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Magic Mouse is a Hit with Me

Mon Dec 14 01:15:30 2009

I wrote a post a few weeks back about the new Apple Magic Mouse and said that if I ever got one of my own, I would write about my experiences. Well, it was my birthday recently and my dear ol' mom actually forked out for one for me. My first impression when I got it was how well presented it was, which I suppose is nothing new where Apple is concerned. The design of the mouse is very sleek and it doesn't feel as round or as bulky as it's predecessor - the Mighty Mouse.

The scroll functionality works flawlessly but with an added feature that I was unaware of until I got my hands on it. The mouse can actually detect how fast your finger scrolls across it's shiny surface and it will scroll accordingly, which is great when you want to get to the end of a long web page really fast in one quick swipe of your finger. The way it scroll kind of reminded me of how the iPhone scrolls as that also detects the speed of your scroll.

At the bottom of the mouse are two black extrusions kind of like skiis which raise the mouse a good 3mm from whatever surface you are using it on. The Might Mouse, however, was rather low and often allowed dirt or pencil rubbing to get trapped underneath (Yes, I know I should clean my desk more often) hindering the movement of the mouse.

The two silly buttons at either side of the Mighty Mouse, which in my opinion did more harm than good as my clumsy fingers would often press them by mistake, have been removed too. In the end, I chose to turn them off with the Mighty Mouse, but with the Magic Mouse, that's not a problem anymore.

One thing that I have found that I miss is the ability to press the very center of the mouse (scroll ball on Mighty Mouse) and have the daskboard widgets show. With the new Magic Mouse, there is only a left and a right click, so I guess Magic Mouse users will have to press F12 to bring the daskboard up for now.

Anyway, in conclusion, if you're thinking of buying one, I would strongly recommend it. It's a very simple mouse, and although I'm not sure it quite justifies the price, it will certainly be one of the better mice you've had for your apple computer.

New Apple Magic Mouse

Fri Nov 6 00:18:04 2009

I have to admit that I am a very big fan of Apple. Anyone who owns an Apple computer will probably comment on how reliable they are. However, with that said, I have to confess that I never really been impressed by the quality of Apple mouse technology.

About a year ago, I procured with great delight an Apple 'Mighty Mouse'. At the time, I was using Illustrator an awful lot and the 360 degree scroll ability of the Mighty Mouse was very desirable. However, now I have to say it is a constant battle trying to keep the scroll-ball working. Sending it to Apple for a clean every few months (maybe more often) just to have it scroll again would be an immense pain in the proverbial backside, and taking it apart to clean those little roller things inside time after time just to have it cease up on you again is tiresome, time consuming and down right infuriating, especially considering the price one costs. Let's face it, Apple products aren't cheap and you would expect them to do what it says on the tin.

With the new Apple Magic Mouse it looks as though Apple has realized their mistake and have completely got rid of the scroll-ball design. The Magic Mouse will interpret user input such as swipe and scroll actions reminiscent of the Apple iPhone, which although gimmicky, will surprisingly shave import seconds off your user experience.

If and when I come around to purchasing one, I will undoubtedly write a review here. Until then you can find more info at the Apple Magic Mouse webpage

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