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Excellent choice for your media center Mac,
This review is from: Apple Magic Trackpad (NEWEST VERSION) (Personal Computers)
I bought the trackpad for my 2010 Mac Mini, which I use mainly as a media center appliance, with XBMC.
In this context the trackpad adds a lot of usability for the following reasons:
* I don't need a surface for the mouse anymore. So it's basically like another remote, sitting beside me on the couch.
* I no longer require to use the keyboard, for basic operations. Thanks to the gestures, I can switch between running applications (e.g. from XBMC to Finder) without the need of the keyboard. In fact, since I bought the trackpad I hardly use the keyboard at all.
Cons (same context):
* If you're holding the trackpad with your hand or operating it on a soft surface (like the couch) you can't use the click option, since it requires the trackpad to be sitting on a hard surface, like a desk. So you have to live with tapping for clicking operations.
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2010 2:10:00 AM PDT
Allyn York says:
using essentially as a remote, what have you found to be the effective range?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2010 1:46:41 PM PDT
I use it at about 10 feet, without disconnection issues, but will work at under 30 feet (just tried it, stopped responding at about 30 feet with 22% battery charge)
Posted on Oct 30, 2010 8:10:39 PM PDT
Just place it on a hard book if you need to use it on the couch. No big deal
Posted on Nov 29, 2010 6:42:09 PM PST
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Posted on Oct 1, 2011 8:27:48 PM PDT
G. Camel says:
I was concerned at first by your last comment. I have found that while holding the track pad in your hand you can click the mouse by squeezing the bottom corner of the track pad and it works just fine.
Posted on May 16, 2012 3:41:53 PM PDT
M. Habert says:
My wearable solution: http://www.instructables.com/id/Wearable-
In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 3:49:37 PM PDT
LOL man! Cool! I will build that thing just to annoy my wife.
Posted on Jun 26, 2013 2:27:00 PM PDT
I'm trying to use the trackpad to control xbmc with no luck yet.
I used BTT to map the arrows, enter, back button, but it doesn't work good enough.
How do you control XBMC with the trackpad?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2013 2:36:30 PM PDT
You don't need BTT. You just need to use a XBMC skin which is compatible with a mouse (and have the mouse enabled on the skin preferences). Such skin will work with your trackpad as well. Confluence and PMHD are compatible, I use the latter. GL
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2013 3:22:30 PM PDT
Oh wow! I was so lost looking for the best hardware that it never crossed my mind to look for a mouse compatible skin.
That was by far the best solution! Thanks Daniel! I'll drink a beer in your name! lol