• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent product

    • Written by from HUDDERSFIELD

    Bought this to replace my mighty mouse after the scroll bobble thing died.
    Very easy to set up and offers a great deal of control over my imac.
    Looks way cool too!
    Highly recomended

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Actions too Erratic

    • Written by from Douglas

    Have had this for 5-Months. Periodically try it, but always give up. It is either oversensitive or completely unresponsive. For instance, I have never managed to get it to drag anything; yet the very faintest touch will often have it jumping into a usually unwanted and unexpected action on the desktop before you can even position the cursor. The 2-Finger scroll and the 1-Finger tap are the only actions I have ever managed to get a, sort of, consistent action out of. It is very difficult to place the cursor where it is wanted. A couple of the other actions, listed in the Preferences, do work, but are largely uncontrollable. Others, like the vital Drag Option, just do not work. Am using it with up-to-date Snow Leopard.
    A disappointing product, - but maybe it is me - others seem to live with it.

    14 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    great product when it works

    • Written by from Slough

    I recently bought this to replace my magic mouse (which i never had problems with) and its a fantastic product except for one thing, the erratic behaviour. now its not 100% of the time but at least a few times a day. The discussion boards are filled with people having problems with this device. dont get me wrong, when it does work, its great, but then it flakes.

    I think for the cost premium of Apples products,they need to pay a bit more attention to bluetooth implementation and customer needs in general and not soo much focus on the shiny toys. this ones going back for sure.

    20 of 39 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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

    AMAZINGLY EASY!

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Firstly i wasn't too sure about the trackpad, however I no longer use a mouse!
    The trackpad is by far the best additional to my Mac Pro set-up. Ease of use if unbelievable. Defo wont be going back to The Mouse (sorry mouse)

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic

    • Written by from Cambridge

    Wasn't convinced, testing it in the Apple Store, but took a plunge and really pleased that I did. The Magic Mouse is hopelessly uncomfortable for larger hands and it was only a matter of time before the scroll-ball on the older Mighty Mouse packed-up !

    Having had to rely more on my Macbook Pro than my iMac over the last year, working with mice seems unnatural now ...absolutely recommend this ...it's fast and feels less of a strain under continuous use. Get this, and get the wireless keyboard too — you deserve it !!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    • Written by from Edinburgh

    Fantastic gismo, in many ways, better than a mouse and unlike the magic mouse, when it falls off the arm of the couch, the batteries don't go flying in the opposite direction. I LIKE it

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It does what is expected

    • Written by from Tampere

    A really handy thing for all of us who don't like to use the mouse anymore.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simple and Brilliant

    • Written by from Loughborough

    But that's generally the Apple way.
    Takes a short while to learn the multitouch swipes - from the start feels so much more natural than using a mouse.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent device

    • Written by from Hamilton

    An excellent device. Makes use of iMac very easy. Me and my kids love it.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Amazing!

    • Written by from Whitchurch

    I must say this is the best accessory for the Mac. I find it is so much easier to use than a mouse and it looks rather cool too. It makes it a lot easier when I go from using my iPad to using my Mac.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fab!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Written by

    I got this for Christmas and was eagerly awaiting using it. Unfortunately my Mac is two years old and doesn't have Snow leopard. I went to my local apple retailer and, as always, they didn't have it. I then ordered it off amazon and have been enjoying it since. The reason it didn't get 5 stars was because it didn't state clearly enough that you needed snow leopard to run it. I am quite ashamed that my local apple retailer didn't stock it. But apart from that it is a brilliantly easy device to use.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Waiting to be disscovered

    • Written by from EDINBURGH

    This is a great bit of kit when you eventually get to use it. The Trackpad works fine with no problems on my Mac Pro but it's a different story on my iMac. If I have to reboot my iMac then it takes at least 10-15 mins, switching the pad on and off and using a mouse to fiddle with settings etc. to reconnecet. I love using the pad but please apple sort out the awful connectivity issues.

    PS. a battery charge indicator as my wireless Keybord and Mouse would be nice also.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Set your prefs carefully - AVOID DRAG LOCK

    • Written by from BURY ST EDMUNDS

    I have already written a review under another Apple ID, written too soon after purchase to be really valid. My main criticism then was that it was too sensitive when using touch to click - would be better if the sensitivity here could be user-adjusted. This comment still stands - hence 4 rather than 5 stars.

    Several months on, I'm getting used to it, and I like it, but I still keep my mouse and use it often, mainly for Finder file-organising tasks, when the trackpad can be too unpredictable in its drag-and-drop mode. However, I have recently discovered that careful settings of prefs helps a lot - I had assumed that the Apple defaults (every option ticked) would be a Good Thing, and I just needed to get used to the Apple recommended way of doing things...... but the one "feature" that I find very counter-intuitive is Drag Lock; if this is selected, you have to click AGAIN to "drop" something - lifting your finger off doesn't do anything (in the way that a mouse works). This gives very awkward behaviour when moving files into folders. Deselecting this behaviour greatly improves things.

    So, I will keep the faith - for now!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My brother, the swine (only joking)

    • Written by from Newbury

    Having saved up and bought the beautiful Magic Mouse and thought it was the best thing since sliced bread, along comes my very generous brother and gives me a Magic Trackpad for Christmas. So far I have not missed the mouse. I have used the trackpad for email, surfing and some photoshop work on the festive snaps, it is so easy. This must be the most intuitive input device ever made. So well done Apple for making such a brilliant product and thank you to my brother, a second hand Magic Mouse anyone?

    There does seem to be a pattern emerging here, iPhone, iPods, iPads, iOS4.2, MacOS Lion...Bring it on!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Have faith, will succeed!

    • Written by from Hampton

    I went to Apple Store a few times to try out the trackpad but still couldn't get use of it. A few weeks later, I decided to take the plunge, and bought one for myself as X'mas present. Best decision ever.

    Took it home with me and took less than a minute to setup and 5 minutes to master it. A very clever design. Easy to use, especially for web surfing. It was a doodle.

    Remember to keep your USB mouse with you though. A few days ago, I needed to boot my iMac from Installation CD, it started looking for my USB mouse.

    Buy it if you have the money to spare and currently running on Snow Leopard.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from LEEDS

    Bought it, used it, loved it.

    Nuff said.

    8 of 11 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