“The Apple Magic Trackpad 2 ($129.99) offers some big updates when compared with the original Magic Trackpad — which turned an ancient-in-technology-years five this year. The concept is the same — take the excellent trackpad from Mac laptops and put it in a form that you can use with your iMac, Mac mini, or Mac Pro,” Jim Fisher writes for PC Magazine. “If you’re a trackpad devotee, it’s a solid update to the original edition, offering a wider surface and an internal rechargeable battery that Apple says can go for a month between charges. But the price jump is off-putting—the new version costs nearly twice as much as its predecessor. That’s a lot to pay for a rechargeable battery and Force Click [sic] capability.”
“On basis of merit alone, the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 is a worthy successor to the first iteration. Force Click [sic] may get the headlines and certainly requires some explaining for those who haven’t used it before, but the real upgrade here is the larger surface area and internal rechargeable battery,” Fisher writes. “With the Magic Trackpad 2, it’s simply a matter of plugging it into a USB port via the included Lightning cable to charge.”
“But there’s that price tag. At $130 it’s not quite an impulse buy, although its a bit easier to stomach as a $50 upgrade option when buying a new iMac. If you currently use the Magic Trackpad on a daily basis, you’re probably better served to keep doing so — unless you really can’t stand dealing with rechargeable or disposable AA cells,” Fisher writes. “Force Click [sic] is a fine addition as an extra function, but not one that’s worth upgrading for.”
Full review (3.5 stars out of 5; Con: “Expensive”) here.
MacDailyNews Take: Force Touch might seem like an “extra function” to those who’ve never used it, or to those who erroneously refer to it as “Force Click,” but it’s not simply some extra function, it’s a productivity booster, and it’s only going to become more essential to OS X, not less.
PC Magazine has an annoying habit of using prices against Apple products in reviews. You cannot get a trackpad of this quality that does Force Touch at any price other than this. This is it. It’s like comparing the price of a MacBook to a Chromebook or some POS Windows laptop. It’s meaningless. Yes, PC Mag, BMWs cost more than Kias.
Let your readers know the price and determine for themselves if they think it’s too expensive or not. That is not for reviewers to judge. One man’s “expensive” is another’s pocket change.
If $129.99 for the world’s best trackpad that offers features no other trackpad in the world does is too much for you, then you must be a Windows sufferer. Stop dinging Apple products on price, PC Magazine. The world is not composed only of cheapskate Windows ignorati – and thank Jobs for that!
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