When you travel the internet highways and detours in search of cool computer settings, you start to notice certain patterns. One is that many people seem to like Apple’s Magic Trackpad. The other is that many people hate the Magic Mouse. A third seem to see an increasing number of people absolutely love using the Magic Trackpad + mouse combination – which some observers find confusing.
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People who use both devices do not necessarily have two Apple products – Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse. You often see the Magic Trackpad and some other mouse in your social media setup settings, like something from the popular Logitech MX Master series.
And you always see people in the comments section asking why. Don’t two input devices do the same thing? Well, yes and no, we will talk about that in more detail below. We saw this recently in a Redditor i_am_cris post, “My WFH Setup.”
As for Magic Mouse haters and the reasons they say they hate the device, just look at this. Or this. Or this, which is more a mixture of love and hate.
Magic Trackpad + mouse combination
Cris leads the MacBook Pro on a stand located just behind their sleek 34-inch Samsung CJ791 ultra-wide curved gaming monitor. This pretty nice screen has a refresh rate of 100Hz, a resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, a response speed of 4 ms and stereo speakers.
Mounted on the front of the screen, Apple products (almost) to the end. The HomePod mini sits on a monitor stand, and the AirPods in their case drain onto the MagSafe charger on the left. In front of them lay a trio of Apple peripherals: Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2 (a combination of Magic Trackpad + mouse).
Why buy? WHY?
Inevitably, a question pops up in the comments section: “I’m just curious – why do you have a mouse and a trackpad?”
“Well, I often use trackpad movements and sometimes I need mouse control so I have both,” Cris said.
Other Redditors rushed to support the use of both.
“I like to use both, but on both sides of the keyboard,” said one. “The mouse is more of an administrator, and the trackpad is for design and generally great for zooming, pens, curves, etc.”
Ambidexterity is great
The above comment prompted Cris to move his Magic Trackpad to the left of the keyboard to see if using the left-handed trackpad and right mouse would work.
“This is the way,” another Redditor said with approval. We also saw a lot of that. It is obviously cooler to use both hands, whichever side you choose for each device.
Several observers commented that they liked the Magic Trackpad as a replacement for the mouse, but then added a mouse for the more precise control it provides.
Some non-Apple products
Although Cris is set on Cupertino, Apple doesn’t make everything in it. There is, of course, the aforementioned Samsung screen, plus a Logitech C920 webcam.
And while audio equipment includes a pair of AirPods, most aren’t Apple equipment. The headphone headset on the left side of the table holds a pair of Sony WH1000XM3 noise canceling headphones. And when Cris wants enough sound, they turn to the Harmon Kardon Esquire mini speaker.
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