• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple TrackPad

    • Written by from Chelmsford

    This device would be excellent if it weren't so unpredictable. I've been trying to track the cause of jumpiness and unresponsiveness I occasionally see with the device that can render it practically unusable but have not been able to find anything consistent that would prove to be the cause.

    When it works it is really very good. I've had 2 previous wireless mice from Apple including the Mighty Mouse which didn't really work well for me and a Logitech gyroscopic mouse which did.

    This, when it works is better than both. When used with mouse gestures it reduces the need to resort to the keyboard significantly. The multi-finger gestures are great, allowing simple navigation and photo manipulation with ease.

    Now if only someone could point me to a firmware or driver update that stops the jumpiness I'd be one happy customer.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant idea - inconsistent operation

    • Written by from Parkville

    Other reviews have covered all the great things about this trackpad but seem to have missed two big problems. This first is that click and drag is pretty clunky if you are performing a repetitive action, long drag 'n drops, etc. The other is submarining (where the cursor disappears and pops up some place else). Under certain circumstances, a mouse drag can cause the mouse to disappear and resurface far away. It is not dependent on distance or speed dragged - small movements can result in 1 inch hops where you cannot get the cursor to land on a button. It is like some app is stealing mouse events from the event queue. I haven't been able to figure out what causes this - it's not lack of RAM or CPU, not too many applications running. It just starts and after a variable time, stops. It is so frustrating that I want to take it back, but then it starts working well and I feel like I may have figured out what the problem was.

    23 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great capabilities but...

    • Written by from THE VILLAGES

    I love all the things that can do. However, there are certain glitches that have to be addressed. Sometimes it will act as if i touched it with two or three fingers when I had clearly not done so. So, windows will be highlighted or closed or moved in spite of the fact that i had only one finger touching the pad. I also get a response of a secondary click when I have done nothing to warrant this. I am hoping for a software upgrade for this.

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad but too sensitive

    • Written by from LONDON

    It's a good effort but In think £24.99 would have been better than £60 which I think is overpriced. The main reason this Magic Trackpad is overpriced is because it's not 100% perfect. It is too sensitive in some applications - the worst experience being constant wild screen zooms (Wonder if this is a bug?)

    I'm going to trial it for another month or two and then see if my trackball is actually better. I like the swipe gestures though as I use my MacBook Pro so much it's nice to have that replicated on my MacPro

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not So Magical

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Just got my new Magic Trackpad. Not quite happy with it. I expected it to be a little bit more then a normal trackpad, and it is not really comfortable if you plan on using it for more then 20-25 min flat... the hand just hurts after a while. But other then that, I mean, it is a trackpad and has some nice features, I just wish it was more convenient and comfortable.

    5 of 7 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.

    134 of 165 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Waaay too sensitive...

    • Written by from salisbury

    I love it. Still have a Classic II, so have used Macs since the late 80's. I have used every mouse made. I also love the Magic Mouse, but this track pad is better because it only takes up a small bit of space and there's no fear of if falling on the floor because I ran out of mouse table space. I did not expect to like it as much as I have because the pad on my MBP is too small to be useful - magic mouse (MM) is better here.

    I also hate it. I find that it highlights almost everything the cursor tracks across?! There needs to be a new pref that throttles back the touch sensitivity. In attempting to insert word into this post, it selected large sections rather than an insertion point.. It is also very time consuming to get the bugger to de-select whatever it is hung up on... I will probably go back to the MM if I cannot make it more user friendly.

    19 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm a fan... but I'm not getting rid of my mouse yet.

    • Written by from horsham

    I use my Mac Pro mainly for music production (logic, pro tools, reason), the web and playing games.

    I give the Magic Trackpad 5 stars for surfing the web. Multi-gestures are intuitive, easy and feel so right. I wouldn't say it's a step up from my Logitech MX-Revolution... but easily as good.

    3 stars for music production. I really do enjoy working with it but, if I could configure gestures for specific apps it would be 5 stars. Multi-touch zoom does not work in logic.

    Games get 2 stars... I think. I tried playing counter-strike: source with the Magic Trackpad and found it impossible. Perhaps I need to play with settings... but, I'm thinking it's gonna take too much getting used to for me to give up my mouse just yet.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this product. Hating Apple right now.

    • Written by from Burbank

    I have been waiting for this to come out. I love working on my MBP because of the multitouch pad. However, I need to do most of my work (VFX for film) on a Mac Pro. So when I heard this was coming I was thrilled. One snag. Not compatible with Leopard. I, like many others, do not want to "upgrade" to Snow Leopard. Been there, done that. It is a nasty beast that brings my 8 core to a slow crawl. So I am kinda bummed right now.

    I bought one anyway just hoping it would somehow work. No good. It functions, but barely. Point and click is possible, but sluggish. Feels like a PC laptop. Yuck. Drag kinda works. No right click. No multitouch. This is a big time FAIL, Apple. You have a long history of being backwards compatible with new products. Looks like developing the software for the older 32bit system was just not worth the cost to you. I realize that I am the minority and that you'll still sell a ton of these. It would be nice just to see a little existing customer appreciation like the old days. Remember? When computers were your bread and butter? Not iphones, ipods, ipads, etc...

    16 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product but its going back

    • Written by from WOODLAND HILLS

    I'm a designer and thought I would give the trackpad a try for daily use. After 1 day, I am already back on my mouse. The product works as described, was easy set up, even works on Windows! But after a day, my finger tips feel like they are going to fall off. I would say this is great for casual web/email browsing use, but if you're putting in the hours in Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign or other common design programs, best to stick with a mouse or pen tablet.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not enough magic

    • Written by from Pewaukee

    As an admitted Apple fanboy, I looked at one of these today to try and justify buying a new shiny Apple product. After a few minutes it was clear that my Magic Mouse (my most recent new shiny Apple product purchase) was all that I needed on the desktop. I disappointedly left the store knowing I didn't need this cool thing, and that it would ultimately end up in my crate of unused computer stuff. I may have pulled the trigger at $40, but probably not. If you are on the fence, go and try it out, you may have better luck convincing yourself that you need it.

    4 of 10 people found this useful