• 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

    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

    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

    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

    The best of both worlds

    • Written by from Puckeridge

    I bought this today for use with my new iMac. I have often wondered why Macbook/Pro users have the joy of effortlessly browsing by tapping on a trackpad- and along comes Apple again with a stunning product. It looks beautiful, feels beautiful, and works effortlessly once the system software has updated (very important).
    Buy one. I have the trackpad and my Magic Mouse on my right, and my graphic tablet on my left, and am in heaven. Thanks Apple!

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great surprise

    • Written by from LIVINGSTON

    Great product for those of us with big hands. Received today, straight forward setup with my imac 24" 2008. Great to use, nicely angled. Would like this attachable to my keyboard.
    Is it better than a magic mouse, I would say it complements it. Yet another well designed and innovative useful product by Apple.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't be ditching my Magic Mouse just yet.

    • Written by from shaftesbury

    I really like this new bit of kit, It feel really natural to use and is perfect for using in bed. Its really easy to install and setup although a few more options would be nice, for example the four finger up gesture to display the desktop would be much better if I could use it to activate spaces.

    It had taken me no time at all to get use to having it on my desk, With out thinking about it my hand moves from keyboard to mouse to trackpad using it to switch apps or navigate in Safari and the using it to zoom is just perfect.

    Trying it to rotate some photos in Preview didn't feel right, the gesture just felt wrong and it needed to be exaggerated to work.

    All in all a really cool thing!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 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

    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