Input Devices

Although portable computers can use the same keyboards, mice and other input devices used by desktop computers, portable users generally use the portable's integrated input devices.

Integrated Keyboards

Portable systems feature keyboards that are designed to be compact in size and light in weight. Internally, the keyboard module attaches to the notebook's main portable computer circuitry with a relatively fragile ribbon cable. In most cases, the keyboard also integrates the primary pointing device (see Figure 12.1).

Figure 12.1. A typical notebook computer with an integrated pointing device (Toshiba AccuPoint, a licensed version of the IBM TrackPoint II), reduced-size function keys, and the special Fn key that switches the normal ...

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