View Full Version : Magic Trackpad: has it replaced your mouse ?

1st November 2010, 06:21 AM
Hi there all.

I've had the Magic Trackpad for a while now and on occasion I have used it to replace my mouse completely (I use a Logitech G9X laser) .. but I always find myself going back to the mouse. I can't seem to make the permanent shift to the trackpad.. maybe it's the 20 years of mousing.

Has anyone made the switch permanently ? I use the trackpad just for gestures, two and three fingers etc.. has anyone found themselves being able to give up their mouse permanently ?


Alec Fraser
1st November 2010, 06:43 AM
Yup, I've given up my desktop mouse altogether and just use the Magic Trackpad.

1st November 2010, 07:16 AM
Me too - gave up mouse in favour of trackpad.

To make it happen I had to put the mouse away entirely (nowhere near it's normal position) to force myself to use the trackpad only. After a few weeks, I find myself easily more productive on the trackpad than a mouse - multi-touch gestures being almost entirely the reason for the improved productivity.

1st November 2010, 07:24 AM
I still use both. I use the trackpad for general computer stuff but still need the mouse when making my podcasts in Garageband. I find I have finer control in Garageband with my Logitech multi-function mouse especially when navigating the recording. My podcasts can be up to 1.5 hours long and I find the mouse gives me quicker and more precise control when editing the track. I even bought a Griffin Powermate but have found that it is not precise enough either (I think I'll put it on ebay!). It moves in increments when trying to locate precise points in the recording whereas the mouse allows me to pick a point in the recording to the precise second.

I'll still keep the trackpad though as it's great when I plug my laptop into the TV - the bluetooth trackpad and keyboard work a treat in this situation.


1st November 2010, 07:25 AM
Yep, I seem to have moved totally to the trackpad as well. Just seems more natural to me.

My mouse is still sitting near my iMac, in the same spot I moved it to when the trackpad arrived. Never even considered switching back to it though.

1st November 2010, 07:40 AM
I use both side by side - no good reason and sometimes confusing

1st November 2010, 07:48 AM
For the Mac Mini (which is a HTPC) there is only a trackpad, although it's mostly controlled by a remote.

For the MBP I use the builtin trackpad whenever I'm out, but have a mouse hooked up when I'm at my desk. I use a lot of gestures so find I am always switching between the two. To be honest I don't know what I would replace the mouse with a trackpad... something very comfortable about a mouse :)

1st November 2010, 08:50 AM
Yes, replaced my Magic Mouse with the Magic Trackpad.

1st November 2010, 09:19 AM
Nope, went back to the Magic Mouse. Not enough precision with the trackpad, and I found an issue in trying to drag something across the desktop when the length required to drag exceeded the surface area of the trackpad.

1st November 2010, 09:49 AM
Tried, but went back to my Magic Mouse. Trackpads don't seem accurate enough for designering.

1st November 2010, 10:43 AM
I have replaced my mouse with the trackpad. It feels more consistent now going from imac to MBP an back.

Only bring out the mouse for gaming now.

1st November 2010, 11:09 AM
Pretty much replaced the mouse with the trackpad. Only time I get the mouse out is for photoshop stuff and games.

1st November 2010, 03:29 PM
Yep - mouse has been officially retired.

1st November 2010, 04:08 PM
Mouse is gone. It sits on a shelf with all the other obsolete gear.

The trackpad is good enough for photoshop which is my most "mouse" intensive app so Therefore the mmouse is gone for good.

1st November 2010, 04:41 PM
Yup, my mouse now sits on my desk in pieces. I may or may not have thrown it at the wall.

2nd November 2010, 08:19 AM
Replaced the mouse on day one with the trackpad and haven't looked back

2nd November 2010, 01:35 PM
Just bought one an hour ago - still getting used to it...

8th November 2010, 10:03 AM
Seconded about a trackpad being annoying for dragging things a long way - mouse for that.

8th November 2010, 10:11 AM
Replaced my Magic Mouse with the Magic Trackpad after about 2 days.

Using the Trackpad full-time now, happily on a 24" iMac. :)

8th November 2010, 10:21 AM
I tried one out last Thursday night at the Apple Store. I was skeptical, but I found it very intuitive and much easier to use. I, for the first time, am starting to think the mouse may be obsolete.

I found it very easy to use, and very accurate as well, which I was not expecting. I am seriously considering getting one...

8th November 2010, 10:39 AM
I've replaced my old mouse with the trackpad for the HTPC. Only gripe as mentioned before is dragging across the length of the screen, ive discovered if I do a moonwalk like action with 2 fingers it will continue to drag. Not the most elegant solution but it's kind of fun!

8th November 2010, 03:19 PM
I tried the Magic Trackpad and hated it. I'm quite fond of my Magic Mouse so I will be sticking with that for the foreseeable future.

8th November 2010, 04:28 PM
At work I drag files and folders over many spaces and screens - trackpad no good for that - also no good for me when doing graphics in PS and AI

at home though - it has totally replaced the Magic Mouse though

8th November 2010, 04:48 PM
At work I drag files and folders over many spaces and screens - trackpad no good for that

What are you talking about? I have dual 24" displays with four spaces and drag items between them constantly. You can lift and move your finger briefly without it releasing the window.

8th November 2010, 06:08 PM
Enable Drag Lock in System Preferences > Trackpad, to lift fingers while dragging. Works for me on big screens.

I've enabled all of the boxes inside Trackpad preferences. :)

8th November 2010, 06:44 PM
Trackpad is great!

Only drama is lube and porn!


Mouse away!

9th November 2010, 01:35 PM
Pad has replacedI my Logitech Trackman Marble (I hate using a mouse) but found pain in the elbow. Doc says it's golfer's elbow and suggested the trackball might be the culprit.
After using the trackpad for a few months, the pain in the elbow has diminished - not gone away. Doesn't mean the trackball was at fault.
Nevertheless, I love it and, true to form, my wife hates it.
My computer - my choice.

19th January 2011, 06:23 PM
ok, 3 months on and i'm after your opinions. Has it replaced you mouse or have you resorted to using your mouse again.

19th January 2011, 06:49 PM
OK, I resurected the mouse for a day to play a recently down-loaded cheap game (Flight Control HD) but in the end it didn't matter, on the Mac the game sucks when compared to the iPad.

I don't play FC on the mac and the mouse is back on the shelf, never to be used again.

19th January 2011, 06:50 PM
MagicMouse batteries removed and it now sits on the shelf. TrackPad has replaced it for everything, a great addition which works well with the large real estate of my 27" iMac. Love It.

Also utilise the App "BetterTouchTool" for additional features.

22nd January 2011, 09:14 AM
I personally found the trackpad useless on large screens. Just not big enough, especially as has been mentioned when trying to drag items across the whole screen.

That and I just find a mouse easier to use. The gestures just weren't enough for me to want to keep it.

I tried, i did. But withing a week it was over on the side of the desk unused. So it was sold.

22nd January 2011, 09:23 AM
I personally found the trackpad useless on large screens. Just not big enough, especially as has been mentioned when trying to drag items across the whole screen.

That and I just find a mouse easier to use. The gestures just weren't enough for me to want to keep it.

I tried, i did. But withing a week it was over on the side of the desk unused. So it was sold.

Have a look at the additional gestures app I mentioned, you may find it useful.

I also received a tip from another forum user for dragging across the large screen of my 27: iMac, tap and hold with thumb then use forfinger to do the drag. Sounds a lot more complex to describe than it is in practice and works a treat.

22nd January 2011, 11:58 AM
Still using the trackpad here. Now on a 27" iMac with a 19" LCD off to one side (2nd monitor) and a 17" LCD on the other side (Mac mini screen, teleport connected).

Whenever I have to use a mouse for general use I find it less effective. I'm sold on the touchpad.

About the only time I have issues is when I swipe it while reaching for the keyboard when I'm typing in a document and my cursor moves. That's my fault rather than the technology though.


23rd January 2011, 08:58 PM
I personally found the trackpad useless on large screens. Just not big enough, especially as has been mentioned when trying to drag items across the whole screen.

Don't know why you're having a problem, I have dual 24" displays and have no issues with dragging files across both displays.

28th January 2011, 11:43 AM
While I've only been using the trackpad for two days, I don't think it'll replace my mouse. Most of the time I like to do tasks fast and accurately, and the trackpad doesn't really shine in that area. :P

It's alright to use for simple things. :)

28th January 2011, 12:05 PM
I got mine yesterday and so far am loving it, my Magic Mouse is sitting under my iMac and I have only reached for it once so far and that was for boot camp. I think my mouse will still be used here and there but the trackpad is great and will be used frequently with my macbook when it's connected to the tv. I am however still getting used to it, I sometimes find myself coming off the keyboard and having my hand in a position to grasp the mouse.

28th January 2011, 12:41 PM
Been using mine for about 3 weeks now, love it. Haven't touched a mouse at work since I got it.

29th January 2011, 10:30 AM
Iíve had one since Xmas and it has replaced most of mouse usage. About the only thing I use the mouse for now is gaming, but I donít that too often.

Once you learn the gestures (eg. click with thumb and use other finger to drag, two-finger click for context menu, etc.) it becomes second nature.

29th January 2011, 02:37 PM
I am used to the button on the bottom on my MacBook so I find myself using my thumb at the bottom for clicking and it's a habit hopefully I won't get out of because it'll be hard going back and forth to macbook. My brother and sister occasionally use my iMac and I put the mouse out of sight so they were a little shocked when it came to try and use it.

29th January 2011, 03:21 PM
i lOVE it! i'm using my MBP hooked up to a 42" LCD so sometimes browsing can get a little strenuous but all i've got to do is pinch zoom and i can sit back and see all the characters clearly.

also love the 4 finger up and down gestures