• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Where'd right click go?

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Exchanged after 3 months - I never realized how often I use the right-click on a mouse. After buying the trackpad I thought I could get used to the difference and annoyance of not being able to right click at will. I found myself constantly pressing my pinky finger near the lower right corner over and over again to no avail. Sometimes the right click worked and sometimes it didnt.
    Personal preference I suppose. Other than the right click issue, the trackpad is a wonderful device and without question a MUST HAVE for any Mac-Head. Scrolling, page viewing and zooming worked flawlessly and with ease.
    If you need a new mouse and want the latest technology, this is it! Just be warned right clicking on a trackpad is different/annoying/troublesome.

    8 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good, but one significant design flaw

    • Written by from Toronto

    It works as advertised, and once you get used to the gestures you will find other trackpads unresponsive and inferior. Even my MacBook Air (1st Gen.) now feels wonky just because the button is outside the multi touch surface.

    There is a significant design flaw and it has to do with physics: Since the click mechanism is in the feet at the bottom end of the pad, the torque required to depress the pad makes it easy to click at the bottom but increasingly harder towards the top. In fact, it feels unnaturally difficult to click near the top.

    There are also some minor issues: Click-drag on the trackpad isn't as elegant nor does it feel as controlled as when it is performed with a mouse or trackball. And second-button click gesture takes some practise. You may find yourself reaching for the control button instead.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Trackpad, But Could Be Better!

    • Written by from Ellicott City

    Apple's Magic Trackpad works well, but could be better!
    1. The "tapping" functions are GREAT!
    2. How about a wired version? Some of us DON'T want wireless. Wired I/O devices are ALWAYS more reliable -- they NEVER drop out -- and use fewer system resources.
    3. Apple should make their keyboards and Magic Trackpads fit together with a bayonet-type (clickable) attaching device, for either R or L side. If done right, a wire won't be necessary, just USB connections. Include wires for those who want to place their trackpad elsewhere.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not better then a mouse but very good

    • Written by from Mount morris

    I cannot say its better then a mouse, but for what it is its very good. I do not like the Magic Mouse for the simple fact its Ergonomically incorrect. It hurts my hand after a while. I have tried other mice from Logitech and Microsoft and ended up being disappointed in the tracking ability or the software or both. So I though with the good reviews I would give the Magic Trackpad a shot. I like its tracking and scrolling. I guess the multi gestures are nice but probably won't use them much. My only gripe is that the push to click is harder then I think it should be. But it was easily fixed by using the tap to click instead. To end I would say its a bit pricy but it does function well and the construction is very solid.

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it, now that I've stopped clicking it like a mouse

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I bought the Magic Trackpad because I was starting to get a sore arm/wrist from using my mouse. I confess that at first use, I was disappointed. It is SO hard to click (comparatively speaking), that it hurt my wrist even MORE.

    But on day two, I discovered that you don't actually have to click it at all. On the trackpad, a simple tap is equivalent to clicking a traditional mouse. In fact, I don't even know why the trackpad *has* a click function. You don't seem to need it at all.

    Now that I know how to use it properly, I love it. I can surf/type all day, and barely move my arm at all.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice upgrade

    • Written by from CRYSTAL LAKE

    When I went to the Magic Mouse, I was really happy. That was a great improvement to the Mighty Mouse with the little ball that needed constant cleaning. The Trackpad has the advantage of the Magic Mouse with the "touch" feature yet doesn't move. I added it to my iMac & will get one for my MacBook too.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Can it get any better?

    • Written by from Mount Pleasant

    As a former NoteBook user and current iMac devotee, I was excited to see the Magic Trackpad when I was shopping for a wireless mouse! I went for the trackpad and can only say "It's one of the best techie decisions I've ever made!" Took a bit of time to set up, (with a 2 year old iMac I had to download Snow Leopard, then do a software update) but that is more than made up for by the ease of use!!! Hands down, the Magic Trackpad is a "must have" for all iMac users!!!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product

    • Written by from Waldwick

    This is a very good product for basic computer use (internet browsing and such). Really easy on your fingers and hands. However, if you a lot of dragging and dropping and precise mouse movements I would recommend the Magic Mouse. Both are great products...you can't go wrong with either!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Desktop Art

    • Written by from Marietta

    I'll be darned. The Magic Trackpad is everything it's cracked up to be. Sitting alongside my 1st gen bluetooth keyboard, it's a perfect match. Its large surface is great! The absence of a button takes a little while to get used to but it seems natural now.

    But, like my MacBook Air, something's not quite straight. It's a little bent; only 3 pads touch the top of my desk not matter which way I turn it (or what surface I place it on.)

    Happy with the functionality and the little bit of personality. The Trackpad joins my Air with a little bit of stabilization in the form of a folded-over scrap of card stock under its front left paw.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    You may need this information

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    The instruction book leaves out two very important steps that you may need before you can do anything else. First you will have to turn on the Bluetooth in System Preferences. After that you will need to run the Software Update so that the trackpad icon will show up. These should have been the first instructions in the manual. I hope that by writing this review I have saved someone the aggravation that I went through.

    73 of 80 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome product

    • Written by from Franklin

    I purchased the Trackpad a couple days ago, after finally getting tired of cleaning the Apple Mouse. The Trackpad was easy to setup. It is easy to use. At this point, I can't imagine going back to using a mouse. The only reason I didn't give the Trackpad a five star rating is because I've only owned it a couple days.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    it's as if they read my mind!

    • Written by from Londonderry

    i grew so fond of the touch pad in my macbook pro, i hated transitioning to a mouse on my iMac

    i tried the apple mouse and found it unreliable - went through several logitechs - tried the magic mouse and found the top left and right edges too sharp

    then i tried the bamboo touch - i was so excited ... until i tried it
    it didn't feel right at all, and would not track well if my palm rested on the edge

    then finally the magic trackpad - goofy name and maybe bigger than it needs to be
    but it is so smooth and responsive - it's like using my macbook pro
    i would have to say the only possible improvement i can think of is if i could lay it flat on my desk
    similar to the magic mouse, it seems to feel better on my hand that way

    but apart from that, it's as if Apple knew exactly what i wanted and made it happen!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool new tool

    • Written by from Myrtle Creek

    After some very frustrated hours of trying to connect my new trackpad I called apple support and found out I needed to download some software for all functions to be enabled... they failed to mention this in the operations manuel. But once I did so I was very pleased with it's performance. I will say however someone in design needs to recheck their measuring devises... it matches almost perfectly setting beside my bluetooth keyboard except it's about 1/32" to long from top to bottom. O well, they don't need to be together anyways, but you'd think while designing all other dimensions like the keyboard they would have done so (perfectly) with this product.

    10 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    FCS 3 and Logic Studio Gestures

    • Written by from Montreal

    While it would be nice that the gestures for the Pro Apps are better documented and advertised, once you get them figured out, they're quite, well, uh, magical.

    In most cases, combining the trackpad and the key commands provides a more affordable, vastly more efficient, solution compared to after-market job/shuttle/control surface options.

    It worth a look in any case. The timeline pinch-to-zoom, and two finger scroll alone are worth the price of admission.

    Why, after such a glowing review, only 4 stars? It has an annoying tendency to not be detected on boot. Could be worse.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    enable more gestures with 3rd-party software

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    Magic Trackpad is amazing. In fact, it's a lot better than you'd know from the settings it ships with. After reading around on forums and such, I heard BetterTouchTool (free) recommended over and over. It enables dozens of gestures you wouldn't normally have access to -- three, four, five-finger swipes, taps, corner taps -- all of which you can map to almost any application or Finder function you can think of.

    As for the physical trackpad itself, it took me a while to get used to vs. using a mouse and I found myself frequently overshooting my targets on screen. Over a week or two, it became more natural -- although I have to confess I still grab a mouse if I have to do really intricate Photoshop stuff. There's just more control that way.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great / Issue

    • Written by from Bronx

    I always hated trackpads on laptops, but then Apple started adding features to make them easier and more ergonomic to use. When I bought my iMac, I got one of these babies. Apple really should give the option to buy this instead of a mouse. But it's great. I have an RSI in my right wrist and have had to mouse around w/my left hand for years now. Not anymore. I'm back to my right hand with the trackpad.

    I have had an issue with it lately, however. It's been suddenly dropping the ability to tap, which then won't return until the machine is restarted. Weird. No solution on their boards, but also no one else claiming to have this problem so maybe it's just me.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Cool / Not too useful

    • Written by from Waco

    I intended to buy this trackpad since when I use my MacBook Pro at home it sits on an elevator, and It is uncomfortable to reach up to the trackpad. However, when playing with it in the apple store I realized that I can complete tasks much more quickly with a mouse. So over all, I think it is a great product, but I just dont see how it can be useful for a person who needs to maintain a high speed of moving from one task to another.

    I would however use it if I had an MacMini attached to my tv.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    I love using the track pad. I purchased it when I purchased the computer and used the mouse only to set up the track pad- haven't used the mouse since. I feel like a magician! The finger swipes are awesome. Occasionally the touch pad is either overly sensitive or doesn't register the touch but it happens so rarely it doesn't detract from the wonder of the track pad.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    its not as bad as i thought it would be

    • Written by from oakland

    i thought it would be bad purchase but
    i actually bought it and i like it no regrets

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's winning me over

    • Written by from Wayne

    I used to be a trackball guy, but for some reason the Mtrackpad intrigued me. I finally took the plunge, and had very mixed emotions. The "tap to click" setting is completely useless. If you sneeze, it selects text. It is so ridiculously sensitive that it is dangerous toward unintended consequences. On the other hand, the "press to click" (or whatever it's called) works very well. It is very sexy to have the sleek aluminum pad as the single tactile input device, and I am learning to advance my muscle memory toward its gestures. In addition, I have learned that keyboard shortcuts are invaluable with this device instead of trying to use tactile gestures to close, minimize, etc. I am starting to really like this thing.

    7 of 8 people found this useful