No, the Alps trackpad is in NO way David.
The HP Mini 311's Alps trackpad is like an awkward giant, very much like Goliath - as brute as giants could get. And, yes, to preserve my credibility on the subject of giants' awkwardness, I should say I've had the pleasure to make the acquaintance of two or three giants in my life.
Anyhow, imagine that this external trackpad made for desktop use, even has its PrefPane working dandy fine in System Preferences. It shows up as trackpad and not a horrible PS2 mouse like the Alps!
And for I am the geek that I am, I want one for my birthday. :D
Good thing I didn't rush out to buy the Magic Mouse (as if I could've afford it, hah!).