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So here it is day 1 of the "Magic Trackpad"...and I decided to purchase one. I was just this weekend contemplating purchasing a "Magic Mouse"...but with todays "Magic Trackpad" announcement...it seemed more inline with my predominant laptop/trackpad usage...than my desktop/mouse use.

This by no means is meant to be a full review of the Magic Trackpad...but sort of an initial glimpse & thoughts.

So I got to my local Apple Store around 4:30pm this afternoon. I immediately went to the rear of the store where they have the input devices & software to grab a Magic Trackpad. First of all...the genius/service counter was PACKED with customers...many of them with boxed up computers. Which to me possibly indicated a lot of recent computer purchasers returning their computer in light of the new iMac & Mac Pro announcements.

Anyway...back to the Magic Trackpad. So I get to the rear of the store & I'm looking for the Magic Trackpads...and I couldn't find any. I'm like...OMG...they're already out of them!!! I keep looking & looking...and then I finally spot them. There were only two left..and I snagged one.

My main goal initially was to just grab one of them...then look around the store for the newly announced products, and then find a demo computer with a Magic Trackpad hooked up to it, and play around with it for a couple minutes. Well guess what...the darn thing is so new...not one demo Magic Trackpad was setup...anywhere! I finally spot a computer with a Magic Trackpad by it...but it turns out the guy just bought one, and was hooking it up with one of the stores demo computers. I struck up a conversation with him...and he let me try it out a bit...to get the feel of it.

The first thing that struck me is that is wasn't as heavy as I expected. I mean it is exactly the same height as the Apple Aluminum keyboards, and made of the same material...it was just after demoing the "Magic Mouse" this weekend (much heavier & substantial feeling)...that the Magic Trackpad seemed a little light. Also, the Magic Trackpad has little rubber feet on it to keep it from sliding on smooth surfaces.

Of course (as advertised) the Magic Trackpad is capable of the 4-finger gesturing just like the Apple laptops of the past couple years. Interestingly...even though the Magic Trackpad does single & double mouse clicks by doing a single or double tap...you can also do physical single & double clicks by pushing down on the trackpad surface. The two rubber feet under the front edge of the Magic Trackpad "float" so to speak...making a physical single & double click possible...similar to using a mouse button.

As I said...this is not meant to be a full review. I haven't even opened mine yet...but from my experiences at the Apple Store...the Magic Trackpad works just like the trackpad on an Apple laptop...and remember it's supposed to be like 80% larger in surface area.

I think that my main use for the Magic Trackpad at the moment will be while I'm watching TV & computing at the same time...I'm going to put my MBP on the table in front of me...kick back on the couch...and maneuver the mouse pointer with the Magic Trackpad!

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Oo, nice please do post back with some more pics!

And it's size when unboxed, can't seem to be able to find it on apples site.

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Apple - Magic Trackpad Just for you McYukon

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Hmm it looks very nice, I would get one but I don't own an Apple desktop.... Yet. I'm thinking about those new iMac's or the 12-core MacPro
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Thanks Nick. That looks interesting. I'll probably be adding one of these to the arsenal. Here's some additional info for anyone interested Apple Magic Trackpad Input Device Review | Macworld

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And it's size when unboxed, can't seem to be able to find it on apples site.
+1 for this. Dimensions on a website are one thing but seeing it in use so to speak gives you a greater impression of size.

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Cool. Thanks for posting this.
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you can also do physical single & double clicks by pushing down on the trackpad surface. The two rubber feet under the front edge of the Magic Trackpad "float" so to speak...making a physical single & double click possible...similar to using a mouse button.

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Cool. Thanks for posting this.
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The two little rubber "feet" under the front edge of the Magic Trackpad allow the trackpad surface to move up & down. So if you physically push on the surface of the trackpad (instead of tapping with your finger)...it will move slightly up & down acting just like the button(s) on a mouse for single or double clicking.

Thus you can do single & double clicks in two ways:

- a single or double tap on the Magic Trackpad surface with your finger tip
- a single or double "push" on the trackpad surface (just like a mouse button)

Hopefully this makes sense,

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Thanks for the info so far.
But the bug question is this. Is this way better then the mouse experience (Magic Mouse in my case)? As would you recommend this much more highly over a mouse?

I've never been a fan of trackpads. I think it's just because I've never owned a portable computer which had one. I'm willing to try one out. But the cost is why I ask will it really be as good as people say it is?
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But the bug question is this. Is this way better then the mouse experience (Magic Mouse in my case)? As would you recommend this much more highly over a mouse?

I've never been a fan of trackpads. I think it's just because I've never owned a portable computer which had one. I'm willing to try one out. But the cost is why I ask will it really be as good as people say it is?
I think that what it boils down to is...if you like a trackpad (laptop)...then I would say give it a try. If someone prefers a mouse...then stick with a mouse.

The Magic Trackpad (like the trackpad on newer Mac laptops)...supports all of the 2, 3, and 4 finger gestures...more than a mouse can do. I (like you) would probably first say..."heck...I don't need all those multi-finger gestures!" I don't use them all...but some of them come in handy once you start using them.

I mainly bought the Magic Trackpad to use with my laptop while I am on the couch watching TV...and have my laptop on the coffee table in front of me. Sure I could use a wireless mouse in this situation...but a wireless mouse used on the surface of a "squishy-soft" couch is not always very accurate...and this is where the Magic Trackpad works better for me.

One other positive about the Magic Trackpad. If someone has large hands/fingers....the Magic Trackpad is supposed to be almost 80% larger than the trackpad on current Mac laptops. So that larger area certainly gives you more "maneuvering" space. And like I mentioned above...you can still do single & double "mouse clicks" on the Magic Trackpad...since the front feet on the Magic Trackpad "flex" for doing "physical" mouse clicking.

It's certainly a personal decision. You could get it...try it out for a while...and if you don't like it...return it. The Apple Store told me I have 14 days to return it...no restocking fee.

Hope this helps,

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The Magic Trackpad (like the trackpad on newer Mac laptops)...supports all of the 2, 3, and 4 finger gestures...more than a mouse can do. I (like you) would probably first say..."heck...I don't need all those multi-finger gestures!" I don't use them all...but some of them come in handy once you start using them.
I also had the same thought when I first got a unibody MBP with gestures abilities. Now I can't live without the trackpad gestures. Just about all my most used shortcuts like back and forth in web browsers, Expose, scrolling, etc can now be done with the trackpad. It's much faster and more intuitive to use than keyboard shortcuts.

I still prefer a mouse for precise and long distance frequent mouse movements but everything else I use I like using the trackpad. I actually go back and forth between a mouse and trackpad regularly on my MBP so I don't think either are perfect by themselves. For my usage they compliment each other perfectly.

I don't use my desktop all that often anymore so I don't know if I would need a Magic Trackpad but it's nice to know that I now have that option. I don't have Nick's couch potato usage problem. I guess it's less awkward to use for people who already have gotten used to a trackpad on their laptops.
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I don't have Nick's couch potato usage problem.
Ha ha! I'm only a couch potato sometimes!

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Here are some additional photos to help folks out who are still deciding if the Magic Trackpad is for them.

In the track pad size comparison photo (1st photo)...that's my late 2006 17" MBP trackpad...which obviously still has a mouse button unlike newer Mac laptops. In the other two photos I included a ruler to help folks get a better idea of the actual size. In the 3rd photo (of the underside of the Magic Trackpad)...you can see the two little round "feet" which "flex" up & down to allow the user to do "physical" single & double mouse-clicks if they prefer to instead of single & double "taps" on the trackpad surface.

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Yes that does help a lot. It seems the trackpad is awesome. But I'll need to hit an Apple store/reseller and try one out to know if I can feel ok and not awkward when I use it.

I don't need a magic trackpad. But Apple has that way of making me buy things I'd not normally consider. But I must agree this is really a try before you buy product. And I'll let you know if I try it.

And as a side note the Apple Battery Charger would go ace with your Magic Trackpad if you are ok with coughing up $29 US for it.

[edit] This is for my imac. I'd never get one if I had a portable Mac. Cause it already has a trackpad. Smaller and attached to the computer but still has one.
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I don't need a magic trackpad.
Neither do I!

It's kind of like a microwave oven. It's nice to have...but you can live without it!

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