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Good concept, but some catches
on March 26, 2011
I like the concept, and if Apple sold a keyboard with the Magic Trackpad permanently attached, I'd have purchased one. So I wanted to be a fan of this solution, but the MagicWand was not all I had hoped it would be.
The MagicWand is plastic, not metal as it might appear in the pictures. As such, it relies on an additional miniature plastic I-beam wedged between the keyboard and the trackpad in order to avoid flexing and to maintain a snug fit. Unfortunately, the beam is too tall and wide. The gap between the edge of the keyboard and the beam is narrower than the gap between keys. This presents a solid barrier right along the keys' edge. My fingers constantly hit the beam when using some of the right-side keys, especially the right arrow, shift and return. I couldn't get used to it after a week and so I took the beam out and periodically re-adjust the keyboard and Magic Trackpad instead.
Aesthetically, the MagicWand beam, the rubber wedge that sits at the top, the Magic Trackpad and the keyboard are all different grays with different textures and glossiness. The whole region between the keyboard and Magic Trackpad looks sloppy. Without the I-beam and wedge, the gap is uneven side-to-side, and the Magic Trackpad often ends up sitting lower than the keyboard.
If the MagicWand had been ten bucks cheaper, I'd have gone with four stars. If there were a more elegant solution than the beam - precision tolerance metal parts or a thinner beam of a material that better matched the keyboard or trackpad - I might have raised the rating as well. As it stands, I regret the purchase. I ultimately went back to leaving the keyboard and trackpad detached.