• 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.

    526 of 583 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.

    404 of 455 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.

    365 of 410 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.

    80 of 89 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant, except for two things, possibly three.

    • Written by from Eastbourne

    I've already got a Magic Mouse, and that's been great, but I have been thinking of upgrading to a Wacom style pen & tablet.

    I discovered the Magic Trackpad on the Apple Store, and thought that could be the best of both worlds: ease of use of a mouse and the precision of the pen & tablet.

    I have been using the Magic Trackpad for a few hours now, and slowly getting used to it; also lots of tweaking of the options in the control panel too!

    The two issues I've noticed so far:

    1. The incline of the pad itself. I know it matches the keyboard nicely, but that tilt is making my wrists hurt already. I've put a platform under it to raise the lower edge to ease the strain, and that seems to be working.

    2. It's not as precise as I can be on my mouse, although my fingers aren't fat, it does require some accuracy to pin point the Bezier point, or click a tiny radio button, etc. I'm now using an iPad stylus on it and that seems to work brilliantly!

    3. Possibly some kind of pressure settings could be added, as the pad can detect my finger just hovering above it. It's truly amazing, but I'm constantly selecting stuff I don't want to or swiping pages online by mistake!

    Over all though it's an excellent purchase. Not a bad price too.

    47 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best peripheral Apple produces

    • Written by from Pontefract

    I hate the impossible mouse replacements found on laptops and so was dubious about trying this trackpad. After the first day using the Magic Trackpad with OS X Lion, the mouse went out of the window. Works perfectly with Photoshop and Lightroom.

    42 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply the best

    • Written by from Kegworth

    I'd not heard of this product until after it was released, despite being a subscriber to all the Mac comics, and I wasn't sure what to think. But I bought it as a comfort buy (I'm currently working abroad and was feeling sorry for myself; it's also cheaper in Switzerland than the UK!!).

    I have been amazed by the Magic Trackpad. I've been using a Magic Mouse for over a year with various software packages but do get frustrated that I can't always get it to do what I want. No such problems with this. I'm using it with BetterTouchTool which allows me to add loads of extra gestures, including Spaces, Expose and other functions which other reviewers have complained about missing.

    The surface is beautiful to touch, control is excellent, and the footprint on the desk is minimal. I also carry it around with me as it's light and easy to pack.

    Don't limit yourself to the Apple software which although adequate is surpassed by other 3rd party items like BetterTouchTool.

    40 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Goodbye Magic Mouse...

    • Written by from Hackney, LONDON

    Without a doubt the best way to navigate around a Mac... especially running OS X Lion

    32 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    • Written by from Stafford

    I think the Magic Track pad is excellent. Bought mine today from the Apple Store in Birmingham. Read the reviews online before I went to the store so partly knew what to expect. Had a go in-store, and after 3 minutes of trying the thing I was positively convinced. Installation was straight forward (however, the accompanying document indicated that bluetooth pairing could be done by clicking in the bottom right of the Magic Trackpad window, but there appeared to be no button/option to do so. I paired the device using the normal bluetooth pairing process which was very simple, and then did a software update as suggested). OK - some of you might be wondering what's the point in having this device? - well, in my opinion it quite simply makes interacting with the Mac a far better experience. I'm already using the trackpad as my primary pointing device (I also have a Magic Mouse) and the trackpad interaction is an easy, pleasing, satisfying, and productive experience. The translation of logical movements/navigation into a physical form using the trackpad is extremely natural/good. The fact it's 'there' almost fades into the background - which is a good sign! If you're on a journey seeking the utopian/perfect input device then this trackpad will certainly take you one step in that direction. So, my advice - definitely worth having

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Mouse now on eBay!

    • Written by from Cardiff

    I use the zoom feature in Mac OS quite a lot - which means moving the mouse fairly constantly around the physical desktop so as to see different parts of the display. I have therefore been waiting very eagerly for this product to arrive so as to stop the constant scraping sound etc! I have an old wooden desk and it will be grateful for a bit less rubbing. After using the trackpad for a couple of days now, I can honestly say that I do not think I will need my magic mouse any more - this does everything it did and so much extra. I never really got used to paging backwards and forwards in things like Safari using the magic mouse - the surface seemed too small and I often ended up inadvertently moving the mouse rather than changing pages. Not so on the new trackpad.

    I agree with the comments made about the less than simple install process - Bluetooth didn't seem to intuitively pick it up as it did with the keyboard and magic mouse - and I guessed that there must be a software update as no trackpad feature appeared in system preferences. But as a PC user until about 2 months ago, it was still easy compared.

    I love the fact that its size means I can use two hands if I need to when moving items around etc - left hand/finger to click and right hand/finger to move objects ... great! Even better than the trackpad on my macbook pro therefore.

    My only minor niggle would be the feel of the device on the top of my desk - it feels ever so slightly "wobbly"... Now this could simply be due to the whole thing being a huge clicker and my having to get used to that so its early days - but my keyboard is rock solid on the desk in comparison.

    Not sure why zoom requires two fingers on a trackpad (as opposed to one finger on the surface of the magic mouse) - but not a prob to get used to and £59 is a bit pricey compared to the US - but hey, we're used to that in good old rip-off Britain.

    Finally, can't understand the bloke who gave one star in his review because it does what it is supposed to do but he doesn't want one!

    Well done Apple - this makes computing better for me.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easier on the wrist...

    • Written by from Bingley

    WELL - always tempted by Apple's spangly shiny trinkets, I'd resisted buying this for nearly a year. I have a MacBook Pro, + magic mouse. Why would I want a trackpad the size of a small carpet next to my computer.

    Lo! On a recent work trip to Malawi, I forgot to pack my mouse! Preparing PPT is no fun with just the onboard computer trackpad, so I took this opportunity (excuse - oh those trinkets) to buy a trackpad at LHR terminal 3 on the way out (warning - buying at airports saves only 1.80 off the retail price...hmmm).

    On arrival in Malawi, booted up the MacBook, unpacked the pad, paired the two and away I went! As other reviewers note, this is simply a bigger version of the onboard pad. BUT I was soon allured by the size and action of the Magic Pad. It's sensitive, includes multi-gestures, and (this is the key selling point) my wrist doesn't ache. Yes, I know, though GORGEOUS, the Magic Mouse does have one problem - its idiosyncratic shape and size means that for some, holding the correct position for extended periods can be painful. Also, scrolling I find glitchy.

    With the MP, your wrist rests on the surface, and your fingers do the work. The extra size means that you can really cover the whole screen - without (as happens to me sometimes) the Magic Mouse falling off the edge of a table as I strive to reach that one icon in the top right hand corner. Also, the two rubber feet at the front act as buttons, so if you're uncomfortable with the tapping malarkey, you can press the corners in the old-fashioned way.

    So, the MP is not a NECESSITY if you have a mouse already, but I suspect I'll be using this more than the mouse when I get home. Oh, and as with all Apple, the thing is robust, compact, and well made.

    Maybe its a good thing I forgot my mouse!

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Addition

    • Written by from Bury

    As someone who has never liked laptop trackpads and never used a macbook trackpad it was with a slight hint of hesitation that I purchased the magic trackpad but I in no way regret it. Using it is just very natural and it seems to have fixed the slow tracking speed on the iMac 27" that the magic mouse and other peripherals seems to have, even on full settings.

    The unit is very stylish and looks great next to the wireless keyboard, sharing the exact same design. First impressions using the trackpad when editing images in Aperture 3 were impressive, the flow of the brushes was far smoother and easy to control with the multi-touch gestures coming in very handy for things such as rotation, zooming in and out and switching images.

    For gaming, although not something to replace the mouse in first person shooters it certainly seems to hold up in Civilisation IV and The Sims 3, the latter being even easier with the trackpad given the variety of camera movements achievable.

    I would highly recommend this to pretty much everyone, just keep your mouse in the draw just in case but the chances of you ever needing it are pretty slim.

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea - but style over ergonomics

    • Written by from Sth Woodham Ferrers

    I really like the idea but I have returned to a mouse within less than a week from wrist pains. Another reviewer was spot on, make it angle away from you and it is much more comfortable. Sorry Apple, love your products generally, looks great next to the keyboard, but RSI is not worth being cool.

    34 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Perfect

    • Written by from Liverpool

    This is a fantastic device. So much easier to use than a magic mouse.

    Would have been 5 stars except for the pairing instructions which just did not work on my Mac mini. Searching the internet should that this is a common problem with desktop Macs.

    The correct instructions for may Mac mini should be:

    1 Press the On/Off button on the trackpad to turn it on.

    2 Choose Apple > System Preferences, and then click Bluetooth.

    3 Click + to set up new device.

    4 Select Apple Wireless Trackpad and click continue.

    5 Click Quit when the trackpad has successfully connected.

    6 Choose Apple > Software Update and install the software updates for the trackpad.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pressure Sensitive

    • Written by from Radstock

    Ok, I've had the trackpad for six months now and it's a nice piece of engineering. I like the scrolling and tracking speed and its other functions are great. BUT... it's so pressure sensitive!! Tracking and scrolling can be adjusted but not the pressure. It's so frustrating because I find that I have to be extremely careful not to rest my fingers on the pad. If I do, pages disappear into the ether, or other functions come on the screen. Also the pressure required to operate it seems to vary of its own accord. In spite of these gripes I still like it and if it wasn't for the pressure issue I would have given it 5 stars.
    Experiment with it at the store before buying.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Of Limited Use

    • Written by from Alfriston

    There are things that the Trackpad will not do therefore it can only be used in tandem with the Mouse e.g. I have two accounts on my computer and when changing from wife's account to mine it will not log back in without input from my mouse. It does not put up the pop up tabs for Trash but opens the folder. Selecting a group of e-mail addresses is a real fiddle also selecting a column of figures in Numbers for copying and pasting. However if you wish to expand a centre or rotate, and if you appreciate the design and look of Apple products (who does not?), if you like to own something NEW, then this might be for you. Personally I think it is a waste of money and am sticking with the Mouse. Much easier, less fiddling.

    33 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    the way forward

    • Written by from london

    this is how all desktops should be good work apple way better than any mouse.
    it just works....

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!!!

    • Written by from Middlesbrough

    Wasnt sure if this trackpad would be a waste of money or not as the magic mouse does a great job. I didnt really want to replace my magic mouse but was told i could use both without any problems.

    After a year of putting it off i decided to get one because im upgrading from snow leopard to mountain lion and fancied it. After 1 hour of using the TrackPad i am amazed. I thought it would be similar to a mouse pads but its not its much more. Im not a fan of a mouse pad on a laptop but for some reason i love this track pad.

    I feel like i can navigate better and quick around my iMac. My magic mouse is still here and when touched is activated with no lag, its instant moving from trackpad and magic mouse.

    Im currently using it on Snow leopard and still the trackpad is amazing. After the update to Mountain Lion the trackpad will become more useful and therefore be more impressive.

    If your considering buying a track pad you wont be disappointed and if you were like me and not keen on a mouse pad on a laptop, think i wont be that useful, and a waste of money then if purchased you will be proven wrong.

    Im really happy with my purchase, the £59 is now justified. Dont hesitate to get one but do it.

    :)

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Partnership!

    • Written by from Glendaruel

    Although it might not completely replace my need for the Magic Mouse, the new Track Pad is its perfect partner, complementing and extending accessibilty to my iMac. I have only had the Pad for a couple of days yet its use seems so intuitive. I am also impressed with its sensitivity. There are still some tasks on some of my applications that I find easier and simpler using the Mouse, but I'm sure with practice my operating skills will improve. Furthermore, it does seem a good base upon which to increase future options through software upgrades.

    Unlike a few others, I found no problem with connecting the Pad. Ordering it on-line, I had to wait a few days for its arrival. During this time I downloaded the needed software from the Apple site in only a few moments. When the Pad arrived I only had to push the on/off button for immediate connection. If only all things electronic were so simple to link.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawless!

    • Written by from London

    I've just switched from the magic mouse, which was pretty good, to the magic pad, which is simply awesome. Beautiful bit of kit and fantastically ergonomical. Syncs easily with my MacBook Pro! Buy this over the magic mouse...it's only a few pounds more!

    19 of 20 people found this useful