I have an iPad with an Apple keyboard. Took me about 2 minutes before I stopped touching the screen and just use the touchpad. Much easier than trying to poke around on a screen while it is stationary, much less while moving around. 10 out of 10 for Acura. It should be the standard in the industry.
I think you two are missing the point. If you hate touchscreens, fine, then use the pad. BUT... give us both. Options are great. I'm glad you like the touchpad, but it is widely disliked amongst car reviewers who are in and out of cars every day, for a living. I'll concede that most of the reviewers don't get the opportunity to spend ample time with it and learn it, but I'm also inclined to give them some credit based on their experience in the field.I agree I have no idea why people like the touchscreens. I too was kind of reticent at first having used the touchpad in a loaner RDX but after a little bit of a learning curve it is much easier than using a touchscreen. The touchscreens are just two distracting with all of the menu options they cram into the infotainment systems now. One of the things that turned me off of the GV80 was the touchscreen. It was too far to reach out to and make changes to the system quickly and easily and the optional control number was ridiculously cumbersome to use. The touchpad is just better all around IMO. That said I suspect Acura will knuckle under to the lemmings and probably provide a dual opinion.
If the touchpad were a movie listed on RottenTomatoes, it would have a score of about 10% at this point.