• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Been using this for about a year...went back to a mouse...sort of

    • Written by from Clayton

    As I mentioned above, I have been using this product fora year. It was great initially, then after some time I became annoyed at how frequently I had to change the batteries. The gestures in 10.6 worked fine for me, but they changed some ofthegestures I use most frequently with the release of 10.7 and now I do not like using it as much. The dragging gesture is now three fingers which I just cannot use effectively. I got used to the single finger drag as for me it was more natural. You wold think three fingers would be easy to adapt to, but i have just had problems getting it to be intuitve for me..keyword being ME..others are likely fine using it.

    It just became more tedious to use for me than a mouse, so I keep a wireless mouse on my desk too for certain things and use the trackpad for mostly point and click and navigating screens, so it works well. My only gripes are the battery life and the lack of sufficient feedback when pressing the power button. After changing the batteries the trackpad does not reconnect to my mac tower and pressing the power button does not produce any feedback so I cannot tell if it is dead or alive sometimes. Most times I end up rebooting which is not terribly convenient. The battery life could very well be a function of the batteries that came with it as I've also have the apple charger and many complain of the battery life of those. I have recently stopped using the apple batteries and have used real batteries because I bought a ton of them recently to have in the house and they obviously last longer. I suggest getting really good rechargeable or use real batts for this....

    I would recommend the product with the above caveat...

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Interesting but the apps aren't there yet

    • Written by from BERKELEY

    This would be a really interesting product if it worked well, but the implementation and app support just isn't there yet in my opinion.

    In Safari, the horizontal 2-finger swipe to go forward or backward is really nice: fun, useful, superb design. The problem is that not many apps have that level of attention to detail. Most apps I've used, even ones from Apple like Logic, don't support 2-finger swipe at all. Chrome recently started to, but its implementation is just as a kind of flaky "forward" or "back" button - you don't get that smooth interactive feedback Safari does.

    Even fundamental Apple software like the Help viewer doesn't support the trackpad. In general, the pinch and reverse pinch work ok in some apps, but it's often a bit flakier than using a CMD-+ or a mouse button programmed to that.

    It's not obvious, but it's much better for swipes to be keyed to some gradual motion - if you just bind them to a keystroke, it's hard to know, say in a browser, if your swipe is even registering.

    Worse, much worse, is that there is no way to program in preferences for exactly what the swipes do. I assumed when I got this that Apple would make a menu for writing your own gesture shortcuts, like a mouse with hundreds of buttons. But it doesn't - you are limited to a few predefined gestures, most of which are hard-bound to fairly pointless functions. (There is some free program that claims to do this, it's in alpha I think still, and it's such a fundamental feature, and the functionality was still not that reliable in the base hardware, that I did not want to try it).

    I found a gaming mouse, together with something like SteerMouse gave me more control. Yes, when the Trackpad works, it's better than a mouse; and if it could be really configured well, it would be a lot better. But for now, I found the mouse was more reliable: I know the apps support it, I don't get in these situations where I don't know if the Trackpad missed a gesture or if the app doesn't support Trackpad or if I am in some state in the app that the gesture doesn't apply.

    Once all the apps support Trackpad well, and once Apple adds full customizable gestures for all apps, then I may switch back.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    eh

    • Written by from Boston

    The design is sleek, certainly a beautiful piece of technology. It is much bigger than I thought it would be, which was a plus. However, my hands didn't feel very comfortable when using it, so I retuned it about a week later.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Trackpad lack of sensitivity control

    • Written by from Pleasant Valley

    The ONLY thing I dislike about the trackpad is that there is NO SENSITIVITY setting for tapping nor touching. MS Windows has it for their 'pads' . It's very frustrating when anyone accidentally brushes a body part on the pad & something unintentional or unexpected happens on my iMac screen! (like when my grandkids are here!). I bought the magic mouse because they dropped my 1st wireless mouse many times until it broke, so I bought the trackpad as a backup. How difficult can it be to write an update adding this almost imperative feature to the trackpad? Otherwise it's a perfect product. PLEASE HELP.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be magic if it didn't require batteries

    • Written by from Houston

    Considering only this thing's function as an input device, it's wonderful. I love having the vocabulary of gestural inputs on the big trackpad. But in day-to-day life its infrastructural requirements—namely batteries—leave much to be desired. This thing sits in one spot on my desk. Why must it eat batteries? I have plenty of available USB ports. The trackpad should just use one of them and be done with the need for interrupting my work to be fed more expensive & environmentally unfriendly batteries.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Need complete mouse emulation

    • Written by from Toronto

    At minimum, I should be able to do everything with the trackpad that I can do with my trusty old Logitech wheel mouse. But there's no way to do a "hold down the wheel and drag" or a wheel click, and because I need both of these in a program I use fairly often, I can't completely retire the mouse just yet.

    I'm also a bit dismayed by how quickly the trackpad drains a pair of fully charged batteries, because I could swear I read reviews claiming that it was more power-efficient than Bluetooth mice. In fact, to date I've found that a charge lasts only half or two thirds as long.

    I've only had it for a month so I might still be making my own fine motor adjustments, but I find the "single tap" sensitiviy to be erratic. Sometimes it seems like the click event is fired when my finger barely grazes the surface, while other times even a solid tap doesn't do it.

    One driver change I would recommend is to ignore very light "taps" that happen while another finger is resting on the surface, as these are almost certainly accidental. At least provide a settings option to change this, as it gets quite annoying sometimes.

    Overall, I find myself wanting to love this product because it looks great and is such a great idea, and maybe I will eventually, but I'm not head over heels yet.

    32 of 37 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome! Only 1 thing I'd like to see changed

    • Written by from Murrieta

    Using with a MacBookPro. Works seamlessly and flawlessly--love it!

    The mouse click buttons are located on the under side of the unit and you simply push down on the pad for a click. It needs to be sitting on a hard surface when you tap it so that the buttons underneath will depress. Doesn't work too well if the unit is sitting on a soft surface like your bed or sofa.

    You could put a book or other hard surface under it to fix this, but that reduces usability and limits mobility. What if you want to use it while standing? It's very awkward to hold it in one hand and hopefully place a finger underneath on the button to press it when you need. It is difficult to balance it on the one hand while using the other hand to operate it.

    Solution: If the click buttons were incorporated into the lower corner of the "user surface" it would truly be held by one hand (not balanced on it) while controlled by the other. Thank you

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    More sensitive than the MacBook trackpad.

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    I have always used the trackpad on my MacBook Pro. My brother says that he can't control the trackpad on his MacBook Pro and uses the Magic Mouse. "The trackpad on the MacBook is always launching something," he says.

    Well now I know what he means. Just a little bump on the side of the pad while typing on my wireless keyboard and I'm inserting text in a paragraph back at the top of the page.

    I always set the MacBook Pro track pad pref to "Ignore accidental touches while typing" but with the MTP there is no such pref. Or any sensitivity pref. So now I keep the MTP well away from the keyboard.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Whoa, Don't Be So Sensitive!

    • Written by from Valley Village

    I'm only going to give the Magic Trackpad three stars and they're for the idea. The product is a great idea, BUT this thing is waaay too sensitive! I can almost just look at the Trackpad and it'll start tapping, clicking, swiping and whatever else! I've only had the thing for a short while and maybe in time I'll do a lot better. For now, though, I'm very tempted to put it in the drawer and forget it.

    P.S. I ended up using my Magic Mouse to navigate around this review box to correct my typos.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Be it that this is an Apple product...

    • Written by from POMONA

    It would be nice to release drivers designed for Windows based PCs. It does work as a simple left-click only trackpad, but I think that this would open up the market for more people buying this product. Apple is very innovative and I love all their products. Would be nice to be able to move this around to all my multiple devices i have around the house and not just limit it to my Apple products.

    15 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product (except for 2.4GHz wifi interference)

    • Written by from Atlanta

    Bluetooth and 802.11b/n wireless use the same radio frequencies, so unfortunately the trackpad becomes very unreliable when you are heavily utilizing a 2.4GHz wifi network.

    The problem is slight when receiving large amounts of data (e.g. streamed video) because the interfering transmitter (the Wifi access point) isn't necessarily nearby; but when sending large amounts of data (e.g., wifi Time Capsule backups) the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad both become unusably laggy and jumpy, because the interfering transmitter (your Mac) is right next to it. The effect is the worst in clamshell mode.

    I was very disappointed to be forced to run wired ethernet to my desk in order to use my Magic devices with Time Machine over Wifi enabled.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, but hand cramping, designed wrong.

    • Written by from Monroeville

    Love the idea of the trackpad and all of the control, but I think they designed it wrong.

    Your hand and forearm shouldn't cramp after just a little use. The pad is elevated with the battery compartment underneath causing your hand to have to lift up to make gestures or scroll. Just the thing that brings on Carpel tunnel.

    They should have designed it lying flat with the battery compartment on top. I flipped it over and felt more comfortable. Obviously it doesn't work that way, but maybe they should redo it to do so.

    Works great otherwise, but kinda of a bummer, was really looking forward to using it alot.

    130 of 166 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the concept, but it makes my hands hurt

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I really love the idea of the trackpad - on the MacBook the execution is great. I've been using this trackpad lightly for the last week, and already my index (clicking finger) knuckle is hurting. I worry what it would be like if this would be my main computer.

    I'm going to go back to my mouse and move the trackpad to the living room.

    Don't get me wrong, the device is great, but in practical use, it just doesn't work.

    16 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Could easily go to five stars if fix a few problems

    • Written by from San Diego

    I got wowed by this trackpad in the apple store. However I didn't use it enough to notice the slight problems. I don't blame apple - getting a trackpad right is extremely difficult. But I think they need to patch the software a bit.

    The good:
    Sensitivity is good, mouse gestures work, and you don't have to roll this stupid thing around your desk.

    The worst:
    It auto-selects text for no reason. Not sure what's causing it. It's not clear how to select text.

    The bad:
    Tap gets activated by a light brushing of - let's say - the pinky. There are no options in preferences to control tap sensitivity.

    64 of 71 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    • Written by

    It looks nice, it is very stable, but it has a lack of functionality. I tried it with iLife 11 but I can't even zoom the picture with that track pad. When you buy it, you have to upgrade your Mac as well. No software included. If your internet is down that day, that's bad luck. Nice though it is, but I'm going to bring it back. $69,- is too much just for having a nice piece of aluminium on my desk...

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Prepare to Upgrade and Learning Curve

    • Written by from Copley

    Due to my lack of preparation, I was also surprised to find that users need to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard. I just purchased Snow Leopard a few days ago amidst rumors of a new operating system possibly being released this week.

    I've found the trackpad is more convenient on my Macbook Pro so far. There is a bit of a learning curve on the iMac because I, like many people, are addicted to the mouse. In a few days of use I haven't had any technical issues and am learning to maneuver with this creative device.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Buggy

    • Written by from Woodside

    Should have a control for pad sensitivity or better software as it opens windows unintentionally while scrolling.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth is a weakness

    • Written by from Frederick

    Trackpad works well when Bluetooth does, but bluetooth comes and goes on my MacBook. Give the pad a cable!

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Batteries are its weakeness

    • Written by from Marietta

    Apple engineers, please give us a usb connector to the computer and I will get a bunch of them, This is the future, but the batteries are really in the way. Too much trouble and additional cost.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall good to go

    • Written by from bronx

    If you have a recent version of the Macbook Pro, then this item should be of no surprise to you. The only "con" about this product is that for the trackpad to click it has to be laying on a flat steady surface. The trackpad won't click if you have it laying on your lap, bed or couch; in this case you would have to tap to click. The clicking and dragging is not very efficient to me. Basically, if you wish to play a game like Zuma, this product will leave you score at zero.

    4 of 9 people found this useful