• 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.

    33 of 39 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Need complete mouse emulation

    • Written by from Toronto

    At minimum, I should be able to do everything with the trackpad that I can do with my trusty old Logitech wheel mouse. But there's no way to do a "hold down the wheel and drag" or a wheel click, and because I need both of these in a program I use fairly often, I can't completely retire the mouse just yet.

    I'm also a bit dismayed by how quickly the trackpad drains a pair of fully charged batteries, because I could swear I read reviews claiming that it was more power-efficient than Bluetooth mice. In fact, to date I've found that a charge lasts only half or two thirds as long.

    I've only had it for a month so I might still be making my own fine motor adjustments, but I find the "single tap" sensitiviy to be erratic. Sometimes it seems like the click event is fired when my finger barely grazes the surface, while other times even a solid tap doesn't do it.

    One driver change I would recommend is to ignore very light "taps" that happen while another finger is resting on the surface, as these are almost certainly accidental. At least provide a settings option to change this, as it gets quite annoying sometimes.

    Overall, I find myself wanting to love this product because it looks great and is such a great idea, and maybe I will eventually, but I'm not head over heels yet.

    32 of 37 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.

    34 of 42 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product, ideal for MacBook's - couple of issues

    • Written by from Murphy

    OVERVIEW
    The main reason I use the Magic Trackpad is to have consistency of use between when I'm working at home at my desk vs working directly from the MacBook. The Magic Trackpad is ideal for this however, there are a couple issues I've found that make it a bit of a challenge.

    CHALLENGES:
    (1) The Magic Trackpad has a fairly short battery life, especially when compared to the wireless keyboard. If you're considering the Trackpad, be sure to also get the rechargeable batteries from Apple or other rechargeable AA batteries because you will go through them.

    (2) The Trackpad has an issue with the click action in that it will stick for no apparent reason. The device has never come in contact with any liquids or anything sticky but when in frequent use, it will stick and I'll have to raise it slightly off the table and drop it to unstick it. This can be very frustrating particularly when you're working with engineering diagrams or editing photos.

    SUMMARY
    In concept and purpose, I should give this device 5 stars but in execution, I can only give it 3 stars. If Apple would improve this device to enable the battery to last as long as the keyboard or to resolve the sticking issues with the click feature, this would actually be a perfect device.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Been using this for about a year...went back to a mouse...sort of

    • Written by from Clayton

    As I mentioned above, I have been using this product fora year. It was great initially, then after some time I became annoyed at how frequently I had to change the batteries. The gestures in 10.6 worked fine for me, but they changed some ofthegestures I use most frequently with the release of 10.7 and now I do not like using it as much. The dragging gesture is now three fingers which I just cannot use effectively. I got used to the single finger drag as for me it was more natural. You wold think three fingers would be easy to adapt to, but i have just had problems getting it to be intuitve for me..keyword being ME..others are likely fine using it.

    It just became more tedious to use for me than a mouse, so I keep a wireless mouse on my desk too for certain things and use the trackpad for mostly point and click and navigating screens, so it works well. My only gripes are the battery life and the lack of sufficient feedback when pressing the power button. After changing the batteries the trackpad does not reconnect to my mac tower and pressing the power button does not produce any feedback so I cannot tell if it is dead or alive sometimes. Most times I end up rebooting which is not terribly convenient. The battery life could very well be a function of the batteries that came with it as I've also have the apple charger and many complain of the battery life of those. I have recently stopped using the apple batteries and have used real batteries because I bought a ton of them recently to have in the house and they obviously last longer. I suggest getting really good rechargeable or use real batts for this....

    I would recommend the product with the above caveat...

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse

    • Written by from williamsville

    The Apple Magic Trackpad is a really great option if you want to use all the gestures of Lion. It clicks from those bumps on the bottom, but you can tap. It is exactly like the trackpad on the MacBooks. It just works.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A review from user experience designer

    • Written by from Long Island City

    I thought this is not gonna work with design (using photoshop/illustrator..etc)

    but it works great. I can't live without it now ;)

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderfully simple new addition

    • Written by from Goodyear

    How did I live without multi-touch gestures on my iMac for so long? I loved my old mouse, don't get me wrong, but the Magic Trackpad adds grace and fluidity that I never had before in a desktop experience. After using the trackpad on my MacBook for so long, it's natural to use and feels exactly the way I would have wanted. I thought it might be a little odd having the Trackpad off to the right, but it's quite normal and I'm already used to it!

    29 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's good, but doesn't replace my mouse

    • Written by from Toronto

    I've had this for about a month. It's nice for simple things, like scrolling through web pages, but it's useless when it comes to some specific apps, like GarageBand. I had hoped this might replace my mouse, but no dice. It's a neat toy, but it's not a tool.

    32 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I'd give a USB version a full 5 stars.

    • Written by from Dearborn

    It's easily the most elegant, comfortable and versatile "mouse" I've ever used but when I use Apple's rechargeable batteries I need to swap them out every 4 to 5 days. I never really use it off my desk so frankly a USB connection and a couple of USB ports would make it even more useful and convenient for me.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Takes getting used to...

    • Written by from Alhambra

    Great item, we bought one with my wife's iMac. I have a (summer 2011) MacBook Pro. The touch pad on it handles four fingered gestures where the Magic Trackpad can only handle three finger gestures. I was trying to show some features of Lion to my wife but her Magic Trackpad did things differently. I imagine that Apple will update the Magic Trackpad hardware to handle four fingered gestures soon.
    Click dragging takes getting used to; at first it is quite cumbersome.
    Four stars because it only handles three fingers.
    Batteries seem to last about 6 months for us (but this depends on how often the Magic Trackpad is used).

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Eh. Not for the serious user/designer

    • Written by from HARRISONBURG

    I've been designing with Macs for over 15 years now (print, web, multimedia, etc). I got this thinking it would be faster..NOPE! The gestures required to do advanced layout/editing (PSD, INDD, IA) are just not reliable or fast. It will take you a lot of time to get used to it. I gave up after 1 week and went back to my wireless gesture mouse. I think it's fine for a newbie Mac person using iPhoto or another amateur piece of editing software that has no advanced editing capabilities. For some things (like placing a cursor exactly where you need it on a page quickly) a mouse can't be beat. The trackpad now sits in my closet. I do give it merit for its form, nothing for function.

    33 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the pain.

    • Written by from Pittsfield

    A monster learning curve and not even slightly user friendly. Quitting smoking may be easier than getting 100% adept at using the MT.

    It is obvious why many users just go back to the mouse. Life is too short and there are more important things to get done before it's over.

    BUT! If you stick with it, you'll grow to love the thing and your days of the mouse are over.

    Dan

    36 of 49 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Purty Darn Good

    • Written by from Lake Stevens

    This was built for the mac! It allows you to use mac apps in new and truly exciting ways. However, it has 2 flaws...not bad when you consider all it does. 1st it has a little bit of a hard time picking up a right click. You need to be deliberate in right clicking things. 2nd, i haven't found a single game that it can be used easily with. Not to say that it doesn't work, just that you'll get far more control out of a mouse. If you play a lot of games, this may not be for you. If you browse the web, check your email, and use documents and general apps on your Mac, this will probably add to your enjoyment using your Mac.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it's me...

    • Written by from Gray

    but the trackpad is driving me crazy. Sometimes I have to hit it to get it to respond; sometimes it responds to nothing more than a thought. It's magic, all right--it magically trashed my application folder, magically resized all the icons on my desktop, magically changes the order of my e-mails. I tried to like it, I really did. But it was a disaster. I've gone back to my Magic Mouse.

    31 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great ergonomics (with a tweak)!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Some have complained about the slant angle, but there is a hidden default that lets you invert or flip it as needed. Enter this command in Terminal (will prompt for root password), then restart your Mac or reconnect the Magic Trackpad:

    sudo defaults write com.apple.MultitouchSupport ForceAutoOrientation YES

    Now place the Magic Trackpad in desired orientation on your desk and drop all 5 fingers on it (outstretched towards the edges not scrunched up). The coordinates of the trackpad automatically flip so all cursor and gesture motions match the new hand orientation.

    This trick is particularly helpful to maintain a straight wrist if your desk height is relatively low. If your hand is too large for palms to rest comfortably on the battery hump, place a palm rest behind the battery hump. You can click the button with forward fingers, or use tap click and 3-finger drag!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Trackpad killed the Magic Mouse Star

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I had been using the Magic Mouse with my Mini on a keyboard tray that wasn't all that small. It worked fine but there always seemed to be something missing or not working perfect due to the size of my tray. I recieved my Trackpad order yesterday and am thrilled with the features, design and how it fits so perfectly with my wireless keyboard. All the gestures work as described and I no longer have to worry about the space issues on my keyboard tray. I am passing off my old mouse to my parents as I see no need to have one anymore. If you prefer pressing down to click, that is very easy. If you are a tap to click person like I am, the ability to customize settings to fit your preferences should work for almost everyone. Just like Beta, it might be time to say goodbye to the mouse. Not going to miss you.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Old dogs can learn new tricks

    • Written by from Osceola

    I go back to Apple II's. Went to the Apple Store a couple of weeks ago with the intention of upgrading to a Magic Mouse. They suggested I give the Trackpad a try and said if I didn't like it I could bring it back in 14 days. With that said, I gave it a shot.

    The first couple of days I was thinking about not if but when to return it. But...I finally figured out how to use it and now wouldn't live without one. The number of different gestures is amazing and makes so many things more convenient and it's actually quicker. After a couple of tweaks, what I had a hard time believing was that it works so well for the text editing that I do each day. I now use a lot more features of OS X 10 than ever before. I really didn't appreciate the new operating system or couldn't appreciate it without the Trackpad.

    My desk setup allows the trackpad to lay absolutely flat and flush with my desktop which makes things even more comfortable for someone with a little arthritis showing up, much more comfortable for me than any mouse could ever be. Should have made that move long ago. With a 14 day trial give it a try. I think you will like it.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Try it, you'll like it.

    • Written by from Portland

    I've been using a plain old scroll mouse with a wire for years ... connectivity isn't an issue and there are no batteries to worry about. But when Lion killed the driver for my favorite mouse, I thought it might be time to move into the future and try this trackpad. I'm glad I did! From the first moment I used it I loved the smart way that the entire case pushes down to perform a click (the glass trackpad on my MacBook Pro requires a harder press that tires my hand). I'm also able to use tap-to-click on this trackpad with no problems, even though that caused lots of unwanted clicks on my MacBook Pro. And of course the added gestures like swiping left and right to change pages in Safari adds a level of productivity that my old mouse couldn't offer.

    With Apple's rechargeable battery kit, I get about three weeks on a charge, and I can rotate a fresh pair of batteries into the unit in about a minute.

    My only compliant is that the trackpad occasionally loses its Bluetooth connection to my computer ... it will disconnect, then reconnect again 10 seconds later, maybe once or twice a week. It's not a big deal, but surprising because the Apple wireless keyboard sitting right next to it has never had this problem. I'm leaving out one star for that reason.

    Otherwise it's a fine product and I wouldn't want to go back to a normal mouse again.

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