• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Single-use item

    • Written by from Houston

    So, the batteries got stuck after a couple of weeks of no use. The battery door would not, could not budge. I bent a few coins, since the slot is rounded and will not fit a screwdriver. Tried a few cycles of heating and cooling, including butane. Finally I removed the rubber pad under the battery compartment, exposing two small holes. Used these holes to soak the insides with vinegar (great for removing battery corrosion) for two full days. But the door still would not budge. In the end I used a bit too much force, and the front surface cracked. So now it's useless.
    This is a design problem. I will not be replacing it.

    11 of 27 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good quality, yet distance from perfect.

    • Written by from Dorchester

    The track pad is of good quality, with a certain weaknesses that I would like to mention.

    I've used the trackpad on the old MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Air, and the new MacBook Pro Retina. If I would to rate the "ease to tap (click)" the trackpad, both lineup of the MacBook Pro score solid 5 star from me. MacBook Air's trackpad being a 4, since it requires a bit more force to tap, and the magic trackpad being a 3, because it needs the most force to tap. Hence, the most unconfortable one.

    Another weaknesses is the battery consumption. Compare to Apple's wireless keyboard, the magic trackpad needs new batteries every 3~4 months or so, whereas the wireless keyboard, well that's hard to estimate, because it still shows a solid 100% in my keyboard settings, after 3~4 months of usage.

    I can understand why the magic trackpad uses more power here, its due to its design, they always need to keep the entire surface electrolyzed to keep it functioning. If they can fix the tapping feel on the magic trackpad, I would give it a 5 star review.

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why replace AA batteries in 2013?

    • Written by from Placentia

    This device eats AA batteries which must be periodically replaced or recharged. Even worse, the pad's response time is slightly slower than the pad on a Macbook Pro, which makes navigation annoying.

    22 of 28 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use

    • Written by from Brunswick East

    I recently bought an external 27" monitor hooked up to my Macbook Air and found the non Apple mouse I was using rather inadequate. I bought the Magic Trackpad and absolutely love using it with the natural gestures etc. I'm even able to use it from my bed, thus turning the monitor etc into a 'home theatre' set up.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Trackpad Awesome for Limited mobility

    • Written by from Whitehorse

    I love the Magic Trackpad. I am right handed, and my right hand has limited use and movement, and I find that the trackpad works awesome, since I can just use the two fingers that work well on my right hand instead of the whole hand to move the mouse.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Mac accessory I have ever owned!!!

    • Written by from Kissimmee

    As someone who has been using Apple products since 1985 or so it goes without saying I have used my share of Apple products. The Magic Trackpad is, by far, my favorite Mac accessory I have ever owned. I already use a MacBook Pro with multi touch of course running Mountain Lion for work so the gestures have long since become second nature. But when I purchased my brand new Quad Core i7 Mac Mini and was using my old Mighty Mouse (yes Mighty, not Magic) it was like stepping back in time and while my Mighty Mouse served me well for a long time I knew I needed the upgrade. Holy moly am I glad I did. For one the build of it, like everything Apple really, is just so solid and legit. The design is beautiful and simplistic, again like all things Apple and the responsiveness is just astounding. And again, I am someone who is certainly not new to the product. Truly the Magic Trackpad lives up to its name. Couple all of that with the excellent gestures built in to Mountain Lion and this is, hands down, my favorite Mac accessory ever. A+++. Thank you Apple for making my life better and easier once again.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it! Magic Trackpad

    • Written by from New York

    I think I have fallen in love with my macbook again. After my trackpad started acting up, and I was too lazy to go to an apple store to get a check through the genius bar, I ordered the magic trackpad hoping it would be in the least a short-term solution.

    Turns out, I love it even more!! Was easy to set up and use, essentially a slightly bigger version of the laptop's trackpad and iOS so I could seamlessly integrate the same preferences that I was already used to

    THANKS APPLE for another one!! :)

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Old dogs can learn new tricks

    • Written by from Osceola

    I go back to Apple II's. Went to the Apple Store a couple of weeks ago with the intention of upgrading to a Magic Mouse. They suggested I give the Trackpad a try and said if I didn't like it I could bring it back in 14 days. With that said, I gave it a shot.

    The first couple of days I was thinking about not if but when to return it. But...I finally figured out how to use it and now wouldn't live without one. The number of different gestures is amazing and makes so many things more convenient and it's actually quicker. After a couple of tweaks, what I had a hard time believing was that it works so well for the text editing that I do each day. I now use a lot more features of OS X 10 than ever before. I really didn't appreciate the new operating system or couldn't appreciate it without the Trackpad.

    My desk setup allows the trackpad to lay absolutely flat and flush with my desktop which makes things even more comfortable for someone with a little arthritis showing up, much more comfortable for me than any mouse could ever be. Should have made that move long ago. With a 14 day trial give it a try. I think you will like it.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!!!

    • Written by from Portland

    I wanted this trackpad, as I am not that into mouses, and also liked the multitouch gestures and wanted to use them for my desktop. Let me tell you, the trackpad is amazing, and if there is a gesture you don't like you can turn it off. It works beautifully with only one drawback so far, once and a while it will stall doing certain actions. So far the battery life has been amazing (much better than my wireless keyboard, the multitouch gestures, including the ability to look stuff up in the dictionary works seamlessly with the computer. Overall this is a great product for the money and if you want to use your multitouch gestures like the ones you use on the macbook on your desktop, get the track pad.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    • Written by from Grand Rapids

    Large and very easy to use. I have the Magic Mouse also but really prefer the Trackpad. It's just as easy to use as the MacBook pad but HUGE in comparison. Looks great with the Bluetooth keyboard.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Trackpad handwriting

    • Written by from West Hollywood

    This Magic Trackpad can do Chinese handwriting recognition. After I connected the trackpad to the iMac, I can handwrite on the trackpad for Chinese input. It is wonderful to use Chinese on the iMac. No more typing on the keyboard via Zhuyin input.

    2 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE IT!

    • Written by from Houston

    I have two of these now. One for my Mac Mini connected to my HDTV and one for my MacBook Air. I really can't say anything I don't like about the trackpad. I just love it!

    It also works perfectly with my new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (w/Jelly Bean). With that said, you would think it would also work with the iPad (iOS 6.1.2), but nope, it doesn't. Hey Apple, that's something to consider. I'll use the Tab 2 more now, especially in bed, so I don't have to reach up and touch the screen when reading or playing. :-)

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An amazing upgrade from a mouse!

    • Written by from Walnut Creek

    I stumbled upon the Magic Trackpad at work as a co-worker had one on his desk. I tried it out and went out that afternoon and bought one as I had been looking to replace the terrible wireless mouse that came with my iMac. The Magic Trackpad is amazing! No more mousing over to the scroll bar and clicking to scroll. No need to use the back and forth buttons on the web browser to browse through web pages, the Magic Trackpad does all this and more with simple finger gestures. The Magic Trackpad is very well built and looks great. It really is an impressive piece of Apple engineering at a great price.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't go back to regular mouse

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    The litmus test of how useful this product is for me is when I forgot to bring it into the office (it's pretty expensive, and for the time being I only have one). I was therefore forced to use my regular mouse, and it was just cumbersome. Indeed, I found myself going to the laptop's trackpad even though the laptop was on a stand to serve as a secondary monitor.

    In short, the feel of the trackpad, once set up properly, is perfect. If you like using the gestures on the Macbook trackpad, I think you'll like the magic trackpad even better.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It stopped working after 10 months

    • Written by from Los angeles

    I was so disappointed. I changed the batteries but still no life in it. It could be that because I didn't use it for long periods of time, it had some corrosion issues with the batteries and that killed the trackpad.

    17 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    constantly losing connection

    • Written by from singapore

    conceptually a great product but placed within 30cm of 27in 2013 iMac with new battery and consistent (non-sleep period) use, it is constantly losing connection (same environment as other bluetooth devises). About one in three commands are lost and connection fluctuates rendering it more counterproductive than useful.

    21 of 30 people found this useful