad.)
Between this and the use of a single strip instead of two buttons, it's enough to have me ready to take a sledgehammer to the things...
the number of games available for mac as a percentage of games available for Windows is a rounding error.
And this thing's a whole lot cheaper than a MacBook Pro.
I'd be much happier buying onto Optimus if linux was publicly supported.
nVidia under the hood thank you Samsung...and a note to nVidia....
The use of nVidia is a great thing to see. Good for Samsung.
Not sure about this hybrid Optimus tech yet though. Most buy nVidia to NOT have Intel graphics.
Note to nVidia, Linux drivers are needed. I see a backlash coming if none are ever provided for this Optimus tech due to the probability that a large number of manufactures will use Optimus in note books. There are more users of Linux than ever and this tech shuts them out of using nVida on notebooks entirely. Not a good thing.