7 Reasons to Have a Keyboard With Touchpad

How an innovative all-in-one will improve your typing time

While the mouse has been a dominant human input device (HID) on computers for decades, laptops have made touchpads more and more common. The total market for touchpads worldwide was valued at $404.07 million in 2022, and is expected to grow to $546.66 million by 2028.

A keyboard with touchpad offers many benefits, whether used with a desktop computer or with a laptop as a replacement keyboard. Read on to find out if that configuration is right for you.

Find more ways to improve your typing experience in our guide, How to Find the Best Keyboard for Typing.

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From muscle and eye strain to repetitive stress, working at a computer can pose numerous health challenges.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9% of adults participating in a 2021 study reported suffering from repetitive strain injuries (RSI).

One way to ease discomfort and lower the risk of injury is to place your mouse (or perhaps, trackpad in this case) as close to the keyboard as possible. Having a touchpad integrated into a keyboard can minimize muscle movements compared to using a mouse or external touchpad. It can greatly reduce the movement of your arms and hands when using the computer, which can in turn reduce the risk of RSI.

An ergonomic keyboard with touchpad represents the best of both worlds. It eases the potential RSI risk of typing, plus integrates the touchpad directly into the keyboard, which can further help reduce RSI risk by limiting excessive or unnatural movements during use.

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For a lot of people, a mouse or touchpad is simply a pointing device. But for creative professionals, it's an extension of their hands and an essential tool for harnessing creativity.

While a mouse requires movements of your entire hand and wrist to manipulate the pointer on your screen, a touchpad, by contrast, requires only your fingers. This makes using a touchpad more like pointing, an action we all learn intuitively at a relatively young age. Such intuitive manipulation means where you point on the device equals where your cursor appears on the screen.

A touchpad can also make for a more seamless transition from mobile to desktop and back again. With multiple screens becoming more common in the workplace, transitioning from one to another without having to adapt to a different method of input can minimize disruptions and maintain a smooth workflow.


For users who want to be able to work anywhere, a keyboard with touchpad represents the ultimate in portability. Whether you plan to work at a coffeehouse, on the beach, or simply in your own living room, having one device instead of two makes it easier to be mobile.

Mice can also be difficult to use on different surfaces. Rather than adding a dedicated mousepad to your kit, then packing and unpacking both it and your mouse at every stop, you can just set up your keyboard and go. The best keyboard with touchpad should also be Bluetooth-enabled, eliminating cord untangling from your list of travel activities.


Most mice are built for right-handers since right-handedness is more common. This means many left-handers have to adapt to using a right-handed mouse or look for a mouse with ambidextrous design.

Ambidextrous mice are often no better solution. They are designed to be used with the right or left hand and often may not be a great fit for either.

A keyboard with a built-in touchpad can be used just as effectively by right- or left-handers. This means anyone can use it comfortably without having to adjust or adapt. And since the touchpad is designed to be manipulated with the fingers, it will fit the fingers of either hand just as well.

Less clutter

No matter how hard we try to keep a clean desktop, using a computer means having various devices cluttering up your desk. Using a keyboard with an integrated touchpad means one fewer device on your desk.

Given how much space a mouse or a touchpad can take up, getting that space back can be extremely helpful. For those of us who crave cleanliness and orderliness, this can be a major benefit.

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Using a mouse can be loud. Their mostly hollow bodies resonate the signature sound of the click, whether you want them to or not.

By comparison, touchpads are nearly silent, marking a bold departure from the click-click of using a mouse. This can be helpful when attempting to focus on work and also when working in public spaces like a library.


A keyboard with a built-in touchpad means one less thing to care for and keep track of. Especially when you relocate your workspace a lot, this can be a big deal.

Touchpads can also be easier to clean than mice. Anyone who has ever taken apart a mouse to clean dirt or dust from its insides or had to swab the laser lens on newer models will tell you mouse maintenance is not fun. Touchpads don’t need that level of regular maintenance. Simply wipe them clean once in a while, and they’re good to go.

HHKB Studio combines the compact and ergonomic layout of a traditional HHKB board with easy-to-use, built-in mouse functions. Its Gesture Pads add extra functionality at your fingertips, and you can even build your own convenient layouts with the Keymap Customization Function.

Check out the HHKB Studio to find your next all-in-one daily driver for working from home, the office, and on the go.

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