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Magic Mouse vs Magic Trackpad | Detailed Comparison 2021

Bought a new Mac and wondering which Apple branded navigation device you should get? Apple has two navigation devices for Macs, they are the Magic Mouse and the Magic Trackpad. Both these devices are amazing in their own right but they are not perfect.

Both devices have their advantages and disadvantages and so choosing the one that will suit you the best will need some research. This article will pit both the devices against each other to see how they compare against each other.

The Magic Mouse comes included with every new Mac desktop, so if you are already using it, reading this article will give you an idea if you should invest in a Magic Trackpad. So read on to know more about both navigation devices.

Magic Mouse vs Magic Trackpad

At a Glance

 

Magic Mouse 2

Magic Trackpad 2

Multi-touch support

Yes

Yes

Force Touch support

No

Yes

Weight

3.52 Ounces

8.16 Ounces

Wireless/Bluetooth

Yes

Yes

Battery life

Up to 2 months

Up to 1 month

Charging

Lightning port

Lightning port

Use while charging

No

Yes

Price

Free with new Mac Desktop

$79 when purchased separately

Doesn’t come included with a Mac Desktop

$129 when purchased from Apple

Design

We are comparing two differences so the difference between them is night and day as one is a mouse and the other is a trackpad. But even then the design of both products is vital when it comes to comparing them. The design dictates are what largely dictates the experience of using them.

What makes this comparison hard is the fact that both products are designed by Apple, so the design language and the quality of the products are similar. Both the Magic Mouse and the Magic Trackpad are sleek, minimalistic, and premium products. Both devices feel good to touch and hold. So when it comes to quality, both products are of the highest quality standards.

The real comparison when it comes to design is that one is a mouse and the other is a trackpad, so looks, ergonomic, size, and all that differ significantly.

The Magic Mouse is one of the slimmest mouse you can buy, it’s almost flat which makes it sleek and cool, but the design has its disadvantages too. It is not very ergonomic so using it for long hours can cause stress to your arm. And a mouse is designed to be moved around for navigation, and this means your whole arm is at work, which for long hours may not be comfortable.

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On the other hand, the Magic Trackpad is much more comfortable when it comes to continuous usage as only your fingers are moving around. The Magic Trackpad is just as sleek, if not much sleeker than the Magic Mouse. I prefer the design of the Trackpad more but it is also much larger than a Magic Mouse, this means that you need to have a lot of space on your desk to accommodate it.

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Both products are designed well and look awesome, but when it comes to practicality both have their weaknesses. The Magic Mouse is not ergonomic so long hours of work on it can be uncomfortable. The Magic Trackpad is much more ergonomic and comfortable to use but it is much larger, meaning people with limited desk space may find it hard to use it. This makes the Magic Mouse more portable too, as you can carry it around more easily than the Magic Trackpad.

So, if you are someone with a lot of desk space and want an ergonomic navigation device for your Mac, then the Magic Trackpad is better suited for you, but if you want a small, compact, and precise navigation device for your Mac then the Magic Mouse is the better bet. The designs of both products have their advantages and disadvantages, so pick your poison.

Functions and Gestures

The design isn’t the be-all and end-all of these devices because both devices have different functions that make them different to use, after all, they are a mouse and a trackpad. Both the Magic Mouse and the Magic Trackpad share a lot of gestures with each other. These include swiping between pages and apps, scrolling with one finger, double-tapping to access Mission Control, and more.

The Magic Mouse has a limited touch-sensitive area to work on, so it is limited when it comes to the gesture list. The Magic Trackpad has a much larger touch area and so you can do more like pinch-to-zoom, image rotation, and more.

The Magic Trackpad also features Force Touch similar to 3D Touch on iPhones. You can use Force Touch to click and press down on the trackpad surface and it will register a second click based on the force. Force Touch lets you access Quick Look and Look Up, on your Mac and while these are good additions, letting users customize what Force Touch does would be even better.

While the Magic Trackpad has more gestures and functions, the Magic Mouse excels when it comes to navigation itself, as it is more precise. This makes the Magic Mouse better for navigation tasks that require precision like editing software, gaming, and more.

Getting the Magic Mouse for a Macbook makes sense, as you can get more precise navigation with it. Likewise, getting a Magic Trackpad will help when working with a Mac desktop, since a Mac desktop already comes with a Magic Mouse. The Magic Mouse is for precise control, while the Magic trackpad is for versatility.

Battery and Charging

Both the Magic Mouse and the Magic Trackpad are wireless devices, so they need to be charged if you want to use them. The Magic Mouse has a battery life of 2 months while the Magic Trackpad can work for 1 month between charges. So, the Magic Mouse is better in this aspect, right? But this is not the case.

The design of the Magic Mouse is so sleek that Apple couldn’t place the charging port anywhere but on the underside of the mouse. This means that you can’t charge the mouse and use it at the same time.

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This can be infuriatingly inconvenient as it takes a long time to charge the Magic Mouse. You will need to charge for at least 15 mins if you want a few hours of power, and an overnight charge is required if you want to charge the mouse to 100%.

The Magic Trackpad on the other hand can be used while charging since it has a charging port on the side. You won’t have to worry about running out of charge and losing productivity at the same time with the Magic Trackpad. So, while the Magic Mouse lasts longer, it can be a chore to keep track and charge its battery. Apple chose form over function with the Magic Mouse.

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Both devices use a Lightning port to charge and come with an included Lightning cable. The Magic Mouse takes longer to charge since it has a bigger battery.

magic mouse vs magic trackpad

Price

So far, the Magic Mouse hasn’t fared well against the Magic Trackpad, as you have fewer compromises to live with the latter. What makes the Magic Mouse an excellent navigation device for your Mac is its price.

The Magic Mouse is free if you buy a new Mac desktop. If you want to buy the Magic Mouse separately like for your MacBook or if your old one broke, then a new one will set you back by $79.

The Magic Trackpad, on the other hand, doesn’t come free with a desktop Mac, and so you have to buy it separately and that will cost you a cool $129 which is $50 more than the Magic Mouse.

I do think that overall the Magic Trackpad is a better product for navigation, but if you don’t have the budget to spare, the Magic Mouse offers much better value and similar functionality. And if you are getting a desktop Mac, you will get the Magic Mouse with it, so that’s nice to have.

Conclusion

The conclusion is fairly simple, the Magic Trackpad is the better product, especially when you consider ergonomics and functionality as it offers more. The trackpad looks awesome, and feels amazing to use, and offers a lot of gestures too, making it an excellent navigation device. But it is also large and expensive, and this might be a no-go for many.

The Magic Mouse is a great navigation device for your Mac too, it offers most of the gestures and functions of the Magic Trackpad, it looks cool, and feels just as good. It’s compact and portable making it great for travel and finally, it’s precise making it better in some applications over the Magic Trackpad.

The Magic Mouse also costs considerably less when bought separately, so it offers more value. So, in my opinion, get the Magic Trackpad only if you can take advantage of its large surface area and gestures. For everyone else, the Magic Mouse will do wonders. The Magic Trackpad is the better product but it’s not necessarily the better buy.

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