I personally use a trackpad because I love the multi-touch gestures but most of my peers use a mouse.
Mouse, find wacoms inaccurate and always cringe when I see screen designers using them and seemingly unaware they're shifting buttons/etc 1-2 pixels when they select them.
Had a junior who insisted on using one and I always had to go back and realign all his buttons.
I'm with John P.
I just use the trackpad on my Macbook. I've wondered for years if I'm missing out by not owning a monitor (+ keyboard and mouse), but I've never gotten around to getting one.
I'm the same way, I used to have a mouse but I ended up going back to just the laptop's trackpad. I find it really liberating to be able to pick up my entire workstation and just go to a different room without worrying about cables or accessories. And I don't do much that'd require a mouse anyway.
Now all I need is a 27" laptop :)
Ditto except. I DO have a mouse that I occasionally will use, and I do like having dual monitors...more room for stuff. But I'm mostly a trackpad user.
I've thought about liberating myself, and working just on my screen.
Both. Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. I tried switching to the Logitech MX Master, but it was one of the worst experiences I've had with a mouse. I tend to pan and explore documents with the trackpad and when I have to edit I'll switch to the mouse. Switching between them is great, because my hand wont cramp up as much as if I was using the Magic Mouse alone.
Yeah, Logitech MX Master is terrible UX.
Can you elaborate? I was thinking of getting one :)
Lenovo nipple ftw
Magic Mouse. I'm addicted to the X-Y scrolling. I don't care about gestures, but document and Finder column view navigation is so much better with the Magic Mouse.
I don’t mind using a trackpad, but I find it slower and less accurate.
I have an MX Master, that’S great for gaming, but I don't like it too much for design work.
I’ve tried using tablets many times over the last couple of decades and I just couldn't get comfortable, even when I was primarily doing photo retouching.
I think my ideal device would be an MX Master with the Magic Mouse’s multitouch top for X-Y scrolling.
Magic mouse! Combo's gestures while increasing precision and movability. (trackpad drives me a bit crazy for designing for longer than 10 mins).
I'm using the Logitech MX Anywhere 2, smaller and cheaper than MX Master, but with a lot of good functionalities.
Also a member of the MX Anywhere camp.
Literally no idea how anyone uses PS/Sketch without a mouse
I switched to the magic trackpad 2 just a few months ago. At the beginning it felt horrible but now when I have to work with a mouse, I feel like a cripple. The fact that you don't have to move your hand around as much is probably the best part of using a trackpad but that's not all. Pinching and zooming as well as scrolling around my sketch artboard is just very natural and effortless.
I know there are a lot of trackpad heaters out there because I used to be one. The thing is, they never gave it enough time to sink in.
I use a mouse most of the time, hard to beat the precision, but I've started getting wrist pain and 'trembling' in my right hand. Have tried out trackpad, the gestures are nice but in general it just felt a bit too slow, also got wrist pain and trembling. Been using an old Wacom tablet for the past week, it's alleviated the wrist pain and trembling, but haven't found a comfortable way to sit with it so my shoulders are super tight by the end of the week.
I'm using a Logitech Performance MX right now. It's brilliant. I think I'd probably prefer a Magic Mouse, but somehow this feels a little easier to be precise with. Something about the way it fits in my hand.
Using the Magic Mouse is a little bit like holding an egg or something.
Mouse for 80% of work, tablet for when I'm editing a photo or need a bit more finesse with line drawing.
I use a combo of mouse + trackpad + keyboard. Mouse for actions, trackpad for moving around and zooming on stuff + keyboard for shortcuts. This is by far the fastest way for me. I have a Logitech g700 and it works perfectly. Magic Mouse just doesn't do it for me, it's way too unergonomic to use.
Razer Orochi 2016
Cheap Wacom tablet and trackpad (using a mouse with a pen in hand was awkward). Although I've had a weird keyboard sticking problem that may be the fault of Wacom's drivers (on El Cap). I really only use the tablet in Sketch/Photoshop/Graphics Apps. The precision and comfort of holding a pen are great in a graphics app. I do put the pen down when do lots of typing (like code or web surfing).
Wacom Tablet - never a mouse. Occasionally I'll use the tablet as a giant trackpad instead of picking up the pen again.
I used my Powerbook trackpad exclusively my freshman year of college and was in ALL THE PAIN by the end of the year. I got a tablet and it haven't looked back.
Mouse and Wacom depending on what I'm doing. (Windows btw)
Magic Mouse, except when I'm retouching a photo - then I bust out the Wacom.
I use a Logitech MX518 Mouse + Keyboard. I've tried using a trackpad but I need that feeling of being able to move around quickly. Not sure about you guys, but I feel a little confined with a trackpad.
Trackpad. It's more comfortable for me, even when I'm working with complex vectors. It also keeps my hands closer to the keyboard whenever I need to type something or nudge stuff with the directional arrows. But I'll use a mouse on occasion for speed purposes because I tend to keep it at a high sensitivity.
Apple Magic Trackpad. I love this thing so much, particularly with OSX's excellent gesture support.
Razer Deathadder Chroma in the right hand, new Apple Magic Trackpad in the left hand.
Apple Magic Trackpad
I use an Apple Magic Mouse. I find it cumbersome and sometimes awkward to use the trackpad for precise movements.
Tablet for everything design or photography related. The trackpad is to imprecise and a mouse just feels wrong now.
I made the jump to using the Magic Trackpad a few years ago. Using my laptop on the go in meetings or on a flight trying to wrangle with designs, I never really had room or time to break out the mouse so I started to become accustomed to using the built-in trackpad. I decided to give the Magic Trackpad a whirl with my iMac too, the Magic Mouse was starting to feel a bit usual since I wasn't at my desk too often. I don't think I'll be going back to a mouse for design anytime soon, whether I'm plugged in to a monitor with my Macbook or on my iMac I stick with the Magic Trackpad 2 these days (which is a huge improvement from the original Magic Trackpad).
On a personal note, I can't stand using a Wacom but I've worked with designers who do some efficient amazing work while using them.
I'm right-handed. I use the mouse in my right hand and use the trackpad on my laptop with my left hand to zoom and do other gestures sometimes.
For me it depends what I'm doing and what app I'm using. Anything with layouts i.e Illustrator, InDesign etc. I go for the Magic Mouse. But then in Photoshop, I do use a Wacom Bamboo regularly, normally for retouching.
Gotta say though, I do a serious amount with my Keyboard. Shortcuts are really efficient when you use them a lot.
Wacom pretty much exclusively when on the desktop and Magic Trackpad for gestures (the gesture support on the Intuos is nowhere near the same, no matter how much Wacom pushes for multi-touch). When on the move, trackpad on the MBP. Stopped using mice years ago thanks to severe wrist pains, switching to a Wacom full time was probably the best thing I ever did for my wrists.
Primarily mouse, although I have heard from designers in the past about using a Wacom tablet. See thread here.
I use both the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad.
I find I'm getting lots of pain in my left wrist due to constantly executing keyboard shortcuts commands all day - contorting my hands to execute the commands.
Has anyone used a midi-controller with Sketch?
It seems like building banks of pre-set buttons/ controls for the design work flow - with a better way to zoom in and out - would be better than keyboard contortions.