Apple Magic Trackpad 2: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on February 3, 2021

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit pork and today we're checking out the new Apple Magic Trackpad – so this is one of three new magic accessories launching alongside the new 2015 IMAX so the Magic Trackpad – joins the new magic keyboard and the Magic Mouse – but this is by far the most expensive of the new accessories at 129 the keyboard is 99 and the Magic Mouse – is $79 so before we explain why the trackpad – is so much more expensive let's get to the unboxing so first thing we have to do here is remove the shrink-wrap plastic once we do that we can go ahead and slide the sleeve off the box so the

First thing that jumps up right away is how much wider this trackpad is from the previous generation it's also 29 percent larger in terms of the surface area and it's white instead of gray or aluminum colored so lifting the trackpad out of the box you can see it's wrapped in this sort of frosted plastic which we can go ahead and peel off now the design very closely matches that of the new magic keyboard yeah this nice wedge shape and the white sort of matches the keys of the new magic keyboard so the trackpad once again has this where the silky glassy texture on the surface I really

Like the way it feels pretty much feels identical to every other Apple trackpad you've probably handled before along the side you can see we have this nice thin wedge shape and it's wrapped in aluminum along the back you can see we have a design very similar to the magic keyboard we have our power switch on the right side there is no LED indicator indicating when it's turned on or not just a bright – indicator on the switch itself we also have a lightning connector and that's because we have a internal battery at this time so we don't have to swap out the batteries

Anymore you can charge this via a lightning port and you can connect it right to your Mac and charge it even while you're using it so it takes about two hours to fully charge which you can get at least nine hours from a two to five minute charge but once it's fully charged the trackpad should last at least a month on a charge if not more and just like the magic keyboard we have an antenna strip along the back this allows the Bluetooth antennas to work through the metal frame along the bottom just like in the keyboard we have this glossy plastic surface with the Apple

Logo toward the center and in each corner we have these rubber feet which stabilize the trackpad on your surfaces now before we get to pairing and using the new trackpad let's get to the accessories so of course we have a lightning cable which is neatly packaged here again we can use this to recharge the battery internally we also get some paperwork with a QuickStart regulatory information and our warranty card now once again we have two options for pairing our new trackpad we can do the standard Bluetooth method so all we have to do is go to our Bluetooth

Control panel look for our new trackpad to connect it parent and you're good to go alternatively you can just connect a lightning cable connected to your Mac right to the trackpad and it sets up the pairing automatically you'll have to do anything this is a really handy way of automatically pairing your trackpad without having to dig through the menus especially if you don't have a mouse connected to the computer already so once we're paired we're good to go and you can disconnect the cable or leave it connected if you want it still works

Through bluetooth whether the cable is connected or not so what exactly makes the new trackpad to so expensive well it starts with force touch so the same technology that has been added to the MacBook Pros and the new MacBooks now makes it to the desktop thanks to this accessory so that means we no longer have a full physical click in this trackpad it's now replicated via a taptic engine so there's actually a motor or electric motor underneath the surface of the trackpad that simulates a physical click this also makes the trackpad 2 pressure-sensitive so this

Works with a new gesture within OS ten called force clicking now the unusual thing about force touch is that it's completely indistinguishable from a physical click even though nothing is actually clicking on the trackpad in fact if you turn the trackpad off that force clicking completely goes away so as soon as you turn it on you get both the auditory feedback from the click as well as the physical sensation of clicking now if you look along the edges of the trackpad you can see it kind of floats here and that's because there are force sensors under the glass panel

Which needs some movement in order to determine the amount of pressure you're applying to it so you can actually see that moving when you press harder on the trackpad now first clicking introduces a new way of interacting with OS 10 and first clicking happens when you press harder through a click so you have the initial click and then you press harder to get to a force click so for example you can force click on a word which brings up lookup so this will bring up a variety of contextually aware items so a definition a map an address book or even a Wikipedia article so one of my

Favorite uses for force clicking allows you to preview websites so for example if you're reading an article you see some links you forced click on them you can take a brief look at that web page you can scroll through it and then dismiss it and go back to what you were doing now effectively this is the same track pan that's available on the Mac books we even have the same Settings panel so you can change the scroll direction from natural to traditional you can zoom in or out just by pinching in and out to zoom you also have smart zoom so you can just use two fingers so

I'll double tap with two fingers to zoom in and out you can also rotate by twisting your fingers we have gestures like swipe between pages swipe between full screen apps we have our Notification Center which you can invoke by swiping in from the edge of the trackpad we have Mission Control which you can bring up by swiping up with three fingers we can also activate app expose by swiping down with three fingers you can also invoke the launch pad by pinching it with her thumb and three fingers and you can also quickly show your desktop by spreading with your

Thumb and three fingers in terms of point and click we have lookup and data detectors so you can choose this with a force click or it can use tap with three fingers to achieve the same thing we also have secondary click so you can enable that that's off by default and you can also enable tap to click and I can change the intensity of the click so you can go for a lighter click a medium click or a firm click if you want something less sensitive and you can also change your tracking speed we can also enable silent clicking so if you want the sensation of a physical click

But you want it to be quieter you can enable this and if you want you can completely turn off force clicking and the haptic feedback now compared to the previous generation obviously there's a pretty big change in form factor it's quite a bit bigger quite a bit wider of course you have an internal battery instead of the battery compartment which meant you had to swap out the batteries anytime they ran out now the big change here is that we no longer have a physical click the previous generations click was actually built into the feet of the track pen which means it had to

Be on a hard surface in order for the physical click to work and since the clicking mechanism was hinged toward the bottom on the old trackpad that means the click was stiffer toward the top than the bottom but of course with a new trackpad it doesn't matter where you click on it you get the same feedback so ultimately in the end this is by far the largest trackpad in Apple's lineup so if you like a lot of surface area especially with a large display so if you have a large display for a 27-inch iMac or even bigger if you have an attached display this larger service

Here if we're moving across the screen real estate could definitely benefit over the more krantz smaller square shape from the previous generation and of course the trackpad gives you access to a lot of unique Oh ten features that are now available with a standard Mouse either the Magic Mouse 2 or an attached third-party Mouse now personally what I'd like to do is leave a trackpad connected for day-to-day tasks which gives me access to all those unique os10 gestures but when I need something more substantial for video editing I'll jump right back to my

Logitech MX master alright guys so what do you think are you a trackpad person or a mouse person let me know in the comments section below hope you guys stay tuned for my 21.5 inch 4k iMac review coming up pretty shortly if you guys liked this video please give it a thumbs up to let me know and I'll see you again in the next one

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