• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    After 20+ years ...

    • Written by from Culver City

    After more than 20 years of working with PC mice, the purchase of the Magic Trackpad with a (first) MacBook Pro purchase five months ago was an incredible revelation. Silent. Smooth and perfectly integrated with Lion. No movement on desk. No crud on mouse. Touching more natural than twisting your wrist. Note: this trackpad can be placed in the correct location to the right or left of your (bluetooth) keyboard. Thus it is possible to comfortably and rapidly use your index finger(s) on it. In contrast, the trackpad built into the current MacBook Pro lines under the keyboard in the center seems stiff, noisy, and is best tamed using a heavy touch with your thumb. If you use a MacBook with external keyboard (bluetooth highly recommended) and an external monitor, then you need this trackpad pure and simple. Computing got more fun and wrist pain is gone.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Smooth Perfection

    • Written by from Edmonton

    I haven't used a traditional mouse in months - I'll never go back. I've been wishing for this since getting the Macbook Pro because I fell in love with the trackpad. I bought the external to use at work because there I hook my macbook pro to a monitor so it's more functional to use a mouse (track-pad) set up. Once you get used to using a track pad, using a traditional mouse feels clunky and awkward.

    The only drawback to the external track pad is that it doesn't allow for all the gestures that the track pad on the macbook pro does... i.e.: Four fingers upward will not reveal the desktop ribbon. But the majority of the gestures work just fine.

    Love it!

    12 of 12 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    awesome

    • Written by from Park Rapids

    I spend an enormous amount of time working behind my mac, mostly all business. I always suffer somewhat with pain in both the arm and wrist from too much mousing. I tried an ergonomic mouse and found it did help somewhat but hated its accuracy and overall ability compared to the magic mouse. I bought the trackpad and WOW! Beautiful! Situate the preference window for the track pad next to the document you are working on so you can continually go back to the settings for adjustments as you learn its movements. Give it time. I keep the mouse next to it for CAD and BIM but otherwise I have completely reverted over to the pad. No more wrist and arm pain! Thank you MAC.

    12 of 12 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This thing rocks!

    • Written by from Beaver Dam

    I finally pried open my wallet to get the trackpad and it was soooo worth it!! It works so much better than the magic mouse ever did. Totally easy to set up and use. It took me about 10 seconds to get used to using it. Buy this product - you won't regret it.

    13 of 14 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally mouseless, and my shoulder is grateful.

    • Written by from Rockaway Beach

    I've been waiting for someone to come up with something to replace the mouse. I do heavy text editing work and have been dealing with constant shoulder strain from mousing. I love the trackpad on my macbook, so my husband bought me this for Christmas, to add to my iMac. I can't believe how much better I feel already.

    The commands work well, though I still find it glitchy for marking text (for styling, deleting, etc). I'm hoping to find a workaround, or an upgrade to the software that will simplify marking text; when I do, I'll give it that final star.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Erratic, jumpy, inaccurate movement

    • Written by from Bakersfield

    First Apple product I've ever had to return. I think Apple should have made a wired version to ensure accuracy; it's not anything close to my MBP's trackpad. I have OS 10.6.5 and installed the Trackpad Update 1.0 and still, mouse movement is very erratic and not as detailed as it is on my MBP. I have to say I'm disappointed and will stick to my Mighty Mouse—four years running.

    p.s., if your scroll ball fails, unplug the mouse, flip it upside down on a fresh sheet of printer paper, and drag the ball around, against the paper. The ball will clean itself and start working again. I do this probably once every 8-12 months (when the ball stops scrolling correctly) and it's always worked.

    25 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best thing EVER!

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    I was hesitant to move up from my Mighty Mouse because I really liked the multiple functions of it (moving between spaces and exposing all open windows with separate function clicks), but I did it because of the problems with the scroll ball. I AM IN LOVE! At first I felt like the touch-to-tap was too sensitive so I turned it off and used only the click. This was fine but because I had to be clicking tons in my work I went back after a few weeks and since my hand had gotten used to using the trackpad, an unwanted stray tap was almost unheard of. Makes computer use so easy, nice big area, comfortable, convenient, minimal hand strain, and just wonderful all around. The battery life is nice and long (thanks auto-off!) so I don't have to change batteries often, even using rechargeable batteries. While my husband thought I just wanted it to have the latest gadget from Apple (that too), it was TOTALLY worth it and I can't imagine using a mouse again.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Great!!!!!

    • Written by from Covina

    It was a little uncomfortable moving the mouse around my tiny desk. Especially, after I hooked up my 32inch HD TV to my iMac as a second Monitor.
    The Magic Track Pad took care of the problem.
    I don't even use my mouse anymore.
    Won't regret!!!!!

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Replaced a wired mouse with the trackpad and couldn't be happier. Now on the non-Mac users in my office want one. Very pleased and very easy to install. One caveat, must have Snow Leopard.....

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally worth it!

    • Written by from Irvine

    I had some reservations about purchasing the magic trackpad but boy am I glad that I did! First of all, the size is perfect, larger than the trackpad on my macbook pro but not so big that it get's in the way. I have 2 24" monitors and there's no problem getting from one side to another. The glass has a good feel when using it. Some people have complained about the touch to click not working correctly, but it's working perfectly for me. If you're not into the touch to click, the normal click is good too. Having the gestures on my mac pro is awesome. I didn't know what I was missing!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Say goodbye to the mouse

    • Written by from Rogers

    This has exceeded my expectations. Responsive, effortless and easy to use. As of this post there wasn't a tutorial, but check out the system preferences under trackpad for a feature by feature video example.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like my MacBook Pro!

    • Written by from Broomfield

    Great product... Loving this with my iMac. Bye bye mouse! I wanted something that was like my MacBook Pro's trackpad, and Apple nailed it. It's motion less, so takes up less space on my desk. Multi touch gestures makes computing a breeze. I recommend this product.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Another Apple Success

    • Written by from Murrieta

    The Magic Mouse is a step ahead of a regular mouse, but the Trackpad for an IMac desktop is great buy for the money. Very nice and I definitely recommend it to anyone who may be considering it. I am still using both right now, but if I bought a new system tomorrow, I would more than likely just buy the trackpad.

    15 of 18 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

  • 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

    Get the Magic Trackpad

    • Written by from Rancho Palos Verdes

    The Magic Trackpad allows you to interface with your Mac the same way you interface with your Macbook. Simplifies going back and forth between my two computers and provides more capability than a mouse. I really like the way the track pad worked on my Macbook Air and wanted the same sort of interface for my MacPro and this does the job. It links up with computer easily and the battery life is impressive. It just works!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!!!!

    • Written by from dallas

    My first generation magic mouse broke and i needed a replacement. The ball stopped scrolling downward. Obviously i thought to upgrade to the new magic mouse because I had used it a couple of times and was pretty impressed. Somehow I ended up with the trackpad instead. Must say I wasn't crazy about the trackpad, honestly i didn't see its use because most people who use the laptop trackpad always need a mouse to go through their days work more efficiently. Man was i wrong.

    This thing is amazing. Think of all your iPad and iPhone gestures on your Lion iDevices. I noticed that when using the mouse you would still need to move the pointer to the corners of your screen to execute certain functions like show desktop, all applications, mission control etc, with the magic trackpad there's no need dragging the pointer. It's customized for gestures to execute these features no matter where the pointer might be.

    I also used to think that dragging would be cumbersome on the trackpad. It's highly customizeable and gives you the option to drag freely without having to hold anything down.

    Honestly you will not be able to appreciate this device until you have used it. We all like to read about reviews and watch videos before buying stuff but this is one gadget you will have to use to understand. Get it you will not be disappointed. I'm surprised apple hasn't marketed this product more elaborately.

    14 of 17 people found this useful