• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    After 20+ years ...

    • Written by from Culver City

    After more than 20 years of working with PC mice, the purchase of the Magic Trackpad with a (first) MacBook Pro purchase five months ago was an incredible revelation. Silent. Smooth and perfectly integrated with Lion. No movement on desk. No crud on mouse. Touching more natural than twisting your wrist. Note: this trackpad can be placed in the correct location to the right or left of your (bluetooth) keyboard. Thus it is possible to comfortably and rapidly use your index finger(s) on it. In contrast, the trackpad built into the current MacBook Pro lines under the keyboard in the center seems stiff, noisy, and is best tamed using a heavy touch with your thumb. If you use a MacBook with external keyboard (bluetooth highly recommended) and an external monitor, then you need this trackpad pure and simple. Computing got more fun and wrist pain is gone.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME!!!!!

    • Written by from Toronto

    Ever since I got my abc mini in 2010, I have been using this amazing trackpad. Thin, quiet, and awesome. Try hooking your mac mini up to a 50" HDTV and working from the couch. This september, I got a MBP, which also has this trackpad. Connected the other one to my MBP once or twice when I wanted some distance, and to work in the dark. Great product. (especially with osX Lion)

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic. For sight impaired folk - GET ONE - AND some additional batteries

    • Written by from California City

    I use an MBP Laptop with a Magic trackpad built in. I also use a height adjusting stand with a fan assisted cooling system built-in. There is a bar on the stand that impedes my using the built in Trackpad properly so I bought the second "Outboard" Trackpad.
    If you do buy this, take time to LEARN TO USE IT PROPERLY: learn to swipe, push and pull the screen image about and use all of its functions. (I love the double tap with three fingered "Look up" feature) In my humble opinion - use the Magic Mouse with discretion. It is completely unnecessary with this Trackpad working as mine now does. I did have to coax it along a tad. But now, it is excellent. (I am visually impaired and this Trackpad is the next best thing to the proverbial sliced bread!!) Its zooming capabilities are phenomenal but not with the more usual "Control+swipe" feature: I use that for those apps and features that do not respond to the Trackpad gestures and do remember that not all apps will respond how you might want them to. It is extremely accurate, you can put it on the desk where it is comfortable for you, if you go walk around with a laptop, you can use the built-in jobber with consummate ease BUT DO make sure you have a decent supply of batteries for the outboard model as it can eat through them quite quickly at times. Now that my Magic Mouse is finally defunct, I am FORCED to use this Trackpad properly(?) and it performs - like Magic.
    Now then, Apple: what I NEED next is a facility to move the Tool Tips from being covered up by the Cursor and a facility to chance the background color from stark white to my choice.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Intuitive

    • Written by from PERRIS

    I bought a Mac mini a week ago. Along with it, I also bought the magic trackpad. It's so much better to use than the mouse. Web browsing is a breeze. Magnifying web pages, pictures documents is a snap much like an iPhone which I also have. No glitch at all. Very smooth scrolling. My Mac mini is not even in direct line with the trackpad and it still works flawlessly.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Solution

    • Written by from Gaithersburg

    When my Macbook Pro died, this trackpad made the decision to getting an iMac a whole lot easier. I do graphic design in Photoshop, film editing in FCP, and drafting in AutoCad. No standard mouse works nearly as well at conveying my thoughts than a trackpad, allowing my fingers to naturally do the work. I'm glad Apple brought this equipment to the desktop realm.

    As for the reviews about poor shape, I have no complaint there. If anything, this design is more comfortable than a flat design would be because it matches the slope of the keyboard. This requires less repetitive wrist motion when switching between the two. Probably better for you than the alternative.

    My only two minor complaints is that the 4 rubber grip pads have so littler surface area that a little bit of dust on a smooth desktop makes it incredibly hard to keep the trackpad in one place. Also, about once a week the bluetooth connection will suddenly drop and reestablish a moment later. Battery life is good, and other devices stay connected, so the cause is unknown. But neither of these complaints warrant anything less than 5 stars. Great job Apple.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It looks pretty cool when you smash it.

    • Written by from Stockton

    I like all the gestures a lot but it is frustrating once it starts sticking. It seems to me like a design flaw that the little grey feet do the clicking. If you do a lot of tedious mouse work, maybe with excel or whatever, stick with the magic mouse.

    11 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best mouse thing ...

    • Written by from Doraville

    I love this track pad ....not more words, once you start using this thing thats all you always want to use.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than a mouse

    • Written by from Painted Post

    I like this product. It is much easier to do gestures on a trackpad than on a mouse. I think this is a great buy.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MUST HAVE

    • Written by from Ooltewah

    The magic track pad,in my opinion, is not a mouse alternative. A mouse, is a lousy alternative to the magic track pad. It is a must have for anyone that has an iMac, Mac Mini, or Mac Pro running 10.7 Lion, actually any operating system. Its extremely responsive and the mutitouch gestures make Lion SOOO easy to navigate, especially if you like me and have multiple full screen apps or multiple pages. Its large and ergonomic so you don't find yourself hurting after hours of use and its great for tight spaces. I will end by saying BUY IT, i promise you won't regret it!

    22 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Trackpad....beware

    • Written by from STEWARTSVILLE

    I am on my 4th call with the Apple support folks (this time the call is over 45 minutes in length) with no solution that allows my trackpad to work consistently. I was very excited about the trackpad even though I spent an additional $60 on upgrading the software (Snow Leopard, then Lion). The Trackpad works for about 5 minutes yet despite having a nearly full battery won't continue to work. I hope someone can help as my prior experiences with Apple Support have been positive, this one has me re-thinking the Macbook Pro purchase I am contemplating.

    39 of 79 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    APPLE? Come on, Show a featured TRACKPAD video!

    • Written by from Columbia Heights

    Yes, right on the first page without looking in strange places.
    The TRACKPAD isn't featured on the first page of Mac Options list.
    I had to search for trackpad.

    Those of us that do have it, if you go to preferences, there is a fully featured
    gesture function for every option. Any Apple Store will have one out to play with.

    I don't know why some think it's not the same function as MBP's track pad, but it is.

    What's with the wrist pain factor some claim or speculate?
    You don't type with it, it navigates, runs video forward/reverse with 2 figure swipe
    as fast as wanted.

    Sit up, so hand is lower than elbow, or adjust table/desk/chair to perfection.
    It's almost the year 2000, lets Go.

    If you want the pad level, put a rubber pad under it, or half of plain muffin works.

    You have to get the bluetooth keyboard as well that matches it.
    Of all the cool stuff to have, these two are hands down the best money invested.
    What you are forgetting, is now the laptop stays clean, with zoom, it can be viewed 6 feet away.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cannot live without

    • Written by from Calgary

    I bought this track pad to take advantage of lion but I did not know I would be lost without it. This is a total replacement for the mouse.

    Apple has really innovated when it comes to this device. I would go as far as saying I starting to lose my skills with a mouse.

    Buy one you will not be disappointed if anything you will be enlightened.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I will never use a mouse again

    • Written by from Byron Bay

    This is great, forget your mouse (brick) forever ! I had a sore wrist from my apple mouse after a month with the track pad I will never use a mouse again.
    Wrist is no linger sore and you can work faster and do more with the track pad

    6 of 9 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor ergonomics

    • Written by from Arlington

    For a company that prides itself on it's industrial design this trackpad falls short, and form definitely does not follow function. While being visually elegant, it is a wrist-killer. The pad is sloped upward forcing you to elevate your wrist when making gestures. After the nth time, it's going to lead to wrist problems. The pad would work better in fact if it was sloped the other way and you could use the elevated bar as a wrist-rest.

    33 of 80 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best device for you iMac

    • Written by from BREA

    I love this thing! I used to swear by track balls. I've used a Microsoft Explorer for almost 6 years... It was starting to wear out when I finally went from PC to mac. I played with the Magic Pad in the store after I got my new iMac. The main reason I wanted something other than a mouse, the magic mouse was no good. I was so used to my trackball that using a mouse, and a mouse with odd features, wasn't cutting it. I tried the Pad and will never use a mouse again if I can help it (other than work... clunky Dell junk).

    Buy it if you are on the fence. Disable the buttons and just use the tap to click feature. There were a couple of features I changed... but can't remember off the top of my head. ALSO, buy some nice rechargable batteries. I burn up my AA batteries in the Pad. I got some Sanyo ion something or other batteries that get some good reviews, shoot for Amazon on those.

    One of THE best devices ever!

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    be careful! not great quality

    • Written by from Rolla

    Good functionality, multitouch gesture are great, but the fact that the pad bent after one week of use and is now nearly impossible to click disgusts me ($70 product with the build quality of $5)...not worth it.

    13 of 51 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best "mouse" I have ever used

    • Written by from Whitesboro

    I love my Magic Trackpad. I rarely write reviews, but this device is truly exceptional. I also have a Magic Mouse that I use at work and I have to say, the Magic Trackpad is far superior. I have been using both for over 6 months and I have never had an issue with my Magic Trackpad, while the Magic Mouse has only made me wish I had the Magic Trackpad at work as well.

    13 of 15 people found this useful