How does the Glass Trackpad compare to the old one?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Xapphire13, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Xapphire13 macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2009
    South Australia
    I don't actually own a Mac/MacBook yet (but have ordered my first), and was wondering how the trackpad compares to the old one. I have used the WhiteBook a few times and fell in love with the trackpad on that... so am I expecting to be totally blown away when I recieve my MacBook?

    p.s. I heard it doesn't feel like glass, what does it feel like?
  2. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Well, from my experience using my sister's white macbook, my Aluminum one is MUCH better I think. It seems to be a lot smoother, due to the fact that it is glass (textured glass, not "window" glass). If you have ever used an iPhone that has the Anti-Glare screen protector on it (mine does), that's what I can probably best describe as the texture of the trackpad.

    It's amazing, and I love the buttonless aspect. Even though the actual size of it is the same, without the button, you have so much more space to track and do all the gestures. And since I pretty much always use the tap-to-click option, it kinda makes sense to "not have a button."
  3. macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2008
    well, the glass trackpad is just awesome. It doesnt feel like its glass... actually i dont believe it is glass. It feels like a regular touchpad in the material, really smooth but it is not uncconfotable on touch.

    Getting used to the button takes a while, but if you use tap to click then you dont need to worry about it.

    The gestures is awesome, paired with the multiclutch app you can assign finger gestures to do custom assignments per application.

    Also the size is big and it is very nice, once you use it and go back to other computers tochpad they feel incredibly small.

    The one thing that I dont like is its performance on windows... it sucks there big time. The driver for windows kinda has a hard time and the experience is frustrating, i rather use an external mouse than the trackpad in windows it is bad. (boot camp) but besides that it is a very good experience.

    On windows I have a hard time clicking and moving, dragging can be a pain and it is not consistent under windows, it is better to use the click there and not the tap to click cause that is what is a bad experience on windows.

    Try it in a computer store, im sure you'll like it.
  4. Xapphire13 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2009
    South Australia
    I found this picture that indicates that it really is glass

    After seeing this picture, how strong is the trackpad?
  5. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
    The trackpad is excellent ... MUCH better than the trackpad on my old white Macbook.

    The trackpad is as strong as glass I guess ;)
  6. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Maybe it's just the camera, but from that picture it seems that whoever owns that MacBook Pro doesn't take care of their computers at all. So long as you don't abuse your computer, the trackpad should last. It's not fragile by any means, but come on! That MBP looks like it's been through hell... Poor little guy :(
  7. ebika macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2008
    I think they did a great job on the glass trackpad, I love it. Of course, the gesture muscle memory makes me look a bit crazy when trying to make gestures work on someone's non-multitouch trackpad. ;)
  8. cogsinister macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2006
    Fredericton NB Canada
    Wow that pic proves that the trackpad IS glass........
  9. petermcphee macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    After using the glass trackpad for a week, you will find the feel of other trackpads distasteful. It's that good.
  10. poozer115 macrumors regular


    Oct 11, 2008
    Yeah, I agree =(. Computer called it :eek:.
  11. mikevalentino macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2009
    It is so much better then the regular trackpad. It's big, and when you touch it, it feels silky. I like this trackpad too much and I don't like using regular trackpads now that I've had it for 3 weeks.
  12. Ploki macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008
  13. mbleopard macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2008
    The new trackpad is amazing, its huge especially compared to other laptops like my old HP. The trackpad is glass as shown above in that picture of the busted trackpad, but it was mentioned somewhere else its actually a mixture of glass and plastic or something like that.

    Unless you flat out abuse your trackpad and try to break the glass, I think you'll be alright
  14. Menge macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2008
    Just to add to the choir: it's absolutely AWESOME compared to the WhiteBook's trackpad. The texture is much better. The sensitivity is cranked to 11 in the sense that it's never missed a two/three/four finger click/gesture from me. And the size is just perfect. You just forget the button exists.
  15. LucyFM macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2008
    I agree! Had my MB for a couple months now and don't know how I ever coped without it before. I am constantly despairing at the size of the trackpad on my bf's hp and trying to scroll with 2 fingers on it! It feels so unnatural to use Page Down or the scroll bar!
  16. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    If I remember correctly, a coffee mug fell on that. I dropped a coffee mug on a ceramic floor and it cracked and that was a strong floor.
    I love the glass track pad, much better than my whitebook that I had... I'll never tell my wife now since she has it lol
  17. tiartrop macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2008
    second the others.

    for me it's one word: fantastic.
  18. bbnck macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    Sorry to bump an old topic but I'm getting a MacBook next week and I'm just wondering since the trackpad is made from textured glass how much pressure do you apply on the trackpad when moving your finger across it? I've owned previous notebooks which touchpads have felt rough when my fingers are dry, is this the case for you with the MacBook's multi touch glass trackpad?

  19. ricof macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2009
    The Garden of England
    Nope, not at all. I'd say when your fingers are dry the trackpad feels smoother!
  20. channonh macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2009
    Don't like it

    The glass trackpad is too slippery. Very often my fingers are moving and the trackpad isn't sensing the movement. It seems like there is not enough friction. It is also MUCH too large. It is very easy to make accidental contact with the base of a thumb. Finally, be sure to deactive the pinch gesture, or you will be endlessly frustrated while trying to merely scroll.

    In short, the glass pad is better than the white ones, but far inferior to the old G4 aluminum PowerBook trackpads.

    If I were to have it to do over, I would shop for a used black MacBook rather than my MacBook Pro. And, I would NOT go to Snow Leopard. iCal is dysfunctional in Snow Leopard!
  21. theGTIguy macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2009
    You wouldn't go to Snow Leopard solely because iCal is "dysfunctional?"
  22. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    the glass ones are incredible, but also the biggest annoyance to me as I have had to send back my unibody macbook and will replace it with the old style. I wish that i had never had the bliss that is the glass trackpad:(
  23. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    The glasspad IMO is unbelievable. It opens up a whole new way of using the laptop...three finger programmable swipes for FireFox with multiclutch, expose...the whole deal.

    Everytime I use a PC/older Mac now I hate using the trackpad just because of the lack of the features. I'm seriously considering getting a Wacom Bamboo for my work desktop just because I love the large trackpad+multitouch so much and I think it could replace a mouse on the desktop for what I do pretty nicely.
  24. prodigee macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I have yet to meet someone who doesn't like the trackpad, well until now. I personally think that the trackpad is amazing, I love the feel, find that it picks up every movement I make. At first the size was bothersome and I had to find a new home for my thumb but after that the experience has been amazing. The gestures are great, the feel is amazing, the size is magnificent, and the overall use is just perfect, I really love it. Using any other trackpad now is hugely disappointing and others really feel small.
  25. FliByFow macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2009
    I used the trackpad on the new MacBook for an hour, went back to my old laptop and kept trying to make the trackpad click, it feels very natural and 2 finger scrolling is very handy.

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