Track pad or Magic Mouse for Mac?

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  1. TOpeakTOP macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting a MacBook Pro this weekend and I don't know if I should get a trackpad or Magic Mouse with it (can't afford both).
    I'm starting adult college next week to learn Graphic and Web Design so I will be using Adobe programs a lot such as Photoshop, InDesign etc.
    I prefer a mouse over any native trackpad built into a laptop but I've heard some great things about the separate trackpad being superior to the mouse. I'm confused. What would your advice be?

    Many thanks.


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  2. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    If you're doing graphic design, I would say get the Magic Mouse!
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I agree. I had a Trackpad and found it very cumbersome for something like moving the cursor quickly over to an area of a photo and say drawing a loop around it. It just does not work very well for that kind of fine control.
     
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I have always preferred a mouse over a trackpad. That said, I'm currently using a trackpad solely due to physical constraints. I had shoulder surgery and I found the trackpad easier to use left handed than the mouse. Once my shoulder is back to normal function, I will be switching back to the mouse.
     
  5. BeeJee macrumors 6502

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    There's no point in buying another trackpad right off the bat if you can't afford both. Since you're getting the MBP you're already going to have the track pad. Besides, when I was heavy into Photoshop the Magic Mouse was a godsend over the trackpad. I am in no way saying the MM is the best on the market, I've had three fail on me out of nowhere.
     
  6. bootz macrumors member

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    My first Mac ever was the first 15" MBP with Retina. I tried different combinations - External trackpad with external keyboard, etc. I ended up sticking with the built-in keyboard and built-in trackpad due to the layout. In my business I need to be on the keyboard a lot, so having the trackpad right below the keyboard was the best layout.

    I would try the Macbook without any other accessories for at least a week and see how it goes. I've been mouse-free for two years and am loving it :cool:.
     
  7. ross7777 macrumors member

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    Is there any better mouse for the Mac than the Magic Mouse?
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Depends on what you need to do. The Magic Mouse lacks programmable buttons that some mice have which is good for graphic designers and such.
     
  9. krawfo macrumors regular

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    Not really. I've been using MagicPrefs for a while and it's works pretty well.

    http://magicprefs.com/
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    There is software to add programmable functions to the Magic Mouse. However, other mice have hardware programmable buttons that some people like graphics designers like. I personally use a Magic Mouse with my PowerMac G5 and I love it!
     

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