• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Surfin' from the couch! SWEET!

    • Written by from Lancaster

    As soon as I saw this thing, I bought it. I use my Mac Mini hooked to a 42" HDTV, so using a mouse from the couch is pretty terrible. Even nice mice like the magic mouse have trouble tracking unless I use a lap desk and mouse pad, which isn't the most comfortable solution. With this, I can surf in comfort and give all of my iMac-using buddies Mac envy!

    Besides, with all of the multitouch gestures on the pad, this is the most versatile pointing device Apple makes! Here's hoping they make an iOS-based Apple TV and then make the touchpad a gaming controller too!

    2378 of 2717 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea!

    • Written by from Ringgold

    After purchasing the new magic mouse I thought it would be a replacement for my new MBP multi-touch trackpad, but it didn't allow all of the same features. This is a great addition to my bluetooth keyboard & compliments my Waycom pad for photo work. I'm not sure if it's really 'worth' the upgrade over the magic mouse, but it is nice to have such a large gesture-based surface, much like the iPad. Props to Apple for thinking outside the box on this one, although the possibility & 'idea' of this technology could have happened a few years ago.

    1664 of 2066 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    finally, an ergonomic film editing solution

    • Written by from Phoenix

    I use a Macbook Pro for editing films and use a stand to bring it's screen closer to eye level. I've had an editing keyboard for some time that is suspended from the desk just above my knees but I had to reach up the the MBP to use the trackpad. This Magic Trackpad is the gadget I've been asking Apple for!

    1581 of 1924 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    • Written by from London

    A very good complement to my Apple wired aluminium keyboard. Feels very natural to use, and somehow improves speed of computer use -- it just seems quicker to move my right hand to point at the trackpad than it does to grab a mouse. Enjoying the new style of interaction with the mouse pointer very much after having fine-tuned the settings for my own speed. Feels very precise and nice to have multi-touch on my iMac.

    Loses one star for the somewhat convoluted installation process, which is not very well documented in the enclosed leaflet and necessitated a visit to the Apple Support knowledge base. Essentially, what you have to do to install the trackpad is to first pair it with your computer via Bluetooth Preferences, then run Software Update, which then downloads and installs a Trackpad driver and requires a restart. Only then does the trackpad appear in Preferences. This seems rather complicated compared to most peripherals installs, and surely Apple could have come up with something more straightforward.

    The diagrams of the various multitouch gestures on the back of the packaging are a nice touch and will prove to be a good aide-memoire.

    Overall a very nice piece of kit that sits nicely with the aluminium keyboard. As it is the same depth as the keyboard, the trackpad surface is massive and allows for precise, fast pointing, and the inertial scrolling is a delight.

    Recommended.

    480 of 534 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    brilliant

    • Written by from bolton

    After using the magic trackpad for a few hours, i must say it already feels better than using the magic mouse. It has a more comfortable feel to it and it avoids you having to move your hand around. It does what it says, and it is quite good. I would recommend this product.

    369 of 418 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fab

    • Written by from Caterham

    does everything I had hoped it would, to finally release me from the confines of the mouse. A great piece of kit. Make sure you do the software update to get multitouch gestures.

    333 of 373 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple should default the option to switch the wrist angle...

    • Written by from CALGARY

    I purchased the M Tp yesterday and quickly noted that the wrist angle was going to be an ergonomic issue. Then I noticed the below suggestion from another reviewer that enables you to easily change the orientation (& therefore wrist angle) when using the M Tp!

    A big thanks to the reviewer "CT from San Francisco" who shared it!! The M Tp would have been returned had I not seen this...


    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.

    112 of 119 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    • Written by from Little Elm

    First off, I really like the Magic Trackpad - I found it to be easier to use, especially once gesture controls were introduced.

    The only draw-back I see to it, is that there will always be somethings that mice are better at then trackpads. Gaming, for instance, can be a bit of a pain... especially first-person shooter types. Also, dragging and moving can be a bit of a hassle, since you're limited by the surface of the trackpad.

    All-in-all, I think it's a great product. I've grown so used to having gesture controls, that I get a little irritated when I have to use a mouse for something... the trackpad just makes working through OSX a breeze. Get one, you won't be disappointed.

    108 of 114 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than a mouse

    • Written by from Plano

    I'm a road warrior and have only worked from a laptop going on 16 years. I finally made room on my desk at home for a monitor so bought Apple keyboard and trackpad. Easy transition when I get the opportunity and no noise of a mouse being dragged across your desk. All the gestures like on the MBP.

    100 of 101 people found this useful

  • 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.

    123 of 153 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    carpal tunnel syndrome awaits you if you use a mouse a lot

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I switched from the magic mouse to this device as soon as it came out largely based on the positive review here in the mac store. After 3-4 weeks of using it, I've switched back to my magic mouse.

    I really like the trackpad and wanted to keep on using it but I started having pain in my wrist and in my forefinger knuckle which I've never had before. Using this device for long periods of time causes you to lift your wrist and forefinger into non-resting positions that will put a strain on these joints and muscles creating chronic pain.

    If you use your mouse a lot then do yourself a favor and DO NOT use this device. It works great if you only use your mouse occasionally but otherwise, save your money and stick to your mouse.

    106 of 125 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.

    119 of 153 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ergonomics Rethink Required

    • Written by from Calgary

    5 out of 5 for quality of construction, look, performance, software, etc.

    2 out of 5 for ergonomics. The Trackpad is built upside down. The fat end (the battery compartment) should be closest to your wrist so that your wrist is not angled up to place your fingers on the surface. There should be an option in the software to invert the device so it can be used "upside down".

    Barring that, or in conjunction with the software inversion option, there is good opportunity for someone to release a stand that raises the end of the pad closest to your body and includes a palm rest such that your wrist drapes over the pad.

    89 of 100 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    System Preferences

    • Written by from Columbus

    For those complaining about single-click/single-tap, dragging, and tracking issues, please check System Preferences under Trackpad. Every one of those issues can be addressed using the correct settings.

    73 of 76 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome addition to my desktop!

    • Written by from FORT LAUDERDALE

    I have been waiting for Apple to build this product. I have always loved my touch-pad on my MacBookPro. Works great, even when navigating across a 30 inch second monitor and my 24 inch iMac. It is a natural extension of the wireless keyboard. I had been using the Magic Mouse with MagicPerfs, this beats it hands down, no need to move your arm all over a mouse pad. I gave it a full workout in PS5, excellent precision control and the ability to pinch and zoom an image is awesome.

    Great stuff!

    71 of 75 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You may need this information

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    The instruction book leaves out two very important steps that you may need before you can do anything else. First you will have to turn on the Bluetooth in System Preferences. After that you will need to run the Software Update so that the trackpad icon will show up. These should have been the first instructions in the manual. I hope that by writing this review I have saved someone the aggravation that I went through.

    72 of 79 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    10.6.4 REQUIRED

    • Written by from Honolulu

    Make sure that you have Mac OS X 10.6.4 as the Magic Trackpad requires Snow Leopard in order to work.

    118 of 172 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ergonomically no good

    • Written by from London

    I was very excited when I set eyes on this device, but when I got it home and used it for a few hours my hand and wrist ached a lot. It's because of its sensitivity and the fact that you need to keep your hand and fingers lifted in order to carry out gestures, and this creates the strain, whereas you can rest your hand on the mouse easily. I really wish this had worked for me but it just didn't.

    71 of 80 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Goodbye, mice.

    • Written by from Placentia

    This is the perfect successor to the mouse. Smooth, versatile and highly configurable, it's also a great solution for people with a glass desktop, or small desks with limited space. No more mousepads or dedicate space to move your mouse around on your desktop. It feels fantastic, looks beautiful (especially next to the Apple Keyboard!), and is deceptive in it's simplicity. Let's face it, we're all getting used to touch-sensitive devices. iPod Touches, iPhones, iPads, tablet computers, they are all slowly phasing out the mouse. And this is the perfect next step for the desktop computer. Bravo, Apple.

    73 of 84 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