• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Great

    • Written by from New York

    It's a sobering moment to discover you're one of the undead, for
    that's what happened to me when I started using this thing. I mean,
    I must be a zombie - at least that's what my trackpad must think of me. Why else
    would it not respond to my touch? My girlfriend has no problems with her
    delicate fingers using it to zip through the pages, but I, apparently having no
    pulse and, therefore, a cold touch can't get the friggin thing to work - not
    unless I press down really hard. I'm using Snow Leopard, so I had to download and install a free third party software called MagicPrefs to get at least some of the fancy gesturing features to work. And even then I only get at best sporadic functionality - that is, when it finally and stubbornly decides to work for me. I'd been advised by an Apple rep to upgrade my OS to Lion. However, after not only hearing a cautionary tone in his voice about doing it but also reading so many negative reviews reminiscent of horror stories associated with Windows upgrades, I'm deciding to hold off, for now. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some flesh to eat and rotting to do.

    13 of 24 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit frustrating

    • Written by from KNOXVILLE

    Bought this Trackpad when I upgraded to Lion OS.
    Have used it for almost one month and still am learning. Many features/gestures have no use in my line of work/home use.
    I've owned an iPhone and Macbook Air and had no problems with the touch gestures. Enjoyed the app on my iPhone that made it a 'touchpad'. But, this works differently.
    This Trackpad has a generous surface area, which is part of the problem. Easy to have accidental touches (even to the edges of the trackpad) with dire consequences, and many gestures are frustrating.
    Sometimes my pinky and/or ring finger will touch the pad while I'm scrolling and send me to another webpage or interpret the gesture as a 'swipe', or some other gesture and close the page all together.
    Seems like 'up' is down, and 'down' is up. With my previous mouse or trackball and the 'window blind' controls on webpages, you'd pull 'down' to make the page scroll up, 'up' to make the page go scroll down. With this Trackpad, the gestures are as if you're touching the page, itself. Odd, since the pad is horizontal and the screen is vertical. And now, on many sites and in most dialogue boxes, with this Trackpad (and Lion update?) those 'window blind' controls on the edge of the website or dialogue box are gone!
    Also, double clicks aren't always recognized, or sometimes are overly sensitive, regardless of the setting. I find it difficult to block/select a section of text or photo to highlight for editing or to copy and paste.
    I regret this purchase. My $12 Blutooth mouse was cheaper, much simpler to operate and move, and not counter intuitive.

    25 of 34 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Quirky and buggy

    • Written by from Lakewood

    I really WANTED this to work for me... but after using if for a couple of weeks, I realized it's extremely buggy and very inconstant with the gestures from one app to another. Cursor jumps all over the place and the same gesture doesn't always work twice in a row.

    Save your money and the agony... Apple has NOT thought this one through yet.

    12 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool idea but slows down workflow

    • Written by from FOREST HILLS

    Its a great piece of technology and I am really excited to see where this goes in future incarnations.
    However I find it much slower and more restrictive than a regular mouse, sometimes confuses click with right click and is quite inconsistent.
    I ordered one with my new Imac but will be going back to a regular mouse.
    If you want to work with speed and productivity I would not recommend it.

    46 of 54 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too high latency

    • Written by from FREDERIKSBERG C

    Bought this thing to be able to work on my macbook with an external monitor and as a remote for the couch. Expected it to work as the builtin trackpad on the Macbook Pro, but no! You can feel the latency and a delay of the mouse pointer. A big deal when working with precision and trying to point on something with the mouse.
    For the couch it is not optimal either as it is not the pad that clicks but two buttons below it. They sink into the couch so you cannot click and it has to stand on a table. I give et one star for the design.

    20 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Eh. Not for the serious user/designer

    • Written by from HARRISONBURG

    I've been designing with Macs for over 15 years now (print, web, multimedia, etc). I got this thinking it would be faster..NOPE! The gestures required to do advanced layout/editing (PSD, INDD, IA) are just not reliable or fast. It will take you a lot of time to get used to it. I gave up after 1 week and went back to my wireless gesture mouse. I think it's fine for a newbie Mac person using iPhoto or another amateur piece of editing software that has no advanced editing capabilities. For some things (like placing a cursor exactly where you need it on a page quickly) a mouse can't be beat. The trackpad now sits in my closet. I do give it merit for its form, nothing for function.

    34 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    bad sensitivity

    • Written by from Houston


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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Don't Try to Get Anything Done

    • Written by from Happy Valley

    Buggy. It will randomly click in different parts of the screen, potentially undoing selections you have made. Of course this will only be a problem when you need to select/deselect many items via clicking, but that will also be the time it will be most irritating.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    In my drawer

    • Written by from Kingsport

    I found this product to be unusable. I may be too clumsy, but the sensitivity to inadvertent touches etc drove me nuts. I should have saved my money.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless unless you have it on a solid surface

    • Written by from Richmond

    Serious design oversight.....don't buy this if you want to use on your lap with the wireless keyboard. Cannot be used unless on a solid surface.
    The click buttons are situated at the bottom corners and needs to be pressed onto the surface it sits on. I made the mistake of thinking I could use this to remotely control my TV.

    17 of 62 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ergonomic success with technical failure

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    The ergonomics of this trackpad puts mice to shame. It's smoother, faster, more precise, and easier on your fingers. The three-finger drag mode causes a problems in some apps because it takes a second to deactivate. Unfortunately, it's extremely prone to interference. Bring it to an office and it doesn't even have one foot of range before it becomes jerky and unresponsive. Turn on WiFi and it's jerky every time you have network traffic.

    30 of 39 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Its alright but far from perfect

    • Written by from GRIFFITH

    Its easy to use but the functions like left click fail to work most the time, meaning that if you want to access the secondary menu you end up holding the control key or just clicking the trackpad on the mac. The magic mouse didn't last long before being tossed out the window, I doubt this will too.

    8 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Gave up on trying to use Magic Trackpad.

    • Written by from FAIRFAX

    I had apprehensions on buying the Magic Trackpad because I really never use the trackpad on my MacBook Pro. I find a mouse and in particular the Magic Mouse to be much easier and faster for most operations. i was sucked in, however, by the "Magic" in its name and now will be looking to return it or sell on eBay.

    My complaints.
    Touch click it extremely sensitive and results in many unintended clicks.
    Unlike a mouse (which allows you to rest your hand) the track pad forces your wrist into an upward, cocked position to prevent accidental clicking.
    Many operations like click and drag or right click require to many clicks to complete.

    Overall, it slowed my work and made my wrist hurt.

    31 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Could not control

    • Written by from Mossyrock

    I like the mouse until I hover over something and it opens without me touching it. When I was surfing the web it would open windows or go to an item I was looking at. Got very frustrating. Sent emails before I finished typing if I move the mouse around. Tried all the different fixes in the support pages but nothing stopped it. Would be nice if that part was not as sensitive.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Did not like it

    • Written by

    As many others have said, it is just too touchy. Sometimes, I don't touch it at all and it selects as if I did. The dilemma here is that you can have a super sensitive touchpad that's incredibly difficult to control. Never thought that it would be a disappointing buy.

    15 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a fan yet...

    • Written by from Miramar

    Just bought this and really struggling with the right click capability (or rather lack thereof). Hoping time will get me more accepting of this limitation but for right now i give up and use the laptop trackpad.

    5 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Columbus

    The Trackpad is nice, but the angle is not good for people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The Battery should be on top so the trackpad is not at a angle. We need to make a Wrist Rest to flatten out the Trackpad.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    carpal tunnel syndrome awaits you if you use a mouse a lot

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I switched from the magic mouse to this device as soon as it came out largely based on the positive review here in the mac store. After 3-4 weeks of using it, I've switched back to my magic mouse.

    I really like the trackpad and wanted to keep on using it but I started having pain in my wrist and in my forefinger knuckle which I've never had before. Using this device for long periods of time causes you to lift your wrist and forefinger into non-resting positions that will put a strain on these joints and muscles creating chronic pain.

    If you use your mouse a lot then do yourself a favor and DO NOT use this device. It works great if you only use your mouse occasionally but otherwise, save your money and stick to your mouse.

    124 of 146 people found this useful