Apple Magic Mouse vs Apple Magic Trackpad: What's Best?

Suppose you're planning to purchase an iMac or wish to utilize your current MacBook as a desktop. In that case, it is essential to choose a keyboard and mouse for the most enjoyable experience.

Now, suppose you have an option to choose between a mouse and a magic trackpad. What would you choose?

If you feel this choice is tough then don’t worry cuz we have got you covered. As in this article, we will talk about the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad for iMac. We will dive deep into their specs, their special features, prices, and judge their value for money until we crown one as the master accessory for your iMac.

So, without further ado. Let’s Begin...

Apple Magic Mouse vs Apple Magic Trackpad Differences

The main distinction between both the Magic Mouse and the Magic Trackpad is... well... the first is a mouse, while the latter is an actual trackpad.

The mouse lets you put your hand on the surface that is curved and then move your arm to move the pointer upwards and down, down to the left, as well as to your right. Utilizing the

Magic Trackpad, you move the mouse around using one finger on the surfaces.

When deciding which peripheral for your pointer you need to meet the computing requirements, take into consideration how much space you've got. Are you able to accommodate a trackpad that is 6 inches wide and 4.5 inches thick? If you don't, the Magic Mouse is better.

Do you have issues with cramps in your fingers while using an electronic mouse, particularly that of the pinky? Trackpads solve this finger cramping issue that occurs when you use a mouse.

1. Arm saving against vs space saving

Suppose your desktop is large enough to accommodate a trackpad of approximately six by 4.5 inches. In that case, we strongly suggest that you purchase the Magic Trackpad. Personally, we believe it is the most ergonomically comfortable point of view.

It isn't necessary to keep your hand still in one place for long durations as you would with a mouse, making it more beneficial to your hands unless you're making use of the comfortable mouse.

It doesn't require your entire arm to move the cursor. With the mouse, the surface of your desk (or the pad for a mouse) is the one you can use to move around the computer screen. With the trackpad, your finger will walk.

If you're restricted by space or space constraints, it's possible that the Magic Trackpad may be too big for you if the size of your desktop is limited. True, you need space to move your Magic Mouse around; however, there is a degree of flexibility that it lacks.

Magic Trackpad For example, in the case of the Magic Keyboard with Number Pad, such as on a tray for your keyboard, you may not have enough space on the tray for the trackpad and the keyboard. However, you can utilize the mouse.

Furthermore, the Magic Mouse is way more portable. You can carry it using the same hand that you use to navigate, shift it to another surface, and keep clicking without stopping. You can put it in your back pocket and carry it whenever you go out.

Whereas, Magic Trackpad is a little too heavy to carry with one hand and definitely won't fit into the back of your pocket.

2. Gestures vs. Force Touch

The Magic Trackpad and the Magic Mouse offer almost all the same gestures. For instance, moving between pages or apps, scrolling with just one finger, or double-tapping to open Mission Control.

The Magic Trackpad, however, offers a few cool gestures like pinch-to-zoom and the ability to rotate images.

The Magic Trackpad also comes with Force Touch, which is similar to 3D Touch on an iPhone. It's as simple as clicking on the trackpad's surface and then holding it down. You'll feel the second type of click after it's initiated.

Force Touch only accesses Quick Look and Look Up. It's an excellent option but might not be particularly helpful on a Mac. Similar to 3D Touch on the home screen, it's nice, but it's not something that fundamentally alters the way you work with your Mac.

But, Magic Mouse has basic clicking and scrolling functions like any other mouse.

3. Price Difference Consideration

If you're purchasing a desktop Mac and the price is what matters most, then the Magic Mouse is a no-brainer. It is included with each Mac desktop. The Magic Trackpad costs another $50.

So if you're looking to purchase both the Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse for the same price, you'll be charged the total amount of $129 to purchase both. This is the case if you're purchasing an entirely new Mac desktop.

If you're purchasing a Mac laptop or have a desktop, the cost of both increases. In addition, however, you'll need the Magic Trackpad. Unfortunately, the Magic Trackpad is still more expensive than the Magic Mouse, and getting either of them in Space Gray will set you back an additional $20.

Suppose your budget is a bit thin and money savings is your primary goal. In that case, the Magic Mouse is the better-priced option, particularly if you're purchasing a Mac desktop since the cost is not a penny more.


The Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad are great on Mac since they can support specific gestures that neither other trackpads nor mouse supports. Both will satisfy you.

If we had to suggest either over the other, we would recommend the Magic Trackpad.

We have a magic mouse and a magic trackpad, and we utilized them both on the desk. However, we prefer that the Magic Trackpad be more comfortable, and the pinch-to-zoom gesture fits in well with our particular workflow.

Winding Up

We hope our analysis has helped you find your ideal device.

But, before running to buy anything do your own research and choose something that suits your work the best.

Who knows you might find something even better.