Don't-Miss Input device Stories

iPad stylus buying guide: Find the perfect tablet accessory

We've spent months looking at dozens of styluses with all forms, shapes, and nib tips. Here are our top 2013 picks for a great writing, sketching, drawing, or painting stylus.

Switch to Mac: Bring your hardware with you

When switching to a Mac from another computer, you’ll likely worry about software compatibility. But don’t forget all your keyboard, mouse, and other external accessories. Here’s how to get that gear to work with your Mac.

How to produce better sounding podcasts

You say your podcasts don't sound very good? It could be the equipment you're using and the techniques you've employed. Chris Breen has some advice.

How to use an external keyboard with your iPad

Here's how to use a keyboard with your iPad, as well as a look at some keyboards made especially for that purpose.

How to use transcription with Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac

Kirk McElhearn takes a close look at how the new transcription feature works in Dragon Dictate.

Fine-tune volume and brightness in OS X

Normally, when you use the volume and brightness keys on your keyboard to adjust those output levels, your adjustments are made in whole steps on a scale of 1 to 10. But there's a keyboard shortcut that lets you adjust them more finely--and that keyboard shortcut has returned in OS X 10.7.4.

Choosing a musical keyboard

While it's easy enough to choose the proper keyboard for your Mac, what about the other keyboard--the one you connect to your Mac to make music? Chris Breen has some tips.

Buying guide: Microphones for speech recognition

Here's an overview of the different types of microphones you can use with speech recognition software, how they work, and what might be the best mic for the way you work.

Cure for unintended gestures

A reader asks "Why, oh why, do my Safari pages spontaneously zoom in?" Look no further than your index finger and what it's resting on.

How to learn to use gestures in Lion

If you've never used Multi-Touch gestures on your Mac, Lion's new emphasis on them may make you feel as though you're being asked to learn a new language. Which, in a way, you are. Here's how to climb the learning curve as smoothly as possible.

Move Magic Trackpad between Macs

You have two Macs and one Magic Trackpad. How do you unpair from one and connect to another? Like so.

How to customize a Magic Trackpad

Intrigued by the Magic Trackpad, but unwilling to give up your multi-button mouse? Rob Griffiths shows how to customize the trackpad to create your own virtual buttons.

Bugs & Fixes: Magic Trackpads and lazy thumbs

Ted Landau trades in his Magic Mouse for a Magic Trackpad. It's been a good switch... after a period of adjustment with the input device.

Bugs & Fixes: Revisiting a Magic Mouse problem

Before he decides whether or not to buy a Magic Trackpad, Ted Landau wants to resolve a lingering issue with the Magic Mouse and its inability to connect with his Mac Pro.

Video: Demonstration of Magic Trackpad gestures

If you’re still wondering about the Magic Trackpad's gestures, here's a video demonstration.