Mouse vs. Trackpad (and keyboard) questions

Discussion in 'PC/Mac Builders, Mods, Peripherals - New' started by hibhardwaj, Jan 11, 2019 at 8:36 AM.

  1. hibhardwaj

    hibhardwaj New Member

    Jan 3, 2019
    What do you guys prefer- a mouse or a trackpad. I am on a 2015 Macbook Pro and adding a Mac Mini for which I want to decide between a magic mouse vs. a trackpad. Also I use Logic Pro X as my primary DAW.

    A subsequent question, any advantages of buying a keyboard with numeric keys on it vs. a regular keyboard.

    Small decisions, but I think can make major impact on the workflow.

    Thanks in advance for your time!
  2. jtnyc

    jtnyc Senior Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    I use a numeric keyboard. In Logic the numbers are assigned to selecting screensets. The up/down/left/right buttons scroll through your tracks in the main and mixer windows. I also use it in other applications like a calculator or any time I need to enter numbers.

    I never got along with a track pad and the rare occasions I've been on a laptop it felt very awkward to get around. That said, I haven't put in much time using one, so I suppose one gets accustom to it. I dislike Apple mice. They feel small in my hand and limited as far as extra functionality goes. I use a Logitech Performance MX. I love it. I think they discontinued it and replaced it with the MX Master 2S. There are a bunch of good Logitech mice to choose from. It just depends on the size and fit you like and how many programable buttons you require. I like having those extra buttons and use them to zoom in and out, scroll left and right, start and stop Logic, open new finder windows, close windows etc. They are fully programable and you can have them do different things for different applications.
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  3. jbuhler

    jbuhler Senior Member

    Jun 19, 2016
    I like the Magic Mouse better than the autonomous trackpad. Except if you get the wireless version you need a wired mouse spare for when the wireless needs recharging.
  4. d.healey

    d.healey Music Monkey

    Nov 2, 2011
  5. Fab

    Fab Active Member

    Feb 18, 2016
    Specifically for apple

    Larger keyboards with numeric keys might give you more shortcuts (with Cubase it allows easy access to switch editing tools) which save time.

    Trackpads aren't as precise, but I have a feeling they are better for the health of your hands long term. Personally I don't think the magic mouse is comfortable.
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  6. Walra48

    Walra48 Member

    Sep 30, 2008
  7. bryla

    bryla Senior Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    The problem with sequencers and notation applications and any application that has lots of horizontal scrolling (not general office work) is that mice put a lot of left-right strain on the wrist and trackpads on the fingers. At least that's what I found after a couple of years pain.

    That's why I now have the Logitech MX Ergo. The hand is in one position and can be tilted and the trackball is for the most versatile joint: the thumb.

    Have never had a problem since.
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  8. Alex Fraser

    Alex Fraser Senior Member

    Jun 21, 2017
    Can’t help you much,OP. I failed to make the choice and now use both. ;)
  9. babylonwaves

    babylonwaves Senior Member

    May 9, 2015
    the mighty trackpad 2 has a good size, i'd not go back to using a mouse.
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  10. IFM

    IFM Senior Member

    Nov 7, 2005
    I’m a big fan of the Magic Mouse as it’s the best of both for me. I also always use a full keyboard on the DAW.
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  11. Paul Grymaud

    Paul Grymaud Active Member

    No no no. Mouse is the future ! I don't care about pads, keyboards, or whatsoever
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  12. MartinH.

    MartinH. Active Member

    Jun 16, 2018
    According to my doctor the thumb joint is absolutely not intended and equipped for all the stuff we do with it in our modern world. It's the joint where I get get pain in first when I put too much strain on my hands, and I don't even use trackballs or smartphones.

    Based on anecdotal experience from RSI sufferers, the most ergonomic and pain free method of input is not one, but all of them. Switch it up every hour or so. Wacom tablets are also an option. Nowadays they might have a touchpad mode too, I'm not sure. They are such high built quality, that I'm still using the Wacom Intuos 3 that I bought over 10 years ago. And I frequently used it too.
    Don't know about their newer models but I assume they are good too.
  13. ptram

    ptram Senior Member

    Nov 30, 2013
    I've switched to trackpads years ago. I use a keyboard without numeric keypad to move the trackpad to a more comfortable position. An embedded numeric keypad is simulated, in the Mac, with programming in Karabiner Klements.

    With keypads, it is very important to lay your hand as often as possible, to avoid fingers being continually in tension.

  14. OP

    hibhardwaj New Member

    Jan 3, 2019
    Thanks for the reply guys! Really appreciate your inputs. Based on the discussion and the points put forward, I have decided to go with an ergonomically well designed mouse and a keyboard with numeric keys on it.


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