6/4/12
10:07 am

Forum Question: Does the Magic Mouse & Magic Trackpad Essentiaally Perform the Same Functions ?

If one were to purchase a Magic Mouse, would there be any point in purchasing a Magic Trackpad at the same or in the near future ?
What I mean to say is, do they essentially perform the same functions, Therefore by having both there is no clear advantage.
Obviously if one had a MacBook only, then there would be no point in having a Magic Trackpad.
But if one were to own an iMac, would having both peripherals be a good thing or waste of money ?
kind regards….
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Simon

Comments: 12 Responses to “Does the Magic Mouse & Magic Trackpad Essentiaally Perform the Same Functions ?”

    6/4/12 @ 10:17 am

    No. There is a huge advantage to having the Magic Trackpad: it supports ALL Lion gestures, just like a new MacBook would. A Mag Mouse only supports a limited set of special gestures.
    I switched to using the Magic Trackpad when it came out. This had three advantages:
    1. I could use all Lion gestures.
    2. When switching between my desktop and MacBook I could use the same interface.
    3. Takes up less space on my desk since I don’t need room for mouse movement.

      Simon
      6/4/12 @ 10:22 am

      Ah so the trackpad which is incorporated into your new Macbook, is therefore similar to a Magic Trackpad, so their is no loss of functionality ?

        Simon
        6/4/12 @ 10:36 am

        So there is therefore no real reason to use the magic mouse or any mouse over the magic trackpad, other than those who actually like using a mouse – whether it be on desktop or macbook ?

          6/4/12 @ 10:58 am

          I agree with that. The Magic Mouse’s only advantage is that some people like a mouse.

        6/4/12 @ 11:00 am

        Right. But also I was thinking mentally — I don’t need to switch between using a mouse and trackpad. I can just use a trackpad in both places.

          Simon
          6/4/12 @ 11:04 am

          Yes thats right so the transition from iMac to Macbook and vice versa is seamless :)

          One final query do you enhance the functionality of the magictrackpad and the trackpad on the Macbook with Better Touch Tool or similar third party programs?

            6/4/12 @ 11:22 am

            I don’t. Don’t have the need, really.

    Shirley Allan
    6/5/12 @ 9:32 am

    In the classes I teach for senior citizens, they consensus is the older folks find the track pad to sensitive and have returned it after purchase.
    SJ Allan

    Richard Fuhr
    6/5/12 @ 10:38 am

    For some operations, it seems that the Magic Mouse provides greater precision and greater control than the Magic Trackpad. But, for the majority of interactions, I find that the Magic Trackpad works great, and I use it most of the time.

    Simon
    6/5/12 @ 1:38 pm

    Surely there must be a way to decrease the sensitivity of the Magic Trackpad, thereby giving greater control ?

      6/5/12 @ 1:42 pm

      There is. You can change the Tracking Speed in the System Preferences.

    Simon
    6/6/12 @ 8:17 am

    There we are Magic !!! Now there is no reason not to have the same precision and control with the Magic Trackpad than with the Magic Mouse :)

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