Trackpad alternatives to Magic Mouse

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by John Kotches, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. John Kotches macrumors 6502

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    After many years of using a PeeCee for my personal machine, I've switched over to Mac. I've never been a fan of trackpads for pointers/mice until I purchased my uMBP (2 weeks ago today). The MBP trackpad is the first trackpad I've used and liked.

    I have played with the magic mouse a few times, and I just don't like the operation of it. It's too low to the desktop and I'd prefer something that is stationary for "mousing"...

    Is there a good trackpad alternative for the desktops that uses identical gestures to the uMBP trackpad? I've seen the Wacom Bamboo family and see that they support gestures -- but I don't know if the gestures are identical between something like this and the uMBPs trackpad.

    A little help to a mac newbie would be appreciated.

    Cheers,
     
  2. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502

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    Sadly there isn't anything that works exactly like the MBP trackpad. The closest you will get is the Wacom Bamboo Touch. It has 2 and 3 finger multi-touch but (when it was released) beyond that as it uses it own drivers, not Apple's.
     
  3. John Kotches thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Gumby:

    Thanks!

    Apple should sell them standalone as the "Magic Pad" --- you heard it here first ;)

    Cheers,
     
  4. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    There was actually an article I read about 2-weeks back that showed a patent filing for exactly that - Magic trackpad.

    It's funny, every other laptop I've had in the past I would always hook up a mouse. With the MBP, I only hook one up when I do design work. :D

    EDIT: I found it: http://www.macrumors.com/2010/02/26/apple-files-trademark-application-for-magic-trackpad/
     
  5. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I doubt there would be other companies trying to copy Apples gestures, a lawsuit would be in the works.
     
  6. bcrguy macrumors regular

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    i have the bamboo pen and touch but i prefer to use the pen part of it.. the gestures are nice on the touch part of it but i dont use it enought.. and it dosent work with jiTouch or bettertouchtool..
     
  7. John Kotches thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Rkdiddy:

    Thanks, that was interesting information.
     

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