The Magic Trackpad 2 is shockingly large and blindingly white. It looks kind of a like a futuristic thing you’d find in a high-tech kitchen, like a smart scale or a wireless charging station or a heating pad that keeps your coffee at the perfect temperature for hours. But this Cheeto-unfriendly slab is really a giant, standalone version of the Force Touch trackpad in this spring’s 12-inch MacBook, along with the later MacBook Air refresh.
The Magic Trackpad 2 brings Force Touch to the desktop: It’s an option with the new iMacs (or you could choose the Magic Mouse 2), and available on its own for $129. With plenty of room to take advantage of Apple’s entire repertoire of gestures, it’s a fun trackpad to use. But until its marquee feature—Force Touch—is utiliized a little more widely, it’s not a must-have for most people.
It’s my trackpad, I’ll Force Click if I want to
Pairing the Magic Trackpad to my Mac with Bluetooth was a snap. It charges with an included Lightning cable—which means, first of all, that you have another Lightning cable for charging your phone. Hooray! Beyond that, plugging the trackpad into a Mac with the Lightning cable pairs it automatically, in case Bluetooth ever decides to be a jerk about pairing.
Another Lightning cable! Credit: Roman Loyola
But once I started using it, I ran into a learning curve. I kept absentmindedly resting my palm or pinkie finger on the trackpad, making my tap-clicks act like right-clicks. That’s probably just bad posture on my part, something I could (and probably should) train myself to improve over time.
The other problem is the errant Force Clicks. When trying to click-and-drag text, images, or files, I kept accidentally pressing too hard, Force-Clicking when I wanted to just click. I’m trying to select text, and instead I’m getting the definition of a word like “the.” There are a few ways to get around this. In System Preferences > Trackpad, I could uncheck “Force Click and haptic feedback,” but that turns off all current and future Force Click features. On the same preferences pane, I could uncheck “Look up & data detectors” or click the downward-facing arrow to change it from “Force Click with one finger” to “Tap with three fingers,” which is how it works on trackpads without Force Touch.
One way to avoid errant Force Clicks is to change this setting back to three-finger tap.
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