CNET writer won’t buy Apple MacBook because it lacks 2nd mouse button (uh, two-finger right-click?)

Apple’s “new MacBooks, which are a baby step below the MacBook Pro line, are actually pretty sweet,” Molly Wood blogs for CNET. “But I still can’t buy one… [even though] Apple has removed almost every single barrier there is to switching to a Mac laptop. It looks good, it’s decently fast, it’s inexpensive, and if I wanted to, I could run nothing but Windows all the livelong day. What’s the problem here? Call me unreasonable if you will, but the problem is as tiny as a mouse. Neither the MacBook nor the MacBook Pro comes with–even as an option–a second mouse button. At this point, when Apple itself has made a weak nod toward those who want to right-click by releasing the Mighty Mouse, the lack of a second mouse button on these laptops is patently ridiculous.”

“Control-clicking is awkward and unnecessary. Contextual menus are handy and powerful, they’re the standard in third-party applications and Apple’s own operating system, and, frankly, they can help prevent RSI-inducing multiple-menu mousing and clicking. Gamers flat out need more than one button. And I, personally, won’t switch until I get one,” Wood blogs.

Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rico” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Molly, you’re unreasonable. Wood’s article is an excellent lesson: do your homework before writing lest you look like an idiot. Apple’s MacBooks and 17-inch MacBook Pro models offer secondary click (right click) without resorting to physically chopping the click button into two: just place two fingers anywhere on the trackpad and click the button to secondary click. Easy, huh? Users can turn this option on in the Keyboard & Mouse Trackpad section of System Preferences. A typically elegant solution from Apple and it works very well. Please buy your MacBook using our link below, Molly.

MacDailyNews Note: Many MacDailyNews readers have reported success with iScroll2 which is a modified trackpad driver that adds two-finger scrolling and other trackpad capabilities (right-click) to supported pre-2005 PowerBooks and iBooks on OS X 10.3. Supported models include aluminum PowerBooks introduced from 2003 to 2004 as well as all G4 iBooks. Also, the US$15 shareware SideTrack has worked well for us in the past.

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  1. Hmmm, the two fingers on the track pad and then clicking the button works quite well on my macbook. You would think that would be easy enough for people who run virus scanners, adware removers, and constantly repair their registry on a regular basis. 10 seconds to learn a new way to use the track pad or hours every week trying to keep a windows system running. Touch choice.

  2. MDN, Yes, the Macbook and Macbook Pro offer the secondary click when using two fingers on the trackpad, however, she seems to be only talking about when running in Windows “all the livelong day”.

    I can’t try it right now, but is that feature supported when running Windows?

    Mind you, I’m not doing her arguing for her, just pointing out that she seems to be complaining about lack of support for that on the Windows booted side of things.

    Or she could have simply never thought to try it (if it does work automatically).

  3. Just got a new 15″ MacBookPro last week, and I didn’t know you could do the 2 finger trackpad click. Gotta start reading the directions.

    Does anyone know if the 2 finger clicking works in Bootcamp/Windows?

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