Magic Mouse vs magic pad?

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  1. Rossatron macrumors 6502a

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    Which of these should I get for a MacBook? I know the integrated pad is great, but I find it uncomfortable using it while doing day-to-day stuff. I think that the pad will be a nice transit into the "Mac world", as its similar to controlling an ipad. The mouse bit seems a bit newb-unfriendly to me, because you need to be holding a device and perform different actions with your fingers.

    I do know there is a school of thought that basically says "get both" but I'm declined to purchase something that I'm not going to use, if I stick with the other.

    So what is it: should someone coming to OS with no prior experience (besides ios devices), go with the familiar-yet unfamiliar Magic Mouse, or go with the "sort of" familiar magic pad?
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Lots of opinions, see this thread from yesterday. I have both & prefer the mouse, others prefer the pad.
     
  3. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    If your MacBook already has MultiTouch then you don't need the Magic TrackPad. I have both and prefer the TrackPad. There are so many gestures to do with OS X.

    You can pick up some cheap mouse but you can't pick up a Magic TrackPad for cheap.
     
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I have both, but end up using the Magic Trackpad most of the time (when I'm not using the built-in rMBP trackpad).

    Yes, it's duplicate functionality of the built-in, but for the times when I don't need the keyboard, it's more comfortable to put the trackpad on the couch armrest.
     
  5. theluggage macrumors 68030

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    The magic trackpad is great for general use. For games and graphics work a mouse is still best. So I think "both" is the best answer.

    However, bear in mind that pretty much any USB, Bluetooth or Wireless (with USB receiver) mouse will work fine with a Mac, including scroll wheels and multiple buttons. You probably already have a perfectly good mouse.

    I'd get the Magic Trackpad and use a non-Apple mouse when I needed it. I'm not a great fan of the Magic Mouse.

    ...but its worth re-iterating that even the MacBook built-in trackpad is head and shoulders above the trackpads you find on PC laptops. Although I use an external mouse & trackpad on the desk, the Unibody MacBook Pro is the first laptop where I haven't had to carry a mouse around 'on the road'.
     
  6. Rossatron thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmmpff
    Well, when I use the track pad on my current laptop I feel awkward having my hand just in the middle of things, that's why I want an external device.

    I do have a razor laser mouse, which is very good, but I just think that skipping on the gestures bit will damage the whole experience ;)
     
  7. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Absolutely. Apple's had the best, IMO, but when they switched to the large, glass surfaced trackpad with the unibody design, they really upped the ante (up until Feb, I had a 17" unibody early 2009; now a 15" rMBP). I really notice the difference in feel when I use my wife's 2008 MacBook Air. The glass surface now used is always silky smooth.

    Once you start getting used to the gestures, you'll miss them when using a mouse (though they do have their place as mentioned earlier). You can swipe to go fwd/back in Safari with the Magic Mouse, but it's a different gesture (one-finger) than the trackpad. I think that's another reason to go with the Magic Trackpad, as it is consistent with the built-in. If it wasn't mentioned already, the Magic Trackpad also has a glass surface.
     
  8. theluggage macrumors 68030

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    Using a regular mouse will not ruin the Mac experience. Using an uncomfortable mouse will - mouse size/shape/weight/sensitivity are personal things so I won't rant on about how much I hate Apple mice, but if you've got one that you like stick with it.

    There are keyboard/mouse alternatives for everything, and even if you have a mouse connected you can do gestures on the built-in trackpad.

    You can always buy a magic trackpad later.

    The equation would be a bit different if you were buying an iMac desktop, that comes with a choice of either mouse or trackpad included, in which case I'd say always go for the trackpad.
     
  9. Nihilius macrumors newbie

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    My advice would be to buy 3rd party mouse. Magic mouse is IMO the most un-ergonomic mouse I have ever used. When I bought iMac I chose trackpad but I don't use that very much either. It somehow feels too slow. It was just better option since Magic Mouse is completely worthless especially since I decided to get Logitech mouse. In your case though I wouldn't recommend Magic Trackpad since it's essentially the same deal as you laptops built-in device. If you have an actual mouse you could always choose which ever you want :) I just think you should also consider other options besides Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad.

    I have used Magic Mouse when I'm visiting my parents but I really don't think its special features are all that useful. Also my hand feels really stiff even after half an hour. I also prefer to have more buttons.

    Anyway, it seems many people really do like Magic mouse so I guess it really depends who you ask. I suggest you go and try how Magic Mouse fits in your hand. Ergonomics is IMO the most important thing to consider when choosing mouse/trackpad.
     
  10. Marquez90 macrumors newbie

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    think i am going to go with the trackpad! i enjoy being different and therefore staying away from the traditional "mouse" is more my style!
     
  11. tengtengvn macrumors member

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    I've had both. Even have more expensive mice like the Revolution MX,
    Performance Mouse MX, Logitech Touch M600,...
    But for a guy who spends 8-10 hrs on the computer per day, nothing beats a good old trackball... NOTHING.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    This! I used to have one of those and it was the most comfortable peripheral around. Skip the magic mouse, it's an ergonomic disaster. I have a magic trackpad now and unless I'm playing a round of starcraft, I find it works great. Gestures are what make it so wonderful.
     
  13. LeeM macrumors 6502a

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    i have a trackpad and a cheap gigabyte wired mouse.best combo imo. with the trackpad i dont think theres a need for a magic mouse as well, especially when my £10 mouse is more comfortable to use
     
  14. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    I have a Magic Track Pad and I absolutely love it. I will probably be purchasing a Magic Mouse soon to compliment it because I need the precision when I'm editing/coding. Nothing wrong with having the best of both worlds!
     

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