This isn’t a review as such, because I believe such things are so subjective and personal that it’d be meaningless for me to recommend it or otherwise.
However, when I received my shiny new iMac i7 (with monster spec) just before the end of last year, I had opted for both the magic mouse and the magic trackpad. I really didn’t get on with the mouse but persisted with the trackpad (despite intermittent jumpiness in the mouse pointer when clicking – a story for another day) and in many ways really took to it.
A few months in (and having put up with that jumpiness – later folks ) I am starting to suffer from pain in my right hand which I am wondering might be due to the use of the Magic Trackpad.
I took some time to observe how I use the trackpad and noticed that I’m always forced to use it with fingers curled and using my second finger as the scrolling finger and index finger as the clicking finger. Maybe that’s crazy but that’s how it’s ended up working for me.
Or not working: you see, whilst the thumb acts as a kind of ‘anchor’ for the hand, the remaining two fingers don’t do much, and I am wondering whether that might account for the increasing levels of discomfort I am finding. To be fair, I don’t spend all day using the trackpad – much of the day is spent actually at the keys – which makes me wonder whether the use of a trackpad for day-in, day-out use is actually quite a bad idea.
You might be wondering what the point of this post is – well, really I’m looking to see if anyone else has suffered any such ailments as a result of using a stand-alone trackpad – maybe I’m an isolated case, but I do wonder whether it might be a more widespread problem.
If you’re a Magic Trackpad user, and you’ve suffered, do leave a comment – it would be interesting to see how widespread this actually is.
Meantime, I’m going back to my ergonomic Logitech mouse. It might well use a wire and look a bit out-of-place next to the shrine of aluminium that is my Mac workplace, but it’s never let me down…