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July 28, 2011 - Dave Hecei
With the release of Mac OS X, 10.7 Lion, Apple has put additional emphasis on gestures. These are the multi-fingered movements that can be performed on either a portable Mac’s trackpad, the Magic Mouse, or the Magic Trackpad. Since all late model Mac laptops have trackpads that handle gestures, it’s really only with desktop models where you will need to decide on a mouse or trackpad.
Just recently, Apple actually started offering customers a choice in which pointing device you preferred. If you order an iMac from the online Apple Store (store.apple.com), you can choose either a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad. You can even choose to get both if you’d like, for an additional charge of course. After using Lion for a week now, gestures are definitely an important part of running Lion, so you will want to choose the device that suits the way you work.
The Apple Magic Trackpad is the perfect size. Actually, it is sized and styled to exactly match the slim aluminum Apple keyboards. If you set it up against the keyboard, either on the right or left side, it almost looks like the two become a single piece – a nice design. Adding the Magic Trackpad to the Apple wireless keyboard is a great combination.
I have had a Magic Trackpad for several months now, but have not really used it much until now. I have to say that for my desktop I prefer the Magic Trackpad. I would also like to add that I also love my Microsoft Mouse. There really are times that a mouse is just the best tool for the job, but with Lion, there are times when having the trackpad just works better.
I will probably keep both a mouse and the Magic Trackpad on my desk for now. The Magic Trackpad is wireless using Bluetooth. My MS Mouse is also wireless, so there are no wires getting in the way of either of these devices. This way I can move them around, if need be, or even set them aside if I need more room. It really is the best of both worlds.
The best thing to do, if you are looking at getting a new Mac, is to get to an Apple Store. If there are none close to you, most Best Buy stores have a small Apple section with iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs on display to try out. Try both the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad to see which one you like. Unfortunately, I really don’t like the mice that Apple makes so when I need a new mouse I usually look at the ones from either Microsoft or Logitech. They both make great wireless mice that work great with Mac OS.
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