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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Magic Track Pad Reply with quote

Anyone out there own a MTP with the Mac Mini Model? Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple's Trackpad works fine. I personally don't use it much as I like the magic mouse much better.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

saul wrote:
Apple's Trackpad works fine. I personally don't use it much as I like the magic mouse much better.
I have Tunnel carpel Syndrome and I tried the mouse it hurt even more when using it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a track pad connected to my Mini for a long time now but I have to say I hardly ever use it. It works fine but my workflow has never switched to using it and I always go for the mouse and keyboard shortcuts first.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marv, some people love trackpads and swear by them. Other people dislike them. I think your carpel tunnel will decide for you. You really have to just give it a try.
You will have much more flexibility in how you use the trackpad, so that should be a big benefit. Ie. index finger, middle finger, gestures, swipes. If I recall correctly I even tried using a stylus with a trackpad and it worked.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the Magic Trackpad daily, I do not own a Magic Mouse so it's the only way I control my 2011 mini!

I must say I love it! Works great. Mind you I have only been a mac user for 2 months so I'm no pro, however I do constantly use the mini for almost everything I do! No regrets choosing the MTP over the Magic Mouse.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a MTP on my 2911 mini, it works fine but tends to hurt my wrist to use it so I went back to my Mighty Mouse.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:07 pm    Post subject: MP Reply with quote

caulktel wrote:
I have a MTP on my 2911 mini, it works fine but tends to hurt my wrist to use it so I went back to my Mighty Mouse.
Did you have severe pain with this MTP when using it?This is important to me. Please respond back thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, it bothered My wrist pretty bad. I really wanted to use but just couldn't .
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:38 am    Post subject: Magic Track Pad & Track Ball Reply with quote

My experience is the opposite from marv777 and caulktel.
I have severe arthritis in both hands and a mouse isn't
possible for me so I've used a Track Ball for years. When
the MTP was released I bought it. I like it so much
I now use both the MTP and my favorite Track Ball.
Some things are easier with the MTP and other things
are easier with the Track Ball.

One problem I had with the MTP constantly disconnecting
was solved by using Lithium AA Batteries. So, if you get a
MTP and it is finicky and disconnets, try AA Lithium Batteries.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Magic Track Pad & Track Ball Reply with quote

billb wrote:
My experience is the opposite from marv777 and caulktel.
I have severe arthritis in both hands and a mouse isn't
possible for me so I've used a Track Ball for years. When
the MTP was released I bought it. I like it so much
I now use both the MTP and my favorite Track Ball.
Some things are easier with the MTP and other things
are easier with the Track Ball.

One problem I had with the MTP constantly disconnecting
was solved by using Lithium AA Batteries. So, if you get a
MTP and it is finicky and disconnets, try AA Lithium Batteries.
Thanks for your input on this. I will get the MTP and hope it works with my CTS I have.Lithium Batteries are expensive right?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:06 am    Post subject: AA Lithium Bateries Reply with quote

Lithium Batteries are very expensive. However
if you shop around you can usually find them
for around a $1.00 a battery in a two or four
pack. Remember that AA Lithuim Batteries
far outlast any other type of AA Battery thats
available. I expect the Lithium batteries in my
Magic Track Pad to last something like
a year with over 16 hours a day of use.
So, Lithium Batteries are expensive but if
bought wisely their a great value.

BTW, the reason, I believe that the Lithium
Batteries don't disconnect is because they
run at a higher voltage and they maintain
that higher voltage for a much longer period
of time than any other Battery.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:22 pm    Post subject: Re: AA Lithium Bateries Reply with quote

billb wrote:
Lithium Batteries are very expensive. However
if you shop around you can usually find them
for around a $1.00 a battery in a two or four
pack. Remember that AA Lithuim Batteries
far outlast any other type of AA Battery thats
available. I expect the Lithium batteries in my
Magic Track Pad to last something like
a year with over 16 hours a day of use.
So, Lithium Batteries are expensive but if
bought wisely their a great value.

BTW, the reason, I believe that the Lithium
Batteries don't disconnect is because they
run at a higher voltage and they maintain
that higher voltage for a much longer period
of time than any other Battery.
I had a friend who had these batteries with a MTP and it lasted him a little over 2 months time. Using the computer about 8 hours it was also a Mac mini he owned to.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:01 am    Post subject: Lithium Battery Luck Reply with quote

WOW, two months, I wouldn't want your friends luck.
He may have bought very old Lithium batteries and
had no way of knowing it. One of the great things
about Lithium Battteries is they maintain more of their
charge than other batteries then quickly die near the
end. Because of that they usually test well but may
not be. Lithium Batteries are also great to use in
Electronic Flash units for cameras. Faster recycle
times and they simply last longer than other Batteries.
The down side is they can be very expensive.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Lithium Battery Luck Reply with quote

billb wrote:
WOW, two months, I wouldn't want your friends luck.
He may have bought very old Lithium batteries and
had no way of knowing it. One of the great things
about Lithium Battteries is they maintain more of their
charge than other batteries then quickly die near the
end. Because of that they usually test well but may
not be. Lithium Batteries are also great to use in
Electronic Flash units for cameras. Faster recycle
times and they simply last longer than other Batteries.
The down side is they can be very expensive.
Where I live here the Batteries Lithium cost $5 for two.You really are on the Mac Mini 16 hours a day. That is a lot with severe arthritis in both hands.I commend you quite a bit for doing this with that pain.
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