• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    carpal tunnel syndrome awaits you if you use a mouse a lot

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I switched from the magic mouse to this device as soon as it came out largely based on the positive review here in the mac store. After 3-4 weeks of using it, I've switched back to my magic mouse.

    I really like the trackpad and wanted to keep on using it but I started having pain in my wrist and in my forefinger knuckle which I've never had before. Using this device for long periods of time causes you to lift your wrist and forefinger into non-resting positions that will put a strain on these joints and muscles creating chronic pain.

    If you use your mouse a lot then do yourself a favor and DO NOT use this device. It works great if you only use your mouse occasionally but otherwise, save your money and stick to your mouse.

    113 of 132 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ergonomics Rethink Required

    • Written by from Calgary

    5 out of 5 for quality of construction, look, performance, software, etc.

    2 out of 5 for ergonomics. The Trackpad is built upside down. The fat end (the battery compartment) should be closest to your wrist so that your wrist is not angled up to place your fingers on the surface. There should be an option in the software to invert the device so it can be used "upside down".

    Barring that, or in conjunction with the software inversion option, there is good opportunity for someone to release a stand that raises the end of the pad closest to your body and includes a palm rest such that your wrist drapes over the pad.

    91 of 103 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool idea but slows down workflow

    • Written by from FOREST HILLS

    Its a great piece of technology and I am really excited to see where this goes in future incarnations.
    However I find it much slower and more restrictive than a regular mouse, sometimes confuses click with right click and is quite inconsistent.
    I ordered one with my new Imac but will be going back to a regular mouse.
    If you want to work with speed and productivity I would not recommend it.

    46 of 53 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted about 18 months

    • Written by from Fort Collins

    Is a perfect pairing for a OSX with the mutitouch gestures capabilities. Dragging icons over long distances, or selecting a lot of text is cumbersome.

    After about 12 months it would regularly drop connections. Eventually, after about 18 months, it was unusable and would drop connections every minute. Battery replacement would usually resolve the issue, but as time went on, battery life was shorter and shorter. It's not that they wore out, it's that the trackpad required a higher battery life percentage in order to even turn on. All battery contacts were perfectly clean too. After dropping connection, the only way to re-establish was to remove and re-insert batteries.

    Expected a little more for such an expensive product. Seriously having second thoughts about buying another one.

    44 of 54 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cheap Button Mechanism

    • Written by from METAIRIE

    The product has worked as described for about 3 months however the small rubber pieces on the bottom that serve as a button were poorly made, designed and have worn out. I bought this for my iMac at work and it hasn't performed well do to the improperly place buttons. I would say this is probably great for the casual user. For someone actually moving over a screen all day this product is a No-Go. I have since gone back to my magic mouse. I wouldn't say "no good" as the gestures are kind of cool and I am constantly questioned "is that your mouse?" Other than the dramatization that apple does so well it's rather function-less.

    34 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Should have USB - forget Bluetooth for this!

    • Written by from San Jose

    This device should have a USB connection. The Bluetooth connection is horribly unreliable, goes on and off even with full batteries. But even if it were 100% stable, the design would still make no sense. Why have to replace batteries all the time when the USB-connected keyboard is right next to the thing, with an empty USB socket pointing right at it?

    Apple, make one of these with USB and I will buy it! But offer ANY Bluetooth devices any more. I don't want them. I hate buying or charging batteries. Extra work for me that I do not need and wasteful, too.

    36 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Eh. Not for the serious user/designer

    • Written by from HARRISONBURG

    I've been designing with Macs for over 15 years now (print, web, multimedia, etc). I got this thinking it would be faster..NOPE! The gestures required to do advanced layout/editing (PSD, INDD, IA) are just not reliable or fast. It will take you a lot of time to get used to it. I gave up after 1 week and went back to my wireless gesture mouse. I think it's fine for a newbie Mac person using iPhoto or another amateur piece of editing software that has no advanced editing capabilities. For some things (like placing a cursor exactly where you need it on a page quickly) a mouse can't be beat. The trackpad now sits in my closet. I do give it merit for its form, nothing for function.

    34 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ergonomic success with technical failure

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    The ergonomics of this trackpad puts mice to shame. It's smoother, faster, more precise, and easier on your fingers. The three-finger drag mode causes a problems in some apps because it takes a second to deactivate. Unfortunately, it's extremely prone to interference. Bring it to an office and it doesn't even have one foot of range before it becomes jerky and unresponsive. Turn on WiFi and it's jerky every time you have network traffic.

    30 of 39 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    didn't work out too well for me.

    • Written by from Yonkers

    this thing just did not fit the bill for me. i have been completely satisfied with every apple product I have ever bought until this one. I thought it would fix the quirkiness of Lion if I had a multitouch trackpad... but once I started using it I found it was just a patch. 2.1ghz core 2 duo with 4gb of memory and an ssd... figured this would fit in just fine. ended up being real awkward even after adjusting all the settings I could think of.

    turns out windows 7 and a scroll wheel mouse have bought my computing experience back from the dead.

    no hate here. just my two cents. too long using the same ui. just felt so stale. trackpad set the whole thing off.

    30 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Trackpad

    • Written by from Columbus

    The Trackpad is nice, but the angle is not good for people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The Battery should be on top so the trackpad is not at a angle. We need to make a Wrist Rest to flatten out the Trackpad.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Happy at First, but then...

    • Written by from Santa Rosa

    Initially I was thrilled with the Magic Track pad that I bought two more. One for work and one for my wife. After using it for five days I don't like it because extended use started cramping my hand. Touch click was way too sensetive. The normal click was hard to press and a factor in cramping my hand. Sure I liked the scroll and slide features but when it came to position the pointer with a finger it wasn't as easy as the old mouse. I got frustrated with it and went back to the old mouse. I wasted $210 on 3 of these. I hope I can get my money back.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit frustrating

    • Written by from KNOXVILLE

    Bought this Trackpad when I upgraded to Lion OS.
    Have used it for almost one month and still am learning. Many features/gestures have no use in my line of work/home use.
    I've owned an iPhone and Macbook Air and had no problems with the touch gestures. Enjoyed the app on my iPhone that made it a 'touchpad'. But, this works differently.
    This Trackpad has a generous surface area, which is part of the problem. Easy to have accidental touches (even to the edges of the trackpad) with dire consequences, and many gestures are frustrating.
    Sometimes my pinky and/or ring finger will touch the pad while I'm scrolling and send me to another webpage or interpret the gesture as a 'swipe', or some other gesture and close the page all together.
    Seems like 'up' is down, and 'down' is up. With my previous mouse or trackball and the 'window blind' controls on webpages, you'd pull 'down' to make the page scroll up, 'up' to make the page go scroll down. With this Trackpad, the gestures are as if you're touching the page, itself. Odd, since the pad is horizontal and the screen is vertical. And now, on many sites and in most dialogue boxes, with this Trackpad (and Lion update?) those 'window blind' controls on the edge of the website or dialogue box are gone!
    Also, double clicks aren't always recognized, or sometimes are overly sensitive, regardless of the setting. I find it difficult to block/select a section of text or photo to highlight for editing or to copy and paste.
    I regret this purchase. My $12 Blutooth mouse was cheaper, much simpler to operate and move, and not counter intuitive.

    25 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It was great until it went crazy

    • Written by from Lancaster

    I had the magic track pad for maybe 2 or 3 months before out of the blue, it stopped selecting things, then selected things while my hands were no where near it, 1-touch click stopped working, then 1-click stopped working, then it started moving things I didn't want to other places, and THEN it started freezing my comp whenever I turned the trackpad on.

    I know, studied and practiced all the trackpad finger moves, so I know my fingers didn't somehow slip in the wrong direction. This drove me bananas for 2 weeks since I was convinced there had to be a way to fix it---after all, it's an apple product, righ?!

    I tried everything (not in the order listed):
    Restart comp
    Repaired my mac mini's permissions in Recovery mode
    Turned off bluetooth, turned on bluetooth
    unpair and then pair
    new batteries
    cleaned trackpad with glass cleaner
    cleaned trackpad with rubbing alcohol
    blew air on the trackpad to get dust out the edges with an air compressor
    left it in a hot room to dry out (maybe the humidity in my office made it wonky, Idk)
    left it alone 3 days to rest

    But after all that, it was STILL acting very bizarre!

    I'm finally taking it back to the store for a genius appt. Hopefully they give me store credit.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Gave up on trying to use Magic Trackpad.

    • Written by from FAIRFAX

    I had apprehensions on buying the Magic Trackpad because I really never use the trackpad on my MacBook Pro. I find a mouse and in particular the Magic Mouse to be much easier and faster for most operations. i was sucked in, however, by the "Magic" in its name and now will be looking to return it or sell on eBay.

    My complaints.
    Touch click it extremely sensitive and results in many unintended clicks.
    Unlike a mouse (which allows you to rest your hand) the track pad forces your wrist into an upward, cocked position to prevent accidental clicking.
    Many operations like click and drag or right click require to many clicks to complete.

    Overall, it slowed my work and made my wrist hurt.

    31 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Don't Try to Get Anything Done

    • Written by from Happy Valley

    Buggy. It will randomly click in different parts of the screen, potentially undoing selections you have made. Of course this will only be a problem when you need to select/deselect many items via clicking, but that will also be the time it will be most irritating.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    In my drawer

    • Written by from Kingsport

    I found this product to be unusable. I may be too clumsy, but the sensitivity to inadvertent touches etc drove me nuts. I should have saved my money.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I want to like this product...

    • Written by from Forest Hills

    Really, I do. It's a neat concept, but after a few weeks of getting used to it I still find it to be rather frustrating. I often find it highlighting and moving things against my will. It doesn't always respond to my attempts to click on links on icons no matter how many times I touch it. Other times a single touch will highlight the entire screen and not let go.
    I'm sure there are fans who will declare that I simply don't know how to use it. They're probably right. But how good can it be if the product requires weeks of practice to master? Ease of use is a biggie. I went back to using my magic mouse and my blood pressure dropped instantly. Speaking only for myself, the Magic Trackpad is a rare disappointment from a company that usually hits it out of the park.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    bad sensitivity

    • Written by from Houston

    IF YOU ARE A USER OF A MACBOOK PRO LIKE ME DONT SET YOUR HOPES ON THIS BEING LIKE THE BUILT IN PAD ON IT. SCROLLING OVER APPS OR MENU BAR WILL SUDDENLY LAUNCH OR OPEN UP A WINDOW. SOMETIMES THE DRAG LOCK WILL COME ON EVEN THOUGH IT IS DISABLED. I EXCHANGED THE FIRST ONE THINKING IT WAS DEFECTIVE BUT THAT IS THE WAY IT IS, NO SENSITIVITY SETTING? RIDICULOUS! IF YOU WERE USED TO USING YOUR TRACK PAD ON YOUR MACBOOK FOR PHOTOSHOP OR GOOGLE EARTH GOOD LUCK!

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok

    • Written by from Highlands Ranch

    I like the idea of the Magic Trackpad. Unfortunately, I find it quite "Jumpy" when tracking around the screen. (My Mac is new iMac running the latest system software.) No one else who uses my computer (wife and daughter) like it or use. They always use the mouse. It's very nice for some things and so-so at other times. If it wasn't so jumpy for me on the tracking I'd give it a much better review.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A hand cramper

    • Written by from Hendersonville

    Big Apple fan, couldn't wait to get this.

    I've spent about an hour with it so far, so admittedly not exhaustive, but find my self yearning for the comfort of my Logitech MX-Laser mouse.

    The problem is all of the fingers. I use a desktop (iMac), not a laptop at home, and MacBook Pro for work. I personally prefer a mouse over the trackpad on the laptop, but convinced myself that the larger surface of the Magic Trackpad would make it better. It doesn't.

    I'm positioning my hand to the right of the trackpad so I can rest the palm of my hand on the desk to avoid "applying" another finger to the surface, thereby causing an unwanted gesture.

    I thought it would be good for Aperture (pinch/zoom and rotate) but it's not there yet. Maybe future update of Aperture will address it.

    Again, I'm sorry I'm disappointed. Maybe time spent will help, but it really does make my hand hurt, I'm working too hard to avoid resting a finger on the surface.

    20 of 28 people found this useful