"Surprisingly wonderful!"5.0 starson by mpemburn
Pros: Ergonomic, well made, flexible configuration
Cons: More force than necessary required to press 'button', Occasionally selects areas seemingly at random.
Summary: I've used a mouse on a dozen or more types of computers for more than 25 years, Today, I think I've used the last them.
My old Logitech mouse died last week, so I limped along with a spare while doing research for a replacement. Wanting to break away from the profusion of USB devices, I set my sights on a Bluetooth mouse. My wife and I both have MacBook Pros and she's using a Magic Mouse with her hers. Try as I might, I couldn't warm to it. Even at the highest setting, it's tracking speed is too slow for me to cover dual monitors without having to pick the danged thing up and set it down every time.
So, a couple of days ago, I headed over to Best Buy to see what they were offering. Thinking that I still *might* get used to a Magic Mouse, I headed for the Mac accessories isle and there I encountered the Magic Trackpad for the first time. I keep up pretty well with tech stuff but this one got right by me. After some hasty web searches for reviews, I decided to take the plunge.
First impression: this is one classy looking critter. It has that typical Apple simplicity. It feels solid -- almost indestructible. It comes with a pair of batteries installed (just have to pull out a plastic tab) and there's a push-on push-off button at the left end. 30 seconds to pair and an you're off and running. The back of the packaging shows most of the typical gestures so you don't really need to read the manual (I didn't).
The only physical control on the trackpad is the 'button', which is activated by pressing down the whole pad. This seems to require more force than is necessary, so I seldom use it. The wrist complains too much. A click is not really needed, for the most part, since you can achieve the same results simply by tapping (similar to a built-in trackpad or iPhone). Click-and-drag, though, is a bit more challenging.
This was almost a deal-breaker but I stuck with it and found that there is an entirely workable alternative. If you go into System Preferences/Trackpad and check One Finger/Dragging and /Drag Lock, you can perform a click-and-drag by double-tapping, then drag to where you want, and tap once to end. This seems like a complex sequence until you try it. Within one day -- and this, a very intense day with intricate Photoshop manipulations and hours of software coding -- I became completely comfortable with the process It's hard to explain but 'double-tap' is not the same as 'double-click'. Your fingers somehow figure out the difference.
To conclude: Once again, Apple engineering has come up with a totally intuitive _human_ interface to the computer. Try it and you may never use a mouse again.