trackpad?

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  1. Benz63amg macrumors 68000

    Benz63amg

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    hey guys, i have a magic mouse which i love and i was checking out the magic trackpad on youtube and stuff and i think its cool, i checked it at the store aswell..

    these of u who have it, do u recommend it or its not worth it? ill be using it alongside my magic mouse, its not going to replace my mouse.

    i mean does it add cool functionality to the imac or no?
     
  2. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    Personal pref bud. For the fine-detailed and precise work I do, a trackpad would be way to cumbersome to use. For others, it will work perfectly and they'll appreciate over any mouse. Really depends on what your needs are and how you like to use your computer.
     
  3. Benz63amg thread starter macrumors 68000

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  4. timtom33 macrumors member

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    Lion will supposedly make more use of the trackpad and gestures etc
     
  5. Mrguidogenio macrumors regular

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    The trackpad in my MBP is awesome mainly due to a little program called BetterTouchTool that allow you to make gestures for EVERYTHING on your system and within specific applications.

    If I had an iMac, I'd use the Magic Trackpad without a doubt :)

    Hope this helps.
     
  6. Rory Manton macrumors regular

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    I use a track pad, after using it for a couple of weeks it becomes instinctive.
     
  7. Bat6111 macrumors member

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    I agree with you. I love multi-gestures such as 4 fingers swipe down for expose', 4 fingers swipe up for showing desktop and especially, 3 fingers for going forward or backward.
     
  8. Steamrunner macrumors member

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    If you find you're using the touch properties of the Magic Mouse a lot, then you may well find the pad really suits you.

    For example, just browsing this site I'm mostly using touch on my MM - I'm scrolling by touch, I'm going back and forward through pages with touch, and I'm clicking with touch. The only time I move the actual mouse is to put the cursor on a link; with the pad I'd just drag and tap.

    So they way I figure it, I'm going to be better off with the pad (I have one coming with my new iMac). There will be times when I do need the mouse - graphics, games, maybe video editing (but I use a shuttle pro mostly for editing) - so I won't be ditching it entirely. However, for general tasks, I'm already in a pad mindset.

    Does it add cool functionality? A bit. It makes multitouch gestures easier than with the mouse. And as Mrguidogenio mentioned, BetterTouchTool is a brilliant add-on that really makes the pad (and indeed the mouse) shine.
     
  9. seepel macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty addicted to the gestures as well. Can't imagine not having them anymore. I'd recommend the trackpad.
     
  10. Cole JM macrumors regular

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    I got the trackpad when I got my iMac, I sold my magic mouse.
     
  11. Objector macrumors member

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    The trackpad on my MBP is one of the things I like the most, I just can not switch back to a laptop with a regular trackpad, because I use the gestures constantly. I've used the Magic Mouse before, but I really don't like it's ergonomics. I will definitely choose for the trackpad when I buy my iMac next month and I will use my Logitech G5 gamingmouse for games and tasks that require pinpoint accuracy like photoshop.
     
  12. Benz63amg thread starter macrumors 68000

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    wow so many good things said now :D

    i use alll the mutli touch gestures of my magic mouse and i love it(going back between pages with the 2 finger scroll) and scrolling up and down and thats about all the magic mouse can do.
     
  13. stir fry a lot macrumors newbie

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    I use a Logitech VX Nano for most duites but also keep my MagicPad on the desk for gestures. Best of both worlds.
     
  14. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

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    I love the Trackpad, as others have said once you get used to the gestures its hard to use anything else. I highly recommend it.
     
  15. Power Mac macrumors newbie

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    Then use the mouse, it does the same thing.
     
  16. Benz63amg thread starter macrumors 68000

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    no it doesnt, u cant do these gestures with the magic mouse.
     
  17. cfedu macrumors 65816

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    I love the trackpad on the mac laptops and thought I would love the desktop version. I was wrong, I don't know why but I just could not get use to it.

    I sold the trackpad and use the magic mouse. I hated the magic mouse at first but now I love it. I tired to love the trackpad but it was not happening
     
  18. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    But there are a variety of different plugins that will give it the same functionality as a trackpad and possibly even more. Magicprefs allows you to do one to four finger swipes, one to four finger taps, one to four finger clicks, and set scrolling boundaries among a plethora of other options. It even gives you back the "third button" click (previously the scroll-wheel click). Not to mention it's free! Check it out!
     
  19. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    Better touch tool is good also to accomplish this with a magic mouse


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  20. Benz63amg thread starter macrumors 68000

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    yea but i rather not mess with unofficial mouse drivers to create gestures not ment for the magic mouse u know..
     
  21. bpeeps, Jun 5, 2011
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    bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    Wow, of all the ridiculous things I read on these forums... good luck getting the best use out of your computer with that mentality. Buy a trackpad then and leave it be.

    Edit: And for the record, Apple does support the software. A quick Google led me to find it on their Downloads page under the System/Disk Utilities section.

    http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_utilities/magicprefs.html

    But I understand if this process is too COMPLICATED for you.
     
  22. Electricidad macrumors newbie

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    Some things require rational thought, very difficult for the select few.
     
  23. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

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    For my iMac, the Track Pad purchase was waste of dollars. If wondering, my family tried it and pref the wireless mouse instead.
     
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  25. Steamrunner macrumors member

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    BetterTouchTool isn't a mouse driver as such - it doesn't replace that Apple functionality, it adds to it. And you've got full control over what it does, or doesn't, do - if you just want to add a three-finger swipe to activate Expose to your mouse, then that's all you have to do. If you want to add a bunch of gestures to your mouse AND pad, then you can do that too.

    And if you decide it's not for you, then you simply remove it.

    Put it like this - you add all sorts of "unofficial" stuff to your computer all the time; have you installed Firefox? Chrome? VLC? Photoshop Elements? Steam? They're all just as unofficial as BetterTouchTool.
     

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