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3 thoughts on “Apple Magic Mouse

  1. CK says:
    403 of 418 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    An attempt at an objective review, November 14, 2009
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    CK (Los Angeles, CA, USA) –

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    Okay, I will say I’m very partial to this mouse, but I’m going to try and write an objective review here for kicks. I’m going to break this down into topical sections for easy digestion.

    === Tracking ===
    Tracking is, surprisingly for a Bluetooth mouse, superbly smooth in everyday use. (I’m not an FPS gamer, so I can’t comment on the performance for twitch gaming.) Pointer movement is very smooth and consistent, as with the best corded and non-BT cordless mice. Also, in my tests, the mouse tracked perfectly on a white laminate table and a brushed aluminum table — both difficult surfaces for many laser and optical mice.

    Many reviewers have complained that the tracking is too slow, even at the highest speed setting. Although I haven’t experienced this problem, I believe it is real for those people; but I think it must be a problem that is specific to their particular software and/or hardware environment, by no means a universal problem. (The Magic Mice at the Apple Stores I’ve been to have not manifested it.) These users may find relief with a new third-party freeware called BetterTouchTool, which has a greater range of mouse speed adjustment than Apple’s prefpane — more on BetterTouchTool below.

    === Scrolling ===
    The touch-based scrolling is a revelation. I leave the momentum option on, and scrolling through long web pages is a dream. So smooth! The scrolling action is similar to dragging the slider on a scroll bar, rather than clicking the up/down scroll buttons as it is with most other mice. After having used the Magic Mouse and its amazing scrolling talents for a couple of weeks, when I’m now forced to use conventional mice, the scrolling feels jumpy and crude. That said, I do sometimes miss the feel of turning a physical scroll wheel. I’d say that a physical wheel might provide more predictable scrolling. But the nearly pixel-precise scrolling action of the Magic Mouse just feels really luxurious. The only thing I would ask Apple to improve is to let users adjust the “friction” of the momentum scrolling with a slider in the prefpane. I would reduce the friction a bit.

    === Buttons/Configurability ===
    As you will know already, this is a one-button mouse that can be used as a two-button mouse thanks to smart software. I have experienced zero problems with the mouse distinguishing between left and right clicks. It is true that the mouse does not recognize right clicks when your index finger is resting on the mouse. This hasn’t been a problem for me at all, because for some reason I naturally lift my index finger slightly when I start pushing down with my middle finger. The other thing that is widely known is that there is no provision for middle clicks or other actions besides the ones mentioned in the product literature. Apple really has a lot of room for improvement in the device driver in this area.

    But what is perhaps less known is that there is an excellent little freeware third-party app called BetterTouchTool (for OS X only) that addresses these shortcomings very well. For example, you can map a three-finger tap to Expose or any key combination. It is an absolute must. The app is still in a very early development phase and is frequently updated (sometimes several times in one day), and there are several features yet to be fully implemented, but already it has removed all cause for complaint about lack of configurability, as far as I’m concerned.

    === Ergonomics ===
    The mouse’s shape takes some getting used to. It’s very low, which discourages resting your palm on it (or wrapping your whole hand around it). The sharp edges also detract from holding this mouse as you would rounder ones. The optimum way I’ve found to hold this mouse is to lightly grip its sides, with my thumb on one side, my ring finger and pinkie on the other, and my palm making no contact with the top. This is easy to do because the sides curve inward from top to bottom, providing a sure grip. It’s a sort of dainty way to hold the mouse, but it works, and it also minimizes accidental scrolling, which happens sometimes when you inadvertently touch the top. As a bonus, the aluminum sides provide a nice, cool sensation to the fingertips when you grab it again after letting it rest for a while.

    Another ergonomic quibble I have is that the smooth plastic top of the mouse produces too much friction when my fingers are not perfectly dry. The textured glass of Apple’s latest trackpads is much better in this regard. As a workaround, I have taken to putting a little light oil on the mouse top to reduce this friction and make scrolling easier.

    === Conclusion ===
    This is an unusual and innovative mouse that unfortunately demands some adjustment in usage habits to get the best results, but then rewards you with superior functionality — especially with an assist from some third-party software.

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  2. Narflar says:
    96 of 107 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s an OK mouse, November 25, 2009
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    Narflar

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    After having this for a few weeks now and the novelty of it has worn off I can say it’s an OK mouse. Not great, just OK. The scrolling action on it just rules. I keep using it just for that. There is a hack to make the momentum scrolling work in 10.5, do a quick google search and you can find it. The bluetooth does have quirks. Sometimes the mouse will just disconnect and I have to turn it off and back on to continue using it. The overall feel of mouse is odd. It is really low and it just never feels right in the hand. Also, it does require a lot of pressure to click. I’m used to barely clicking and you gotta push this down with some authority. It’s not a gaming mouse by any means. I’m going to keep using this until I can find something that fits my hand better.

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  3. Trish Meyer says:
    60 of 73 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    The only “magic” is that it has a mind of its own, February 4, 2010
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    Trish Meyer (Sandia Park, NM, USA) –
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    I’ve had this mouse for a few weeks. I’m a huge Apple fan (and stockholder) and drink the cool aid like anyone else. I’ve had Macs for over twenty years and have never had any hand or wrist issues. I loved this mouse in the store where I used it for a minute or two. But I seriously expect I would develop carpel tunnel if I continue using it; after just a couple of weeks my index finger is tingling, and my wrist aches. Why? First off, it’s heavy – lifting it and moving it around is loud and clunky; which also makes it difficult to carefully select one character or word when editing text. Second, it’s very very low profile, almost flat – flop down your hand naturally on a table and see what shape it creates – this mouse doesn’t honor that natural arch. But the tipping point for me was that it has a mind of its own – I would just be resting my hand and reading a Word doc when the document would scroll full the right and I’d be looking at a white screen. In Dreamweaver, InDesign and other apps, spurious commands would make it zoom full down for no reason. You could call it “magic” all right! It sure looks cool and demos well, but be sure to keep the receipt and watch that 30 day limit if you decide to buy.

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