The Magic Mouse

I’m glad that Man & Machine won the rights to the name "Mighty Mouse". The Apple Mighty Mouse was an absolute disappoint. Three years ago I was ignorantly unaware of just how terrible the white wireless pill was. Initially impressed by its clean lines and bluetooth connectivity, I eventually came to realize what a pain it was to live with the thing. Over time, the little scrolling nub would collect oil, dust, and grime crippling functionality. I stopped using the side buttons altogether because of the pressure required to activate whatever shortcut I had mapped when squeezed.

The Mighty Mouse was the sole reason I discovered and subsequently moved to all Logitech peripherals – MX Revolution (excellent) & VX Nano (mobile awesomeness). Logitech offers multifunction mice that just work without looking terrible e.g. OOMouse. Impressed by ergonomics and the super fast "hyper scrolling", I thought I had found the last physical mouse I would ever need.

Apple Magic Mouse

Then the Magic Mouse was announced. Leaps and bounds above what was offered by the Mighty Mouse, the Magic Mouse was created with Multi Touch at its core – the same feature found in the iPhone, iPod Touch, and recent MacBook hardware.

Spend a few days with the Magic Mouse then switch back to a typical left / right click + scroll wheel mouse. You’ll notice a difference. Spend any time in Photoshop, Illustrator, or any other creative software where zooming in and scrolling is a regular necessity and you’ll love the Magic Mouse even more. Accelerated 360 degree scrolling to move quickly through files is perfect.

Ergonomics

With its super slim profile, you have to question the negative long term effects (if any) which may result from prolonged use. I admit that the first few days of use felt awkward. Coming from the [now chunky] MX Revolution, the low profile design worried me a bit. The palm of my hand rested on air as I tried to accustom myself to the flat mouse. Over the course of a week I trained myself to lay my hand directly on top of the mouse as though I were palming the desktop beneath. One month later, I can honestly say that I have not experienced any soreness.

Are you using a Magic Mouse? Have you experienced any soreness or discomfort using the mouse on a daily basis? Purchase the Magic Mouse directly from Apple or Amazon.com.

Extras for your Magic Mouse

The single recommendation I will make for first time users is to open System Preferences > Mouse to change the tracking speed. Just in case you’re convinced that the Magic Mouse feature set is incomplete, check out these utilities for adding middle click and mapping custom touch gestures:

  • MagicPrefs – Improves the overall functionality of the Magic Mouse. Customize finger clicks, taps, swipe gestures, and more.
  • MouseZoom – Cocoa preference pane which speeds up your mouse cursor movement.
  • BetterTouchTool – Magic Mouse tool based on the trackpad MultiClutch utility.

Discuss - 11 Comments

  1. Greg says:

    Great review, I’m still on the fence about getting one though. Price tag is (as expected) a little hefty. I haven’t really heard too many negative things though. I’m sure I’ll break down and get one soon!

    P.S. I hated my mighty mouse just like everyone else

  2. Unfortunately I am still using a Mighty Mouse. Although I can usually free it with some coaxing, the sticking trackball is really a nuisance. I was hoping to find a positive review of the Magic Mouse here Seeing that all you can muster for a conclusion to this piece is that you “can honestly say that I have not experienced any soreness” leaves me wondering.

    • Derek says:

      The Magic Mouse is the best mouse that I have purchased and owned so far. I realized just how much I like the mouse whenever I have to work on another computer (other than my main notebook). It has really saved me some time in apps like Photoshop.

  3. Nick says:

    I got a Magic Mouse with my new iMac. I love it. At first it did seem a little odd compared to the chunkier mice I used in the past. Even the Mighty Mouse I have is larger than the Magic Mouse.

    But now, I like the slim design and of course, I really like the built in touch sensitivity.

    Now when I use other people’s mice, I find myself stroking the top of the mouse… and simultaneously wondering why in the world the screen is not scrolling.

    In summary, scroll wheels are SO 2009.

  4. Abe says:

    Thanks for the recommendation on MagicPrefs Derek. It opens up many more options that are pretty useful.

  5. Vishu says:

    a much needed review :P .. imma buy a iMac in the near future & was a little worried about how the magic mouse is gonna be for the designing that I do in PS & Ai , reading the review makes me feel a li’l better ..lol

  6. Lee Calcote says:

    I’m a MagicPrefs fan, too. I have to say that some of the possible finger combinations are contortion tricks of the hand.

  7. Phil says:

    I have used a magic mouse for about 9 hours per day since last december.
    I simply love it! At first I had to adjust becuase it is so shallow. But that only took me a day…
    It’s the best mouse, I’ve had so far.

    Cleaned all my Mighty Mouses so the scroll whel works again and put them on eBay…

  8. Leo Chen says:

    Maybe i’m not using the MagicMouse correctly… does the 2 rubber traction pads on the bottom annoy u at all? Seems to catch sometimes on mouse pads and makes some noise. Logitech mice skate across mouse pads and desks silently. #onlyBeefwithMagicMouse #returnedButThinkingAboutTryingAgain

    • Derek says:

      Can’t say the two black strips bother me. I guess I can’t really comment though because I don’t use a mouse pad. The desks where I primarily use the mouse are smooth as glass.

  9. jehzlau says:

    I never tried the magic mouse yet. I think it’s pretty hard to use. Good thing your used to it. :D I think I have to try it as well so that I’ll experience the ease of zooming and the Accelerated 360 degree scrolling ^_^ Wooooot!