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Apple Magic Mouse – 6 weeks later

I thought I’d do a quick follow-up post about the Apple Magic Mouse. I bought it 6 weeks ago, and at the time was a little unsure whether spending £50 on a mouse was really worth it.
The main thing that prompted me to write this was that the batteries that came with the mouse are about to run out. Mac OS X gives you visual warnings at 20% and 10% (although it was at 20% yesterday, and is now at 7%…), so with a medium amount of usage it seems the batteries last about 6 weeks. I have Ni-MH rechargeable batteries to replace them with.
The fact that it’s a Bluetooth mouse means that it has more range than some other wireless mice. I can use it across the room with no problems – great for using it for watching TV channels or DVDs. And it’ll work on almost any surface – it doesn’t have to be flat or hard, like with other optical mice. Just remember to hold it the right way up.
I really like the inertia scrolling. It can get a little annoying if you’re after precision but it makes scrolling long documents much easier (and can be turned off if you need accuracy).
I’m still not completely used to its flatter profile, when compared to other mice – especially as I use a ‘regular’ mouse at work. While Apple excel at squeezing electronics into small, attractive packages, it would fit better in my hand if it was a little larger.
Overall, I’m satisfied with it. It’s not the most amazing mouse ever, mainly due to its flatness, but it has useful features which set it apart from others. I’m not going to be taking it back to the shop anytime soon, that’s for sure.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for your overview. I bought a iMac last year and the Magic Mouse came with it. I used it for about three weeks – long enough for a legitimate test.
    It worked great for everything except games – I had too many instances where my attempted right click was interpreted as a left click. Probably about one out of one hundred times, but it would screw up what I was trying to do in the game.
    I thought about getting a separate mouse for games, but ended up getting a Logitech and just replace the Magic Mouse.

  2. I would agree with you except for one thing. I didn’t leave mine in the stock format. There are several applications, including free ones, that change what the magic mouse does into a miracle.
    The one I use is called BetterTouchTool. It’s free. It adds so many features that the magic mouse becomes incredible. It adds gentle taps instead of clicks, a center tap, gestures, speed, and much more.