I absolutely love my Magic Trackpad. It gives me all the functionality of my MacBook’s trackpad, only on a huge panel which can be placed to the left or the right of my keyboard. For a while I was even using two of them, but that deviation is now over (side note: if you want a Trackpad and live near Barcelona then hit me up on Twitter or e-mail). But my happiness with Apple’s glass-n-aluminum slab doesn’t stop me coveting the Touch Slab from Orée, possibly the best-named Mac peripheral ever.
What is it? The Touch Slab is a trackpad carved from solid wood.
Available in maple or walnut, the Slab looks like nothing more than a thick version of the Magic Trackpad, and has pretty much the same functionality in terms of gestures available. You can even use it as a numerical keypad, although you’ll probably want an overlay or some numbers carved into the surface.
Finally, this matches the Orée wooden keyboard we looked at back in the summer, so you can go full-wood on your desktop should you wish – not actually a bad idea considering that the winter is approaching and aluminum is rather chilly to the touch.
You can pre-order the Slab now, for $150. Ouch!