For those worried about the 11" Trackpad Size

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by slazareth, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. slazareth macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2006
    Thought this would be helpful to those of you wondering about the 11" MBA's undersized trackpad. I just got mine in today and have to say that I definitely notice the smaller trackpad, but I don't think its a huge issue and I'm sure its something that I won't even notice a month or so from now. The problem is that I'm accustomed to placing my hand a certain way with my thumb resting on the edge of the laptop which puts my fingers about 2/3s of the way up the trackpad. Of course this doesn't leave me much room to move upward. Over time I'm sure I'll get used to it and learn to position my fingers a little lower on the trackpad.

    Here is a photo of my hand on the trackpad. My hands are roughly 7" tall from bottom of palm to tip of middle finger.

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  2. Bluehinder macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    Thank goodness, I can sleep tonight knowing that it's not a problem.
  3. Bluemeanie1976 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2009
    Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
    Were people worried? Looks like a decent size. It doesn't feel any different to the unibody MB I have, even if it is a little smaller.
  4. jmazzamj macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
    How does it compare in size to a standard MBP trackpad?
  5. macAssimilated macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010
    i come from a 13" mba revC and I don't notice any difference on the trackpad size
  6. Billy Hoke macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Wasn't the first things Steve said when he revealed the 11" model was that it had a "full size keyboard and trackpad"?
  7. flight macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    Full-size trackpad is difficult to describe, since different manufacturers have different standards. From the looks of it, the trackpad on the MBA11 is as large or even larger than many PC trackpads.
  8. Billy Hoke macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Im posting this on a brand new 2010 MBA and comparing the picture in the first post to my trackpad.
    I would say that the 11" model's trackpad is only lacking the height of the 13" because the width looks identical.

    Which to be honest wouldn't be an issue, still plenty of room for multi touch gestures.
  9. slazareth thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2006
    Personally I find the trackpad size a little frustrating, and I had seen a few people asking about it so I decided to post, no need to be an arse about it. Compared to my 17" MBP its the same width, but roughly 3/4s the height. Wish it were taller, but obviously there's just not room. For me its most noticeable when scrolling a lot.
  10. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    I've never heard of a "standard size" for an 11" notebook/netbook. Thus how the one on the MBA would be considered undersized is questionable. Over the last two years most Apple laptops of any size have very ample touch pads.
  11. coelacanth macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004
    What? What worry? Seriously I didn't even think this as a potential problem. No issues at all. I use MBP13 alongside with MBA11".

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