Your experience with larger trackpad on new MacBook Pro 2016

Super Xander

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Hello
What are yours experiences with the new larger trackpad for the new MacBook Pro's? - Especially compared to the old generation.

I like the new larger trackpad for the new MacBook Pro's, but to be honest I don't really take advantage og the larger space, I stille uses my fingers and gestures in the center of the trackpad as the old ones, and never touch it in the corner.
 

QzzB

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Found it more useful if you have a high resolution and your moving things about, I often started in the middle of the trackpad and ran out of drag space. I think it looks really big when I first got the machine and it would be weird, but got used to it really fast
 

smallcoffee

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I like it a lot. Only issue is that I use click on bottom right corner to right click and the click space that is designated for that click is quite small.
 

BoxsterRS

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I just love how great it is. I did read a lot of negative comments but after having my laptop for a month I can give no negative feedback on it. It just works
 

aevan

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Also love the new trackpad. Size makes it much more precise. I already use a trackpad of that size - the Magic Trackpad 2 - but that is hooked to an iMac 27" so the size-to-screen ratio is different. On a 15" screen the new trackpad is really precise and fun to use. I use a mouse much less than ever. Also, great for gestures, especially with BTT.
 

csurfr

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It's monster sized on the 15" but overall I'm happy with it. I feel like I can move around a little better in Illustrator and Photoshop with the larger size. Also like Aevan said above, I was used to the larger trackpad from having the Magic Trackpad 2 on my 5k iMac.
 

leman

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Its more comfortable for me, but not really a game changer. Some users report issues with palm rejection, but I haven't noticed anything like that so far.

I think that larger trackpad hints at things to come. Maybe Apple Pen support? Or other kind of tabled-style functionality? Handwritten note taking or drawing on MBP would be very useful.
 
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csurfr

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Its more comfortable for me, but not really a game changer. Some users report issues with palm rejection, but I haven't noticed anything like that so far.

I think that larger trackpad hints at things to come. Maybe Apple Pen support? Or other kind of tabled-style functionality? Handwritten note taking or drawing on MBP would be very useful.
Here's one for you. Could they build that support into the current model of the MacBook Pro in the future should they decide to?

If so that would be pretty handy.
 

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I have the a 2016 MBP15. Generally, I think the new large track pad is beneficial. However, I am beginning to pick up some inadvertent selections/cursor movement if have the opponens pollicis (the large hand muscle below the thumb) resting near the trackpad. So my advice would be to get the trackpad away from the bottom edge of the case.

Don Barar
 

Colin8

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I think it's amazing. I have always, always, used a mouse over a trackpad. Even when I first got this MBP, I plugged a mouse in. However I have not used a mouse at all in weeks - the trackpad is just superior. It's size makes it so much more usable without running out of space. The palm rejection is also excellent.
 

CaptRB

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For the first time I have a trackpad that allows photo work fully. The old trackpads were too small.

It's a giant leap forward if you make use of programs like Photoshop. Even working with text is easier.

R.
 

intervenient

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I have the a 2016 MBP15. Generally, I think the new large track pad is beneficial. However, I am beginning to pick up some inadvertent selections/cursor movement if have the opponens pollicis (the large hand muscle below the thumb) resting near the trackpad. So my advice would be to get the trackpad away from the bottom edge of the case.

Don Barar
I have the same issue. I thought maybe I'd adapt over time, but thus far I still am managing to send the cursor moving pretty much every day while writing.
 

CaptRB

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Like the keyboard, the new trackpad is proving that Apple's market testing works fairly well. The majority of owners like or eventually like the upgrades over the old models.

Nice to see the cream rise to the top after all the teething pains.


R.
 

Fishrrman

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I don't care for the appearance of the new "huge" trackpad.
And since I'm a heavy "right click" user, I appreciate the older pad on which one doesn't have to move the hand so far "to the right" to get the right click.

Could the "old" trackpad be a little larger? Yes.
If they'd just "grown it" about halfway between the old size and the new version, I'd probably like it better. But the new one seems... well... grossly oversized.

My opinion only.
 

NovemberWhiskey

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I'm not sure why they made the trackpad so big. I rarely ever had any palm check issues on my old 2009 MBP 17, but on the new TB 15'', my palm accidentally moves the cursor all the time. It just happened as I was typing the title to this thread.

Is there a setting I am missing or something? It's rather annoying.

As a side note, the trackpad also seems to want to not register things on the top half of the trackpad as well as the bottom half. I've been through multiple units, so I know it isn't a malfunction with a specific one.
 
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mrex

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I think that larger trackpad hints at things to come. Maybe Apple Pen support? Or other kind of tabled-style functionality? Handwritten note taking or drawing on MBP would be very useful.
i must disagree.. i have used drawing tables and handwriting is extremely energy consuming, because you need to focus to control the place of your hand all the time when you cant see where to put the pencil. with a tablet (ipad or whatever) you see it immediately where the word ends and from where to start again or where to put other marks. with a drawing table (or the trackpad) you need to find the right spot all the time when you lift or move your hand. what im saying, it isnt practical to watch the display of the laptop and using the pencil on the trackpad for writing. it isnt similar like writing with a pencil and a tablet.
 

leman

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i quess you dont use the "tap-to-click" feature?
I do :) I also use two fingers to right click. Is there something wrong with it? Works like a charm for me.

P.S. You make a very good point agains using the trackpad with a pen!
 
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JMacHack

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I adore it, it's actually really useful for making gestures and having more precise movement in Photoshop and Illustrator.
 
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