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  • Feb 11, 2011
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I have been intrigued with the Mac Trackpad ever since it first came out, and finally decided to give it a try. I spend a lot of hours in front of a computer every day, and this handy and elegant peripheral seemed like an ideal gadget that could take away some stress from my poor forearm and wrist. I have also had quite a bit of experience with iPhone, iPad, and Macbook and have grown fond of the multifinger gesture-based navigation on those devices. So now that I have used the Trackpad with my Mac mini for about a day, I can say that this has been a very good investment.

The setup for the Trackpad was very straightforward and intuitive if you are running the latest version of Mas OS X software (10.6.4). If the Bluetooth is turned on on your computer then the Trackpad becomes immediately discoverable as soon as you turn it on. The Trackpad comes with a very brief setup booklet that is more than sufficient for explaining the whole process. Once the Trackpad is paired up you can got to the System Preferences and choose all the gesture navigation preferences that you want. The back cover of the package that the Trackpad came in has useful illustrations of all the gestures that are supported and the corresponding actions. The System Preferences panel is even more useful: by highlighting any one of the options a short video clip of the corresponding gesture is looped. I like all of the navigation gestures and have opted to have them all enabled.

The Trackpad really makes the navigation much more smooth and manageable, and so far it has also been kind to my wrist. Some of the gestures (like the ones that allow you to switch applications or launch Expose) were new to me, and having them now literally at my fingertips will probably cause me to use start using them. The only place where I still felt that a mouse had a clear advantage was when it came to precision clicking as well as clicking and highlighting. Therefore I am still not willing to give up my mouse completely. If you too choose to have both mouse and the Trackpad as your peripherals I strongly urge you to de-clutter your work area as much as possible. I have also tried using the Trackpad for drawing in Photoshop, but even though it is definitely an improvement over a mouse, it is still far from a smooth experience that you might have with a stand-alone drawing tablet.

Overall I am very happy with my new Trackpad. It is probably the best input peripheral to come around in years.

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The first Multi-Touch Trackpad designed to work with your Mac desktop computer, the Apple Magic Trackpad lets your fingers do the clicking, scrolling, and swiping. The Apple Magic uses the same Multi-Touch technology found on the MacBook Pro, giving you a whole new way to control and interact with what's on your screen. Swiping through pages online feels just like flipping through pages in a book or magazine. Inertial scrolling makes moving up and down a page more natural than ever. And users can press down anywhere on the Multi-Touch surface to physically click or double-click on an item--no clumsy buttons involved.


The Largest Multi-Touch Trackpad Ever

The Apple Magic Trackpad responds to a variety of finger gestures for clicking, scrolling, and swiping. The Magic Trackpad is just like the trackpad on the MacBook Pro--but bigger. It's made with the same advanced touch-friendly and wear-resistant glass surface, but with nearly 80 percent more area. This gives you even more room to scroll, swipe, pinch, and rotate to your fingers' content. And because the entire surface is a button that clicks, you can use it in place of a mouse without losing a hint of functionality. The Magic Trackpad's full set of gestures includes two-finger scrolling, pinching to zoom, rotating with your fingertips, three-finger swiping, and activating Expose or switching between applications with four fingers.

Plus, the trackpad is customizable. Simply access the Magic ...

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