Macbook Air 2012 - Very loud trackpad click?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bigyeah, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2012
    Is anyone else extremely annoyed about how loud the click on the trackpad is? I went to the Applestore thinking that there was an issue with my particular MacBook Air, but the Genius told me the loud noise is normal. He did loosen and retighten the trackpad to see if it helped the extremely loud click noise, but it did not. I am ready to return my machine in hopes that a new one will be better, or is this not a defect? Is the only flaw on this laptop the extremely obnoxious trackpad click noise? I can't commute to work on a 2 hour bus ride with this sound. I truly cannot believe Apple would allow this, that is why I am willing to try another machine before I give up on this current generation of MacBooks. Is anyone else having this issue/complaint?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    Sound is relative.

    My trackpad makes a click noise and I don't find it an annoyance/inconvenience.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    3 Words.

    Tap to Click.
  4. macrumors member


    Nov 13, 2011
    We can close the internet now.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2008
    My 2008 15" MBP's trackpad has a very loud click compared to others that I have used. The MBA clicks that I tested in store seemed much more gentle and I'm hoping that my 11" MBA will be the same when it arrives.

    Does yours click "harder" or louder than others you have tested?
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2010
    Chicago and Spooner (when it's not 20 below)
    I agree with Nuts - I very rarely use the actual push to click and often times when I do it's because I accidentally push too hard. Physical clicks are, I believe, going the way of the mouse.

    If you haven't figured out the multi-touch pad, you'd do well to practice. I think you'll realize that pushing to click is almost never required.
  7. macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Agreed, I find it strange that it isn't the default setting.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    All of the aluminum trackpads have been loud when clicking. Tap to click is your friend and should definitely be the default on all the glass multi-touch pads. I'd prefer that Apple remove the physical clicking completely in their MacBooks.
  9. macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2012
    Tap to click is a lot more easier and don't put too much strain in your fingers too.
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2012
    Thanks for the responses everyone. Tap to click, yeah, yeah yeah. I know that I should convert, but I am stubborn in my ways. I will try and go to a Best Buy to test out other MBA and MBP models to see if it is an isolated issue with my machine. The reason for the Best Buy trip and not an Apple store trip is because the Apple store is so damn loud you can't even hear a click.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2010
    Chicago and Spooner (when it's not 20 below)
    The other thing about the Air's is that their thinness may exacerbate the click sound. I know it's a challenge to make the change - my wife has the same issue and she even still prefers a mouse to the trackpad. Her watching me fly through spreadsheets, web pages, emails is starting to convince her though. Once you start multi-touching, you'll have a hard time going back.
  12. macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2010
    I just received 2 MBAs i ordered this morning. The click noise is noticeably louder on one of them.
  13. macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    No, but then I have checked 'Tap to Click'. Problem solved. Even when I do click it's not annoying. Quite amazing what some people find to complain about.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    I dislike tap to click, that's why we do have the primary option to click the trackpad.

    That said, my 2010 was loud with clicks and I delt with it for 2 years; got used to it I suppose. Now on my new machine- the trackpad is quiet as a mouse and its a welcome blessing as well as the backlit keyboard.

    So there are units that do have a quiet TP.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Barna Biro

    Sep 25, 2011
    LU, Switzerland
    This. ;)
  16. macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    Oh yes. The tap noise is one of the most annoying things in life. Also, anyone else notice when the sun is at a certain angle and the laptop is positioned in a specific way, the sun can sometimes shine really brightly? I've packaged mine up ready to send back. Life is so tough, but I struggle through.

  17. macrumors 68020


    Nov 16, 2006
    Did you have the problem with the aluminium being too shiney and for 30 seconds of a sunny day in june when the macbook is positioned facing exactly due south that theres a tiny speck of glare on the track pad that can be super annoying too? Think i might return mine because of this.
  18. macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    I did. in England we get exactly 4.2 sunny days in the year. At a specific point in each of these days I suffer this blinding occurrence. It's just not goo enough Apple. I pay a premium price (seems to be the normal line) for this laptop and I just shouldn't have to suffer this. I'm glad there is someone else who shares my pain.
  19. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2012
    and the douche bag award goes to..........
  20. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2012
    My click sounds "plasticky". The clicks on other machines that I have tested in the store sound more natural.
  21. macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    If you can't take a joke on the internet, then thats you problem man. I hope you manage to get over the trauma.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010

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