Which one is best for UI Designers? Trackpad & Mouse & Touchpad?

5 years ago from , Freelancer Web Designer (Themeforest)

I am using Touchpad right now but i always have a feeling that i miss something while designing or browsing. I used Magic Mouse but it's a nightmare. I couldn't found ergonomic touch mouse out there for mac.

Should i give a chance for trackpad, Is this usefull for UI Designers?

Is the trackpad usefull then toucpad on MBP ?


  • Franco Chan, 5 years ago

    Just try, you will know what you want. There is no right answer. Pick one you love.

    4 points
  • Ryan Hicks, 5 years ago

    It'll be whatever works with you the best.

    0 points
  • Richardini Zapata, 5 years ago

    Am I the only one using a pen tablet? I make gestures with my left hand in my trackpad, while using the right hand as a mouse but better, and when you have to write, just grab the pen with your thumb (try writing something with a pen in your hand).

    And in my wrist I have a bracelet with silicon inside to rest my hand (like those in the old mousepads)

    0 points
  • Hangyás Gergely, 5 years ago

    As many of us described below it really depends on your personal preference, on the physical tools and softwares you use on a regular basis.

    I had used MM for 4 years mostly for UI design. I never had a problem with it until I had to create some complex illustrations, and the pain in my neck was unbearable after a few days. The pain went away after switching to the MacBook's touch pad -- which can be pretty good, if you are not using multiple screens and have drawings/sketchbook in front of you all the time. :) I knew that I need a mouse.

    Although I was afraid of the gamer look, since I switched to MX Master 2S I have no pain and it works like a charm, I don't even think about it -- compared to MM where I always had the feeling that I need to move a teeny-tiny product that does not fit in my palm.

    The only thing I REALLY miss is the smooth horizontal scroll which is pretty lame on MX Master.

    0 points
  • Gokhun GuneyhanGokhun Guneyhan, 5 years ago

    Mouse + external keyboard when I use a second screen. Otherwise, trackpad.

    0 points
    • Ali Demirci, 5 years ago

      Touchpad or trackpad? Do you design comfortable with trackpad? Whats your hand position? How do you handle? I really want to use trackpad, i don't want to use extra hardware but i am giving up when my wrist hurts.

      0 points
      • Gokhun GuneyhanGokhun Guneyhan, 5 years ago

        Trackpad :) I find touchpad time wasting, i'd rather have a mouse if my hand will leave the keyboard anyway. I guess I got used to it in time because the old magic mouse was disconnecting easily and I was getting frustrated. Now, sometimes I even forget about the mouse even if I have it next to my computer. Wrist hurt is a possible outcome obviously, but I'm quite comfortable, could be related to desk/chair height as well. The desk is 5-10 cm higher than my chair and I usually place my macbook on the edge of the desk with a small gap that I can put my wrist in a slightly diagonal way.

        Actually I even played Counter-Strike once with the trackpad when I forgot to take my mouse with me, wasn't my best game but nothing is impossible :D

        0 points
  • Harper Lieblich, 5 years ago

    In my opinion, there's still no replacement for a Wacom tablet when doing heavy professional work. The precision and speed of a stylus+tablet leaves a mouse or trackpad in the dust. There's also a huge benefit for preventing repetitive stress injuries.

    One drawback, you loose out on a lot of the cool gestures, but you can get those back by adding a trackpad on the other side of your keyboard. See MKBHD's pics for a demo.

    0 points
  • Jon MyersJon Myers, 5 years ago

    For myself and my work style - I’m very heavily reliant on the keyboard and shortcuts, thus I find the keyboard is the most essential peripheral accessory.

    I use the Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard: https://www.microsoft.com/accessories/en-us/products/keyboards/sculpt-ergonomic-desktop/l5v-00001

    In fact, in Sketch I don’t have any icons exposed at all and execute most things through Sketch Runner.

    I DO use both the Magic Mouse and Trackpad, which I find as critical.

    In the design process (Sketch), the MM and TP are mostly for zooming and selection and the gestures are critical to my workflow.

    Their lack of ergonomics I don’t find that troubling TBH - but, Apple keyboards...

    That’s another story.

    0 points
  • Ollie BarkerOllie Barker, 5 years ago

    Whatever works best for you.

    0 points
  • Philip A, 5 years ago

    Whatever you prefer. Personally I'm using keyboard mostly (designing heavily with html/css) but when I need to open sketch, it's trackpad followed closely by mouse. Not the Magic Mouse (hurts my wrist) but a cheap USB microsoft one :D

    0 points
  • Ashish BogawatAshish Bogawat, 5 years ago

    Personally, I prefer a mouse when using design tools like Sketch, Figma, etc., but the Mac trackpad is more than sufficient for everything else.

    For the mouse, I recommend using a big, ergonomic mouse like the Logitech MX Master. The Apple Magic Mouse is an absolute disaster from an ergonomic perspective. I have one sitting in my drawer for years now. Never could figure out how people use it without getting wrist pain within minutes.

    0 points
    • Ali Demirci, 5 years ago

      I like big, ergonomic mouse but they doesn't support gestures, non-touch. I got used to navigate sketch file with touch.

      0 points
      • Alan Lavery, 5 years ago

        I've just moved from a Magic Mouse to a Logitech MX Master and I have gestures set up with the secondary buttons and scroll wheel. I was afraid of the same thing but since moving it's been so easy and the Logitech mouse is a much better shape than the Apple mouse.

        1 point
    • Omer BalyaliOmer Balyali, 5 years ago

      It's a subjective topic... I'm using Magic Mouse nearly since it was released, and recently I tried a colleague's Logitech MX 2 Master for only a day, and the next 3 days I had really bad wrist pain. (It wasn't some tingling, it was really bad carpal tunnel pain) So in that terms, Logitech MX Master is an ergonomic disaster, for me.

      0 points
  • Orry Barbosa, 5 years ago

    It's a matter of what you prefer. I know I'm designing on trackpad for 5+ years now, and anytime I'm suggested a mouse (magic or regular) I just leave it there. I know I like the proximity of keyboard keys and shortcut close to my "designing' hand.

    0 points
  • Des DevDes Dev, 5 years ago

    Magic Mouse works the best for me. A colleague of mine only uses Trackpad for all UI design works. I guess there's no one answer. Just try few different things then pick whichever you're comfortable with.

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