Apple Trackpad Review

Posted: July 29, 2010
Apple Trackpad Review

Chris Hardwick and Kevin Pereira bring you a bonus review with the recently released Apple Trackpad to demonstrate its swiping features, multi-touch gestures and more for $69.

What You Need To Know

  • Think of this Trackpad as the giant wireless version of the Macbook Pro's touchpad.
  • It's intended to be used for desktops and is pretty easy to set up.
  • It runs on Mac OSX Snow Leopard and the latest software update.
  • The Trackpad connects to your Mac via Bluetooth, then it's ready to go.
  • The entire surface is one button, but you can use multi-touch swipe features to do things like scroll, pinch and zoom, and switch applications.
  • Compared to a mouse, it's quite responsive and works great for web browsing.
  • You can use 2 fingers on the Trackpad to scroll on both axes.
  • You can also pinch and zoom by splitting your fingers.
  • Swiping three fingers allows you to move back and forth across pages.
  • It takes some time to get used to: to click and drag clips, you have to keep one finger down while you drag the other.
  • You can scrub through footage by using 2 fingers.
  • It's still not as easy as using a mouse.
  • We're not really sure why you'd want to use this in place of a mouse for gaming.
  • It's okay, but you'll never get the same responsiveness that you would get with a gaming mouse.
  • You'd have to practice a lot to make it work for gaming.


  • $69


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • It's got a simplistic and cool design, easy to set up and use and great for web browsing, but not much for sophisticated applications.

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Comments are Closed

  • cocor

    Deelron - Friday, July 30, 2010 5:25 PM I'm not even sure why it'd be rating for gaming, it's not what its for, it's like rating an Archos internet tablet on it's gaming applications. ____________________________ its in the same price range for high performance gaming mice.. thats why the comparison.. for $70 it has poor performance.. especially for gaming and editing.. i can buy a $10 mouse and it would do more and do it better than this over priced piece of crap

    Posted: August 22, 2010 2:22 PM
  • Mutak

    Apparently Kevin and Chris didn't get the memo. It's magical. It's not for playing games and editing movies. It's for pulling rainbow-farting unicorns out of your butt. And fr being really super cool. Seriously - everyone has a mouse, but only a very small percentage of those are magical. This is magical and it's NOT a mouse. That makes it like hip squared.

    Posted: August 2, 2010 6:43 AM
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  • David005

    If I had money to burn, i'd get this just for gesturing...

    But only if I had money to burn, because my desktop is... well...

    it has agp4x... and 64 bit extended pci slots... it's aging. i'm using a macbook pro instead, and using the magic trackpad with a mac pro is pretty idiotic. I use a logitech wired mouse instead, and use the trackpad for gestures, just as I would if I had a magic trackpad for a new desktop that I don't have yet...

    Posted: July 30, 2010 10:29 PM
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    Posted: July 30, 2010 7:09 PM
  • Deelron

    I'm not even sure why it'd be rating for gaming, it's not what its for, it's like rating an Archos internet tablet on it's gaming applications.

    Posted: July 30, 2010 5:25 PM
  • pyromaster222

    you can actually drag with three fingers... you dont need to keep one finger down and move

    Posted: July 30, 2010 5:02 PM
  • ThataUFO

    $69? How much tech is required to build this thing. That seems like too much money for a friggin track pad.
    Now I'm going to use my $80 gaming mouse to click the post button...

    Posted: July 30, 2010 4:18 PM
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    Posted: July 30, 2010 1:46 PM
  • twihard2012

    haha, I think the whole time i was distracted from the review because "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs was playing in the background! I love AOTS!

    Posted: July 29, 2010 10:38 PM