• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    wow its not even metal 30.00 for plastic!?

    • Written by from Mountain View

    It does work however I assumed that as it was so expensive that it would be made from sturdier materials, as it stands its cheap plastic.

    345 of 421 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice... (with one minor fault)

    • Written by from Corinth

    Keeps things together perfectly as advertised if you plan on using it in a "couch" scenario. One thing to note is that if you're going to use it on a desk (as I do) the vertical "I" bar that attaches the trackpad and keyboard slightly restricts the use of the physical pad click (makes it a bit harder to push down). The solution I found is to install the long "C" clamp without the "I" bar. This still keeps the keyboard neatly together with the trackpad but allows the click feature of the trackpad to "float" and it's physical click feater is unaltered. If you're going to use it in a couch scenario, install it as directed since as you won't be using the physical click but rather tapping on the pad.

    205 of 230 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with a couple flaws

    • Written by from Astoria

    When using on my lap, I would like to "click" the magic trackpad, but alas, the only option it the tap-to-click option in settings because there's no hard surface.

    When using on a desk, if you have a heavy typing hand (I only learned of mine after using this product), you will unintentionally click the trackpad when pressing keys near the bottom corner of the keyboard. This can become extremely irritating because the curser will jump around as if you intended to move or it; or it will recognize a double-click and select the text, overwriting already typed words.

    I love the concept of the MagicWand and I think the design is sleek and beautiful. I only wish the usability wasn't hindered in practice. I'm keeping mine, but training myself to use it differently. Some people may not want to bother.

    186 of 217 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheap plastic, a little disapointed

    • Written by from Neshanic Station

    Maybe I didn't read the description well enough, but I really wasn't expecting this to be plastic. Its painted like aluminum, but its still adds a cheap feel to my all aluminum peripherals. Twelve South usually makes some really cool stuff... but they always seem to cheap out on the details... for the high cost, this was definitely a huge disappointment.

    57 of 58 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    cheap plastic, definitely not worth $30

    • Written by from Surrey

    from the photos, description & price I believed that this product was made from aluminum and was of the same quality as any apple product. I was shocked to find that the product was nothing more than a cheap piece of plastic. this product serves its purpose well but it is quite simply way, way, WAY overpriced. I am very dissatisfied with this purchase.
    I should have read the reviews before purchasing. apparently I'm not the only one with the same complaint.

    50 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sad waste of $30

    • Written by from Plymouth

    I love the idea of this product. I was happy to spend the money to get it. I was quickly made unhappy when I realized how poorly thought out this really is. The "H-Bar" is so incorrectly sized that I am unable to get it to fit between the trackpad and the keyboard. While trying to push it into position, it left a noticeable rub mark on the keyboard and ended up slightly cracking the surface of the trackpad. (That's how much stress it put on the trackpad.) I have given up on using the stabilizer piece because it simply does not fit around the edge of either device which completely negates the lap-use angle of buying this product. Very disappointed. Save your money, please.

    52 of 59 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart.

    • Written by from Herndon

    While I would've liked better build quality (the plastic spacer between the trackpad and keyboard falls out if you don't set it up just right), this is how the keyboard and trackpad should've been designed to begin with. You'll need to set tap-to-click if you want to use it on your lap.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly

    • Written by from Bethlehem

    Some reviews describe problems with this product, either inserting keyboard and trackpad into it, or that it's unstable once assembled. This was not my experience.

    The product arrived, I unpacked it, clipped my keyboard into the left side, my trackpad into the right side, inserted the strip to join keyboard and trackpad, and then the plastic filler to complete the process. Total time - less than two minutes. Result - an elegant and seamless union of keyboard and trackpad that makes the two look, and work, as if they are a single product.

    I use my keyboard on a desk. It's totally stable there. But if I pick it up and wave it around the connection between keyboard and trackpad is still perfectly stable so I believe it could be used on one's knee too.

    My only complaint is that the price is ridiculous because the product is really only three pieces of plastic.

    Bottom line: Works great; too expensive.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Big disappointment

    • Written by from TORONTO

    1. Grossly overpriced for a hunk of plastic.

    2. More importantly, causes trackpad to behave oddly. The left click didn't "feel" the same as it did before (or the same as a right click), because the track pad is held in a slightly fixed position (I think it hovers a tenth of a millimetre over the desk surface). Doesn't sound like enough to make a diff, but it does; the feel is off and it makes you stumble.

    3. Trackpad does not work so well when it's THAT close to the keyboard; every time you use the cursor keys, unless you are VERY carefull, a stray finger brushes ever slightly against the trackpad, and--disaster reigns.

    Will be returning mine after two disappointing days.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    cutting edge

    • Written by from 용인시

    watch out! Edge of the product is very sharp. while sliding it to put together the edge of magic wand has cut off rubber foot a little. keyboard and trackpad is well aligned on desk, but not at all when it is lifted in air. It is shiped with h-beam to hold lower part together but it hinders pressing arrow keys.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just a Piece of Plastic

    • Written by from Toronto

    While the product functions, it's ridiculously priced for a track of plastic. For the cost I was expecting a piece of aluminium. Disappointed.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost apple grade great product!

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I was quite discouraged by some of the negative comments initially. But after a few day having my two hands busy all the time dealing both the keyboard and touchpad, I decided to try it out.

    Yes, it is plastic and a bit over priced. But it works. Installation is nice and easy, takes me 45 seconds to put them together, sizing is perfect, aligned with both ends perfectly. if I have to complain, the soft T-pad should be coloured in silver (same as the H beam) so it could be blended in, right now it is light grey and quite visible.

    Anyway, I am very pleased.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad. Directional Key Triggers Mouse Click

    • Written by from BURNABY

    I brought this today after looking at some of the reviews online. However when i got home and installed it, it is a totally different story. The assembling was easy. It fits almost perfect with no gaps whatsoever. But i found 2 fatal problems that makes this product almost unusable.

    1. The directional keys will trigger a mouse click because it is too close to the magic trackpad. It is hard to align it perfectly straight even on a flat surface.

    2. I am unable to access the power button to reboot the keyboard when needed. Also If u try to push the keyboard and trackpad together, it sometimes "press-and-hold"s the power key and send it into pairing mode.

    I am returning this.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, horrible execution

    • Written by from Somerset

    Great idea, but executed horribly. When you get the keyboard and trackpad installed they wobble, so this product comes with a little "I" shaped bar to put between them. The problem is the bar is so loose it likes to fall out (not to mention how the little rubber stop-gap piece above it is only held in with friction and also likes to fall out). So this bar needs to be taped in place...the only problem with this (besides the tape taking off the cheap fake-metallic coating off the "I" shaped bar) is in order to turn on the keyboard sometimes (or to get your computer to come out of sleep mode), you then have to remove the tape to separate the two pieces to get to the power button on the keyboard. Annoying isn't the right word...

    In one phrase: Apple should be ashamed to let this item come to it's store. It's design is nowhere near the quality you expect from any Apple sanctioned item (especially for $30 for a piece of tube-shaped plastic).

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for an HTPC

    • Written by from Edmonton

    I use it all the time on the couch, it truly makes the keyboard and magic trackpad into one like they should be. Very rigid, feels like they were manufactured as one piece. No complaints at all.

    For those complaining about the fact that the power button on one peripheral is hidden, a couple points:

    1. Twelve South, the makers of this product can't change the placement of the power button on Apple peripherals so don't bother rating them down for it.
    2. My keyboard power button is hidden and I've only had to hit it once in 3+ months I've been using this setup, when I left my mac off for a couple weeks. Usually the keyboard goes to sleep and wakes with a single key press.
    3. You DON'T have to take the assembly apart to hit the hidden power button. The gap between the keyboard and magic track pad is large enough to stick a dime or key into to hit the power button. The only thing covering that gap is a little rubber insert that's easily removable.

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nifty!

    • Written by from Cleveland

    Received this product from Amazon today and after spending half an hour to figure out how to install it correctly, I'm loving it!

    I got this to use with my keyboard and trackpad when I use my MacBookPro with the HDTV, and it works like a charm! Couch potatodom, here I come!!

    The only thing is that the instructions to set up and get the little thingamajigs in place are not very good. No illustrations. Just one line.
    Luckily I found this YouTube video that reviews it and shows the correct way to do it... And now I'm a happy camper!

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced and under engineered

    • Written by from CUPERTINO

    Great idea but with lots of flaws.
    The product only connects the battery compartments of the two Apple devices and will therefore appear floppy unless it is used on a desk or similar.

    To compensate for the floppy appearance 12South has cut this little H-bar in plastic that better connected the two units. They just forgot the fact that you can no longer click the MagicPad. The H-bar requires a lot of force to install and will have to be removed every time you need to change batteries in the keyboard. BUMMER !!!

    But if you are looking for something to hold you Pad and Keyboard together you found a $30 plastic track to do so. Far too expensive if you ask me.

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Wand - Almost

    • Written by from New York

    Great idea and almost great execution. I agree with some of the reviewers - the metal dock should be a higher quality given the price but I bought it for one reason - to hold the Keyboard and Track Pad together - until Apple offers an integrated wireless keyboard and trackpad - like on my AirBook. The problem - the H-Bar does NOT fit easily and it is very difficult to remove which is necessary when you replace the batteries. I watched the video on Twelve South's website which shows the H-Bar smoothly sliding into place and being removed smoothly - NO WAY. I asked Twelve South to send me a replacement H-Bar on the premise that mine is defective. We'll see what happens. If I get satisfaction, I will update this review.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVING Mine... Confused by the reviews

    • Written by from Aston

    I think the ease & simplicity of the wand is what is causing all the user related errors I'm reading about in these reviews. I've had mine for a while now and have experienced NONE of the above mentioned issues. As anyone who is reading these can tell about 50% are not able to use the item correctly and the other 50% love it. The product is great, a little over priced, but us Apple users are well accustomed to that. If you are considering this purchase DEFINITELY buy it and if you can't seem it have it function as expected then return it, but it seems pretty obvious to me all of the complaints above are nothing more then user error. Great device!!!

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice overall; hard to assemble

    • Written by from Chino Hills

    Once I got this thing together it held up really tight, but I dread having to change the batteries. Assembly for me was different than the instructions. The H bar is so tight that I couldn't just slide it in per their instructions. I had to assemble it outside the wand then snap the keyboard and mouse in together.

    9 of 10 people found this useful