When building my latest HTPC, I decided that I would want to use the Apple Magic Trackpad as the mouse. The Magic Trackpad is small, stylish and works well as a pointing device to navigate HTPC menus. Personally, I use a Macbook Air 11″ daily so I am accustomed to using the trackpad and thought it would be a great addition. Apple’s lack of Blu-ray support turned me off of the Mac Mini idea and pushed me to build a Windows 7 HTPC, but I still wanted to use a nice trackpad. This guide will show you how to setup the Bluetooth Apple Magic Trackpad on a Windows 7 PC and get things like gesture-based scrolling working. Be warned, this is ever so slightly more involved than installing a normal mouse on a Windows PC.
Today I am using a new test system based on an Intel Core i7-3770K with the enhanced Ivy Bridge GPU and the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe which is a small form factor motherboard, very popular with users looking for a powerhouse Z77 HTPC. I am going to be featuring the setup in a few reviews and decided to make this my first.
- CPU(s): Intel Core i7-3770K and Intel Core i7-2600K
- Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe
- Memory: 8GB (2x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600
- Drives: Corsair Force3 120GB, OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
- Chassis: Apex MI-100