Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad? Touch gestures and options

If you haven't had the opportunity to test or work with a device Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, you'd be tempted to say that the mouse is the best choice. Especially if you have never been a computer user before Mac or MacBook.

So this article is very helpful especially for new computer users Mac or laptops MacBook Pro who are still undecided whether to use Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad? Touch gestures and options

New laptop owners MacBook are tempted to make their first purchase in a peripheral component Magic Mouse. That's despite the trackpad built into each MacBook it offers a lot of options and is extremely easy to use. It is incomparably more reliable, customizable and performs many more operations than the classic touchpad present on other companies' laptops, mostly used with operating systems Windows.

Magic Trackpad : Options and functionality

Along with the peripheral device Magic Trackpad, we can also include the built-in trackpad on the entire range of laptops MacBook.

Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad?
Magic Trackpad

Magic Trackpad 3 support the same gestures Multi-Touch, Force Touch identical to trackpads MacBook, and the surface of 16.0 cm x 11.49 cm makes them extremely useful in any operation that involves manipulating the cursor.

The trackpad can be configured and customized according to the user's preferences, including adjusting the sensitivity of the gestures or adding custom gestures through the settings in the operating system.

The trackpad options are divided into three categories: Point & Click, Scroll & Zoom, Gestures.

Trackpad : Point and Click

Through these options, the user can set the speed of the cursor (trackpad speed), the level of pressure placed on the trackpad to execute a click, Force Click and haptic response (vibration), right-click activation by pressing with two fingers or on one of the bottom corners of the trackpad.

I would dwell a bit on the haptic response. Trackpad MacBook / Magic Trackpad uses haptic feedback to simfelt the pressure on its surface. It provides a very realistic and very pleasant tactile experience. The user really has the feeling that somewhere under the trackpad, something mechanical clicks when pressed.

Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad
Trackpad Point and Click

Through "Force Touch” the user can access additional functions by applying different levels of pressure on the trackpad surface. For example, the function “Look up” will activate when the user presses harder on the trackpad.

Enabling the “Tap to click” disables the need to apply finger pressure and the haptic click response. It will practically become something similar with the touchpad.

We can say that all these settings already offer more options than a classic mouse for Windows or Magic Mouse.

Trackpad : Scroll & Zoom

Zoom and scroll options are multiple and customizable. From changing the scroll direction, which by default macOS has it opposite to Windows, up to gestures of “Zoom In”, “Zoom Out”, “Smart Zoom” or "Rotate".

Trackpad Scroll and Zoom
Trackpad Scroll and Zoom

What are all these zoom and rotate functions for? It's very simrain For example, you can double-tap the trackpad with two fingers to zoom in on a picture or web page. Zooming can also be done on pictures or in other apps that support gestures. By touching the trackpad with two fingers and moving them away or closer, you will "zoom out" / "zoom in".

With the rotate function you can open a picture in the application Preview, then rotate it with two fingers in the desired direction.

If you still haven't decided and don't know what to choose Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, the trackpad's extended gesture support will help you.

Trackpad : More Gestures

If the gestures above weren't enough Trackpad offers extensive gesture support, allowing users to perform and customize advanced gestures, providing a smooth and efficient navigation experience.

MacBook Trackpad Gestures
MacBook Trackpad Gestures

There are multiple gesture options here to access Notification Center, Mission Control, App Exposé or Launchpad. As can be seen in the options panel, many of these are customizable.

With all these functions and features, it is already very difficult to ask ourselves: “Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad? "

Magic Mouse : Options and functionality

From intuitive gestures to its outstanding performance, Magic Mouse redefines the experience of using a mouse, especially on devices Apple for which it is designed.

The elegant design is defined by a glossy Multi-Touch surface that makes Magic Mouse pleasant to the touch, but also very useful in operating the systems macOS.

Allows users to perform intuitive gestures to perform various actions such as scrolling pages, zooming, accessing applications and more.

The operation and control options of Magic Mouse are divided into two categories: "Point & Click" and "Gesture".

Magic Mouse : Point & Click

In addition to the smart zoom option that can be activated by double tapping with a finger on the touch surface a Magic Mouse, other notable options do not really existsim to "Point & Click".

Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad?
Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad?

What for users Windows is a normality, for users of Mac, enabling right-click is optional. I didn't understand why Apple not enabled by default "Secondary click".

Magic Mouse : More Gestures

And as for gestures, Magic Mouse is much less tender than the trackpad or Magic Trackpad.

Magic Mouse gestures
Magic Mouse gestures

Provides quick two-finger swipe access between open full-screen applications and to “Mission Control” by double tapping with two fingers on the touch surface (ie anywhere on the mouse surface).


If you don't know what to choose, Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad (or MacBook Trackpad), I hope this article helped you in making a decision.

Personally, I like to use Magic Mouse on all devices. iMac, MacBook, iPad, but I am aware that this has more to do with my habit than efficiency. The trackpad offers many more options that if you are a user of MacBook ... you have them under your fingers.

Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad? Touch gestures and options

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