• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Trackpad

    • Written by from Corning

    I was told by a fellow photographer friend that I should have the Magic Trackpad because it would make my workflow go so much easier ( I use Adobe Lightroom ). I was having trouble with the MM as well as my Wacom tablet (using the pen) when adjusting. I use the Magic Mouse as well and when I got it I was very pleased by what that could do however I just received my Magic Trackpad today and can say it does a lot more. It make my work flow with LR extremely easy and just using my computer for anything has made me more "one with the computer" Best $ I have spent yet. Apple (Steve Jobs etc) is/are amazing.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Park Rapids

    I spend an enormous amount of time working behind my mac, mostly all business. I always suffer somewhat with pain in both the arm and wrist from too much mousing. I tried an ergonomic mouse and found it did help somewhat but hated its accuracy and overall ability compared to the magic mouse. I bought the trackpad and WOW! Beautiful! Situate the preference window for the track pad next to the document you are working on so you can continually go back to the settings for adjustments as you learn its movements. Give it time. I keep the mouse next to it for CAD and BIM but otherwise I have completely reverted over to the pad. No more wrist and arm pain! Thank you MAC.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb product, easy to use, but takes a while to get use to

    • Written by from Boucherville

    It took more than 3 months to get used to the Trackpad. The ergonomics is much more different than using a mouse (or a normal laptop pad), and I had to change the way I position and use my hand in order to eliminate the pain in my wrist when using the Trackpad. It's still a bit painful but in month or two, I figure it will disappear.

    If you eliminate the painful adaptation to the new ergonomics, this product is a real blast (when used with compatible software). Navigating, selecting, and all the operation that you normally do with a mouse are now much more intuitive.

    The only thing this product is not good at is gaming. A mouse (or a gamepad) is still the best choice for it.

    A word of advice: if you are used to work with a trackpad on a normal laptop (not from apple), forget how you work with it and adopt the Trackpad's way. For example, at first, I was using the single tap to generate a click, which is a mistake for me because I was forced to lift my index finger which cause wrist pain after a while. Now, I click by pressing down on the trackpad with my thumb.

    Conclusion: superb product, but we must adapt to the new egonomics

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Tomales

    I have been a Mac fan forever and ever.
    This device is a major disappointment: the first.
    If you look beyond the uniformly rave reviews displayed on the Apple Store site and into the forums, you will find that a lot of folks are having endless troubles with this. I have been using it 2 weeks. It will do almost everything except let me select text (part of a line or paragraph) and then move it somewhere else ––rather basic!
    The ergonomics are bad. I'm back to RSI pain.
    If you don't hate your mouse, think twice.
    Good luck to you.

    33 of 52 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Trackpad lack of sensitivity control

    • Written by from Pleasant Valley

    The ONLY thing I dislike about the trackpad is that there is NO SENSITIVITY setting for tapping nor touching. MS Windows has it for their 'pads' . It's very frustrating when anyone accidentally brushes a body part on the pad & something unintentional or unexpected happens on my iMac screen! (like when my grandkids are here!). I bought the magic mouse because they dropped my 1st wireless mouse many times until it broke, so I bought the trackpad as a backup. How difficult can it be to write an update adding this almost imperative feature to the trackpad? Otherwise it's a perfect product. PLEASE HELP.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from coppell

    this trackpad is awesome! I love how easy it is to all the multitouch features on mac os x lion! this is so much better than using the trackpad on my macbook air!
    one small thing is that it slides around if you really push hard to drag your mouse around.
    good buy!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A totally new computer experience

    • Written by from El Dorado Hills

    I have to admit Magic Trackpad is one amazing accessory. I'm using this on an iMac running OS X: Lion and browsing the web and computer has never been as simple. I love the multi touch features: saves a lot of time (iOS like feeling) and helps keeping everything organized. I have new use for Mission Control (aka Spaces).

    I recommend this to anyone, though I recommend keeping the mouse handy because you may find using it easier for graphic designing or gaming.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Item

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    When first setup, on my 24" iMac, the trackpad didn't work with two fingers in any direction. Quirky things happened like selecting text for no reason. Called Apple support and they couldn't fix. Returned item to store where it worked perfectly ????? Had very good service tech suggest I set up "New User" account in case I had some conflicting file or setting exist - that fixed the problem. And now, my Apple Trackpad is MAGIC

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Ergonomics

    • Written by from Lakeland

    I've used the Magic Trackpad for several months now. My wrist started hurting just days into use. I bought a mouse pad with a wrist rest on it, had to cut off the rest of the pad because the cushion rendered the buttons underneath non-functional. That seemed to help for a while, but a few months of using this device have left my forearm in serious fatigue and even pain at times. It almost seems like the batteries should be flipped to the wrist end of the trackpad. It would give the heel of your hand something to rest on. I give up. I'm buying a Magic Mouse.

    15 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea

    • Written by from Irvine

    Slick. Elegant. Powerful. So why didn't I give this five stars?

    I'll boil it down to one word I loathe: Windows.

    I unfortunately have to use Windows XP via VMware Fusion on my Mac. And to put it succinctly, Windows is stupid. The clumsy, ham-fisted design of the Windows interface gets in the way of the many features inherent in the Apple Magic Trackpad, preventing me from making better use of it. Windows does not comprehend many of the gestures that give the Magic Trackpad its wonderful power and elegance.

    If you are using it with OS-X, it's a different story.

    Just know that if you have to suffer using Windows like I do, the Magic Trackpad is still highly useful. But you will find it a bit twitchy with Windows, and many of the gestures simply don't work in this backwards world created by the gnomes of Redmond. It's yet another of the many frustrations I suffer every day.

    Lucky are those who never have to suffer Windows....

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Retire your mouse

    • Written by from Edgewood

    Upgraded my 2007 Intel Core 2 Duo to Lion and wanted the benefit of the swipe features. I bought the track pad 2 days later. I can't believe how much faster and more precise the track pad performs. My wife took to the track pad immediately which is proof that it is designed with everyone in mind. Thanks Apple for another job well done.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The future is HERE....

    • Written by from Fort Myers

    Wow. What a slick product. And now with Lion... unreal. Great product. Expected from Apple and they deliver. Takes a little getting used too... but when you do you won't ever want to go back to a mouse.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product - Lousy Instructions

    • Written by from Eureka

    The bad - It took me 3 days to learn how to drag, because nowhere does the manual explain that the two round feet under the front of the pad are buttons that need to be depressed in order to drag objects or select text.

    Is it really that hard to explain things?

    The good - other than that, it's a wonderful tool for navigating the new Lion OS. Gestures feel so natural. I love the fact that you no longer have to mouse over to a specific button or bar to go somewhere or do something. A simple swipe of your fingers, and you're there.

    Postscript - there is a preference that allows for three-fingered gestures to be used for dragging, however, that takes away the ability of that same gesture being used to switch across full-screen apps, and I had a very difficult time getting that same feature to work with four-fingered swipes.

    Just remember to press down on those front feet and you'll be fine.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pandora's Trackpad

    • Written by from Highlands Ranch

    The system is so elegant, it's like having a magical square that can control the whole feel of a Mac. Without it, many features become something more of a chore than what the Trackpad turns them into; with the the trackpad, it is so much easier to navigate, see, and interact with your applications than ever before. This device is much like Pandora's Box. In the box contained all pain, hate, and injustice. But in the bottom of this seeming evil device was the greatest emotion we can express...hope. That is what the Apple Trackpad represents, the hope from a world that is crowded with inefficiency and lack of originality. Keep it coming Apple!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apparently not for older iMacs

    • Written by from Greenville

    I have an iMac 5.1 that I updated to the new Lion and wanted to use the neat multi-touch features. My machine recognizes the trackpad just fine with Bluetooth, but it functions as a single button trackpad. It won't even scroll. The old USB GlidePoint is much more functional. I am sure it is great for some machines, but apparently not the older ones.

    24 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better Than I Thought

    • Written by from Allentown

    I thought this trackpad might be really awkward and unusable with my iMac, but boy was I wrong! This thing is great, it feels so natural. Mouse-users will get the hang of it quickly, I assure you. If you use/have used one of the more recent MacBooks with the glass trackpad, using this trackpad will be super easy. Great product, glad I bought this instead of the Magic Mouse!

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best upgrade ive done in a while.

    • Written by from San Jose

    Finally a trackpad for the desktop computer. And i love the size cause I always hate using the laptop ones... too small. If you are a destop and are upgrading your OS to Lion, the trackpad is a must!

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Chicago

    I have been contemplating buying the magic trackpad for almost a year now. I've put it off because I really don't need it, its an expensive luxury for my macbook. However, after Lion came out I was disappointed that my black 08 macbook did not support all the gestures, therefore, I had to get the trackpad. I've got to say, I've been missing out! This little thing is amazingly thin, very responsive, and feels cool using all the gestures. Why oh why have I put this off for so long? I will never use another mouse again! Great job Apple, keep up the great work.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor ergonomics

    • Written by from san antonio

    Great idea, very poor ergonomics, I started having wrist pain just two days after I started using product, which never happened with using the magic mouse. I had to return the trackpad & went back to the mouse. I hope Apple redesigns it, as I would prefer to use the trackpad if better designed.

    22 of 47 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Ontario

    What a joy! Using the M. Trackpad feels like a return to the old days when Apple design was elegant to see and elegant to use. Works so amazingly well with Lion! No concerns about its functionality at all.

    The only thing I would have done different is the power button. First, when the Macintosh turns off, it should sent a signal to the M. Trackpad to turn itself off. It doesn't and this seems just gratuitously stupid. Alternatively, it would be nice if the indicator light on the M. Trackpad did something distinctive (like a triple-flash, or whatever) when you successfully power-down the device. It is otherwise basically impossible to tell whether the pad is on or off, unless you turn it off first and then power-down your Macintosh with keyboard shortcuts. The "when the trackpad is ON, the indicator light is OFF" makes absolute sense from a power conservation standpoint, but makes state-changes unclear. Five stars, but for this.

    12 of 13 people found this useful