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.