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Jan 19, 2013, 03:45 PM
 
I'm going to be getting a Mac Mini and a site that I'd read a review on said to get the Magic Trackpad instead of the Magic Mouse. Now I'm not a fan of the pads on laptops, but maybe I'll like the latest and greatest from Apple. I've always used a non-Apple mouse with my iMac.

So, trackpad or mouse to go with the Mini?
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Jan 19, 2013, 04:10 PM
 
Personally, I hate using trackpads, so I'd opt for the mouse. It really depends on what you're doing. I do a lot of detail work in Illustrator and Photoshop, and I can't imagine trying to do anything with a trackpad.
     
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Jan 19, 2013, 07:16 PM
 
Never again a mouse if I can help it.
     
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Jan 20, 2013, 02:12 AM
 
Logitech mouse. Accept no substitutes.

I can't imagine relying exclusively on a trackpad, despite what Apple would have you believe.

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Jan 20, 2013, 03:38 AM
 
If you don't do detail work, trackpad, 100%. Why?

A) Gestures
B) Takes up less space
C) Two finger control-click
D) Gestures

It is still a trackpad, so you have to get in the trackpad frame of mind, but I highly recommend it.
     
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Jan 20, 2013, 10:21 AM
 
I love both, but the other commenters are right: it depends on what you do.

In my experience, the trackpad was surprisingly easy to get used to, but I still switch to mouse for design apps.
     
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Jan 20, 2013, 01:44 PM
 
Since Mrs. Mattyb also has to use the computer, I have a feeling that a mouse will be better to keep the peace.

Cheers for the advice.
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Jan 20, 2013, 01:59 PM
 
Have her try it if you can!

I've had casual newbies try a Magic Trackpad for the first time and *immediately* realize that it's just the thing for them. It's *far* more "organic" and "natural" (particularly with the Lion/Mountain Lion default settings) than a mouse.

Things like pinching to resize in Pages, or generally just zoom (in properly coded applications), or twisting to rotate stuff (like in Pages, again), are the icing: just *so* nice and much less easily done on a mouse. And that's before you get to gestures.
     
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Jan 20, 2013, 02:17 PM
 
Originally Posted by ibook_steve View Post
Logitech mouse. Accept no substitutes.

I can't imagine relying exclusively on a trackpad, despite what Apple would have you believe.

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Jan 20, 2013, 02:30 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
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B) Takes up less space
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How does a 5x5" trackpad take up less space than a 4.5 x 2.25" magic mouse?
     
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Jan 20, 2013, 02:34 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
How does a 5x5" trackpad take up less space than a 4.5 x 2.25" magic mouse?
Really, really high acceleration settings?
     
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Jan 20, 2013, 03:05 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
How does a 5x5" trackpad take up less space than a 4.5 x 2.25" magic mouse?
You sure you've ever used a mouse before? You're supposed to move them on the desk.
     
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Jan 20, 2013, 03:09 PM
 
Yeah, but I have the tracking set fairly high, so it's very minimal movement. It's not like I'm moving a foot in any direction.
     
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Jan 20, 2013, 03:57 PM
 
.5" in one direction would be enough to render your previous post dumb disingenuous.
     
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Jan 20, 2013, 06:54 PM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Yeah, but I have the tracking set fairly high, so it's very minimal movement. It's not like I'm moving a foot in any direction.
Most people mouse within an area about, let's see... carry the four...

By my calculations, about the size of a mousepad.
     
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Jan 20, 2013, 07:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
.5"
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You forgot the units.
     
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You didn't misspell the units.
     
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I spelt ".5" absolutely correctly — for Americans.

AFAIK, the rest of the world requires the leading zero.

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Jan 21, 2013, 03:26 PM
 
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Jan 21, 2013, 05:27 PM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
Have her try it if you can!

I've had casual newbies try a Magic Trackpad for the first time and *immediately* realize that it's just the thing for them. It's *far* more "organic" and "natural" (particularly with the Lion/Mountain Lion default settings) than a mouse.

Things like pinching to resize in Pages, or generally just zoom (in properly coded applications), or twisting to rotate stuff (like in Pages, again), are the icing: just *so* nice and much less easily done on a mouse. And that's before you get to gestures.
How many apps, outside of Apple apps, actually make use of the Trackpad though?
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Jan 21, 2013, 06:03 PM
 
Gestures work throughout the OS.

Come to think of it, the only non-Apple apps I use are various little utilities, and an older version of Ableton (rarely).

But I freely admit that at least part of the reason I use Apple's stuff over others is precisely *because* it supports the cool stuff Macintosh does. That's kind of the point of the platform.
     
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Jan 21, 2013, 06:46 PM
 
Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
How many apps, outside of Apple apps, actually make use of the Trackpad though?
The gesture you'll use the most (if you're like me) is the three-finger swipe between apps, so, any app which has a fullscreen mode.
     
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Jan 22, 2013, 01:14 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
The gesture you'll use the most (if you're like me) is the three-finger swipe between apps, so, any app which has a fullscreen mode.
Well, last time I used the "But it's the 21st century and telephones need the firmware updating sometimes." to Mrs. Mattyb, there were some choice words exchanged. I can't even imagine how to sell the trackpad.
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Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
I can't even imagine how to sell the trackpad.
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Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
I can't even imagine how to sell the trackpad.
Again: I just showed some of the basic functionality (not even the gestures) to customers, and the response, especially from the newbies, was invariably "wow". Pages and Safari tend to be the clinchers.

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Jan 22, 2013, 02:55 PM
 
the Magic Trackpad has been one of the best purchases I have made. Thoroughly enjoy it and use it over a mouse for 98% of computer time.
     
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Jan 22, 2013, 06:52 PM
 
I don't buy anything with the word "magic" in it...
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Jan 23, 2013, 05:32 PM
 
I rather like my Magic Trackpad, and there are third-party Windows drivers available that make it pretty great in Win7, too.

I reallllly wish there were PPC drivers, though. I'd use it with my iMac G5 in a heartbeat.
     
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Jan 24, 2013, 01:27 AM
 
Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
Never again a mouse if I can help it.
I totally agree. Been using a Magic Trackpad (MTP) since June/2011 and just love it. Going back to the mouse on my wife's Mini seems just so primitive anymore, especially with ML allowing us to use iOs gestures. I fully understand that folks who need the greatest precision, eg graphic artists, find an ultra-precise mouse preferable, but even working in InDesign, the MTP allows me to skate, rather than walk my cursor
     
   
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