2015 Macbook Pro Track Pad VS. iMac's included track pad

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Turnpike, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. Turnpike macrumors 6502

    Turnpike

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    I have the force touch trackpad on a 2015 Macbook Pro (naturally...) and I love the Retina screen and the AMAZING speed and accuracy of the touchpad. Combined they are priceless as I use them for hours and hours of fast navigation while doing many hours of research online every day, but now with the newest Retina screen 27" iMac, I'm thinking to try switching to one of those...

    The Retina screen (but larger), a full external mechanical keyboard (which I've been hooked on for years)... I am sure everything will be an upgrade- except the mouse/trackpad stuff- that is something I'm not sure about, the one in Best Buy didn't seem to be as good or quite the same in the few minutes I messed with it....


    What is the official story on those- are they the same, is one better, is the trackpad that comes with an iMac just as precise or accurate or sensitive as the one that comes on a Macbook Pro? Will there be some loss of accuracy or is there something I can buy or get from somewhere to make up for it? The Retina display and that amazing MBPro trackpad is what got me to learn to use Macs in the first place a few years ago, I'm very concerned about the trackpad issue (if there will be one) as I prepare to switch over to an iMac.

    Any comparison by those who are familiar with both would be appreciated. I do not want to use a mouse, I am talking only about the trackpads.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Chancha macrumors 6502a

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    They are supposedly using the same generation of internals, and the same top glass, with slight differences in finishing and real estate.

    I happen to have both the 2015 15" MBP and the 2017 iMac 27" + Trackpad2. I do notice there is a slight edge in responsiveness on the MBP, which I assumed had more to do with the resolution of the iMac (native x0.5) vs the MBP (scaled 1920x1200). The trackpad has been invented and optimized for laptop use, with limited screen resolution, pointing from corner to corner should take minimal effort and the unit is always in the same place. With desktop usage a trackpad is perhaps not the most ideal, it retains some of the benefits like gestures and general easiness to use, but lacks the comfort and precision with a mouse, particularly an ergonomically designed one.

    I myself use the Magic Trackpad 2 in conjunction with a Logitech trackball with my iMac, a mouse for when family members need to use the computer, and a large Wacom tablet whenever I need to draw, so I got all use cases covered. I find myself using the trackball most often (in terms of time spent).

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  3. Precursor macrumors 6502a

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    I purchased magic trackpad 2 when I purchased my 15" MBP for desk setup and found the magic trackpad 2 as good as the MBP's trackpad, if not better. It is easier to use too since you can move it anywhere on your desk.
     
  4. Turnpike thread starter macrumors 6502

    Turnpike

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    This is VERY nice to hear.... now I'm going to go ahead with the Apple order and hope for the best. I actually forgot there was a "Trackpad 2", which makes me feel better about it. Thanks for the input! :D
     

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