Apple Magic Trackpad Brings Gestures to the Desktop

Apple Magic Trackpad Brings Gestures to the Desktop

Gregory Han
Jul 27, 2010

Alongside Apple's announcement of faster 3.6 GHz, quad-core iMacs with the ability to boot from speedy solid state drives (as an option), snuck at the bottom of the press release was mention of another new peripheral, the Magic Trackpad. Just imagine the MacBook Pro's trackpad cut out and configured for desktop use (but 80% larger than it's laptop equivalent) and you've got a good idea what's in store for desktop users desiring to ditch the mouse or tablet.

The Magic Trackpad brings the intuitive Multi-Touch gestures of Mac notebook trackpads to the desktop. With its glass surface, the wireless Magic Trackpad enables users to scroll smoothly up and down a page with inertial scrolling, pinch to zoom in and out, rotate an image with their fingertips and swipe three fingers to flip through a collection of web pages or photos. The Magic Trackpad can be configured to support single button or two button commands and supports tap-to-click as well as a physical click.

The design lines up, complements the wireless Apple keyboard quite nicely (of course), and the Bluetooth connection works up to 33 feet away, just in case you want to use this with a Mac Mini HTPC setup. We're just not sure if we're willing to ditch the (Magic) mouse for a completely touchpad experience, since working in applications like Photoshop require a bit more control than our clumsy-wide digits can offer.

What do you think of the $69 price tag? It's a little bit too much for our blood, and we would rather have had the Magic Trackpad integrated into a new extended Apple wireless keyboard to avoid further peripheral clutter. But we guess if you're going to have a mess of things on your work surface, it might as well as look as elegant as this Magic Trackpad.

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