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212rikanmofo

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My old wired Apple mouse is crapping out on me and I am looking to purchase a new mouse. Can anyone tell me if the new Magic Mouse 2 is good for apps such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator? Before shelling out $80 for a new mouse I wanted to hear some opinions.

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bent christian

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The best mouse for Design is the one you feel most comfortable using for long periods of time. I use the old battery powered MM at work and a newer rechargeable unit at home, so like six or eight hours a day using this style. I like them and feel completely at home using it. Double taps will zoom in place in Photoshop and Lightroom. Scroll to zoom as well. I haven't found anything special about the MM design in Illustrator and InDesign. You can scroll around the artboard with out a wheel. That's about it. The most important consideration is ergonomic comfort. A bad mouse can really tear up hand and arm quickly.
 
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212rikanmofo

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Thanks for your input. I still have my old MM laying around... any major differences between MM1 and MM2 that I should know of before going out and spending $80 on the new one? The only difference I know is that on the MM2 you can charge using a lightning cable and no batteries. But other than that, they look very similar in terms of appearance and features.
 
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sartrekid

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I have the MM2 but much prefer and use the Logitech MX Master mouse. It has better ergonomics, palm grip - which I prefer - and overall just works better for me.
 
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bent christian

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Thanks for your input. I still have my old MM laying around... any major differences between MM1 and MM2 that I should know of before going out and spending $80 on the new one? The only difference I know is that on the MM2 you can charge using a lightning cable and no batteries. But other than that, they look very similar in terms of appearance and features.

The new mouse and keyboard hold a charge for a very long time. I don't do much actual work at home aside from photography work, but under what I would call normal use (a few hours a day average), I have only had to charge the keyboard once and the MM2 twice in the first six months. That was getting each down to 20%. They are both amazing.
 
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Starfia

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I'm not an avid Adobe user, but I do use Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, Pixelmator, Blender and others a lot. For ages, I thought this button-laden Logitech mouse was the thing for me (I programmed and used the buttons to help quicken repeated tasks and feel cool, that kind of thing), but I eventually switched to the Magic Mouse and haven't turned back.

Foremost, having the touch surface for scrolling (including scrolling in combination with modifier keys for zooming, et cetera) is at least as good as using buttons – even better because of the non-binary precision of gestures for things like that. And the wireless connectivity is good and virtually always reliable, and the charging for the Magic Mouse 2 (an upgrade I was by then welcoming) involves plugging in a Lightning cable perhaps once a month overnight. And I find the thing comfortable, speaking for myself.
 
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vladi

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If your hand does not sustain any fatigue due to poor ergonomics of MM than its all good. The first thing I do when I see MM on a station I need to work on is throw it away like right away.
 
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nfable

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Nope. In addition to a pen / tablet, great... But all just a mouse, nah. Hook youself up wih an Intuos for like $100. Here.
 
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SvP

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6-9 hours of use daily, ergonomics depend on your use (just, don't cramp up and move your position enough). Battery is fantastic (charge once in 5 weeks, if forgotten just charge two minutes to get 2 hours more time), and it's more reliable: doesn't disconnect.

I have the MX also, but don't like it that much so using the MM. Sold my intuos too; it's all about personal preferences!
 
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monstruo

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It is best that you head down to any store and spend some time on it.

I personally love my MM1, use it for illustrator, indesign, Rhino, etc.
Of course, not without some tweaks on bettertouch app.
 
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kohlson

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I think it will be at least as good as you old wired mouse. I used to have a drawer full of mice that I tried and they didn't work for me (sometimes function, sometimes ergonomics), including Logitech MX. I have a largish hand (10" from thumb tip to little finger tip), and wouldn't have thought the MM would work for me. But I use it 8-10 hours a day, and have for a few years, and it works well. BetterTouchTool allows you to customize beyond Prefs. All that said, mice and keyboard are the "most personal" part of your interaction with computers -- the part you touch. Everyone is different. The only way to tell if it will work for you is to give it a try.
 
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