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Review: Apple's Magic Trackpad

updated 04:05 am EDT, Fri August 6, 2010

A mouse replacement?

MacNN has reviewed the Magic Trackpad, which was launched by Apple just over a week ago. The controller is essentially a larger, independent version of the trackpad on the MacBook, allowing people to use that system's multi-touch gestures in a desktop environment. The new device is also wireless, which proves to be both a positive and a negative.

While leaving desks less cluttered, the Trackpad does consume two AA batteries, which must be replaced or recharged like those on the Magic Mouse. There is no USB power option. Another complaint is that the control method may take some time to adjust to, but this is ultimately considered minor; the device is described as ergonomic, and even a potential mouse replacement. Apple is selling the Magic Trackpad for $69.

by MacNN Staff





  1. MacAssemble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You call this a review?

    Really? Do you even have one, or are the few facts mentioned above, just what you have overheard?

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It Sure Is A Review, MacAssemble ...

    You know ... review ... as in "view again."

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Review

    Heh, yes, they do a full review of it but they linked it weird so it's not very obvious where to find the actual review.

    They should have linked "reviewed the Magic Trackpad" instead of just Magic Trackpad.

  1. jamesfabin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's a Micro - I mean MacNN thing

    I know this seems odd - but on MacNN they like to have those articles which just lead to a slightly (oh so slightly) version of the same teaser, in which you have to find the magic link to get to the actual review (which most of the time is on another one of their websites). To me it is something I'd expect on a Microsoft site - very bad user experience, takes extra steps to get to what you want, not very clear. It is very un-Apple like. To find the review, click on the "Magic Trackpad" link in the 1st sentence, as you navigate your cursor around the other links which open up ads.

    This is always the most frustrating part of this site to me - I click to see the review, then I'm not given it and have to hunt for the right link. Tsk Tsk.


  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dumb Linking

    They position the fact they wrote a story as a story. Then you have to link to the story from the story.

    Confused yet? Me too.

  1. MaxHedrm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not that I have any idea how you would do this with a multitouch interface, but when I'm doing 3D work chording (holding down BOTH mouse buttons) is essential. The same goes for the track ball/wheel/etc being clickable to use as a 3rd button. *sigh*

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