• 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    enable more gestures with 3rd-party software

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    Magic Trackpad is amazing. In fact, it's a lot better than you'd know from the settings it ships with. After reading around on forums and such, I heard BetterTouchTool (free) recommended over and over. It enables dozens of gestures you wouldn't normally have access to -- three, four, five-finger swipes, taps, corner taps -- all of which you can map to almost any application or Finder function you can think of.

    As for the physical trackpad itself, it took me a while to get used to vs. using a mouse and I found myself frequently overshooting my targets on screen. Over a week or two, it became more natural -- although I have to confess I still grab a mouse if I have to do really intricate Photoshop stuff. There's just more control that way.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant idea - inconsistent operation

    • Written by from Parkville

    Other reviews have covered all the great things about this trackpad but seem to have missed two big problems. This first is that click and drag is pretty clunky if you are performing a repetitive action, long drag 'n drops, etc. The other is submarining (where the cursor disappears and pops up some place else). Under certain circumstances, a mouse drag can cause the mouse to disappear and resurface far away. It is not dependent on distance or speed dragged - small movements can result in 1 inch hops where you cannot get the cursor to land on a button. It is like some app is stealing mouse events from the event queue. I haven't been able to figure out what causes this - it's not lack of RAM or CPU, not too many applications running. It just starts and after a variable time, stops. It is so frustrating that I want to take it back, but then it starts working well and I feel like I may have figured out what the problem was.

    23 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Trackpad a large laptop touch pad

    • Written by from Rochester

    After playing with my new Magic Trackpad, it felt like I'm using a oversized touch pad from my Macbook. Works very smooth for everyday use, but I know there are times I will still need my mouse for precise jobs, Overall, very happy with the Magic Trackpad.

    16 of 17 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.

    26 of 38 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


    • Written by from Oakland Park

    OK this track pad is awesome! Seriously it blows having a mouse out of the water! Cannot imagine using a mouse again. No more carpal tunnel pain! Seriously I love it and so does my partner... Love it love it!

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Product

    • Written by from Amesbury

    Although from what I've seen of the magic mouse it seems very nice, when i got my new iMac, I opted for the trackpad. I had tried it out in the store and it seemed good, but the real reason I got it instead of the magic mouse was because of the multitouch gestures. I got my iMac just after lion came out, And I wanted to be able to take full advantage of the new multitouch gesture feature. I was not disappointed. I think it's even better than a notebook because there is much more space to track and to use multitouch gestures. I was even more glad because I heard that in Mountain Lion there will be even more multitouch gestures. It paired easily with my Mac and I haven't had many problems with the Bluetooth connectivity. I love how both the keyboard and the trackpad are wireless. It makes my desk look so much less cluttered. The design is beautifully simple and sturdy. It fits right in with the wireless keyboard. My only complaint is that it is not good for gaming at all (which isn't surprising). Even so, if I had gotten the magic mouse, I probably would have gotten a dedicated gaming mouse. I am very satisfied and would recommend this product.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best way to interface with a computer

    • Written by from Bayonne

    I absolutely love my magic trackpad; however, I am one of those people who hates the tap-to-click function, so I disabled it . I have had no connection issues whatsoever, unlike other bluetooth devices. And those extra inches make a huge difference over the built in trackpads... I wish I had it with me right now. Also, I think its more ergonomic than the laptop trackpad.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad Supported Device

    • Written by from Richmond Hill

    This is a great peripheral device and it would be a HUGE added function to the iPad if it supported the Magic Trackpad!!!! Please Apple, make this happen :D

    26 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from PERRIS

    I bought a Mac mini a week ago. Along with it, I also bought the magic trackpad. It's so much better to use than the mouse. Web browsing is a breeze. Magnifying web pages, pictures documents is a snap much like an iPhone which I also have. No glitch at all. Very smooth scrolling. My Mac mini is not even in direct line with the trackpad and it still works flawlessly.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than a mouse

    • Written by from Painted Post

    I like this product. It is much easier to do gestures on a trackpad than on a mouse. I think this is a great buy.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Amazing!

    • Written by from Jeffersonville

    Over the years, I've had several laptops that come with the finger pad(s), and I've never been able to get use to them, prompting me to purchase a mouse. That all changed today with the purchase this Magic Trackpad. I just can't believe how easy it was to set up, and immediately get used to. It just makes the iMac even more fun and more easier to get around on. It's everything it's advertised to be. Kudos again to Apple.
    The more I look into all these Apple products the more I'm amazed at the technology. Do yourself a favor and get Magic Trackpad.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it...I hate it...I like it...I hate it...I like it

    • Written by from FITCHBURG

    I bought one today (08/13/11). Historically I don't like trackpads but this is the way Apple is going to go with all the more possibilities that the Trackpad has. So I plugged it in, set some settings, made some more adjustments and went to work with it. After a while I confirmed that this is going to take some time (for mice people) to adjust to this device but I also realized that the Trackpad is much more precise. Most people new to the Trackpad may disagree but in a short time, say a few days or weeks, the Trackpad will become like an extension to my hand. The learning curve is short. Five stars and another great forward thinking product from Apple.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm amazed and mystified...

    • Written by from New York

    ...by the features of the Magic Trackpad.

    Its elegant simplicity drew me in, but that's nothing compared to how useful it is. It's a truly great product.

    It took me a couple of days to get used to the new way of scrolling (it's in the opposite direction from the original way), but now I can see and appreciate the change in the default.

    I didn't have any serious complaints with my old mouse, but I think my hands were getting a bit cramped; now, that sensation is gone.

    You've done a fine job on this one, Apple.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Tomales

    I have been a Mac fan forever and ever.
    This device is a major disappointment: the first.
    If you look beyond the uniformly rave reviews displayed on the Apple Store site and into the forums, you will find that a lot of folks are having endless troubles with this. I have been using it 2 weeks. It will do almost everything except let me select text (part of a line or paragraph) and then move it somewhere else ––rather basic!
    The ergonomics are bad. I'm back to RSI pain.
    If you don't hate your mouse, think twice.
    Good luck to you.

    34 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apparently not for older iMacs

    • Written by from Greenville

    I have an iMac 5.1 that I updated to the new Lion and wanted to use the neat multi-touch features. My machine recognizes the trackpad just fine with Bluetooth, but it functions as a single button trackpad. It won't even scroll. The old USB GlidePoint is much more functional. I am sure it is great for some machines, but apparently not the older ones.

    24 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No contest!

    • Written by from North Saint Paul

    I had the magic mouse and wasn't comfortable with how fast the battery got spent or lack of left click options... so got the trackpad and WHALA! This is an amazing product that I will have a hard time ever going to anything else. Battery life is great and with the two finger taps... I have everything I want. Set on just a slight touch I am able to go much faster in games than any mouse user. Great job Apple!

    Was switching internet usage and the tech was flabbergasted at this product. No doubt he and his partner will be more trackpad users.

    I cant wait to see Apples next great idea!

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW. Couldn't be easier.

    • Written by from Evergreen Park

    I tried one of these babies at an Apple store and knew I had to have one. When I ordered my new Mac shortly thereafter, I got a Magic Trackpad with it. Wow. I had the basic functions down in a few minutes; I don't know where the "monster learning curve" review came from, but this couldn't be easier. What's even better is, no sore wrist after a couple hours of heavy-duty computer use. I'm very happy with this, to the point where my PC-user friends are seething with jealousy. Thanks, Apple, for another fantastic design.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple tops the Magic Mouse + some.

    • Written by from provo

    I first got the Magic Mouse when it came out, and I thought Apple could not beat what they did. But wait... one more thing!! Its Apple.

    The MTP took me some time to get used to, but once I did, I have not even touched my magic mouse since. its so easy to use, and once you get used to the TONS of gestures that you can do it makes it even more useful. I sync it with my MacBook Pro at work with my Duel monitors. Unreal how easy it is to use.

    con. like i said it does take some getting used to if you don't use one on your laptop, and your wrist might get stiff or soar, but that goes away after like the first day! I love my MTP.

    15 of 16 people found this useful