I mentioned in my first impressions of the HP 2710p that the lack of a jog dial like that on the tc1100 was a big oversight on HP’s part. This is particularly evident while web browsing, especially reading feeds in Google Reader. Without an easy way to move up and down the page the experience is not as enjoyable as it could be. Today as I spent more time with the 2710p, I remembered two old friends that have rekindled the passion for web browsing and more than make up for the lack of the jog dial.
The first friend is for Firefox users, the Grab and Drag extension. Nothing is easier than dragging the web page all over to reach those hard to browse parts of the page. Highly recommended. The second friend is a utility that transforms the Google Reader experience into one of pure joy. It was a Freeware of the Moment pick way back when and it still lives up to that designation . Miniscroller adds up/down arrows, page up/ page down keys and more right on the screen. Using Miniscroller I can spin through feeds so fast it’s great. Don’t leave home without it.