• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    • Written by from London

    A very good complement to my Apple wired aluminium keyboard. Feels very natural to use, and somehow improves speed of computer use -- it just seems quicker to move my right hand to point at the trackpad than it does to grab a mouse. Enjoying the new style of interaction with the mouse pointer very much after having fine-tuned the settings for my own speed. Feels very precise and nice to have multi-touch on my iMac.

    Loses one star for the somewhat convoluted installation process, which is not very well documented in the enclosed leaflet and necessitated a visit to the Apple Support knowledge base. Essentially, what you have to do to install the trackpad is to first pair it with your computer via Bluetooth Preferences, then run Software Update, which then downloads and installs a Trackpad driver and requires a restart. Only then does the trackpad appear in Preferences. This seems rather complicated compared to most peripherals installs, and surely Apple could have come up with something more straightforward.

    The diagrams of the various multitouch gestures on the back of the packaging are a nice touch and will prove to be a good aide-memoire.

    Overall a very nice piece of kit that sits nicely with the aluminium keyboard. As it is the same depth as the keyboard, the trackpad surface is massive and allows for precise, fast pointing, and the inertial scrolling is a delight.


    557 of 616 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant, except for two things, possibly three.

    • Written by from Eastbourne

    I've already got a Magic Mouse, and that's been great, but I have been thinking of upgrading to a Wacom style pen & tablet.

    I discovered the Magic Trackpad on the Apple Store, and thought that could be the best of both worlds: ease of use of a mouse and the precision of the pen & tablet.

    I have been using the Magic Trackpad for a few hours now, and slowly getting used to it; also lots of tweaking of the options in the control panel too!

    The two issues I've noticed so far:

    1. The incline of the pad itself. I know it matches the keyboard nicely, but that tilt is making my wrists hurt already. I've put a platform under it to raise the lower edge to ease the strain, and that seems to be working.

    2. It's not as precise as I can be on my mouse, although my fingers aren't fat, it does require some accuracy to pin point the Bezier point, or click a tiny radio button, etc. I'm now using an iPad stylus on it and that seems to work brilliantly!

    3. Possibly some kind of pressure settings could be added, as the pad can detect my finger just hovering above it. It's truly amazing, but I'm constantly selecting stuff I don't want to or swiping pages online by mistake!

    Over all though it's an excellent purchase. Not a bad price too.

    49 of 57 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Perfect

    • Written by from Liverpool

    This is a fantastic device. So much easier to use than a magic mouse.

    Would have been 5 stars except for the pairing instructions which just did not work on my Mac mini. Searching the internet should that this is a common problem with desktop Macs.

    The correct instructions for may Mac mini should be:

    1 Press the On/Off button on the trackpad to turn it on.

    2 Choose Apple > System Preferences, and then click Bluetooth.

    3 Click + to set up new device.

    4 Select Apple Wireless Trackpad and click continue.

    5 Click Quit when the trackpad has successfully connected.

    6 Choose Apple > Software Update and install the software updates for the trackpad.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pressure Sensitive

    • Written by from Radstock

    Ok, I've had the trackpad for six months now and it's a nice piece of engineering. I like the scrolling and tracking speed and its other functions are great. BUT... it's so pressure sensitive!! Tracking and scrolling can be adjusted but not the pressure. It's so frustrating because I find that I have to be extremely careful not to rest my fingers on the pad. If I do, pages disappear into the ether, or other functions come on the screen. Also the pressure required to operate it seems to vary of its own accord. In spite of these gripes I still like it and if it wasn't for the pressure issue I would have given it 5 stars.
    Experiment with it at the store before buying.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs a sensitivity control

    • Written by from BURY ST EDMUNDS

    It's a bit of a love-it-or-hate-it device. I'm trying hard to love it, but it takes a bit of getting used to. It's much better than a mouse for some things, but some things are much harder on it, such as selecting multiple items. There seem to be a few bugs still to be sorted (I can't turn off drag lock, and many people can't turn it on). The ergonomics are a bit dubious - I think you really need a big thick wrist pad to avoid wrist strain.

    My biggest gripe is that it is FAR TOO SENSITIVE to touch. If you have "touch to click" enabled, it "clicks" in response to a touch so light your fingertips sometimes haven't felt it. This gives very unpredictable behaviour, as you can find yourself dragging things around at random, opening apps by mistake in the dock, etc. Apple, PLEASE implement a user-settable sensitivity control within the SysPrefs Trackpad panel. Conversely, the mechanical click is a bit too stiff (and noisy).

    I will persevere with it because I'm sure it is "The Future", and having an iPhone, iTouch, iPad and MBP in addition to my main iMac, it would be good to get used to a consistent control system.

    26 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Bovingdon

    This is a brilliant bit of kit, (must admit though anything will the apple logo on it i love!!!) but it is, i love using a track pad, and even though used a mouse all my life, (except with laptops) i have found it a little strange / uncomfortable. i love it, and very easy to get use to using it, still getting to know the gesturers though,

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Functional but not quite perfect

    • Written by from Alton

    If only it would allow functionality rotation. On a desk the trackpad works perfectly but put it on the sofa or soft or an uneven and it's a different story, the click function is activated through the underneath foot pads so often won't work on these surfaces. But the real missed trick is it's nearly useless if used in a hand held manner rotated through 90 degrees using the battery compartment as a comfortable logical hand hold, if only they'd allowed it to functionality to automatically switch on rotation. They could have had answer to ridding us of all remotes but missed.

    22 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Glasgow

    Very good piece of kit. My only complaint is it was not made clear to me that it only works with Snow Leopard.

    Still worth the upgrade though.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mouse no more

    • Written by from Hamilton

    I really disliked the Apple magic mouse so I was apprehensive ordering the Trackpad. I'm glad to report that after using the product for 1 week I haven't picked up the mouse once. I'm a self employed graphic designer and it took a bit of getting used to (especially when doing cut outs) although it was well work persevering. My only criticism would be at the end of a 12 hour (or so) day I do find my wrist can be slightly sore, but I'm guessing this is due to me putting to much pressure on the desk with my wrist and bad posture. In summary I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially is you're using osX Lion.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it...

    • Written by from Dunstable

    Just bought one at the Apple store today. I've been a fan of Apple trackpads since I first used a Macbook and they've only got better over time. Usually I hate apple input peripherals but this one I like. It acts just like a trackpad on a Macbook and personally I find it nicer to use than a mouse for general usage. I'll have to stick with a mouse for those few occasions I fire up Steam but this is enough for the vast majority of the time. The multitouch gestures make using the Mac a lot more pleasant somehow.

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    hypersensitive, but nice

    • Written by from Portland

    I echo the comments of earlier users who say that this item needs a sensitivity control. I find my desktop constantly shrinking and expanding, and also find that I have selected an item that I didn't intend to. This thing is hypersensitive, while meanwhile the pad on my Macbook Pro is under-sensitive, so some kind of sensitivity adjustment would really be welcome. All that being said, I find that the Magic Trackpad is far less damaging to the wrist than the Magic Mouse, which was already a step ahead of all other interfaces. The amount of motion you have to do is minimal to achieve almost any command. Also it is nice to unify the interface between your laptop and your desktop if you happen to own both and migrate between them, which I do with great regularity. Overall I would say it is a big plus, which is why I have awarded four stars. If some sort of response control could be added to the mix, I would have to click that coveted fifth star. Overall, very pleased. By the way, I have to believe that the reviewers who got zero results from the Magic Trackpad failed to install the update required. Note that the update only works with the latest system, and it does not automatically appear in Software Update - - you need to specifically navigate to Apple's software updates on the Support page to find it. This is somewhat out of order with Apple's usual way of doing things; it would be nice if it could detect this new hardware piece and conjure up the correct software update. However, there is a little sticker on your brand new Trackpad that directs you to the correct URL.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works as intended

    • Written by from Nørresundby

    The trackpad works great. I use it with why Macbook Pro when its connected to an external monitor, along with the wireless apple keyboard. Those two products cover most of my needs. I very rarely use the magic mouse, only when more precision is needed, like editing photos. I only have one complaint about the trackpad, due to the tilt of the trackpad my wrist starts to hurt after prolonged use.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A great addition to the Apple Accessibility items on the Mac

    • Written by from PETERSFIELD

    Having a neurological condition that has reduced the strength in both my hands, particularly my “mouse hand”, I find the sensitivity of the pad an absolute boon. It only needs to be caressed and tapped gently (once set up) to achieve everything I need. No longer any problems with the scroll ball on the mighty mouse getting dirty and needing to be cleaned! I would have given it five stars but for the price, which like many other people I felt to be excessive, particularly as the majority of the technology had already been established on the MacBooks.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, better than the mice.

    • Written by from Glasgow

    I'd give it 5 stars but I think the configuration options could be more extensive and flexible.

    For example, I use Spaces a lot. I like to flick between the 4 screens I use regularly but to do this I need to use the keyboard.
    It would have been nice to have had the choice with the 4 fingered left/right swipe to move between my Spaces rather than have the pop up application selector which is slow and cumbersome.

    It would also be nice to have a gesture that allows for Expose to reveal all windows in all Spaces as I was able to do with my old, now dead, magic mouse.

    The Magic Trackpad gets 4 stars for being responsive, well designed and easy to use.
    I almost bought the magic mouse a few weeks ago, very pleased I didn't now that this has come out.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A good product

    • Written by from READING

    A very good product. nice size, so useful to have the trackpad in a natural position to the side, and not in front with the built in laptop one. It lives up the mac book pro trackpad, does all the famous apple stuff, non of which windows laptops seem to come close to.

    1) I need to use it longer as it points down and forces you wrist at a upward angle.
    2) It uses bluetooth and not wireless, this is major disadvantage for both useage and battery life.
    3) Apple still hasnt introduced the idea of allowing customer gestures which would be nice, like a lot of application which support mouse gestures.

    overall impressed, does what it says on the tin in true apple mac style.

    11 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by

    I got this for Christmas and was eagerly awaiting using it. Unfortunately my Mac is two years old and doesn't have Snow leopard. I went to my local apple retailer and, as always, they didn't have it. I then ordered it off amazon and have been enjoying it since. The reason it didn't get 5 stars was because it didn't state clearly enough that you needed snow leopard to run it. I am quite ashamed that my local apple retailer didn't stock it. But apart from that it is a brilliantly easy device to use.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Set your prefs carefully - AVOID DRAG LOCK

    • Written by from BURY ST EDMUNDS

    I have already written a review under another Apple ID, written too soon after purchase to be really valid. My main criticism then was that it was too sensitive when using touch to click - would be better if the sensitivity here could be user-adjusted. This comment still stands - hence 4 rather than 5 stars.

    Several months on, I'm getting used to it, and I like it, but I still keep my mouse and use it often, mainly for Finder file-organising tasks, when the trackpad can be too unpredictable in its drag-and-drop mode. However, I have recently discovered that careful settings of prefs helps a lot - I had assumed that the Apple defaults (every option ticked) would be a Good Thing, and I just needed to get used to the Apple recommended way of doing things...... but the one "feature" that I find very counter-intuitive is Drag Lock; if this is selected, you have to click AGAIN to "drop" something - lifting your finger off doesn't do anything (in the way that a mouse works). This gives very awkward behaviour when moving files into folders. Deselecting this behaviour greatly improves things.

    So, I will keep the faith - for now!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A truly magical device

    • Written by from Sevenoaks

    I guess magic is the only way to describe this little gadget, and despite only having it for just over a day, I feel I can safely review it.


    It's huge, responsive, wireless, easy to use and a perfect complement to your system. It can't replace a mouse for everything, but it works for most. The Multi-Touch part works wonderfully, and with a well-known third-party app, I can use 5-finger gestures on it really easily, as your relaxed hand falls perfectly onto the surface.

    Installation was good as I installed the software before I bought it (for inertial scrolling on my MBP), and it paired and worked instantly. All my custom gestures were also available the moment it connected. Also, it's been in use all day and the battery reports 100% still.

    Bad points... well, the click function is much harder than I'd have liked - double-clicks are difficult to do precisely. Tap-to-click works wonderfully, but I prefer physical clicks.

    The Magic Mouse was something new, with bugs, but Apple have been using trackpads for years so I knew they'd get this right. Very recommended addition to your rig!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great… but not great longevity…

    • Written by from Exeter

    Personally, I'd expect an Apple Product to have a long life. As much as this is wonderful, intuitive, minimalist piece of kit - I use it mostly for film editing and photo processing - I am annoyed that it has started to randomly highlight things. It is now randomly 'double-sensing' which is a nightmare. No quick fix. Once it's out of warranty, you have to get a new one, and this - from a quick browse of the web - is not an uncommon problem. I've had trackpads on laptops and normal 'mice' that have outlived this by many years. A shame.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from CUMNOCK

    I got to say after you get past the terrible setting up stage and putting it to your own settings.

    Then yes it is a whole lot better than the mouse!!! also unlike the mouse don't get soar wrist which is a bonus and overall it works great. Mastering the speed and settings is probably the biggest hurdles but like everyone else I can see why this could make the mouse history and if the other computer systems are going to copy it in some way.

    For it raises the game and makes surfing a lot easier!

    3 of 4 people found this useful