• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing, but wears out fast

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    I'm on my 4th one in about 16 months. I've tried the Wacom "Pen and Touch" as well. It is remarkable how much more sensitive and smooth and amazing this magic pad is than anything by wacom- and I have an older Wacom pro too. I didn't appreciate how natural the gestures with the track pad are until I had the wacom- which has clunky gestures in comparison.

    Biggest complaint: the magic track pad's physical spring wears out every 3 months. Its a kick in the nuts every time it happens. It starts sticking a little, then a little more, then you click and it wont pop up ever again- done. :( To me, it is disgusting to have to buy a new one roughly 4 times a year, hence my foray into wacom land....but alas, this is still the winner.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I am replacing them too often

    • Written by from Millinocket

    I have had my iMac for only a couple of years and I am about to go on my third trackpad. While I far prefer the trackpad to the mouse as far as usability goes, it seems that after several months of use, they quit working. What happens is that they begin sticking or, I guess I don't really know what is going on inside, but the result is that while I am typing a document, it will move to another place in the document. If I am not staring at my work while I am typing, which I am not in the habit of doing, I will look up to find that I have replaced large segments of text. It also highlights portion of text without my permission, causing me to delete them when I strike another key, unaware of what it has done. Or it grabs onto something and won't let go. When I try to move my cursor to another place on the screen, it pulls the entire document with it. At first, it seems that replacing the batteries fixes the problem for awhile but, once it starts doing that, within a few weeks, I find that I am replacing new batteries every couple of hours, and finally even that won't help. At $69 a pop, I would think that my trackpad should last more than a few months. If not for this, I would give the Magic Trackpad four stars, possibly five.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hand pain

    • Written by from Cambridge

    I was initially very excited about my trackpad, but after a few months of intense use my hand starting cramping. I talked it over with my doctor about what could have caused it and the only thing we could think of was the trackpad. That's enough to get me to go back to a mouse, but the cherry on top was the batteries dying very quickly.

    If your hands don't cramp, or you use it sparingly, then it looks pretty swanky on your desk and works just fine.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Two years and fail

    • Written by from Anchorage

    It was a great trackpad as long as it worked, but two years later, one of the springs failed and now it's worthless. I still have other types of mouse/trackpads that are working fine years after purchase. This is a big disappointment. I expect better from Apple.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but could be better...

    • Written by from Cantley

    I found the track pad to be very interesting when it came out. After wards when I picked it up, I released some issues;

    It worked descent with mac OSX but when it came to windows, it just didn't feel right. It needs to have better software to work on windows. The only feature that functioned all right was the scrolling, and thats pretty basic. After all it was an okay product...

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great when it's working, terrible when it's not

    • Written by from South San Francisco

    While I love that I can use all the features of my laptop trackpad on this device, it's very frustrating when it doesn't connect with my work laptop anymore. I take my laptop home and leave the trackpad in the office, and every morning it seems I have to pair the trackpad again.

    Pairing is not the best experience ever. There's only one indicator light, and only one light color, so it's hard to tell what's happening with the trackpad, since turning it on or off looks about the same. I had to read a support page to know that blinking twice means discovery mode, and that if it does NOT blink, then the trackpad needs batteries, so it's not intuitive at all. It takes trial and error to figure out how to get the device in the right state for pairing.

    That said, after the frustrating pairing, the device works great. It's very responsive, and connectivity doesn't drop during the day. I love that I can use tap-to-touch and all multitouch gestures on a big comfortable surface.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Utility Good; longevity bad

    • Written by from Rockville

    I love the functionality and the design. However I've had my $70 track pad just over a year and it's dead. I've had regular old mice that cost me $20 for nearly 20 years without breaking and this thing is dead. Verified dead. Sorry Apple but I can't afford $70 to replace this thing. I'm switching back to my Microsoft mouse and keyboard.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product/idea, poor execution/design

    • Written by from San Diego

    They should really make a version on this product that integrates with their wired keyboard and numeric pad through the USB ports on the side. Many of the programs I would use this product with require the use of the numeric pad, which isn't available on the wireless keyboard.
    However I do realize that I could purchase two trackpads, and use the Mobee Magic Numbpad with one, leaving the other for a complete touch interface, however the MagicWand product would not be able to connect all three products together to form a single keyboard that includes both a trackpad and numeric pad.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Preferred over Mouse

    • Written by from Powell

    I rarely use this. Mainly only for fast switching between desktops only when playing EQ. I use a trackball for my main mouse ( I prefer not to move a mouse around at all ) and it's still using original battery...But I have to change out the battery almost monthly on this track pad even when not in use. I keep trying to turn it off and yet always find it on, what a waste of battery. I even sleeked disconnect on iMac when not using it, but always find it connected later. And now and then I see, "Cannot find device" 3 seconds later "device found", the keyboard does this at times as well.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    worked great ... until it didn't

    • Written by from PLYMOUTH

    after a couple years of clicking, something has failed inside so that the mouse behaves insanely - spontaneously jumping around the screen, opening windows on it's own, and not responding to gestures. From search of forums, it looks like this is not an uncommon eventuality with trackpads, and apple of course ignores the subject.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as trackpads on Macbooks

    • Written by from North York

    I found the trackpad to work okay with my Mac Mini but I didn't enjoy it as much as the trackpad on my 13" Macbook . I'm using a 24" monitor so maybe the size made a difference. I found my logitech mouse to be quicker and more precise. The bluetooth connectivity was solid however. Overall, this pad is alright.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Tiring on the hand; no place to rest fingers

    • Written by from SURREY

    I love the trackpad on my MacBook Pro, and I hate my Apple Magic mouse, so I decided to get this one for use when my MacBook Pro is docked. I thought this trackpad was a no-brainer and was sure it would be great. Unfortunately I was quite wrong.

    There's no place to rest the hand/fingers on this trackpad, so it's very tiring on the hand after a few minutes of use. I constantly find myself searching for a place to rest my fingers, but obviously if you touch the surface, that registers as a mouse move or click. Very annoying. The surface area is much bigger than the trackpad on the MacBooks, and is larger than the size of my palm (I have normal sized hands), so I can't hug around it either without at least a few fingers touching the surface. Its being elevated off the desk doesn't help things either.

    Aside from that major issue, the surface is actually very good, cursor tracking is very accurate, multi-finger gestures work really well, software support is great, i.e. it's an excellent piece of technology with a bad / non-ergonomic design. I would have liked it much better if the active area was smaller and the borders had bands of non-sensitive areas where one could rest his(or her) fingers. I'll see if I can attach something to it to that effect, though we shouldn't need to do that.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not too bad...

    • Written by from Carlsbad

    Effective tool however strain on wrist. I lift up my hand and still bothersome.
    Feels better when the trackpad is on my lap.

    Perhaps making one for table-top with arc in the same curvature as the magic mouse. Tilt forward a little more. A shape that will make less hand movement with more efficiency.

    A pressure sensitive pen would be a nice option. Allow trackpad mapping to the screen size.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's good, but doesn't replace my mouse

    • Written by from Toronto

    I've had this for about a month. It's nice for simple things, like scrolling through web pages, but it's useless when it comes to some specific apps, like GarageBand. I had hoped this might replace my mouse, but no dice. It's a neat toy, but it's not a tool.

    32 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for casual use, text editing, etc., but...

    • Written by from Fountain Hills

    Not really usable for things like photoshop, illustrator, photo editing, etc. I gave it to my wife after using it for an hour.

    19 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why not have a USB version?

    • Written by from Louisville

    It took a while to get used to the trackpad, but I have grown to like it. But I find it annoying and inconvenient to have to change the batteries every two or three weeks. This is a desktop device. I would prefer to have a USB connector. USB is more reliable than Bluetooth. Every Bluetooth device occasionally loses connectivity, including this one. I find I have to keep my old mouse as a back-up for Bluetooth failures and battery rundown. The batteries also raise the back of the trackpad and make it less ergonomic. The wrist has to be bent back further than it would be if the trackpad lay flat. As a matter of fact, the back of the the trackpad should probably be lower than the front, not higher. This would give a better wrist angle. Please, Apple, stop shoving wireless "convenience" down our throats.

    42 of 56 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product, ideal for MacBook's - couple of issues

    • Written by from Murphy

    OVERVIEW
    The main reason I use the Magic Trackpad is to have consistency of use between when I'm working at home at my desk vs working directly from the MacBook. The Magic Trackpad is ideal for this however, there are a couple issues I've found that make it a bit of a challenge.

    CHALLENGES:
    (1) The Magic Trackpad has a fairly short battery life, especially when compared to the wireless keyboard. If you're considering the Trackpad, be sure to also get the rechargeable batteries from Apple or other rechargeable AA batteries because you will go through them.

    (2) The Trackpad has an issue with the click action in that it will stick for no apparent reason. The device has never come in contact with any liquids or anything sticky but when in frequent use, it will stick and I'll have to raise it slightly off the table and drop it to unstick it. This can be very frustrating particularly when you're working with engineering diagrams or editing photos.

    SUMMARY
    In concept and purpose, I should give this device 5 stars but in execution, I can only give it 3 stars. If Apple would improve this device to enable the battery to last as long as the keyboard or to resolve the sticking issues with the click feature, this would actually be a perfect device.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 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