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Apple Magic Trackpad

Apple Magic Trackpad
alaScore 91

732 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 732 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size and build quality. The usability and design also get good comments. There are some negative reviews about the value for money.

design, usability, build quality, size

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Mouse & Pointing Devices the Apple Magic Trackpad is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 732 reviews)

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Review Apple Magic Trackpad Mouse Replacement


It's magic? Apple's Magic Trackpad now also places a MacBook Pro' ...

At the moment, Apple's Magic Trackpad is at the top all by itself because there aren't any comparable products with these qualities

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Double-Fisting Apple's Trackpad to Relieve Carpal...


I've been testing Apple's Magic Trackpad since shortly after its late July debut, and I love it. Or should I say: love them. For the last two decades,

Helps alleviate carpal tunnel pain. Saying you're “two-fisting” at 9:30 in the morning never gets old

Cursor sometimes gets lost. Occasional instability. Price of admission is high


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Apple Magic Trackpad


Apple has moved one step closer to banishing the button. After making significant inroads with touch-based input on the iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and MacBook, Apple brings swipes to the desktop with the Magic Trackpad. While it basically amounts to the...

Gorgeous, well-built design ; Easy installation ; Intuitive software ; Works as well as Apple’s class-leading MacBook trackpads

Rechargeable batteries not included ; Not as precise as a mouse

Apple brings a page from the MacBook to the desktop with its Magic Trackpad: an excellent - if still dubiously necessary - mouse replacement.


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Apple's Magic Trackpad isn't the first of its kind -- in fact, Wacom has been playing this game for awhile -- but it's the first of its kind from the cats in Cupertino, so obviously people take notice. The premise of such a device is stupidly simple:...

Great industrial design ; Perfect trackpad experience for a desktop ; Multitouch works flawlessly

Easy to get lost in large surface area ; Single button click limits options ; Windows implementation is weak

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Apple Magic Trackpad


If you're a Mac user who's more comfortable using a trackpad than a mouse, get yourself to your local Apple store and pick up the Magic Trackpad.

Supports up to four-finger multitouch gestures. Video help built into control panel. Great design and feel. Fits perfectly with Apple Wireless Keyboard

Learning curve if you're used to trackpads with buttons or to traditional computer mice. Only works as a two-button scrolling mouse in Boot Camp/Windows

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External trackpads aren't exactly new, but Apple has managed to instill no small degree of excitement into their new Magic Trackpad by virtue of their

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For those keeping score, Apple had only one computing product left in its lineup that wasn't multitouch-oriented: its desktop Macs. Not anymore. With the introduction of the Magic Trackpad, Apple ...

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Apple Magic Trackpad Review


In an attempt to bring some multitouch magic to the rest of their product line, Apple now has a Bluetooth wireless input device called the Magic Trackpad, and it is about as minimalist a control surface as you can get. It's nothing more than a CD-case...

No learning curve for portable Mac users ; Looks great next to a Wireless KB ; Multi-touch gestures

Not very precise ; The occasional mysterious cursor jump ; Not cheap

However if your priority is precise selection and quick and confident cursor manipulation (say, when working with Photoshop images, or Logic waveforms, or even just a word processor) I’d hesitate to recommend the Magic Trackpad. After all there’s a...

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Apple Magic Trackpad Requires Patience


The Apple Magic Trackpad is a blessing, but in disguise. It'll require new muscle memory for dedicated mouse users, is better than a conventional trackball, and has amazing new features. But it'll require a period of acclimation.

The Magic Trackpad isn’t cheap, and so one wouldn’t want to buy it on a whim, expecting to immediately make Mac life wondrous. Despite the Fast Tracking mode, I still don’t get the immediate and fine tracking and pointer control that I can get with a...

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Apple Magic Trackpad Review


For years, the distinction between desktop computers and laptop computers has been clear. To control a desktop computer, you use a mouse and to control a laptop computer, you use a trackpad. When Apple released their latest MacBook and MacBook Pro...

Large surface area makes it easy to use ; Bluetooth wireless connection provides up to 33 foot range ; Flawlessly detects multiple finger gestures ; Long battery life, includes two AA batteries ; Less tiring to use than a mouse ; Works with Windows PCs...

Can be challenging to set up initially ; Requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 plus additional software updates ; Limited finger gestures available when using it on a Windows PC

Product Specifications


Built-in Storage Capability: No
Charging Unit Included: No
Force / Vibrate Feedback: No
Read / Write Functionality: No
Scrolling Function: No
Scrolling Type:Not Applicable
Scrolling Wheel: No
USB:Not Applicable
USB Hub: No

General Features

Battery-free Mouse: No
Gaming Product: No
Graphic Tablet with Mouse:Not Applicable
Graphic Tablet with Pen:Not Applicable
Input Registration:Not Applicable
Notebook Mouse: No
Platform:PC / Mac
Type of Connection:Bluetooth