• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Trackpad makes it happen

    • Written by from SONORA

    I've been a laptop guy since the late 90s, and when I bought an imac last year for the office I groaned, "if only I could navigate without the stupid mouse, like I do with my MacBook Pro, it would be so much more tempting to use this beautiful imac." A trackpad is the most intuitive way to navigate on a screen that's vertically in front of your face. ( if it's in the palm of your hand then touchscreen is the more intuitive).

    Well today I got my trackpad. The build quality is beautiful. Solid, nicely machined. The software makes it just an extension of my hands like the laptop's trackpad was. Ahh, I'm a happy camper. Bluetooth pairing was immediate, and the default settings were just fine for a start. It stays on long enough that whenever I want to work, it wakes up and goes to work. Once paired it remembers the pairing setting forever (a days use speaking here)

    I'll use the batteries that came with it, and check how long they last, and then move to Lithium ion batteries, and possibly later to Apple's rechargeable batteries.

    Thank you APPLE for getting me what I wanted for my desktop computer. It's a little spendy but hey its a nice block of aluminum. It's worth a few bucks to get things that work the way we want it to work.

    Now, if Apple would just make a wireless keyboard with the number pad. Hmmh!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome...BUT

    • Written by from Poway

    I asked for this the day after I received my mac book pro. Works just like the multi-touch. Blue tooth synch was very simple.

    Issues, Suggestions:
    1. Dye lot of stainless steel does not match bt keyboard and unibody of pro...for $80, apple should have gotten it right. Aluminum/Stainless is hard to match but not in the quantity apple purchases it in.
    2. Suggestion of a virtual numeric key pad in the multitouch, I have been asking for a bt keyboard with num.

    47 of 90 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Garnerville

    I'm using this with BetterTouchTool, and the Magic Trackpad could easily replace my 8-button Logitech MX Revolution.

    Now if they'd just come out with a black keyed version of the wireless keyboard and I'd be all set.

    29 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant!

    • Written by from Edmonton

    I just bought this today- I wish it had been out when I bought the magic mouse! This does everything I do on my iPhone and iPad with the touch screen, and almost eliminates the need for a mouse entirely. The only thing I haven't mastered after about 20 minutes is click and drag. Hopefully with practice. Other than that, if you've used the touchscreen on an iPad or iPhone, or the trackpad on a newer MacBook Pro, this is a no brainer with the wireless keyboard. Great product!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool to have muti touch on mac

    • Written by from San Diego

    I just hooked it up it pretty cool to be able to do muti touch still a little to get used to . awesome for surfing the web . I will keep both hooked up so to use both depending on the task . The track pad should have came with the rechargeable batteries for the price. thats why it only gets 4 stars

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, but...

    • Written by from Petaluma

    If this worked with the iPad, it would be perfect. As it is, the Magic Trackpad is a fine solution for desktops. Of course, if it were available in a USB version that would be even better... I personally have issues with Bluetooth due to interference with my voo-close neighbor's unknown device.

    2 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea with small long term problem

    • Written by from San Diego

    Works great but...the angle is wrong. With a laptop the trackpad is flush with the keyboard and your fingers hang freely on top of it. With the magic pad you have to hold up your wrist and pressure builds at the joint. I can see some class action carpal tunnel lawsuits in Apple's future. (btw I have no medical issues with my wrist and I'm feeling discomfort)

    I've reconnected my mouse and only using the trackpad for gestures. Someone will offer a pad that will elevate your arm soon enough. Or maybe I'll cut a hole in my desk so the battery area will be recessed and the pad is flat...

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    For me, a great adjunct to a good mouse.

    • Written by from Van Nuys

    I've been a graphics professional since the mid eighties and I spend up to 16 hours a day in front of my Mac. Even with a superb mouse like my Logitech Revolution MX my mouse hand gets tired so I grabbed a Magic Trackpad the second the Apple Store made it available.
    I've been using it for 24 hours and have found, for me, it's a relief for general screen navigation and is as quick as a mouse... even with a 30" monitor in the middle and 24"s on both sides.
    The click/hold/drag is a little more effort. Maybe I'll improve over time.
    The only negative I have found so far is it's mostly unsuitable for very precise Photoshop/Illustrator work. You still need a good mouse for that scale of precision.

    So, I'm happy with my desktop addition. That's the point, for me it can't replace a good mouse but is a good addition that is less ergonomically stressful for general tooling around the desktop, web surfing etc.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from TIMMINS

    Truly brings the Macbook trackpad to the desktop user. Very happy.

    However, wouldn't it have been a much better idea to have it integrated into the existing MAC keyboards (short or long) rather than having it as a stand-alone accessory?

    28 of 46 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works well

    • Written by from Lowell

    It was annoying to use at first because I am accustom to the magic mouse, or a mouse in general. My wrist hurts more with the magic trackpad than the magic mouse because of the incline design. However, it was not until I recline into my chair and rested the trackpad on my lap that I began enjoy using it over a mouse.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Piece of Tech!

    • Written by from SAN ANTONIO

    Just picked mine up a few hours ago at my local Apple store. It works just like the multi-touch trackpad on the uni-body MacBook Pros...only bigger. I have my MBP on a stand attached to an external display so I can't exactly use the built in trackpad which is something I've missed. This is a good replacement for the Mighty Mouse (no trackball to clog!) Definitely worth a look.

    4 of 5 people found this useful