Magic Trackpad + External Display

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Con1750, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. Con1750 macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2015
    Just picked up an external display for 11" air, currently using a mouse and keyboard from my old gaming machine.

    Feel like not having gestures in OS X really slows down productivity, basically wondering whether the magic trackpad is a must have purchase for a setup similar to mine?

  2. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    a magic trackpad is a must have, IMO, for macs. I tried the mouse, and it was an awful experience for me. The set up you are creating is exactly what I have at work. A dock, 11" air with magic trackpad and wireless keyboard.
  3. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    I don't think any trackpad other than Apple's supports all the gestures.

    I had a Magic Trackpad for a while but got rid of it. The bluetooth connection would sometimes get choppy or drop completely. My up/down scrolling gestures were fairly often misinterpreted as back/forward gestures. Dragging anything was awkward since you have to press down on it and then drag with a different finger.

    I ended up switching back to a mouse after a couple months but if you really like the gestures I guess you have to get the Trackpad.
  4. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    That choppiness is a symptom of signal interference. Any wireless device will be susceptible to it.

    Also - why are you having to press down to drag? It can easily be configured..

    Anyway - the trackpad is great. I've used it for years on my mini and bought another one for an 11" air I sometimes use as a media device.
  5. zmunkz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2007
    For me, yas a must have. I don't have any signal or gesture issues it works great
  6. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Ah, just checked and saw that there's a three-finger drag option. Didn't know that.

    I agree there must have been some wireless interference that caused my trackpad to be choppy. That doesn't make it acceptable to me. Wireless interference doesn't affect my wired mouse.

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