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AppleMagic Trackpad
 
4.7

(based on 379 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (303)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate tracking (300)
  • Comfortable design (299)
  • Fast response (288)
  • Glides smoothly (278)
  • Great features (245)

Cons

  • Limited surface compatibility (16)
  • Inaccurate tracking (8)
  • Uncomfortable design (6)
  • Catches easily (5)
  • Poor battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (298)
  • Web browsing (234)
  • Professional (167)
  • Travel (37)
  • Gaming (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (242), Casual user (110)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (249), Business (100)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (310)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Smooth Tracking

It's like an iPad, … wait No it's better! So great! Using my fingertips I just glide with a smooth action and Walla; I am where I want to be. Oh...Read complete review

It's like an iPad, … wait No it's better! So great! Using my fingertips I just glide with a smooth action and Walla; I am where I want to be. Oh this is so cool, I love the switching of applications on my desktop. And it looks so high tech along with making my computer looking so awesome while I am using the active expose feature. No hard labor involved. My magical trackpad handles many features that my mouse cannot. Out with the old and in with the new!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Interesting but not critical, yet...

i've been using the magic mouse for my imac for a couple of years and decided to try the magic trackpad. Mostly in anticipation of OSX Lion and the use of gestures. After i...Read complete review

i've been using the magic mouse for my imac for a couple of years and decided to try the magic trackpad. Mostly in anticipation of OSX Lion and the use of gestures. After i try that, maybe the rating will go up.

I rated it a 3 because as a replacement for a mouse for more a traditional desktop interface its "ok". Maybe 3.5 stars? So pros and cons.
Pros: it looks sleek and matches well with the wireless keyboard in color and angle. For narrow pointer movements its equivalent to the mouse. I don't feel any loss of precision. Also my hand generally stays in one place instead of moving around. If you are used to a laptop, its basically the same concept. Also using the current limited set of gestures is easier on the pad than on the magic mouse. So it does its job well. Its just that it doesn't add any order or magnitude improvement in experience. You can customize the gestures and behavior quite well and right clicks are supported; either by clicking with two fingers to press a corner of the pad.
cons: nothing major. You can click the entire pad to click or switch to a tap mode like an ipad. I find the tap mode too sensitive. The only annoyance is if you are moving/dragging things a long distance. I have a 27" screen so if i am dragging a document or window across the whole desktop, i cannot do it in one swipe as you each the end of the pad. With a mouse, you can simply continuing moving across your desk or lift the mouse and continue. So you have to hold down the pad and then move your fingers back across the pad to the other side. You can do that with one hand by holding down the pad with your thumb and using your fingers to move across the pad. Not completely natural but you get used to it. Its generally same problem as a small pad on a laptop but often laptops have a button for the mouse clicks which i hold down with my thumb. So what is the difference then? Usually i am moving and clicking with my pointer finger because its natural to do so in the trackpad. Then when i need to drag for longer periods, i have to switch to my thumb. So its a minor usability thing. Oh and i would not use it for games where you need very good control like first person shooters or RTS.
So i think most people can live without it unless you like the coolness factor. Try it out in the store or wait til Lion comes out and makes it a must.

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5.0

Magic Trackpad by Apple

By Steve Lipson

from Coral Gables, Fl

About Me Power user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Tracking
  • Comfortable Design
  • Fast Response
  • Glides Smoothly
  • Great Features

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Use
    • Professional
    • Traveling

    Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

    I use this trackpad to retouch my photographs1

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    The ideal input device (for me)

    By Mark

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Tracking
    • Comfortable Design
    • Fast Response
    • Glides Smoothly
    • Great Features
    • Works On Any Surface

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use
      • Professional

      Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

      In my experience, compared to a mouse, the trackpad involves much less gripping, force, uncomfortable hand shapes, and other factors that lead to repetitive stress injury. It also avoids the discomfort of having your wrist slide across desktops and other less than comfortable surfaces.

      Apple's trackpad is nicely tricked out, with the ability to detect and process multiple gestures and finger combinations. It looks very good, and is rock solid reliable.

      Although the batteries last a long time, it would have been nice to provide a means for recharging them without removing them.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Awesome!

      By Davis

      from Bloomington MN

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Tracking
      • Comfortable Design
      • Fast Response
      • Glides Smoothly
      • Great Features

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use
        • Professional
        • Web Browsing

        Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

        I use it for Adobe Suites, word, email, excel and web

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Trackpad

        By Richard

        from Metairie, LA

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Tracking
        • Fast Response

        Cons

        • Catches Easily

        Best Uses

        • Professional
        • Traveling

        Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

        It's great!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Trackpad

        By Southern shooter

        from Leesville, SC

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Tracking
        • Comfortable Design
        • Fast Response
        • Glides Smoothly
        • Great Features
        • Works On Any Surface

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Use
          • Professional
          • Web Browsing

          Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

          Tracking is a breeze especially editing photos. I can not think of anything bad about this product. It's a must for my iMac desk top.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By Michael B.

          from Parma, Ohio

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Tracking
          • Comfortable Design
          • Fast Response
          • Glides Smoothly
          • Great Features
          • Works On Any Surface

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Use
            • Multitasking Gestures
            • Professional
            • Web Browsing

            Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

            Connected fast and without issue. Comes in with the needed battery. Does not loses the connection. allows for multi gesture. Large and good looking

            What else can one from a trackpad?

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Better than a mouse

            By Watergirl

            from Rochester, NY

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Tracking
            • Comfortable Design
            • Fast Response
            • Glides Smoothly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday Use

              Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

              My MBP trackpad is old and not working well especially clicking and dragging so decided to order the Magic Trackpad to use especially when editing photos. Love it and very glad I did not choose a mouse as the track pad is much easier for this senior citizen to use. I just need to remember to turn it off when not in use - its easy to forget.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              great trackpad

              By mlody

              from Des Plaines, IL

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Tracking
              • Comfortable Design
              • Fast Response
              • Glides Smoothly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday Use
                • Web Browsing

                Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                definitely a much better solution for navigating a match a magic mouse! highly recommended

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Works great

                By Ace Face

                from East Bay, CA

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Tracking
                • Comfortable Design
                • Fast Response
                • Works On Any Surface

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Use
                  • Professional
                  • Web Browsing

                  Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                  Excellent compliment to mouse - actually more useful and intuitive. You won't regret getting one - relatively cheap, too.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Love to Work with Trackpad instead Mouse

                  By Mohankumar

                  from Augusta, GA

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Tracking
                  • Comfortable Design
                  • Fast Response
                  • Glides Smoothly
                  • Great Features
                  • Works On Any Surface

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday Use
                    • Web Browsing

                    Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                    I have purchased for my iMac with retina display..Trackpad replace the touch screen option. If you start using trackpad again never use mouse..Great product with reasonable price too..

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    2.0

                    Love it, but broke after about 45 days

                    By Eric

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Tracking
                    • Comfortable Design
                    • Fast Response
                    • Glides Smoothly
                    • Great Features

                    Cons

                    • Broke Too Soon

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday Use
                    • Professional
                    • Web Browsing

                    Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                    Man, this thing is really nice and definitely improves my experience with my Macbook, unfortunately the pad stopped clicking after 45 days. Everything else still functions - can scroll, soft click, gestures, etc.

                    I expect a little higher quality from Apple products, and it's just frustrating that now I gotta deal with the issue of fixing it.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    4.0

                    Very useful

                    By some guy

                    from Maine

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Tracking
                    • Fast Response
                    • Glides Smoothly
                    • Great Features

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday Use
                      • Professional

                      Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                      A wide variety of features, wish it was a little bigger.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Touch screen functionality without the fingerprints

                      By Jophus

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Tracking
                      • Comfortable Design
                      • Fast Response

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday Use

                        Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                        Got this because the mouse included with my iMac just doesn't get it done...especially now that I have been spoiled by touch screen technology. The Trackpad simulates the touch screen experience but without needing to place my sometimes less than sterile digits onto that beautiful Retina monitor. Get one.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Invaluable

                        By JB

                        from Carrollton Tx

                        Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                        I use both the mouse and trackpad, but my default has become the trackpad. It's intuitive and invaluable for design work in my opinion.

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                        4.0

                        Better than I thought

                        By Monty

                        from Houston, TX

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Tracking
                        • Comfortable Design
                        • Fast Response
                        • Glides Smoothly
                        • Great Features
                        • Works On Any Surface

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday Use
                          • Professional
                          • Web Browsing

                          Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                          HAs a really good clicking action so you know when it executes. Large area and surprisingly easy to learn and adjust from a mouse

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          Great for intricate selections

                          By Matt

                          from North Hills, CA

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                          Works better than the magic mouse for intricate selections in timelines for apps like Protools and Premiere.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          still the best trackpad

                          By mwss

                          from new york

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Tracking
                          • Comfortable Design
                          • Fast Response
                          • Glides Smoothly
                          • Great Features

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                              nothing works as well, not Wacom or Logitech, it's just so smooth and fully integrated with Macs

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              Great Asset!

                              By Mephisto

                              from Sacramento

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Tracking
                              • Comfortable Design
                              • Fast Response
                              • Glides Smoothly
                              • Great Features
                              • Works On Any Surface

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional

                                Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                                My trackpad died. Couldn't do anything with it. After 6 years of service, I guess it had enough. It's a great thing Apple has this trackpad. It's larger, you can do all the gestures with it that you couldn't with the trackpad because it was too small. And it matches up with my laptop without a hitch! I love it!

                                Now if I could just stop trying to use my trackpad from habit!

                                The Magic Trackpad is responsive and the batteries last!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                4.0

                                works nice

                                By Art Photographer

                                from Lititz, PA

                                About Me Casual User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Tracking
                                • Comfortable Design
                                • Fast Response
                                • Glides Smoothly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday Use

                                  Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                                  Use it with my mac.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  1.0

                                  Not worth it

                                  By Not a Kool-Aid drinker

                                  from Red Hook, NY

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Catches Easily
                                    • Inaccurate Tracking

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Beer Coaster
                                    • Door stop
                                    • Foot Rest

                                    Comments about Apple Magic Trackpad:

                                    This is another product from Apple that features form over function. I have to click several times to get it to do what I want it to do. The cursor often bounces all over the screen. Apple hasn't been any help on this. All I got from one of their "Jeen Yus Iz", was a, "Beats me".

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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