Potential Benefits of Apple Magic Mouse?

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  1. Rian Gray macrumors regular

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    I recently upgraded my workstation to iMac 27", and I chose the trackpad over the mouse. Besides from the fact that I already have one, with the shoulder injury I have it's simply impossible to use a mouse that is not sculpted right.

    On top of all my personal issues, I don't really the benefit of using multi-touch mouse. And really hoping to see how people are using it right. I must be using it wrong, I guess. Because of the multi-touch surface, I can't even lay my hand on it. My palm always need to stay an inch away from it.

    So how do you use your apple magic mouse? Would you recommend it as a workstation peripherals?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I like using it, I find the ability to scroll using the mouse a plus and a few other gestures.

    To each his own, though, if you aren't getting too much benefit, perhaps a more traditional mouse may be a better fit.
     
  3. jetjaguar macrumors 68030

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    i absolutely hated the magic mouse when it was first released but since using it for awhile I like it a lot. I even game with it lol
     
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    That is the key right there. I use the MM and like it, but if you look at my hand when using it my hand is shaped in sort of a claw shape with the mouse under it and nothing touching the surface. Then my thumb on one side and little and ring fingers on the other side hold the side/edges to move the mouse around.
     
  5. crzdcolombian macrumors 6502a

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    you'll get use to the trackpad. I like the trackpad better then the mouse. More like using a labtop and the gestures are much easier to do. Like everything it takes a little time to get use to. It's also cool because sometimes the mouse doesn't work because of the surface your on
     
  6. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    This is the way I use mine too. In my Windows days I used a very large mouse that would let me rest my hand on the mouse. Once I got used to the Magic Mouse it was easy to use. I have shoulder problems too and don't experience any issues using the mouse this way.

    Some people prefer trackpads, some don't. The MacBook Pro trackpad is the first one I ever liked. The trackpad on Lenovo notebooks would move the cursor while I typed. The Apple doesn't do that.
     
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    That's the thing with handheld devices. Sometimes the way our bodies are crafted makes certain peripherals uncomfortable to use. Some guys who play Xbox think the PlayStation controllers hurt their hands and vice versa. I tried using the magic mouse for about three months but I found if I was using it for a long period of time my hand with hurt, so I sold it on eBay.
     
  8. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    I have both a Magic Mouse and a Magic Trackpad on my Mac. I use the mouse about 80% of the time, but in apps where gestures are most convenient (eg iPhoto) I reach for the trackpad.
     
  9. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    I'm in the exact same boat. Both the MM and MT have their benefits.
     
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    Wow... I didn't realize it but that is exactly the same for me.




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    Hands down the best mouse ever, except for gaming purposes.
     
  12. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Exactly same here, love my MM.
     
  13. Lankyman macrumors 68000

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    Mine sits under my iMac making the whole Mac experience aesthetically pleasing. I don't actually use MM though as it's a total PITA as a productive tool and has zero ergonomics. For actually work I use a Logitech Laser, which is a much preferred option.
     
  14. Rian Gray thread starter macrumors regular

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    I could really appreciate it if you could share how to use it. :) It seems I'm not the only one having problem with keeping the palm off the surface. Perhaps there is a trick to it?

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    Same here, I use Logitech Performance MX for gaming and works that needs actual mouse. For some reason, I can't trust my hands on trackpad for serious works.
     
  15. Lankyman macrumors 68000

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    Trackpad is for users that don't need a computer as a productive tool. I don't even use one on a Laptop.
     
  16. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I ditched the Apple KB and use a Logitech, but because I'm so used to being able to use gestures, the MM is a must for me...I do have the mouse that came with the logitech, and I guess it does fit a little better in the hand, but it's not really what I'm after...The MM really is a useful device. I also use a Wacom Bamboo which acts as a track pad, so kind of have the best of both I guess.
     
  17. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    A bold generalisation. ;)

    I have the Magic Trackpad and manage to be very productive, as my profession demands.

    I can't imagine why I would ever want to use a mouse again.
     
  18. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    I personally love using my Magic Mouse and am significantly more productive with it. The ability to switch between virtual desktops (of which I have 3) and scroll between pages (or just side scroll in general) without moving more than 2 fingers is a great time saver.

    On the other side of things the magic mouse is not good for fine control. If I'm gaming or doing very tight cuts in my editing work I switch over to my gaming mouse. It offers higher precision movements and doesn't tend to scroll accidentally.

    I do have the magic trackpad as well (had the mouse already when I got my iMac and one is free anyway) but don't use it much. It is just sitting on the other side of my keyboard so it looks nice and can't be used for some things but I usually just use it when I want to open notification center quickly (since that gesture isn't on the mouse). Maybe if my trackpad was on the right it would get some use but I'm doubtful. I don't mind trackpads but feel they have even less precision than the MM does and there is no real comfortable way to use it without resting my palm on top of it which messes with things.
     
  19. Lankyman macrumors 68000

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    It simply is not a tool for the precision and speed that a mouse can offer. A case of horses for courses.
     

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