Help me find a wired alternative to Apple's Magic Trackpad
October 23, 2013 11:10 AM Subscribe
I'm a Mac user who prefers touchpads over mice. I'd love to use Apple's Magic Trackpad, but I can't use wireless peripherals where I work. What else is out there that's comparable to the Magic Trackpad that doesn't have bluetooth/RF?
posted by tonycpsu to computers & internet (7 answers total)
I've seen some wired power conversions for the Magic Trackpad, but the fact that it ships with a RF radio is a liability that I wouldn't be able to justify. Ideally, I'd like to find something a wired version of something closely resembling the Magic Trackpad (or the built-in trackpad on Mac laptops) in terms of functionality -- multi-touch, nice smooth glass surface, fast tracking speed and accuracy, etc.
The best candidates I've read about so far are Wacom's smaller pointing devices like the Bamboo Pad
, but I've heard from a friend who bought one that the surface feels plasticky and wears down after a moderate amount of use. I also had problems with slow, jittery tracking on a previous generation Wacom Bamboo device, so I'm hesitant to go back to that well without some more positive feedback.
Other than that, I've found some very old and very ugly combination keyboard/trackpad devices with minimal or no multi-touch support. Is there anything out there I might have missed?