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Which mouse do you use for designing on Mac?

1 year ago from , Product Designer

Hi, guys!

I have been using Photoshop and Windows for web design for the past 7+ years.

In last two years, I have been working on Mac and Sketch as well, due to quicker design iterations. I used my old Logitech MX Revolution mouse, but I found it strange to use. The acceleration of the mouse itself was quite different than on Windows and not in a good way. I found some 3rd party plugin to adjust the mouse acceleration in the same way as on Windows, but it didn't help a lot.

Yesterday I got my new MacBook Pro with only USB-C ports, so my old Logitech MX Revolution won't be useful. Unless if I use USB-C -> USB converter, but I would rather buy a new mouse.

Now to my question: Which mouse should I buy for web design in Sketch? Which mouse do you recommend?

If possible, I would like to see a Bluetooth connection or USB-C, so I don't need to buy a converter.

I hope my post makes sense :)

Your help would mean A LOT! Thanks, Jaka

32 comments

  • Vladan Vukmanov, 1 year ago

    When you get used to it, Apple's own Magic Mouse isn't that bad.

    5 points
    • Jaka Smid, 1 year ago

      I have never used Apple Magic Mouse before.

      Can you give me pros and cons about using Apple Magic Mouse for design in Sketch?

      0 points
      • Vladan Vukmanov, 1 year ago

        In my honest opinion, its gestures are a big plus. If you like touchpad's gestures, you are going to love Apple Magic Mouse. However, the weirdest thing about it is its grip - the biggest con. It's pretty flat, and you have to get used to holding mouse like that.

        Other pros - you can charge it via Lightning cable, it's sleek, it's precise and it's Bluetooth, so you don't need any additional dongles.

        4 points
      • João FaracoJoão Faraco, 1 year ago

        I had a Magic Mouse, and personally disliked it:

        1. Magic Mouse 2 has the charging port on the bottom, making it useless while charging. Get used to charging it overnight, or else ..
        2. You can never really relax your hand on it. If you do so, it will click.

        Best mice I've used were the 2012 Razer Mamba and the Logitech Performance MX. Both feel super smooth and precise for designing, and work both wired or wirelessly. They are also very customizable via software, so you can easily fine tune the acceleration and sensitivity. Your experience may depend on how you grip your mouse – the MX is best for a palm grip (like the MX Revolution) and the Mamba is a little smaller, and works well for a claw grip.

        If you haven't already, I would complement the mouse with a good mouse pad such as this one.

        0 points
        • Jaka Smid, 1 year ago

          Like someone above recommends - I'm probably going with the newest version of MX mouses called Logitech MX Master 2s...

          I cannot say how much I like the 10 years old MX Revolution and now you are saying that MX Performance is awesome, I'm sure MX Master 2s will be as well.

          I have a mouse pad from Razor and I think it's good enough.

          João, thank you!

          0 points
    • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, 1 year ago

      I'll just note, I had to stop using the MM with Sketch because it was incredibly easy for me to accidentally zoom (command+scroll).

      0 points
      • Jaka SmidJaka Smid, 1 year ago

        Omg, I cannot believe how many arguments are there against the Magic Mouse that I won't even try it.

        0 points
  • Gavin AnthonyGavin Anthony, 1 year ago

    MX Master. Much more customizable than a Magic Mouse. It doesn't scroll as smoothly, though.

    2 points
    • Jaka Smid, 1 year ago

      Actually, there is an even newer version called Logitech MX Master 2s and I heard a lot of positive arguments about it.

      So yes, I'm going to buy it :)

      Thanks, Gavin

      0 points
  • iterati designiterati design, 1 year ago

    Magic Mouse, I'd actually never use a mouse with scrolling wheel ever again. It's not as ergonomic, though. But you'll get used to it.

    Trackpad didn't work for me since I need more precision.

    Also, get the latest one without AA batteries – they run out pretty fast and it's a bit lighter without them.

    2 points
    • Brandon Carson, 1 year ago

      Yeah for stuff like Sketch, I can't imagine not having the ability to scroll in whatever direction I need.

      1 point
  • Joacim NilssonJoacim Nilsson, 1 year ago

    MAGIC TRACKPAD 2 <3

    2 points
  • Tait BrownTait Brown, 1 year ago

    The MX Master was a huge mistake. You can't use it and a pair of bluetooth headphones at the same time or they both shit themselves. Avoid if you can.

    1 point
    • Paul @StammyPaul @Stammy, 1 year ago

      I use the dongle for it instead of BT, much faster (or at least feels like it) and less typical BT issues.

      1 point
      • Tait BrownTait Brown, 1 year ago

        I get that, but the reason I raged so much when it happened is that I've got the MBP 2017 #donglegate edition. I bought "the best" native Bluetooth mouse so I didn't need any cables or adapters for either mouse or headphones. I tried to commit to #donglelyf but it's just not ready yet.

        1 point
      • Jaka Smid, 1 year ago

        So what are you want to say is that Bluetooth mouses still doesn't work as they should in 2017??

        I have a portless MacBook and Bluetooth seemed like a nice workaround to connect the external mouse.

        I want(ed) to buy Logitech MX Master 2s but if I need an additional dongle, I would rather use my old MX Revolution.

        Like I said above, it still works like a charm

        0 points
  • Paul @StammyPaul @Stammy, 1 year ago

    Logitech MX Master I talk about here: https://paulstamatiou.com/stuff-i-use/ Love it so much I have 3 :) Two at home, one at work. They updated it to have a new model the 2S or something but it's basically the same.

    1 point
    • Jaka Smid, 1 year ago

      Yes, that is my final decision as well.

      My old MX Revolution works like a charm for the past 10 years so I hope MX Master 2s will too :)

      Thanks, Paul!

      0 points
  • Matt WillettMatt Willett, 1 year ago

    The Magic Mouse is really good for all the extra gestures. If you design on the go or need something a bit more rugged that can take a beating, I use the Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse 3600. It's a nice supplemental mouse that you can throw in your bag and go. It also has 2-axis scrolling which is nice in Sketch and Photoshop, but no gestures. It also connects via Bluetooth without a dongle.

    I'd definitely suggest it as a supplemental mouse though; since some of the nicer benefits of the Magic Mouse trump the 3600 in productivity/efficiency.

    1 point
  • Nathaniel PeralesNathaniel Perales, 1 year ago

    I use a Magic Trackpad personally and it works great for my needs.

    1 point
    • Aaron CalzadoAaron Calzado, 1 year ago

      It's not for everyone, but I use it as well. Ever since it was built into the MacBook Pros I haven't looked back since. I probably saved over millions of clicks that my righthand would have burned through if I used a mouse.

      0 points
      • Jaka SmidJaka Smid, 1 year ago

        I tried to design with trackpad for the last couple of days and it's not that bad. But I think I'm a lot slower than with regular one.

        0 points
  • Harper Lieblich, 1 year ago

    I recommend a Wacom Intuos Pro. You shouldn’t need anything larger than the small size. A stylus can take a few days to get used to but once you to, it’s a lot faster and natural feeling.

    The speed and accuracy of having your entire screen mapped out on your desk is a huge upgrade over any mouse. A stylus will also help you prevent repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.

    They’re a bit less mobile than a mouse, but you also have your Macbook’s touchpad.

    A few tips to make it more fun to use: • Turn on “Tap to Click” • Set one of your stylus buttons to “Pan/Scroll”

    1 point
  • Michael FMichael F, 1 year ago

    I use the Magic Mouse... It looks ergonomically painful to use but when you get used to it it's actually an amazing mouse. I've tried several other mice and I always go back to the MM (+ TrackPad).

    1 point
    • Jaka Smid, 1 year ago

      Like I said before, I heard so many negative arguments that I don't want to even try Magic Mouse :)

      0 points
  • Emily Hall, 1 year ago

    When I started my job I had never used a Mac or Magic Mouse before.

    My mouse was late arriving when I started my job so I just used a logitec one and it was so hard to use. When my magic mouse came it made everything so much easier and it didn't take me long to get used to it!

    0 points
  • Johanna AbzugJohanna Abzug, 1 year ago

    I just use my macbook's trackpad. :O

    I have a wacom but only use that for art-y things (with the pen).

    0 points
  • Ollie BarkerOllie Barker, 1 year ago

    Magic Mouse. Never had any issues with it and multi-touch is great.

    0 points
  • vadim mikhnovvadim mikhnov, 1 year ago

    Razer Abyssus has a perfect shape and amazing precision. The only complaint is that you have to open it to cut the fucking LED off.

    0 points
    • Jaka Smid, 1 year ago

      Hahaha, I don't know what is with hardware these days. Every piece has integrated strong LED lights. Mouse, external HDD, headphones...

      It's not nice, and we are not 16 anymore :)

      0 points
  • Jason Kanzler, 1 year ago

    the magic mouse takes a while to get used to but once you do, you won't want to use any other mouse ever again. the gestures and scrolling are huge time savers. i have a feeling most of the negative comments you're reading on here are from people who either never owned one or just used it for an hour or so and decided they didnt like it.

    0 points