• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome with just a touch with just a little touch of argh!!

    • Written by from London

    I asked for a Magic Trackpad for my birthday because I was looking for a swish solution for navigating around my designs while working on Adobe illustrator. Result I got it!

    The pros of this stunning little device are plain as day. It looks beautiful sat here next to my equally stunning mac desktop. Design wise undeniably slick.

    Added to this the wide variety of gestures available also make the Trackpad a joy to work with be it cruising the world wide web or flicking through folders. It honestly borders on a sic-fi experience.

    That said I have a niggle here. For one thing the Magic Trackpad is on occasion perhaps a little smarter than me, acting in conspiracy with my fingers to produce sometimes undesired results. The proximity of gestures are perhaps a little close and I recommend not having all of them active to avoid the potential confusion.

    Also my primary motive for owning the Trackpad has been an issue. The pinch zoom is not compatible with Adobe Illustrator CS5. I really hope someone more technically adept than me is working on this as I am typing this review.

    So 4 out of 5 is the result. But it is definitely worth having one.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb product, easy to use, but takes a while to get use to

    • Written by from Boucherville

    It took more than 3 months to get used to the Trackpad. The ergonomics is much more different than using a mouse (or a normal laptop pad), and I had to change the way I position and use my hand in order to eliminate the pain in my wrist when using the Trackpad. It's still a bit painful but in month or two, I figure it will disappear.

    If you eliminate the painful adaptation to the new ergonomics, this product is a real blast (when used with compatible software). Navigating, selecting, and all the operation that you normally do with a mouse are now much more intuitive.

    The only thing this product is not good at is gaming. A mouse (or a gamepad) is still the best choice for it.

    A word of advice: if you are used to work with a trackpad on a normal laptop (not from apple), forget how you work with it and adopt the Trackpad's way. For example, at first, I was using the single tap to generate a click, which is a mistake for me because I was forced to lift my index finger which cause wrist pain after a while. Now, I click by pressing down on the trackpad with my thumb.

    Conclusion: superb product, but we must adapt to the new egonomics

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea

    • Written by from Irvine

    Slick. Elegant. Powerful. So why didn't I give this five stars?

    I'll boil it down to one word I loathe: Windows.

    I unfortunately have to use Windows XP via VMware Fusion on my Mac. And to put it succinctly, Windows is stupid. The clumsy, ham-fisted design of the Windows interface gets in the way of the many features inherent in the Apple Magic Trackpad, preventing me from making better use of it. Windows does not comprehend many of the gestures that give the Magic Trackpad its wonderful power and elegance.

    If you are using it with OS-X, it's a different story.

    Just know that if you have to suffer using Windows like I do, the Magic Trackpad is still highly useful. But you will find it a bit twitchy with Windows, and many of the gestures simply don't work in this backwards world created by the gnomes of Redmond. It's yet another of the many frustrations I suffer every day.

    Lucky are those who never have to suffer Windows....

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product - Lousy Instructions

    • Written by from Eureka

    The bad - It took me 3 days to learn how to drag, because nowhere does the manual explain that the two round feet under the front of the pad are buttons that need to be depressed in order to drag objects or select text.

    Is it really that hard to explain things?

    The good - other than that, it's a wonderful tool for navigating the new Lion OS. Gestures feel so natural. I love the fact that you no longer have to mouse over to a specific button or bar to go somewhere or do something. A simple swipe of your fingers, and you're there.

    Postscript - there is a preference that allows for three-fingered gestures to be used for dragging, however, that takes away the ability of that same gesture being used to switch across full-screen apps, and I had a very difficult time getting that same feature to work with four-fingered swipes.

    Just remember to press down on those front feet and you'll be fine.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Delightful

    • Written by from Ontario

    What a joy! Using the M. Trackpad feels like a return to the old days when Apple design was elegant to see and elegant to use. Works so amazingly well with Lion! No concerns about its functionality at all.

    The only thing I would have done different is the power button. First, when the Macintosh turns off, it should sent a signal to the M. Trackpad to turn itself off. It doesn't and this seems just gratuitously stupid. Alternatively, it would be nice if the indicator light on the M. Trackpad did something distinctive (like a triple-flash, or whatever) when you successfully power-down the device. It is otherwise basically impossible to tell whether the pad is on or off, unless you turn it off first and then power-down your Macintosh with keyboard shortcuts. The "when the trackpad is ON, the indicator light is OFF" makes absolute sense from a power conservation standpoint, but makes state-changes unclear. Five stars, but for this.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Takes getting used to...

    • Written by from Alhambra

    Great item, we bought one with my wife's iMac. I have a (summer 2011) MacBook Pro. The touch pad on it handles four fingered gestures where the Magic Trackpad can only handle three finger gestures. I was trying to show some features of Lion to my wife but her Magic Trackpad did things differently. I imagine that Apple will update the Magic Trackpad hardware to handle four fingered gestures soon.
    Click dragging takes getting used to; at first it is quite cumbersome.
    Four stars because it only handles three fingers.
    Batteries seem to last about 6 months for us (but this depends on how often the Magic Trackpad is used).

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A Great Extra, not a replacement

    • Written by from Milton Keynes

    The Magic Trackpad is a great extra to have, especially with software such as sketchbook pro as you can use it like a bamboo tablet without a pen.

    The up-coming lion gestures look great too.

    I don't, however, think this replaces the mouse and I would recommend having a mouse as well but overall well worth having

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The state of the art but ...

    • Written by

    I've no doubt.
    Is the state of the art.
    We can use the finger to make magic moviment.
    But ... after point, You need to click.or ... click click.
    Click? Yes, click. As a commom mouse.
    I tried to confirm with a soft touch but you need to pull the trackpad to ... click..
    I don't understand the reasen we need to pull the trackpad until make ... click.or click click.
    Is there some technical reason?
    I'm happy with my magic trackpad but when I need to click, click click ...

    12 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    very cool but...

    • Written by from Debary

    Just got my magic track pad in the mail today like all of it except when i have to click and highlight or click and drag. other than that it works great and looks really nice.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really good.

    • Written by from Asheville

    I'm a graphic designer and I hate using the magic mouse. It always wants to scroll on me. If I turn scrolling off, then the mouse isn't as cool. So I tried the Magic Trackpad and I've been pretty pleased with it. I'm able to be very accurate and I have big hands so its awesome to have so much space in a track pad. I design at home about 3 nights a week and it is comfortable for me to use.

    21 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    PERFECT!

    • Written by

    The Magic Trackpad is wonderful with the Mac Mini,MBP and Mac but the battery are empty after 4 to 5 weeks

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does a lot with minimal movement of hands

    • Written by from Campbell

    This product is awesome. It gives me all the movements that a mouse does and then some, and that with minimal movement of hand. Click and double click are intuitive. What is not intuitive, though, is that you can do page backward and page forward, show desktop, show all the applications running, zoom, rotate and scroll horizontally and vertically, again, with minimal movement of hand.

    If there is one thing I would change in this product, it'll be the angle at which it rests. I preferred if the slope was away from me so that palm was higher than finger tips. Nevertheless, I still believe this track pad is the best "mouse" ever invented.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great ergonomics (with a tweak)!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    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.

    This trick is particularly helpful to maintain a straight wrist if your desk height is relatively low. If your hand is too large for palms to rest comfortably on the battery hump, place a palm rest behind the battery hump. You can click the button with forward fingers, or use tap click and 3-finger drag!

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product - for smaller hands

    • Written by from Omaha

    I have both wireless devices (mouse) & after a month of using the Magic trackpad, for comfort, I have gone back to the traditional white wireless mouse. Pain gone. I must admit that I liked the visual appearance of my desk with the wireless keyboard and silver mouse but comfort won. If you not gong to use this trackpad +8 hrs a day, give it a go. If you looking at this device it for the office, I'd think twice.

    24 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Device

    • Written by from West Hartford

    The Magic Trackpad works great for all of my audio/video editing. By having a touch interface I am more fluid with my work and I go through everything smoother. The only con is that It doesn't work well for any gaming.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ipad

    • Written by from roma

    I've found the magic trackpad usefull and mighty.
    Why i can't use it with my Ipad?

    13 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES WHAT IT SAYS IT DOES!!!!!!!

    • Written by from North East

    Decided to pick up the Magic Trackpad since all the reviews were pretty good. I have to say that I seem to like it better than I thought. Still learning the gestures, but I am sure I will get the hang of it all real soon.
    The only thing that I didn't like on it was when zoom in and out with the gestures, it seemed to be a little choppy to me, other than that it is rather smooth.
    I use it in combination with my magic mouse so all is well.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    to be awesome, it should work with an ipad

    • Written by from Tucson

    I love using my ipad with a keyboard, but it's a pain to have to reach up to the screen when I want to make a change. I love the Magic Trackpad on my imac. I want to love it on my ipad also.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than mouse.

    • Written by from chesapeake

    I have an older Mac Book and find the track pad convenient. It gives me the features of the newer trackpads and allows more space than the laptop pad. I prefer the track pad over the mouse because I can't tired of rolling something around. The track pad is wireless so I can put it any where that is comfortable. I've read the comments about people complaining about the awkward angle. My wrists are worn from grinding metal and working as a mechanic for years. I don't find the track pad angle awkward and painful for my wrists. I don't keep my wrists on the pad for extended periods of time, because keeping your wrists in any position for a while will cause them to get sore regardless of the device, like a keyboard.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally mouseless, and my shoulder is grateful.

    • Written by from Rockaway Beach

    I've been waiting for someone to come up with something to replace the mouse. I do heavy text editing work and have been dealing with constant shoulder strain from mousing. I love the trackpad on my macbook, so my husband bought me this for Christmas, to add to my iMac. I can't believe how much better I feel already.

    The commands work well, though I still find it glitchy for marking text (for styling, deleting, etc). I'm hoping to find a workaround, or an upgrade to the software that will simplify marking text; when I do, I'll give it that final star.

    12 of 12 people found this useful