• 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.

    126 of 156 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.

    122 of 156 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product but its going back

    • Written by from WOODLAND HILLS

    I'm a designer and thought I would give the trackpad a try for daily use. After 1 day, I am already back on my mouse. The product works as described, was easy set up, even works on Windows! But after a day, my finger tips feel like they are going to fall off. I would say this is great for casual web/email browsing use, but if you're putting in the hours in Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign or other common design programs, best to stick with a mouse or pen tablet.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not too bad...

    • Written by from Carlsbad

    Effective tool however strain on wrist. I lift up my hand and still bothersome.
    Feels better when the trackpad is on my lap.

    Perhaps making one for table-top with arc in the same curvature as the magic mouse. Tilt forward a little more. A shape that will make less hand movement with more efficiency.

    A pressure sensitive pen would be a nice option. Allow trackpad mapping to the screen size.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be magic if it didn't require batteries

    • Written by from Houston

    Considering only this thing's function as an input device, it's wonderful. I love having the vocabulary of gestural inputs on the big trackpad. But in day-to-day life its infrastructural requirements—namely batteries—leave much to be desired. This thing sits in one spot on my desk. Why must it eat batteries? I have plenty of available USB ports. The trackpad should just use one of them and be done with the need for interrupting my work to be fed more expensive & environmentally unfriendly batteries.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    eh

    • Written by from Boston

    The design is sleek, certainly a beautiful piece of technology. It is much bigger than I thought it would be, which was a plus. However, my hands didn't feel very comfortable when using it, so I retuned it about a week later.

    20 of 25 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

    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

    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

    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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome! Only 1 thing I'd like to see changed

    • Written by from Murrieta

    Using with a MacBookPro. Works seamlessly and flawlessly--love it!

    The mouse click buttons are located on the under side of the unit and you simply push down on the pad for a click. It needs to be sitting on a hard surface when you tap it so that the buttons underneath will depress. Doesn't work too well if the unit is sitting on a soft surface like your bed or sofa.

    You could put a book or other hard surface under it to fix this, but that reduces usability and limits mobility. What if you want to use it while standing? It's very awkward to hold it in one hand and hopefully place a finger underneath on the button to press it when you need. It is difficult to balance it on the one hand while using the other hand to operate it.

    Solution: If the click buttons were incorporated into the lower corner of the "user surface" it would truly be held by one hand (not balanced on it) while controlled by the other. Thank you

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Tiring on the hand; no place to rest fingers

    • Written by from SURREY

    I love the trackpad on my MacBook Pro, and I hate my Apple Magic mouse, so I decided to get this one for use when my MacBook Pro is docked. I thought this trackpad was a no-brainer and was sure it would be great. Unfortunately I was quite wrong.

    There's no place to rest the hand/fingers on this trackpad, so it's very tiring on the hand after a few minutes of use. I constantly find myself searching for a place to rest my fingers, but obviously if you touch the surface, that registers as a mouse move or click. Very annoying. The surface area is much bigger than the trackpad on the MacBooks, and is larger than the size of my palm (I have normal sized hands), so I can't hug around it either without at least a few fingers touching the surface. Its being elevated off the desk doesn't help things either.

    Aside from that major issue, the surface is actually very good, cursor tracking is very accurate, multi-finger gestures work really well, software support is great, i.e. it's an excellent piece of technology with a bad / non-ergonomic design. I would have liked it much better if the active area was smaller and the borders had bands of non-sensitive areas where one could rest his(or her) fingers. I'll see if I can attach something to it to that effect, though we shouldn't need to do that.

    10 of 12 people found this useful