Product Type: Apple mice & trackballs
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Macbook style trackpad - now available on Mac desktops
Apple Magic Trackpad
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Apple Magic Trackpad
Advantages: Increased functionality over a traditional mouse, no wires, fits in adjacent to keyboard.
Disadvantages: Quite expensive
Essentially, this is a trackpad, designed to replace, or be used in conjunction with a regular mouse on an Apple computer. It's been on the market since July 2010 and has multifunctions similar to those found on the trackpad of the latest Apple MacBooks.
The trackpad has a stylish brushed aluminium surface and measures roughly 13 x 13cm and is designed to sit flush with Apple keyboards, such as the Apple wireless keyboard. The entire surface of the device is 80% larger than the touchpad on the MacBook and is one giant button. It's powered by two AA batteries and is completely wireless, connecting to the computer using bluetooth technology. It works on all Apple computers running Mac OSX Snow leopard 10.6.4 or higher
When you activate the trackpad for the first time, the new bluetooth device is detected by the computer instantly, and the preference panel opens allowing you to fully customise the gestures, along with instructional videos.
Being one large button, you can click, or double-click anywhere on the surface. As well as behaving in the same way as a traditional trackpad, it also recognises new gestures. These include:
Two finger scrolling - scroll up and down any visible window by moving two fingers up and down the trackpad
Pinch to zoom - certain mac applications support this, such as iPhoto, hold two fingers on the trackpad and pinch apart to zoom in.
Rotate - use two fingers to rotate object using a rotating motion
Three finger swiping - allows you to move forward and back pages (in applications such as Safari browser)
Four fingers - push four fingers upwards to view all your open applications at a glance (expose)
Plus others! It's surprising how quickly you get used to these functions and how much easier it is to navigate your computer with a little practice. I personally run both the mouse and trackpad side by side.
The trackpad retails at £55, or comes as an option with the new iMac.
Summary: A great addition, or replacement to an existing apple mouse.
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