• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    • Written by from Little Elm

    First off, I really like the Magic Trackpad - I found it to be easier to use, especially once gesture controls were introduced.

    The only draw-back I see to it, is that there will always be somethings that mice are better at then trackpads. Gaming, for instance, can be a bit of a pain... especially first-person shooter types. Also, dragging and moving can be a bit of a hassle, since you're limited by the surface of the trackpad.

    All-in-all, I think it's a great product. I've grown so used to having gesture controls, that I get a little irritated when I have to use a mouse for something... the trackpad just makes working through OSX a breeze. Get one, you won't be disappointed.

    111 of 118 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.

    75 of 83 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting device ....

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    PROS -

    - Nice high quality design and build
    - Performs just like the trackpad on the lastest MBP's.
    - Highly configurable
    - Bluetooth (able to use this about 8ft. away from my computer with no problems)
    - Works well under Windows 7 via Bootcamp

    CONS -

    - Ergonomically it should be designed a bit better.
    – May take some people a bit of time to configure it to their personal needs.
    - Edges should be rounded smooth

    SUMMARY -

    If you like the "trackpad" style of mouse-ing, then you may enjoy using this little gem.

    33 of 36 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

    I'd give a USB version a full 5 stars.

    • Written by from Dearborn

    It's easily the most elegant, comfortable and versatile "mouse" I've ever used but when I use Apple's rechargeable batteries I need to swap them out every 4 to 5 days. I never really use it off my desk so frankly a USB connection and a couple of USB ports would make it even more useful and convenient for me.

    24 of 25 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

    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!

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Purty Darn Good

    • Written by from Lake Stevens

    This was built for the mac! It allows you to use mac apps in new and truly exciting ways. However, it has 2 flaws...not bad when you consider all it does. 1st it has a little bit of a hard time picking up a right click. You need to be deliberate in right clicking things. 2nd, i haven't found a single game that it can be used easily with. Not to say that it doesn't work, just that you'll get far more control out of a mouse. If you play a lot of games, this may not be for you. If you browse the web, check your email, and use documents and general apps on your Mac, this will probably add to your enjoyment using your Mac.

    25 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

    Awesome

    • Written by from Garnerville

    I'm using this with BetterTouchTool, and the Magic Trackpad could easily replace my 8-button Logitech MX Revolution.

    Now if they'd just come out with a black keyed version of the wireless keyboard and I'd be all set.

    29 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Try it, you'll like it.

    • Written by from Portland

    I've been using a plain old scroll mouse with a wire for years ... connectivity isn't an issue and there are no batteries to worry about. But when Lion killed the driver for my favorite mouse, I thought it might be time to move into the future and try this trackpad. I'm glad I did! From the first moment I used it I loved the smart way that the entire case pushes down to perform a click (the glass trackpad on my MacBook Pro requires a harder press that tires my hand). I'm also able to use tap-to-click on this trackpad with no problems, even though that caused lots of unwanted clicks on my MacBook Pro. And of course the added gestures like swiping left and right to change pages in Safari adds a level of productivity that my old mouse couldn't offer.

    With Apple's rechargeable battery kit, I get about three weeks on a charge, and I can rotate a fresh pair of batteries into the unit in about a minute.

    My only compliant is that the trackpad occasionally loses its Bluetooth connection to my computer ... it will disconnect, then reconnect again 10 seconds later, maybe once or twice a week. It's not a big deal, but surprising because the Apple wireless keyboard sitting right next to it has never had this problem. I'm leaving out one star for that reason.

    Otherwise it's a fine product and I wouldn't want to go back to a normal mouse again.

    22 of 24 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

    Love it BUT

    • Written by from sutton west

    I really like the control i get from using the trackpad, I also find it is easier on ones hands vs a traditional mouse all that said my feet fell off -both sides!- which made right clicking and other actions impossible.

    So i land at 4 stars, great little addition until it loses it's feet.

    20 of 22 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

    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

    Is it Comfortable?

    • Written by from fenton

    After 5 days of use, im begining to get comfortable using it.
    My main concern was how comfortable it would be to use since I didn't really enjoy the low profile feel of the magic mouse.

    Initially, I wanted to rest my entire hand on the trackpad. This worked, but I felt like I had to be too careful not to move my other fingers, or I would get unstable results. Doing this left me felling somewhat tense while using the trackpad.

    Today, I started resting my hand on the desk while only using my index finger to navigate the trackpad. This seems to be the most comfortable, and accurate way to use the trackpad. I'm finding this to be the most effortless way to navigate a computer.

    I love the 4 finger swipes to get to other running applications or to get to the desktop.

    17 of 17 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

    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

    iPad Supported Device

    • Written by from Richmond Hill

    This is a great peripheral device and it would be a HUGE added function to the iPad if it supported the Magic Trackpad!!!! Please Apple, make this happen :D

    26 of 38 people found this useful