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ssledoux

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So I think I’ve pretty much decided I’m not getting the laptop NOR the Mac mini (well, it’s coming, but I’m pretty sure I’m returning it). I have decided, that since I only really need a computer for my ONE thing, which is my photo stuff, I need to just suck it up and make this iPP work for me.

I’m thinking of making myself 2 setups for iPP use - my one with the MK, which I’m sure I’ll use the majority of the time, and another on my desk, with a stand, Bluetooth keyboard, and mouse, for when I want it to be a bit more “computer-like.”

Does anyone else do this sort of thing?

Am I gonna have trouble with a Bluetooth keyboard connecting to my iPP if it’s off the MK? I haven’t really tried connecting anything like that since I’ve had the MK.

Also, I’ve never used it with a mouse at all. Are there some good tutorials anywhere showing me all the ways in which I can utilize a mouse with this thing?

Obviously being quarantined the last few weeks has me doing too much thinking about crap I don’t really need, and online shopping, but I feel like I need to be maximizing my iPP before I consider adding another device again.

Anyway, thanks for the patience with my questions.
 

sparksd

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Jun 7, 2015
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Seattle WA
Similar to what I do - 12.9 Pro on stand and use (sometimes) with BT keyboard and mouse at home, Logitech Smart Folio Pro case with smaller mouse for going out.

One tips & tricks tutorial -

 
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Abazigal

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This article may be of help.


There’s a bit lower down on mounting the ipad to a stand with a wireless keyboard and trackpad.
 
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tops2

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Dec 30, 2014
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There's 2 really really annoying things in my opinion when using Bluetooth mouse (I have Logitech M720).

  1. Scrolling - Scrolling is just infuriating to me to still. Its still hard for me to control exactly how I want to scroll, and its always over or undershooting the scrolling. The same mouse when connected to my (Windows) laptop scrolls perfectly.
  2. Lack of "back" button in Safari - The extra buttons on my Bluetooth mouse can be mapped to things like displaying the dock and showing multitasking and other things. The long muscle memory of using the "back" buttons spoils me.
I'm finding despite the mouse support, I barely use my Bluetooth mouse due to these 2 reasons and still keep raising my hand to touch the screen. The week I had the Magic Keyboard, I loved the trackpad fluidity of it even though its small. I really want to buy the Magic Trackpad 2..but I'm hesitant about purchasing another accessory. $129 is more easy to swallow than the price of the iPad Magic Keyboard..and I suppose can be used for other laptops/iPads instead of being tied to one iPad.. But its still $129..
 
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sparksd

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Jun 7, 2015
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There's 2 really really annoying things in my opinion when using Bluetooth mouse (I have Logitech M720).

  1. Scrolling - Scrolling is just infuriating to me to still. Its still hard for me to control exactly how I want to scroll, and its always over or undershooting the scrolling. The same mouse when connected to my (Windows) laptop scrolls perfectly.
  2. Lack of "back" button in Safari - The extra buttons on my Bluetooth mouse can be mapped to things like displaying the dock and showing multitasking and other things. The long muscle memory of using the "back" buttons spoils me.
I'm finding despite the mouse support, I barely use my Bluetooth mouse due to these 2 reasons and still keep raising my hand to touch the screen. The week I had the Magic Keyboard, I loved the trackpad fluidity of it even though its small. I really want to buy the Magic Trackpad 2..but I'm hesitant about purchasing another accessory. $129 is more easy to swallow than the price of the iPad Magic Keyboard..and I suppose can be used for other laptops/iPads instead of being tied to one iPad.. But its still $129..

I have the Trackpad 2 but find I prefer using my mouse, an MX Master 3 (it scrolls fine).
 

tops2

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Dec 30, 2014
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I have the Trackpad 2 but find I prefer using my mouse, an MX Master 3 (it scrolls fine).
I think your MX Master 3 has that smooth scrolling wheel from Logitech? My M720 has it too. I find the smooth scrolling a bit hard to get used to on the iPadOS. It doesn't seem to have gradual speed up of scrolling for me vs my Windows laptop. Mine seems to have a couple distinct "speed zones" in iPadOS instead of gradual speed up/down as compared to my Windows laptop. I especially find it hard to scroll slow a few lines at a time. I'm either scrolling like a pixel at a time or too much. I leave my mouse on the smooth scrolling. Maybe I'll try the clicky mode to see if it works better.

Edit: Just curious how you go back in Safari? Do you just use your finger to swipe or do you move the mouse to the back button and click?
 

sparksd

macrumors G3
Jun 7, 2015
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Seattle WA
I think your MX Master 3 has that smooth scrolling wheel from Logitech? My M720 has it too. I find the smooth scrolling a bit hard to get used to on the iPadOS. It doesn't seem to have gradual speed up of scrolling for me vs my Windows laptop. Mine seems to have a couple distinct "speed zones" in iPadOS instead of gradual speed up/down as compared to my Windows laptop. I especially find it hard to scroll slow a few lines at a time. I'm either scrolling like a pixel at a time or too much. I leave my mouse on the smooth scrolling. Maybe I'll try the clicky mode to see if it works better.

Edit: Just curious how you go back in Safari? Do you just use your finger to swipe or do you move the mouse to the back button and click?

If I'm using the mouse, I click the back button and try to avoid touch gestures. I use the clicky mode on the mouse wheel - I've never cared for the smooth mode on any mouse.
 
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kristalsoldier

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Aug 10, 2013
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So I think I’ve pretty much decided I’m not getting the laptop NOR the Mac mini (well, it’s coming, but I’m pretty sure I’m returning it). I have decided, that since I only really need a computer for my ONE thing, which is my photo stuff, I need to just suck it up and make this iPP work for me.

I’m thinking of making myself 2 setups for iPP use - my one with the MK, which I’m sure I’ll use the majority of the time, and another on my desk, with a stand, Bluetooth keyboard, and mouse, for when I want it to be a bit more “computer-like.”

Does anyone else do this sort of thing?

Am I gonna have trouble with a Bluetooth keyboard connecting to my iPP if it’s off the MK? I haven’t really tried connecting anything like that since I’ve had the MK.

Also, I’ve never used it with a mouse at all. Are there some good tutorials anywhere showing me all the ways in which I can utilize a mouse with this thing?

Obviously being quarantined the last few weeks has me doing too much thinking about crap I don’t really need, and online shopping, but I feel like I need to be maximizing my iPP before I consider adding another device again.

Anyway, thanks for the patience with my questions.
I use a Logitech external BT keyboard with my IPP when I need to. I don’t seem to run into any issues. I don’t (and won’t) use a mouse though so can speak for that.
 
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