• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    10.6.4 REQUIRED

    • Written by from Honolulu

    Make sure that you have Mac OS X 10.6.4 as the Magic Trackpad requires Snow Leopard in order to work.

    126 of 186 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    died just after warranty ran out

    • Written by

    I loved this trackpad as soon as I started using it. I babbled on and on about how great it was, and eventually my friends got them too.

    Not quite 14 months after I bought it, the trackpad started to just turn off and not turn back on until I rebooted my entire system. I knocked myself out eliminating all the other possible reasons why this might be, until finally admitting that the trackpad couldn't be restored to proper working order.

    BUT: The same thing has been happening to just about everyone I know who bought the trackpad too. Doesn't matter what system they're using, what software they have installed, batteries, etc.

    It seems like I didn't just get a lemon. This item is apparently built to die shortly after the warranty runs out. And that's really unfortunate, because it's such a nifty device in every other respect.

    52 of 71 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Geneva

    I really don't like this thing, largely because, unlike a mouse, one can't rest one's fingers - EVER!. The wrist is always bent up, keeping the fingers off of the pad, unless one is poking, swiping, etc. With a mouse, one lays one's palm on the device which is comforting... Every time I use this trackpad, my wrists get sore.

    40 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Magically transforms your computer into an expensive paperweight

    • Written by from Florence

    This thing is really, really great. When it works. Unfortunately, more than half the time, it doesn't. It skips and jumps and skitters all over the place, magically turning your computer into a very heavy and expensive paperweight. Called Apple - they said go exchange it. I did. Second one acts exactly the same. Googling around I see I'm not the only one screaming in frustration over this. And apparently, there doesn't seem to be a fix. I would love to be able to use this. But not if it means every once in awhile, unexpectedly, I won't be able to use my computer. Love Apple. Despise this worthless little device.

    43 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked Great for a couple of months

    • Written by from Silver Spring

    Worked great for a few months. Then it randomly started getting buggy and responding with gigantic delays rendering it useless. I have been able to reset the track pad by rebooting my computer. But that's not a viable long term solution. Hear about others who are having the same problem. Not sure how long I'll be able to continue to use this device.

    43 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it's me...

    • Written by from Gray

    but the trackpad is driving me crazy. Sometimes I have to hit it to get it to respond; sometimes it responds to nothing more than a thought. It's magic, all right--it magically trashed my application folder, magically resized all the icons on my desktop, magically changes the order of my e-mails. I tried to like it, I really did. But it was a disaster. I've gone back to my Magic Mouse.

    33 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Arlington Heights

    I have been using the track pad for six months. It hogs batteries. Now it is possessed. I have done everything I can think of to fix it - Googled everything, reset, trashed preferences, PRAM, etc. It literally has a mind of its own today. Now I have to drag a 27" iMac in to fix this. REALLY? I can make more money by going and buying a mouse instead of wasting two hours for the Genius bar to belittle me.

    My love for Apple 10 years ago has turned into - hey they are still better than all the problems I have w/ a PC. But every year I have MORE and MORE problems. :(

    40 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I give up.

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    Trackpad works fine for awhile, then the problems starts:

    * Tracking goes from smooth to all over the screen
    * Touch to click so sensitive, it causes multiple unintentional clicks
    * Clicking starts to highlight sections of information
    * Clicking starts to open unwanted menus

    Have to shut down and restart to "reset" the trackpad. Went back to the USB mouse-- which is working just fine.

    33 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    dont buy it

    • Written by from Austin

    I hate this thing...I have to pound on it to get it to connect and the batteries run out every two weeks. It always loses it's connection with the computer..going back to my mouse..Good riddance..

    41 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    magic cursor movement

    • Written by from Whitewater

    Maybe I just have a defective trackpad. I've tried this trackpad on two different computers (MacPro and iMac) and have the same result. After about 20 seconds of ok use, the cursor starts moving on it's own - by magic! If tap to click is enabled, programs and odd Web sites will start on their own (due to random mouse movement and clicks on the screen which can give some very odd results). If I don't use it for a minute it will calm down, but it is a real pain to use. In 20 years, this is one of only one or two Apple products I need to return.

    28 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work in OS X Lion Recovery mode - Bootable USB Lion or Bootable DVD

    • Written by from LOVELAND

    Unfortunately, when you are trying to work work with Magic Trackpad while Startup Disk is Bootable USB OS X Lion or Bootable DVD OS X Lion none of Trackpad functions
    works except of just Arrow moving !!!!
    When you buy this product, make sure you still have some other mouse in order to work in OS X Lion recovery or Main Disk Repair modes!

    24 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for the first 4 months

    • Written by from MADRID

    I bought a magic trackpad in January and i really liked it, I barely used my mouse after that. However, after 4 months the left side of the trackpad does not let me click anymore, however the right side still works ok, I will try to replace it and if the shop does not let me I will go back to my mouse, I am not buying another one and risk having it stop working again in 4 months.

    42 of 67 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    24 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth issues

    • Written by from San Diego

    I was so excited when this first came out... and I have to say that I love it.

    But what I don't love is the Bluetooth connectivity. I've got a brand new Mac Pro sitting 6 feet away from the Trackpad and it frequently (more often than not) has tracking issues. It will jump all around my screen or just respond slowly. I'm having similar issues with the Bluetooth Magic Mouse.

    I don't know what is causing it, but it's making these devices worthless. I wish there was a wired version of both devices as I do like them outside of the fact that they don't work well in my home office. The fact that I have issues with all 3 of my BT devices (keyboard, mouse, trackpad) leads me to believe it's not a hardware issue.

    There are some serious issues with Bluetooth so I'm hoping that future devices use a better technology that doesn't have these interference issues.

    28 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Range on track pad blows!

    • Written by from los angeles

    When using in a range of under 4' it works just fine. Although once you pass about 4 1/2' the cursor starts to delay...the further the range, the worse the delay. I was able to go up to 12' until the trackpad didn't read anymore.

    33 of 55 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 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Carry a mouse for backup

    • Written by from Washington

    The only magic I experienced with this device was when I made it disappear. I stopped using it after struggling with it for a few months. Here's why: Finding the right place to click is a mystery, it seems to change all the time. Right-clicking is a guessing game, I actually had to put a sticker on it so I could find the sweet spot. Why would there be a sweet spot on a trackpad? It's not a golf club. Here's another reason: if the batteries die (mine died during a Webex presentation to a room full of executives) it might lock up your main trackpad on your Macbook, so you can't do anything at all unless you manually disconnect Blue Tooth, using the tab and arrow keys. Or you happen to have a spare mouse in your pocket. Tough spot to be in during a serious presentation. One star for design, otherwise useless.

    26 of 42 people found this useful