Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 unboxing and review - compared to the original versions of both

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by the8thark, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. the8thark macrumors 68040

    the8thark

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    For all of my unboxing photos the original versions are on the left and the new version 2 is on the right.
    I am using both products with an iMac 2011 with bluetooth 2.1+EDR and OS X 10.11. Both devices work wirelessly.

    The Apple Magic Mouse 2. I paid $129 for this (tax included) at my local Australian Apple store.

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    You can see the totally different boxing for each version of the mouse. I think the new mouse has the more elgant boxing. Both versions allow easy access of the mouse at moments notice. I will say a square box does store much easier. Also the old mouse's plastic lid can come lose with a slight tap. This is fixed with the new box as you have to physically remove the lid to get it off.

    Also note well the box on the new mouse says Magic Mouse and not Magic Mouse 2.

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    No more touch gesture information on the botton side of the packaging anymore. Apart from this not much else to say. By now most people know what the Magic Mouse does so there's no need to advertise iton the box. The system requirements sticker does say Magic Mouse 2 on the new box. Strange that on the back side it's Magic Mouse 2 but on the front side of the box the 2 is omittted. Not sure why this is. I always thought it'd be Magic Mouse 2 on the front. No idea why it is not.

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    The inside of the old mouse box was ok but getting the instructions under the mouse rest there took a few seconds longer than it should have. This issue is totally fixed with the new mouse box. The inside just looks and feels pure class. The length of lightning cable is nice too. I will say the new mouse box is amazing. That is total attention to detail with the packaging there. Sure packaging is not important to many, but in this instance Apple have some a superb job at it with the new mouse box.

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    The two mouses look almost identical on the top. The underside, the only real differences are no indicator light, the two long feet on the new mouse feel smoother and glide slightly easier and the lightning port on the new mouse as compared to the battery door on the old mouse.

    The one issue I have with the new mouse is the position of the lightning cable. I don't want to use the mouse while the mouse is charging. That part at least is not an issue. My issue is how do you stand up the mouse while charging and not do damage to the lightning cable? I realise it's only 2 minutes for a 9 hoour charge. But that two minutes a day could do damage to the cable if it's bent while charging. I will have to work out a way to charge the mouse and not damage the cable in the process.

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    Paring the Magic Mouse 2 with my iMac was a simple as connecting it wired to the iMac and instantly it said "ready to use wirelessly". It was just that simple.

    The Magic Mouse 2 works just like the old mouse did. All the swiping and touch features work well. In my opinion it's an every so slightly less friction Magic Mouse 1 with a internal rechargable battery. That's it. I am really not a fan of replacing batteries so it was a instant buy for me, but for many that might just not be enough to justify the cost.

    My only real negative point is the lack of a middle click. I guess an app like magic prefs could get the job done. On OS X at least I have not needed a middle click in years. So this is a non issue. But for the Windows crowd or gaming crowd it might be an issue.

    My Verdict:
    If you do not own a magic mouse at all, try this out in the Apple Store ASAP. The mouse really is just that good. It's not for everyone though, but for what it does, it does it very well. Well worth the purchase.
    If you already own the first Magic Mouse and are ok with the battery aspect of it, I would seriously think about getting or not getting the new mouse. It might not be worth the cost to you as it's very similar to the first mouse.


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    Magic Trackpad 2:
    $199 Australian (Tax included) at my local Apple Store.

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    The new packaging is much more elegant. Also the new trackpad also only says Magic Trackpad. There is no, 2 on the front on the box. The new packaging is not a box with a lid. it is a base with a slipcase. You have to slide out the base part to get access to the hardware within.

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    This is a picture of the botton of the old packagin and the back side of the slipcase for the Magic Trackpad 2. The slipcase says Magic Trackpad 2 where as the front omits the 2. The same deal with the new mouse packaging. No idea why Apple chose to do it. You can also see Apple omitted the touch gesture information on the newer packaging. I guess Apple realised it's customers know what the trackpad can do so that information is no longer needed on the packaging.

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    The old packaging opened and closed well enough. The trackpad fit snugly inside and was easy to access. The downside was the iPad rest inside was very flimsy. I had to take extra care of it as not to bend it. The new packaging for the most part improves on this. The is clear spaces for the lightning cable and new smaller instruction booklet. If you want to store your Magic Trackpad 2 in the box and the plastic wrap arond the trackpad itself, getting the card slipcase on will take a few seconds more than usual as the s;ip case catches the plastic around the trackpad itself.

    The Magic Trackpad 2 sits in the base of the packaging snugly in the topa nd bottom sides. But there is a little gap on the left and right sides. This is so you can easily access the trackpad at a moments notice and easily get it out of the box. A very good idea. I would not want to have to turn the whole packaging upside down every time just to get at the trackpad.

    The lightning cable included is of a decent length. I will note the tape used to keep the cable coiled in the packaging whring shipment is of high quality. No cheap tape that leaves marks or damages the cable. No cable ties that do not fit snugly in the box and can become loose during shipment. The Magic Mouse 2 also had the same high quality white tape. Well tape would be a lie as it's really just white card with sticky points on each end. Special note is the outward facing tab the trackpad's lightning cable tape has. This makes temoving the lightning cable from the trackpad an absolute breeze. I've never seen a cable packed so well and so easily removable from packaging before. The cable looks great in the box. Apple care about the looks even though you only see it for a few seconds before you remove the cable from the box. Also the removal of the cable from the box is just so easy. I realise this is 10 secconds at most of your time before you use the Magic Trackpad 2. But it really wowed me. It's attention to detail like this for things most other companies just throw in the box and do not care about that set Apple apart from the rest. This level of polish is something very few apart from Apple do.

    I do think Apple chose the card slip and not a box for the trackpad as I think Apple feel the customer will not be putting the trackpad in and out of the packaging on a daily basis. Sure it's not hard to get the trackpad out of the box at all. But it does take a few second more than just opening the lid of the old trackpad box and pulling out the trackpad. I can agree with this actually as the Magic Trackpad 2's packing does not have a lid. Only the base and the slip cover.

    As a final pooint on the packaging. Both the old mouse and old trackpad packaging had the word "wireless" in a box printed on the outside. The new mouse and trackpad omitted this. I think Apple omitted these as everyone knows these products are wireless now.

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    The Magic Trackpad is easy to pair with your Mac. Just connect the lightning cable to the trackpad and you see the above image to say it's paired with the Mac and ready to use wirelessly. So very simple. One issue I found is if you previously had a old Magic Trackpad set up with the Mac, when the new trackpad is first connected via cable to pair it to the Mac, the trackpad preferences still show up for the old trackpad. But remove the cable to use the new trackpad wirelessly and when you access the trackpad preferences, they are correct for the new trackpad. That's strange. But not worth a fix as it only lasts for a few seconds as the trackpad comes with enough charge to start bluetooth wireless mode slmsot instantly.

    To me the new trackpad feels a little smoother to the touch than the old trackpad. That could just be me but I do think so. Also the shape and angle of the new trackpad is better. More usuable area. Also the fact the new trackpad is not square like the old one is a good thing. This fits in with the fact our monitors are not square anymore either. So with the right settings the new trackpad size is a real plus.

    I used to think the old trackpad looked great. It did. But the new one looks even better. The whole white and nothing under the glass just loos so professional. The feet on the new trackpad do not glue the trackpad to the deck but it's enough friction so the trackpad should not move.

    The new trackpad's force touch is really a good feature. Makes it so much easier to use the tablet for things like easy quick look and other features. You can set these up as a force click (basically a second click after the first one, just press down harder) or as a three finger tap. The choice if yours. I tried both and both ways to do this work well. It's down to personal preference on which you choose.

    Charging up the trackpad is as easy as connecting the trackpad to the mac with the included lightning cable. The trackpad can be used while charging. It can also be used wired with bluetooth turned off on the Mac. The only question we don't have answered yet is to what the battery performance hit will be when using the Magic Trackpad 2 with bluetooth 2.1+EDR as opposed to bluetooth 4.0. I would assume it's a minor hit but I don't have any evidence to back that up.

    My Verdict:
    The Magic Trackpad 2 is a step up above the previous model. In looks, in functionality and in ease of use for charging up the device. No more batteries are needed. The only downside here is the price, it's steep.
    A trackpad is not for everyone. Only some people will like to use one with their Mac. For those who do, you can't get any better than this. It's a must buy for trackpad fans who own a Mac and don't already own a trackpad. For those trackpad fans who own the old model, you'll have to think if the new features are worth the increased cost. They are worth it for me, but even I think it's very pricey. Not an instant buy only because of the price. Serious consideration will have to be had there to see if it's worth the cost for you or not.

    If you have never used a trackpad before or only have used non Apple trackpads before, you should go to your local Apple Store and try out the Apple Trackpad 2. Certainly an experience I think every Mac user should have at least once.

    There are only 2 reasons stopping this trackpad being a must by for everyone.
    • Not everyone is a trackpad fan. if you hate trackpads, even this totally amazing trackpad will not sway you.
    • The price. It's steep. For new trackpad customers and for those upgrading from the older model.
     
  2. selfilm macrumors newbie

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    I wanted to thank you for taking the time to post this information, especially on the Magic Track Pad with Force Touch.
    You answered one of the most important questions I had which was "can this be used wired if need be". As you well know, connectivity of bluetooth can occasionally have issues, and knowing the Magic Track Pad can run wired with bluetooth off is a must for me as I have an old Mac Pro running with a USB bluetooth connection as well as a 2015 MacBook Pro which I use in conjunction but from the same keyboard and track pad. My only question would be, does the software have a limitation with the older Macs such as my Mac Pro with intel processor (it's only running Mac OSX version 10.6.8 and cannot be upgraded)?
     
  3. the8thark thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thank you so much for the reply. So glad you like my lengthy review of them here.

    Yep the trackpad can be used wired. Great to know if the battery ever dies in the future

    Does the software have a limitation with the older Macs such as my Mac Pro with intel processor (it's only running Mac OSX version 10.6.8 and cannot be upgraded)?
    The first magic trackpad has an OS requirement of 10.6.5 and latest software update. So I would assume the new trackpad would work with any OS the old one did. The only issue would be, that the new trackpad would work just like the old one on the old OS. None of the force touch stuff would work. This is just my assumption. I have to hard evidence to prove this. Later today I can boot up my old iMac, white one on 10.6.8 to test the new trackpad if you need a test. But that has internal bluetooth, using it on an old OS via USB bluetooth. I would assume that'd work the same as internal bluetooth. But that's not a 100% certainty.

    Later on today I'll get back to you about the text of the new trackpad on the old iMac.
     
  4. selfilm macrumors newbie

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    HI the8thark, thank you so much for the input, that is great news - even if it does just work as a standard trackpad, that would be sufficient for my needs. If you wouldn't mind doing the test that would be very valuable. I am looking to be sure I can "right click" from the mouse using OSX 10.6.8 even if it means clicking on the lower right portion of the magic trackpad 2, I am running multiple computers through one set of monitors and one set of keyboard and trackpad, so this information is extremely valuable. Thanks again.
     
  5. MacGurl111 macrumors 65816

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    Thank you for your beautiful review. I have the iMac 27 inch. I have the older trackpad and seriously considering the upgrade. But since you mentioned that it would need serious considerations, I'll do that. Don't want to rush a purchase just to have the newest and latest thing. I'm on my iMac a lot so that is something I need to consider as well. The old trackpad seriously hurts my wrist.
    Have you noticed any big difference in this area other than that it's no longer a square shape?
     
  6. 2128506 macrumors regular

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    I'm not original poster, but I do have both trackpads. :)

    New one is almost two times lower on thick side, incline is smaller. If you were having carpal issues that should help. Also wider area and improved sensitivity might mean less wrist movements.

    Of course this is a personal thing, depends on how you sit etc. I've got carpal tunnel syndrome using mice and trackballs – trackpad is the only (almost) painless thing for me now.

    If you use trackpad in your work I'd say it is a must-have upgrade (if you run El Capitan that is).
     
  7. the8thark thread starter macrumors 68040

    the8thark

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    I am the original poster. I can agree with what he said about the new trackpad. The new trackpad as he said is much more pleasent to use. No more AA batteries to accomodate so the gradient of the trackpad itself can be a more user friendly incline.

    Thanks for your reply.

    Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

    If I was you I'd hit your local Apple store or reseller and try out the new trackpads to see if you like them. Well worth it. At the relatively high price of them I would only buy them if you are totally certainly it fits your needs. The new one should hurt your wrist less. But everyone is different. I'd tell the Apple store guy about this and they should give you a longer use of a trackapd instore so you can see if the new trackpad hurts your wrist or not. The pain might take more than a few minutes of use to appear . . . that's if it occurs at all with the new trackpad. But that's why you are at the Apple store, to test if you get the pain at all with the new trackpad.

    I use the new trackpad exclusively with my 2011 iMac just so you know. Also the serious considerations I mentioned, was only due to the price. It's a little too expensive to be a impulse purchase that you might or might not use a lot. If you really need this or use trackpads a lot then this is a great buy. But for people who don't use trackpads at all, it's not worth getting just to have the latest and greatest. I never used to use trackpads a lot, but I bought the first one and used it a lot to my suprise, so the 2nd one to me was a no brainer to purchase. But yeah each person is different. I just wanted people to really think about it before purchaching it, not just read the end of the review and go wow this person likes the new trackpad so I have to buy it.

    So back on topic. I think the new trackpad will cause you less pain in your wrist because of the lower gradient of the surface, but I'd still test it out instore in person though. As the only person who knows you best is you and you'll know after using it, if the pain is there or not.

    Good luck with it all.

    PS. I did (in my review) talk a little too much about the packaging. I just like the effort Apple put into their packaging. I wanted to talk about it, that's all. I did try to talk enough about the products themselves as well. So the readers get all the info they wanted to know.
     
  8. MacGurl111 macrumors 65816

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    Thank you for all the comments. Really helpful to me. I was at the store and they didn't have any out for me to try. They have the mouse but I don't use those. I'll give it a try and see how it goes for 13 days. I love that it's wider. I feel too constrained with this (old) trackpad. Not sure why but I'm not able to move around much.
     
  9. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    There were a hell lot of the new accessories in my local Apple Stores but I think the general public outside of our geek circle didn't know much about that so nobody was buying that. The demo Trackpads were paired the demo iMacs. I walked past an Apple Store a few times these days and never once did I saw anyone buying them.
     

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