• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I Think the Cat finally ate the mouse!

    • Written by from Vancouver

    This Magic Trackpad is incredible ! It is almost intuitive ! After I set up my personal scrolling, dragging and touch preferences, it seems that the trackpad picks up what I want to do and where I want to go almost without me thinking. It is great ! In my opinion, the best thing, and probably better than, the bluetooth, wireless Mouse!!

    It scrolls faster, opens pictures and documents faster, accomplishes what I want to do with the pointer with greater precision, and is comfortable, easy and tireless to BOOT!!

    51 of 59 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    w00t!

    • Written by from Oklahoma City

    Love it! Now I just need an accessory that connects my Apple Wireless Keyboard to my Magic Trackpad to make it one solid piece. That would make it easier to use in my lap or wherever. Works great with my Mac Mini hooked up to my 52" Samsung HD TV!

    49 of 56 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool idea but slows down workflow

    • Written by from FOREST HILLS

    Its a great piece of technology and I am really excited to see where this goes in future incarnations.
    However I find it much slower and more restrictive than a regular mouse, sometimes confuses click with right click and is quite inconsistent.
    I ordered one with my new Imac but will be going back to a regular mouse.
    If you want to work with speed and productivity I would not recommend it.

    46 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Form.

    • Written by from Kingston Beach

    My oldest boy has autism and as such my wife and I are incredibly busy. An iPad was recommended by his therapist as there are a number of apps that are really great for a kid in his situation (and i should add it's been awesome) . However after spending over $800 on an iPad, we're hardly going to buy a desktop as well. But no pointing device support for the iPad. This means it's way harder and slower than it needs to be to do the most basic computing tasks, there's support for a keyboard- why not pointing device? Seems a little greedy to ask people to buy iPods, phones, pads and laptops, when just one device COULD replace them all! Even without a visible cursor on the screen, a touchpad would make life so much easier!
    Poor form Apple.

    95 of 152 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Grandpa Chuck

    • Written by from Cookeville

    Yes I am... 70+.... Love my new Mac Mine With the track Pad. This is my 4th Apple Computer and the Magic Track Pad is a real hand saver. The Mouse always cramped my hand after a few hours and left my with my trigger fingers locked up. The Track pad has solved all those problems... No more pained hand & fingerers. Thanks Apple.

    39 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thank You!

    • Written by from Henderson

    For those with carpel/wrist/flexor muscle issues, this product is a life-saver. With just a quick config change, just a mere tap with any finger anywhere on the pad is a click. Within a day, I noticed the difference.

    40 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No more annoying clicking!

    • Written by from Santa Rosa

    I absolutely love this device. I have recently switched from the PC to the Mac platform and purchased a new 27-in iMac. I wanted to treat myself and therefore I purchased this trackpad after I tested it at the Apple store.
    I like the large, smooth surface it offers. My fingers feel like they're gliding on silk.
    It is true that it took me a while to remember the gestures to duplicate the actions I perform with the Magic Mouse, such as double-click and drag-and-drop, however I love that I don't have to be all over the top of my desk dragging a mouse.
    The best thing about the Magic Trackpad is that I don't have to hear that annoying clicking that every single mouse makes.
    Thank you Apple for creating this wonderful device!

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted about 18 months

    • Written by from Fort Collins

    Is a perfect pairing for a OSX with the mutitouch gestures capabilities. Dragging icons over long distances, or selecting a lot of text is cumbersome.

    After about 12 months it would regularly drop connections. Eventually, after about 18 months, it was unusable and would drop connections every minute. Battery replacement would usually resolve the issue, but as time went on, battery life was shorter and shorter. It's not that they wore out, it's that the trackpad required a higher battery life percentage in order to even turn on. All battery contacts were perfectly clean too. After dropping connection, the only way to re-establish was to remove and re-insert batteries.

    Expected a little more for such an expensive product. Seriously having second thoughts about buying another one.

    44 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    died just after warranty ran out

    • Written by

    I loved this trackpad as soon as I started using it. I babbled on and on about how great it was, and eventually my friends got them too.

    Not quite 14 months after I bought it, the trackpad started to just turn off and not turn back on until I rebooted my entire system. I knocked myself out eliminating all the other possible reasons why this might be, until finally admitting that the trackpad couldn't be restored to proper working order.

    BUT: The same thing has been happening to just about everyone I know who bought the trackpad too. Doesn't matter what system they're using, what software they have installed, batteries, etc.

    It seems like I didn't just get a lemon. This item is apparently built to die shortly after the warranty runs out. And that's really unfortunate, because it's such a nifty device in every other respect.

    51 of 68 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's Magic in the palm of your hand

    • Written by from Hatboro

    Just days before upgrading to OS X: Lion, I decided to compliment my investment by purchasing Apple's Magic Trackpad.

    This product is an outstanding compliment to my desktop user experience. In fact, after upgrading to OS X: Lion, I simply couldn't imagine going back to a traditional mouse.

    In fact, I sold my previous mouse on eBay after just a few days of use and decided to try the Magic Mouse I bought over a year ago.

    To my surprise, the Magic Mouse actually (for the first time) makes perfect sense now. You see, the Magic Mouse is not perfect by itself, but rather a compliment to the Magic Trackpad because while the Magic Trackpad is better at desktop navigation, I find that the Magic Mouse much better at more precise tasks, such as selecting text, graphics and screen captures.

    The real compliment is in that both the Magic Trackpad and the Magic Mouse have a touch-sensitive surface that share similar finger gestures.

    So, in conclusion, through my discovery I have found that both devices fully take advantage of Apple's latest operating system.

    This product would also make a great gift for the Mac user in your life.

    Recommended: Yes

    35 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible!

    • Written by from ELKINS PARK

    I literally have had this track pad 10 minutes. I normally use a thumb style track ball and love that as an audio engineer. This new track pad has totally replaced that trackball. Believe it or not the multi touch features have changed the way i work and its only been 10 minutes. I can see the huge potential of this device, and am loving it. I saw people saying that you need to use a mouse with the track pad, insane, its the greatest mouse out there and I have been a die hard trackball fan for years. Go get it, works great! Well done Apple.

    35 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting device ....

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    PROS -

    - Nice high quality design and build
    - Performs just like the trackpad on the lastest MBP's.
    - Highly configurable
    - Bluetooth (able to use this about 8ft. away from my computer with no problems)
    - Works well under Windows 7 via Bootcamp

    CONS -

    - Ergonomically it should be designed a bit better.
    – May take some people a bit of time to configure it to their personal needs.
    - Edges should be rounded smooth

    SUMMARY -

    If you like the "trackpad" style of mouse-ing, then you may enjoy using this little gem.

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ouch

    • Written by from Geneva

    I really don't like this thing, largely because, unlike a mouse, one can't rest one's fingers - EVER!. The wrist is always bent up, keeping the fingers off of the pad, unless one is poking, swiping, etc. With a mouse, one lays one's palm on the device which is comforting... Every time I use this trackpad, my wrists get sore.

    39 of 47 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of apple's best!

    • Written by from boardman

    The magic trackpad might just be the greatest accessory apple has made. I just recently purchased an iMac and instead of going with the magic mouse I chose this instead and have not regretted that decision for one minute. Its looks great but most importantly its functional. I have to run a lot of programs that require responsive and functional mice, (auto cad, rhino, photoshop, indesign, revit, sketch up, 3ds max, etc. by the way Im an architecture student) and this track pad knocks it out of the park. So if you are looking for something to run some serious programs or just to have a really cool mouse to show friends give this a shot I am almost certain you will love it. Plus it will feel like a natural transition from iPhone to your computer. Enjoy!

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheap Button Mechanism

    • Written by from METAIRIE

    The product has worked as described for about 3 months however the small rubber pieces on the bottom that serve as a button were poorly made, designed and have worn out. I bought this for my iMac at work and it hasn't performed well do to the improperly place buttons. I would say this is probably great for the casual user. For someone actually moving over a screen all day this product is a No-Go. I have since gone back to my magic mouse. I wouldn't say "no good" as the gestures are kind of cool and I am constantly questioned "is that your mouse?" Other than the dramatization that apple does so well it's rather function-less.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Magically transforms your computer into an expensive paperweight

    • Written by from Florence

    This thing is really, really great. When it works. Unfortunately, more than half the time, it doesn't. It skips and jumps and skitters all over the place, magically turning your computer into a very heavy and expensive paperweight. Called Apple - they said go exchange it. I did. Second one acts exactly the same. Googling around I see I'm not the only one screaming in frustration over this. And apparently, there doesn't seem to be a fix. I would love to be able to use this. But not if it means every once in awhile, unexpectedly, I won't be able to use my computer. Love Apple. Despise this worthless little device.

    40 of 52 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Should have USB - forget Bluetooth for this!

    • Written by from San Jose

    This device should have a USB connection. The Bluetooth connection is horribly unreliable, goes on and off even with full batteries. But even if it were 100% stable, the design would still make no sense. Why have to replace batteries all the time when the USB-connected keyboard is right next to the thing, with an empty USB socket pointing right at it?

    Apple, make one of these with USB and I will buy it! But offer ANY Bluetooth devices any more. I don't want them. I hate buying or charging batteries. Extra work for me that I do not need and wasteful, too.

    36 of 44 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why not have a USB version?

    • Written by from Louisville

    It took a while to get used to the trackpad, but I have grown to like it. But I find it annoying and inconvenient to have to change the batteries every two or three weeks. This is a desktop device. I would prefer to have a USB connector. USB is more reliable than Bluetooth. Every Bluetooth device occasionally loses connectivity, including this one. I find I have to keep my old mouse as a back-up for Bluetooth failures and battery rundown. The batteries also raise the back of the trackpad and make it less ergonomic. The wrist has to be bent back further than it would be if the trackpad lay flat. As a matter of fact, the back of the the trackpad should probably be lower than the front, not higher. This would give a better wrist angle. Please, Apple, stop shoving wireless "convenience" down our throats.

    42 of 56 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Was a magic mouse user, now LOVE the Magic Trackpad!

    • Written by from Trussville

    I have not cared for trackpad-type "mice" having had them as an add-on for my desktop when they were first available, and on laptops since. I found them difficult to use compared to a good mouse or even the "eraser-point" devices on IBM laptops. I even tried using one on my friend's new MacBook Pro 2 years ago - I didn't like it and plugged in my favorite wireless mouse to set the laptop up for him.

    This changed this year when my daughter got a new MacBook Pro! I really liked the new multi-finger gestures supported by the integral trackpad and OS X Lion! I picked up using the trackpad in a few hours and even found myself smiling while using it to set up the laptop - joining the family wireless LAN, adding family pictures and our music library, etc.

    Last week I dropped my favorite mouse, the venerable Magic Mouse, and this time it didn't survive. I can't complain - I've dropped it at least a hundred times. I have a condition similar to narcolepsy; I suddenly fall asleep and slump back in my chair. Feeling the motion, I react by involuntarily jerking my shoulders, causing me to sling the mouse - which is in my hand - from the desktop to the floor. The magic mouse is sturdy enough that there are gouges in the hardwood floor where the mouse frequently lands. It didn't make it this last time, even though it didn't come apart. It was unable to "click" anymore.

    Needing a new mouse immediately, after thinking about my mouse needs, as well as the likelyhood of me ruining another $69 Magic Mouse, I decided on a Magic track because you don'y "hold" it and because it had excellent reviews. Two days later, it was in my hands.

    It is WONDERFUL!. I will be using it as long as I can use my computer (2007 20" iMac). The only adjustment I had to make was to use the control panel to set for my lighter touch, and I've been off and running. Thank you Apple!

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting but the apps aren't there yet

    • Written by from BERKELEY

    This would be a really interesting product if it worked well, but the implementation and app support just isn't there yet in my opinion.

    In Safari, the horizontal 2-finger swipe to go forward or backward is really nice: fun, useful, superb design. The problem is that not many apps have that level of attention to detail. Most apps I've used, even ones from Apple like Logic, don't support 2-finger swipe at all. Chrome recently started to, but its implementation is just as a kind of flaky "forward" or "back" button - you don't get that smooth interactive feedback Safari does.

    Even fundamental Apple software like the Help viewer doesn't support the trackpad. In general, the pinch and reverse pinch work ok in some apps, but it's often a bit flakier than using a CMD-+ or a mouse button programmed to that.

    It's not obvious, but it's much better for swipes to be keyed to some gradual motion - if you just bind them to a keystroke, it's hard to know, say in a browser, if your swipe is even registering.

    Worse, much worse, is that there is no way to program in preferences for exactly what the swipes do. I assumed when I got this that Apple would make a menu for writing your own gesture shortcuts, like a mouse with hundreds of buttons. But it doesn't - you are limited to a few predefined gestures, most of which are hard-bound to fairly pointless functions. (There is some free program that claims to do this, it's in alpha I think still, and it's such a fundamental feature, and the functionality was still not that reliable in the base hardware, that I did not want to try it).

    I found a gaming mouse, together with something like SteerMouse gave me more control. Yes, when the Trackpad works, it's better than a mouse; and if it could be really configured well, it would be a lot better. But for now, I found the mouse was more reliable: I know the apps support it, I don't get in these situations where I don't know if the Trackpad missed a gesture or if the app doesn't support Trackpad or if I am in some state in the app that the gesture doesn't apply.

    Once all the apps support Trackpad well, and once Apple adds full customizable gestures for all apps, then I may switch back.

    34 of 40 people found this useful