Mouse vs Trackpad

The great trackpad vs. mouse showdown! Okay, maybe not that dramatic, but choosing between a trackpad and a mouse is a legit dilemma.

Trackpads are like the jack-of-all-trades. letting you scroll, zoom, and swipe your way through tasks with gestures. Perfect for when you’re on the move, but sometimes a bit fussy when you need pinpoint accuracy.

On the other hand, Mice are all about that ergonomic game. With their buttons and precise movement, they’re the go-to for tasks that need a surgeon’s touch, like, you guessed it, Design. But, sometimes they’re not as portable.

So, it’s a toss-up – pick your poison based on how much you move and how much precision you demand. :computer_mouse::sparkles:

Pros vs Cons

Trackpad Mice
:white_check_mark: Portability :white_check_mark: Very precise
:white_check_mark: Multi-touch Gestures :white_check_mark: Ergonomic (depends on model)
:white_check_mark: Space-saving :white_check_mark: Versatile buttons
:white_check_mark: Smooth-Scrolling effects :white_check_mark: Scrollwheel
:x: Less precision (arguably) :white_check_mark: Customization & Configurable
:x: Not very ergonomic :x: Less portable


Let’s talk about customization and how to improve your Mice Game™. I (me, myself and I) use the SteerMouse app. It’s a tiny little app that really empowers your mouse and enables you to do start doing some crazy stuff with your device. It’s $20 for a lifetime license.

  • Use Mice Chords (the ability to press multiple buttons and execute an action or a keyboard shortcut)
  • Have more control over the speed and acceleration of your cursor.
  • Alternative Scrolling speeds and methods (Up and Down / Left and Right)
  • App-specific commands (Sketch :eyes:) and actions with your buttons!

Let’s customize!


Some of the things we’re doing with SteerMouse and Sketch:

  • Specific commands and Chords with Sketch
  • Drop a comment by pressing the Scrollwheel button

We’re also using the Chords feature to be able to Zoom In/Out really fast on the Canvas. You can also replicate this effect while using Safari :eyes: :grimacing:

macOS - Cursor speed

Adjust the speed and acceleration of the cursor in the OS. This is particularly useful, since the options in macOS are…limited. :sweat_smile:

Do you have any other apps you’d like to recommend that enhance your experience with the macOS and Sketch? Let us know in the comments, and happy clicking!


Por qué no los dos? (⁠☞⁠ ͡⁠°⁠ ͜⁠ʖ⁠ ͡⁠°⁠)⁠☞


If I had to choose, I’d choose a mouse, a good mouse. Trackpads help a lot on the road for sure, but I’ve learned to use a mouse on an armrest :joy: and get by.

On the other hand, if you need to do design work, specially stuff like vector drawing, my fingers can’t do that on a trackpad…

But if I don’t have to choose, I’d say a mix of both, but I still have a preference for :mouse:

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