• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    wrist strain

    • Written by from glasgow

    looks lovely
    does things a mouse can't .

    I so wanted to love this... but with the best will in the world I just can't get to grips with it.

    I get a terrible strain in my wrist using it.

    feel like I really need to press down on it to engage it so after a while I have a really sore arm. perhaps I need a more pen based product... off to spend some more money on something I can work with better.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Difficult to master

    • Written by from Balsall common

    Looks good and complements the general apple style, but the track pad is extremely difficult to master and (almost) useless if you want to use drawing/design programmes where the familiar feel and function of a mouse is far far better. So if all you want to do is simple word type documents and flick through iTunes, then OK. For anything else stick with a traditional mouse.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple track pad

    • Written by from Helensburgh

    Purchased 6 weeks ago. Everything worked, and was useful, It has now stopped and can't be found by bluetooth, despite new batteries. I'm not impressed by the durability. I'll stay with my wacom bamboo pad, which is durable and reliable, though does not have the same finger-touch function, it remains preferable to a mouse.

    20 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Triumph of design over utility

    • Written by from FERNDOWN

    Looks nice - my son gave me his because it will not wotk with his pre10.5 Mac mini. Its immediatley apparent that one cannot tell whether it is one or off. The single light is confusing. Lacking instructions - even online - it took me about 2 or 3 hours to get it to install in Boot Camp XP as well as OSX. The functionality is crippled on Boot Camp Windows, so anyone planning to replace their mouse on both partitions will be very confused by the differing functionality. There are no drivers if one wants to use it on a non Mac Windows machine. Finally at least on Windows, I have so far needed to keep my mouse connected as well in case the bluetooth fails again. I think the Magic TrackPad is far from "magic". It will join the pile of unused equipment so at £60 it was not a good buy. It might help a Mac OSX only laptop user who is frustrated with his small mouse pad. But myself, - I have been travelling with a mouse with my Samsung netbook to overcome the small pad issue.

    11 of 63 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    More Customization

    • Written by from London

    Seems odd that Mac create a tablet with virtually no ability to tweak any parameters. Even the scrolling feature moves in the opposite direction to the MacBook Pro. Mac could write an update and give us all the abilty to refine and define. Even Windows Xbox can speed up or slow down the X Y or invert Y.

    14 of 86 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Wigan

    Like other reviewers have stated, the trackpad is TOO sensitive. The slightest judder of your finger opens applications/subjects you didn't intend to. Very frustrating. It definitely needs a sensitivity control of some kind. Also, the angle is very uncomfortable. I have raised the bottom to make it level and it is much better. Having said this, I much prefer my magic mouse.

    16 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from LOUGHBOROUGH

    Having read some of the positive reviews I thought that this would be an ingenious alternative to the mouse, however this wasn't to be the case. General performance and use is obviously similar to the track pad on a Mac laptop so in many ways the track pad is intuitive. BUT the problem I found was a distinct cramping in my wrist from the prolonged hovering over the angled board - in my humble opinion, ergonomically, its flawed. Operationally it's ability to pick up and drop items was clumsy and completely inefficient, as compared to my old wireless Mac mouse. Having gave it a good go the mouse is back and I'm much happier.

    23 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea - but style over ergonomics

    • Written by from Sth Woodham Ferrers

    I really like the idea but I have returned to a mouse within less than a week from wrist pains. Another reviewer was spot on, make it angle away from you and it is much more comfortable. Sorry Apple, love your products generally, looks great next to the keyboard, but RSI is not worth being cool.

    34 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Major let down...

    • Written by from Dishforth, Thirsk

    Having waited two weeks for delivery and having to buy the new operating system then install, I paired my track-pad for usage. What a disappointment, not only is it terribly unresponsive but it doesn't even do what it's supposed too. The four finger swipe to enter expose or what applications are running DOES NOT even work!!! Clicking is a chore as well as you have to force down the entire pad and others have also mentioned the pressure this places on the wrist with prolonged usage. Ironic as I expected it to reduce wrist pressure, this is not the case. The only plus I can think of is that it operates in tandem with an external mouse...so not much of a positive. Save your money.

    8 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ergonomically no good

    • Written by from London

    I was very excited when I set eyes on this device, but when I got it home and used it for a few hours my hand and wrist ached a lot. It's because of its sensitivity and the fact that you need to keep your hand and fingers lifted in order to carry out gestures, and this creates the strain, whereas you can rest your hand on the mouse easily. I really wish this had worked for me but it just didn't.

    82 of 91 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good device but tough on the wrist.

    • Written by from Vancovuer

    After a week with the Magic Trackpad I find it to be a pretty good device however it is a bit tough on the wrist for some reason. I'm trying a few different techniques including removing the wrist pad I used. Also, it is a bit tough to click unless you have big heavy hands like a lumber jack.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Trackpad hurts

    • Written by from Margate

    Magic Trackpad looks amazing and feels nice to touch BUT after just one day's use, my wrist really started to hurt and felt tired. The gestures needed to make the trackpad work left me with a sore wrist so I will be returning to using a mouse for sure.

    15 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Okay but disappointed.

    • Written by from Lowestoft

    Having recently purchased an iMac, I decided I would give the Magic Trackpad a try after reading the glowing reviews that have been posted. In total honesty, it is undeserving of it's praise. I found it rough on the hand, tiring to click properly and the angle was uncomfortable on the wrist. I feel sorry for the Magic Mouse and the amount of stick it gets from the reviewers, I however feel it is the best input device for a computer to date.
    In summary, get a Magic Mouse over a Trackpad any day.

    18 of 25 people found this useful