• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    More sensitive than the MacBook trackpad.

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    I have always used the trackpad on my MacBook Pro. My brother says that he can't control the trackpad on his MacBook Pro and uses the Magic Mouse. "The trackpad on the MacBook is always launching something," he says.

    Well now I know what he means. Just a little bump on the side of the pad while typing on my wireless keyboard and I'm inserting text in a paragraph back at the top of the page.

    I always set the MacBook Pro track pad pref to "Ignore accidental touches while typing" but with the MTP there is no such pref. Or any sensitivity pref. So now I keep the MTP well away from the keyboard.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Whoa, Don't Be So Sensitive!

    • Written by from Valley Village

    I'm only going to give the Magic Trackpad three stars and they're for the idea. The product is a great idea, BUT this thing is waaay too sensitive! I can almost just look at the Trackpad and it'll start tapping, clicking, swiping and whatever else! I've only had the thing for a short while and maybe in time I'll do a lot better. For now, though, I'm very tempted to put it in the drawer and forget it.

    P.S. I ended up using my Magic Mouse to navigate around this review box to correct my typos.

    10 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Be it that this is an Apple product...

    • Written by from POMONA

    It would be nice to release drivers designed for Windows based PCs. It does work as a simple left-click only trackpad, but I think that this would open up the market for more people buying this product. Apple is very innovative and I love all their products. Would be nice to be able to move this around to all my multiple devices i have around the house and not just limit it to my Apple products.

    15 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product (except for 2.4GHz wifi interference)

    • Written by from Atlanta

    Bluetooth and 802.11b/n wireless use the same radio frequencies, so unfortunately the trackpad becomes very unreliable when you are heavily utilizing a 2.4GHz wifi network.

    The problem is slight when receiving large amounts of data (e.g. streamed video) because the interfering transmitter (the Wifi access point) isn't necessarily nearby; but when sending large amounts of data (e.g., wifi Time Capsule backups) the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad both become unusably laggy and jumpy, because the interfering transmitter (your Mac) is right next to it. The effect is the worst in clamshell mode.

    I was very disappointed to be forced to run wired ethernet to my desk in order to use my Magic devices with Time Machine over Wifi enabled.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, but hand cramping, designed wrong.

    • Written by from Monroeville

    Love the idea of the trackpad and all of the control, but I think they designed it wrong.

    Your hand and forearm shouldn't cramp after just a little use. The pad is elevated with the battery compartment underneath causing your hand to have to lift up to make gestures or scroll. Just the thing that brings on Carpel tunnel.

    They should have designed it lying flat with the battery compartment on top. I flipped it over and felt more comfortable. Obviously it doesn't work that way, but maybe they should redo it to do so.

    Works great otherwise, but kinda of a bummer, was really looking forward to using it alot.

    119 of 153 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the concept, but it makes my hands hurt

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I really love the idea of the trackpad - on the MacBook the execution is great. I've been using this trackpad lightly for the last week, and already my index (clicking finger) knuckle is hurting. I worry what it would be like if this would be my main computer.

    I'm going to go back to my mouse and move the trackpad to the living room.

    Don't get me wrong, the device is great, but in practical use, it just doesn't work.

    16 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could easily go to five stars if fix a few problems

    • Written by from San Diego

    I got wowed by this trackpad in the apple store. However I didn't use it enough to notice the slight problems. I don't blame apple - getting a trackpad right is extremely difficult. But I think they need to patch the software a bit.

    The good:
    Sensitivity is good, mouse gestures work, and you don't have to roll this stupid thing around your desk.

    The worst:
    It auto-selects text for no reason. Not sure what's causing it. It's not clear how to select text.

    The bad:
    Tap gets activated by a light brushing of - let's say - the pinky. There are no options in preferences to control tap sensitivity.

    60 of 66 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    • Written by

    It looks nice, it is very stable, but it has a lack of functionality. I tried it with iLife 11 but I can't even zoom the picture with that track pad. When you buy it, you have to upgrade your Mac as well. No software included. If your internet is down that day, that's bad luck. Nice though it is, but I'm going to bring it back. $69,- is too much just for having a nice piece of aluminium on my desk...

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Prepare to Upgrade and Learning Curve

    • Written by from Copley

    Due to my lack of preparation, I was also surprised to find that users need to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard. I just purchased Snow Leopard a few days ago amidst rumors of a new operating system possibly being released this week.

    I've found the trackpad is more convenient on my Macbook Pro so far. There is a bit of a learning curve on the iMac because I, like many people, are addicted to the mouse. In a few days of use I haven't had any technical issues and am learning to maneuver with this creative device.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Woodside

    Should have a control for pad sensitivity or better software as it opens windows unintentionally while scrolling.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth is a weakness

    • Written by from Frederick

    Trackpad works well when Bluetooth does, but bluetooth comes and goes on my MacBook. Give the pad a cable!

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Batteries are its weakeness

    • Written by from Marietta

    Apple engineers, please give us a usb connector to the computer and I will get a bunch of them, This is the future, but the batteries are really in the way. Too much trouble and additional cost.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall good to go

    • Written by from bronx

    If you have a recent version of the Macbook Pro, then this item should be of no surprise to you. The only "con" about this product is that for the trackpad to click it has to be laying on a flat steady surface. The trackpad won't click if you have it laying on your lap, bed or couch; in this case you would have to tap to click. The clicking and dragging is not very efficient to me. Basically, if you wish to play a game like Zuma, this product will leave you score at zero.

    4 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple TrackPad

    • Written by from Chelmsford

    This device would be excellent if it weren't so unpredictable. I've been trying to track the cause of jumpiness and unresponsiveness I occasionally see with the device that can render it practically unusable but have not been able to find anything consistent that would prove to be the cause.

    When it works it is really very good. I've had 2 previous wireless mice from Apple including the Mighty Mouse which didn't really work well for me and a Logitech gyroscopic mouse which did.

    This, when it works is better than both. When used with mouse gestures it reduces the need to resort to the keyboard significantly. The multi-finger gestures are great, allowing simple navigation and photo manipulation with ease.

    Now if only someone could point me to a firmware or driver update that stops the jumpiness I'd be one happy customer.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant idea - inconsistent operation

    • Written by from Parkville

    Other reviews have covered all the great things about this trackpad but seem to have missed two big problems. This first is that click and drag is pretty clunky if you are performing a repetitive action, long drag 'n drops, etc. The other is submarining (where the cursor disappears and pops up some place else). Under certain circumstances, a mouse drag can cause the mouse to disappear and resurface far away. It is not dependent on distance or speed dragged - small movements can result in 1 inch hops where you cannot get the cursor to land on a button. It is like some app is stealing mouse events from the event queue. I haven't been able to figure out what causes this - it's not lack of RAM or CPU, not too many applications running. It just starts and after a variable time, stops. It is so frustrating that I want to take it back, but then it starts working well and I feel like I may have figured out what the problem was.

    23 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great capabilities but...

    • Written by from THE VILLAGES

    I love all the things that can do. However, there are certain glitches that have to be addressed. Sometimes it will act as if i touched it with two or three fingers when I had clearly not done so. So, windows will be highlighted or closed or moved in spite of the fact that i had only one finger touching the pad. I also get a response of a secondary click when I have done nothing to warrant this. I am hoping for a software upgrade for this.

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad but too sensitive

    • Written by from LONDON

    It's a good effort but In think £24.99 would have been better than £60 which I think is overpriced. The main reason this Magic Trackpad is overpriced is because it's not 100% perfect. It is too sensitive in some applications - the worst experience being constant wild screen zooms (Wonder if this is a bug?)

    I'm going to trial it for another month or two and then see if my trackball is actually better. I like the swipe gestures though as I use my MacBook Pro so much it's nice to have that replicated on my MacPro

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not So Magical

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Just got my new Magic Trackpad. Not quite happy with it. I expected it to be a little bit more then a normal trackpad, and it is not really comfortable if you plan on using it for more then 20-25 min flat... the hand just hurts after a while. But other then that, I mean, it is a trackpad and has some nice features, I just wish it was more convenient and comfortable.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful product, but...

    • Written by from Toronto

    As you would expect from Apple, this is an elegant, physically well executed product. Being able to use the gestures when my MacBook Pro is in "desktop" mode is great. But if you've been using a mouse, Magic or otherwise, be prepared to adjust. First, keep your fingers away from this thing unless you're actually using it! Really easy to accidentally tap, with unpredictable and infuriating results. And without "tap to click enabled" there's no point in having this thing. And Apple needs to provide a way to adjust the tap sensitivity. Way, way too sensitive. Otherwise, pretty cool.

    123 of 153 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Waaay too sensitive...

    • Written by from salisbury

    I love it. Still have a Classic II, so have used Macs since the late 80's. I have used every mouse made. I also love the Magic Mouse, but this track pad is better because it only takes up a small bit of space and there's no fear of if falling on the floor because I ran out of mouse table space. I did not expect to like it as much as I have because the pad on my MBP is too small to be useful - magic mouse (MM) is better here.

    I also hate it. I find that it highlights almost everything the cursor tracks across?! There needs to be a new pref that throttles back the touch sensitivity. In attempting to insert word into this post, it selected large sections rather than an insertion point.. It is also very time consuming to get the bugger to de-select whatever it is hung up on... I will probably go back to the MM if I cannot make it more user friendly.

    19 of 27 people found this useful