• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best £60 I've ever spent - possibly

    • Written by from Maidstone

    Like many other MAC users, my Mighty Mouse ran in to problems when the roller-ball got too dirty to work properly. It got worse for the mouse when I decided to take it apart to clean it. I now have a clean mouse that no longer works.
    So, as I needed a new input device, I decided to take a chance and buy the Trackpad. I'd been looking at it for a while on-line but I needed to try it out in the 'flesh' to see if it was as good as I hoped. My local Apple store had one on display, so after trying it out I took the plunge.
    I've been using it for about a week and I haven't needed to touch my mouse since I bought it and paired it up to my iMac. It's not only easier to use than a mouse, it's infinitely more pleasant. As the iMac has a large screen I have to move my mouse around to cover the entire screen, the biggest problem I had was moving something to the recycle bin in one movement or when dragging things around in iMovie. The Trackpad overcomes this problem as you can scroll across the screen much more simply.
    I've configured the main features I used with the Mighty Mouse but there are numerous other actions I now invoke with gestures on the Trackpad that before would have needed the keyboard. So not only do I not need a mouse, I use the keyboard less too. If there was some way of getting an on-screen keyboard to pop up using the Trackpad I could save even more desk space!
    I'm now looking for an equivalent for a Windows PC, no luck so far.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Trackpad better than Magic how did I manage before!

    • Written by from Redhill

    I read the reviews thought it was just a replica of the Mac track I have only had it for two days applied some customization & now the mouse is downgraded to a secondary role. I find it works using either hands equally as well, in conjunction with the mouse it makes multi-tasking easy.
    It would be "nice" if one had the ability to modify the pointing aspects even increase or change the scrolling arrows (as Microsoft).
    I have no doubt that there will be later variations e.g. as part of a keyboard. Also possibly different attractive colours.
    I anticipate that this iwill rate as one of the best accessories to date.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good device but tough on the wrist.

    • Written by from Vancovuer

    After a week with the Magic Trackpad I find it to be a pretty good device however it is a bit tough on the wrist for some reason. I'm trying a few different techniques including removing the wrist pad I used. Also, it is a bit tough to click unless you have big heavy hands like a lumber jack.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs a sensitivity control

    • Written by from BURY ST EDMUNDS

    It's a bit of a love-it-or-hate-it device. I'm trying hard to love it, but it takes a bit of getting used to. It's much better than a mouse for some things, but some things are much harder on it, such as selecting multiple items. There seem to be a few bugs still to be sorted (I can't turn off drag lock, and many people can't turn it on). The ergonomics are a bit dubious - I think you really need a big thick wrist pad to avoid wrist strain.

    My biggest gripe is that it is FAR TOO SENSITIVE to touch. If you have "touch to click" enabled, it "clicks" in response to a touch so light your fingertips sometimes haven't felt it. This gives very unpredictable behaviour, as you can find yourself dragging things around at random, opening apps by mistake in the dock, etc. Apple, PLEASE implement a user-settable sensitivity control within the SysPrefs Trackpad panel. Conversely, the mechanical click is a bit too stiff (and noisy).

    I will persevere with it because I'm sure it is "The Future", and having an iPhone, iTouch, iPad and MBP in addition to my main iMac, it would be good to get used to a consistent control system.

    26 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect.

    • Written by from Waterlooville

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    I am very happy with my trackpad purchase and have evolved into a competent and natural trackpad user without even thinking about it!

    I purchased my iMac in November 2008 and absolutely love it, however I was never happy with the mighty mouse and had several trackball problems (if you'll pardon the expression). Eventually I pondered the Magic Mouse or the new trackpad. I was tempted towards the Magic Mouse as I had never got on with laptop trackpads finding them a bit unnatural from a more positive mouse. However after a bit of research I decided to go for it and try out the Apple trackpad.

    What can I say......? Well after six months of use I have become so used to the trackpad and its ease of use that as with some other reviewers on here I never use my old mouse and he sits forlornly on standby on the shelf on rest and recuperation.

    The only things that can be fiddly with the trackpad for me is "drag and drop" across the screen and sometimes I have to pause and use another finger on the trackpad to carry on moving the item. Very occasional I might do an accidental command, but don't be put off by this it becomes very rare and easily resolved. Going back to try the mouse again is heavy and actually cumbersome and all a bit uncomfortable.

    I could not recommend the trackpad highly enough, I had a few doubts for the first couple of weeks as my brain adjusted to it and then quite suddenly I was using it without even thinking about it. The two finger scroll on internet page browsing is so precise and natural. I get no pains, no aches, nothing bad to say about things at all. It might be on the costly side, but the trackpad looks good, it is beautifully machined, seems very well made and it certainly gives computer use pleasure for me. Genuinely a worthy purchase.
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    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    • Written by from Cheadle

    I love the magic trackpad. It does everything I hoped it would. It's great being able to change which app I'm in with the swipe of a finger (or 4). Reading PDFs, paging back or forward in Safari, zooming in on photos is all so much easier than doing it with a mouse. The only downside is the rotation gesture which is a little tricky to get the hang of. Installation was a breeze - turn the trackpad on, open the trackpad menu in preferences and follow what it says on screen. An awesome piece of kit that will only get better when OS X Lion launches.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    NOT SO MAGIC

    • Written by from LOUGHBOROUGH

    Having read some of the positive reviews I thought that this would be an ingenious alternative to the mouse, however this wasn't to be the case. General performance and use is obviously similar to the track pad on a Mac laptop so in many ways the track pad is intuitive. BUT the problem I found was a distinct cramping in my wrist from the prolonged hovering over the angled board - in my humble opinion, ergonomically, its flawed. Operationally it's ability to pick up and drop items was clumsy and completely inefficient, as compared to my old wireless Mac mouse. Having gave it a good go the mouse is back and I'm much happier.

    22 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Fingers!

    • Written by from High Wycombe

    Bought the trackpad because I liked the one I use on my Macbook Pro. The elegance and simplicity of the design is gorgeous. It merges with my Mac perfectly, negating the need for a mouse or mouse mat. It is simple to use and you can customise your preferences at any time. It takes a little getting used to, after using the mouse for so long, but once mastered you'll never go back! 5 Star Rating!!

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great bit of kit

    • Written by from caerphilly

    i love this. it makes using my mac more easy :)

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Another stunning product, Nice one Apple!

    • Written by from walsall

    This is incredible, love the range of gestures just switched to this from magic mouse and you can do so much more with simple gestures, only downfall is trying to remember them all!

    The design is stunning and the build quality is APPLE all over :)

    Definitely would recommend this over the magic mouse for people with Mac mini and iMac :-)

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost great!

    • Written by from Stratford-upon-Avon

    I spend 8hrs a day at work using a computer, so to avoid RSI I have used everything from standard mice to Wacom tablets to ergonomic mice to rollerball mice, so thought I'd try the trackpad.

    The micro switches are located on the bottom edge which means that if you click-tap at the top edge you have to tap really quite hard, much harder than when you click at the bottom edge. This makes it tiring to use, cos you have to think about how hard you tap depending on where your finger is on the trackpad. It's not the same as a laptop trackpad, which has an even click all over.

    Basically, I suggest you test one in a shop to see if you like it before stumping up the cash! I suspect the next version will be much better.

    Used with an iMac running OS X 10.6.8

    27 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    fantastic

    • Written by from Bovingdon

    This is a brilliant bit of kit, (must admit though anything will the apple logo on it i love!!!) but it is, i love using a track pad, and even though used a mouse all my life, (except with laptops) i have found it a little strange / uncomfortable. i love it, and very easy to get use to using it, still getting to know the gesturers though,

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

    • Written by from Workington

    I received this with my 2012 iMac.

    I was a bit dubious of moving from a mouse to a trackpad but I needn't have been.

    From the numerous gestures it has, its far more useful than a mouse, don't get me wrong, the mouse in certain applications that require fine control would probably be better.

    When surfing for example I can swipe left or right with two fingers to go back and forward pages, three finger swipe up show Mission Control. A two fingered left swipe from the right edge shows Notification Centre. There are numerous other gestures, some of which are on the back of the trackpad's packaging, but others can be easily found by doing a internet search.

    The iMac is my first Mac (I've been a Windows user for 10 years) and with the iMac, trackpad, Mac OS, the move has been an absolute pleasure.

    I would recommend the trackpad over the mouse everytime, but I would still recommend having a mouse spare though, so that if you run into an application that requires fine control (such as photo editing) a mouse in this scenario might be better than the trackpad.

    The trackpad's whole surface is a button so this allows for a lot of different functions. The trackpad takes 2 AA batteries (which come supplied) but I purchased the Apple Battery charger to use when the supplied non rechargeable batteries eventually run out.

    The trackpad is typical Apple, i.e. beautifully designed, well made, and a joy to use.

    I highly recommend it!

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Functional but not quite perfect

    • Written by from Alton

    If only it would allow functionality rotation. On a desk the trackpad works perfectly but put it on the sofa or soft or an uneven and it's a different story, the click function is activated through the underneath foot pads so often won't work on these surfaces. But the real missed trick is it's nearly useless if used in a hand held manner rotated through 90 degrees using the battery compartment as a comfortable logical hand hold, if only they'd allowed it to functionality to automatically switch on rotation. They could have had answer to ridding us of all remotes but missed.

    22 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Trackpad Magic

    • Written by from Alford

    Superb product!!

    Don'y pay any attention to WG from London who gave this two stars......... his reference to XBox says it all.

    22 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Trackpad (excellent)

    • Written by from Betchworth

    A brilliant product that has really brought my iMac to life.
    Intuitive & fun to use plus beautifully made.

    Well done Apple.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Trackpad Review

    • Written by from Dumbarton

    I love this! I find it very easy to use on a basic level with some clever multi touch controls. very reliable too, unlike some reviewers I have had no problems. I did get frustrated trying to control Angry Birds as it didn't work as I imagined- But after I spent some time learning the gestures and game controls it's does work really well with this game and is fun to use.
    I am more than happy with the trackpad and would recommend it to anyone. Battery life is pretty good and I love the large surface area of the touchpad.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Trackpad

    • Written by from Glasgow

    Very good piece of kit. My only complaint is it was not made clear to me that it only works with Snow Leopard.

    Still worth the upgrade though.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic (ahem)

    • Written by from Cambridge

    after returning the disappointing magic mouse for a refund, I plumped for a magic Trackpad. Stunning piece of kit, super precise pointer movement, and the whole pinch and zoom stuff works great in creative suite.... The best way to navigate a mac and the internet yet.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Buy It

    • Written by from Dartford

    What an awesome piece of kit. A small slab of aluminium, beautiful to use, silent and minimalistic. Unfortunately, as with most Apple products you need to buy another slice of aluminium to join the keyboard to the trackpad. When together they really work but be prepared to spend another £25 to achieve this! I highly recommend this product though.

    13 of 15 people found this useful