Ergonomics of magic trackpad

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Nobita, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Nobita macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    La la land
    Hi all, over the past two days, when using a mighty mouse my wrist is a little bit numb. I was afraid this might be an RSI symptom, I was programming about 8 hours that day, taking break every one or two hours.

    I'm wondering if a magic trackpad has better ergonomics than a mighty mouse (or any mouse for that matter).
  2. ee99ee macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    I am thinking about getting one of these too and am interested in hearing the feedback of users regarding ergonomics. I normally use a trackball but have been using the (older) magic mouse and kinda like it. I think the multi-touch stuff with the pad could be really handy.

  3. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    Yeah, despite the rad functionality of the magic mouse it is seriously lacking in the ergonomics department. Apple still after all this time has no idea how to make a mouse. I really like the magic pad for its ergonomics. I use a touch pad along with a proper sized mouse.
  4. dkersten macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
  5. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    I use a magic mouse for the moment but am looking to get a trackpad - the way I see it is that you wouldnt be moving your wrist around too much using the trackpad, as you do with a mouse. You would be moving your fingers more. Hence I would think it would be better for your scenario...
  6. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2008
    Your girlfriends place
    These are fantastic. I switch between one of these and a RAT 7.

    Want to improve your "Mac Experience"? Don't use Apple input devices :p

    The keyboards is decent... but a good mouse and mechanical keyboard are leaps ahead of the chicklet keys and the magic mouse.
  7. callison macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2011
    does anyone use BOTH the mouse and the trackpad (synced at the same time)? I'd like to have the trackpad for just casual usage, but for some more intense usage i'd like to have the mouse available--and ready to go--when i want it.
  8. Staindsoul macrumors 6502


    Apr 13, 2010
    Was wondering the same thing. Have an iMac inbound and was thinking trackpad for browsing and mouse for Photoshop.

    Anyone have this setup?
  9. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    I do. I have the trackpad and magic Mouse at the same time. For broader things and gestures, I use the trackpad. For finer detail work I use the mouse. At first I thought it would be overkill and confusing but it actually works brilliantly. For me anyway.
  10. gwerhart0800 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Loveland, CO
    I find the magic trackpad to be very poor for cut/paste type text manipulation. For casual web browsing, etc., it is fine, but I don't use it for programming.

    For the magic mouse and coding, it takes time to get used to it, but I found that I don't hold it as tightly as I used to hold the previous microsoft mice that I have used. Those mice were designed for the use to rest their palm on the mouse. The magic mouse is designed to be manipulated by your fingers, but not to be the resting place for your hand. It takes time to get used to that.
  11. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    I had a magic trackpad for awhile. I found it to be uncomfortable to use for long periods of time. For me, my wrist had to bend at a strange angle to use it. Not high enough to be able to lock my wrist, and not low enough to just rest of the table.

    Gesture-wise they're great, but it made my wrist sore about about a half hour.
  12. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Personally I find the trackpad on Apple's notebooks to be very comfortable, but I don't feel the same way about the stand-alone Magic trackpad, due to its angled design.

    I prefer using a normal mouse. I am using a Logitech Anywhere MX. I would get the Performance MX, but I am a leftie.

    All of the multi-touch gestures can be done quicker with keyboard short cuts anyway.


    Yes, I have the Magic Trackpad sitting next to my mouse. I end up using the mouse more anyway.

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