Do You Use an External Mouse With Your MBP or Using Only the Trackpad?

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Do You Use an External Mouse With The Trackpad On Your MBP?

  1. I'm using only the Trackpad on my MBP.

    79 vote(s)
  2. I'm using an external mouse on my MBP.

    76 vote(s)
  1. macNewbie02 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012

    Do you use an external mouse when using your MBP or you're happy with only the trackpad?
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Again I use both.
    I use the magic mouse but I love my Magic trackpad.
    More multi gestures.
    However, if i dont have the ability to use the mouse and trackpad (i.e. no hard/flat surface) I would still be satisfied with the trackpad itself.
  3. macNewbie02 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    really, the Magic trackpad has more multi gestures than the MBP's trackpad?
  4. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    No Im comparing to the Magic Mouse.
    But the size increase on Magic Trackpad is way better compared to the standard Mac ones.
  5. user418 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010
    I only use the Trackpad. I also use the Apple Wireless Keyboard. I've got my MBP sitting on a Rain mStand and seldom touch the MBP itself. I don't move it around very much and after 6 months it shows no signs of usage whatsoever. I know it's a portable but sure helps avoiding the dreaded wear signs on the palm area.
  6. mushtama macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2012
    Majority of the time I use the trackpad, but if I'm doing research and have millions of papers in front of me, then I'll move it back and use a MS bluetooth mouse and keyboard.
  7. Signal-11 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    2nd Star to the Right
    99% of the time, I prefer the trackpad, but work requiring more precision (and speed) requires a mouse.
  8. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    i prefer a mouse and the trackpad with gestures is pointless to me as i can never do the gestures right plus after awhile my right hand hurts trying to do the trackpad gestures or using it like a mouse
  9. Sven11 Suspended

    Sep 25, 2010
    I'm only using the trackpad. (although I have a Magic Mouse)
  10. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    I use a mouse when i'm doing my light (lame) gaming
  11. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    when hooked up to my external monitor than yes.

    Otherwise on the go, trackpad is good enough.
  12. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009

    I would also would need a third option.
    Most of the time for surfing, switching spaces, clicking links, switching windows the track pad is all that is needed. But Excel, painting digrams, resizing stuff, editing images .... all needs precision and speed. The trackpad is just bad in those situations.
    I have no use for a magic mouse though I use a fast accurate gaming mouse from Windows with a decently ergonomic design. It also serves for gaming in Windows.
  13. iAppleseed macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    The trackpad of the MBP isn't like the others. It's unique. Every touch is like heaven. Unlike the other cramped trackpads from the others. You can't do multi touch on an external mouse. That's pain. Multi-touch makes the Mac easier to use, I can't live without that.
  14. Beachguy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    On my Windows laptops, I've never found a trackpad I could stand. They all sucked. When I got my first Mac last year, I bought a mouse and hated it. I tried the Magic Trackpad and LOVED it. Go figure! I always cringe using this term, but the MTP is intuitive- it was very, very easy to learn and adjust to. Indeed, one of my favorite Mac things is the trackpad. When my previous employer switched to MBAs, they have the Magic Mouse and I HATED it. I bought a MTP on my own and life was good again.
  15. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    to me gestures are just stupid for anything the trackpad is just suppose to be another version of a mouse so it can be on the laptop and be used and i have tried the gestures for my macbook pro half the time the dont work or they work when i dont even use the right combination of fingers when i am just using the track for normal web browsing
  16. jamin00 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2012
    Essex, UK.
    When at work I use the magic trackpad too, awesome bit of kit along with the wireless keyboard keeps my desk tidy and my MBP out of the way over there on its stand :)

    But I leave these here and find the trackpad on the machine works perfect for what I use it for at home.
  17. Shuri macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2011
    I use my trackpad almost all the time; while normal work i think it's much more effective than a normal mouse, because the latter lacks gestures. And I really hate the magic mouse... it just doesn't feel good when i'm holding it and using gestures there seems to me not nearly as comfortable as with the trackpad.

    I use a mouse for gaming, that's it.
  18. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Of all my laptops I have ever owned (okay it has only been three), the MBP is the only one with a suitable trackpad. I can't believe how far behind PCs are on that front.
  19. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I could never manage to use trackpads on PCs so bought PCs with the little button for cursor control (most well known on Thinkpads, but they weren't the only ones). OTOH the Mac trackpads, even the older ones, have been joys to use.

    That said, sometimes I need more precision, so I always carry a mouse and often a tablet (Wacom Bamboo) with me.
  20. apolloa, May 17, 2012
    Last edited: May 20, 2012

    apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Use the trackpad when browsing etc, but I find it awkward for dragging and dropping across the whole screen soetimes, it's not big enough and it can be hard to press. Anyway it's a decent enough pad and incredibly durable, but for games etc I use the awesome Razer Orochi :)
  21. rwcooper macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2010
    I'm more comfortable using a mouse than the trackpad partly because I use my laptop in clamshell mode often. In clamshell mode I find a mouse easier to use than an external trackpad. If I had an external keyboard with a trackpad positioned as it is on the laptop then I would probably ditch the mouse and use the trackpad exclusively. I also find a mouse easier to use when I need precise positioning.
  22. allapon macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2012
    Bangkok, Thailand
    In some application, such as photo editing, I found that external mouse have more precise movement than trackpad. Also, I like to use external mouse on window 7 since trackpad movement is not easy to use on that os!! :rolleyes:
  23. Medic278 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2012
    New York
    I love my magic mouse. The trackpad on my MBP is awesome and I love that too but when I am editing photos or video I need the precision of the mouse. Plus the magic mouse feels nice in my hand and has gestures. When working at my desk I hook up my monitor magic mouse and wireless keyboard and am good to go!
  24. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I only use a USB mouse when gaming; trying to do so in the trackpad is a nightmare.

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