by Gary Woods
Most laptop computers have trackpads on them these days. They're areas 3 or 4 inches square that allow you to control the computer with swipes and multiple finger commands.
With the emergence of the iPad these multiple finger Trackpad gestures have really come into their own making controlling devices very intuitive and fast. In fact I was thinking how cool it would be to control my computer with a Trackpad instead of a mouse when what crosses my desk but the Apple Magic Trackpad (www.apple.com/magictrackpad) retailing for a mere $69.
The Magic Trackpad is a little over 5" by 4" connects via Bluetooth is made of smooth wear-resistant glass and supports all the usual gestures including click, scroll, swipe and rotate. The Pad works only with Mac OSX 10.6.4 or higher so all of you still on Leopard need not apply and it also works on both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows XP and Windows 7.
The Magic Trackpad is essentially the same Trackpad found on the MacBook line of notebooks. You can use both your mouse, wireless or wired at the same time the pad is functioning in fact the only thing I've found that doesn't really run with the Trackpad is the iPad or iPhone because they work on iOS.
The Magic Trackpad is something you definitely don't need but it's cool enough and cheap enough that if you wanted it and had the proper configuration it'd be fun to have.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc