• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    We need an 'enable-disable' touch pad control

    • Written by from Whitehorse

    This new mouse is, for the most part, quite magical indeed but is not without it's shortcomings.

    Much as I love the new touch pad scrolling and swiping capability, functionally it is overly able. The majority of the top surface of these mice all responds to scrolling and swiping commands. Many times, this is wonderful but, many times, its entirely un-wonderful. Accidental/unintended inputs happen with the slightest touch. Using it in Aperture, for instance, unintended scrolling causes the photo you want to be looking at to whisk off down the list as new ones pop up. Turning off the 'momentum' feature helps a bit but not enough.

    We desperately need an onboard ability to temporarily turn the touch pad off and on. However it is done, it needs to be easy to use; direct. Intuitive. I'd be happiest if it lived within the touch pad as a command ie. make it so that a two finger double tap disables the pad features and use the same to enable the pad. Simply a two finger double tap on/off 'button'.

    If this mouse had that, I'd give it four stars.

    To give it five stars, it needs the above and it needs improved overall ergonomics. As it is, the mouse is, physically, rather small. It also, with the two sliding 'skid bars' on the bottom placed as they are so well in from the sides of the mouse coupled with the mouse's bottom shape with the large quarter-round, this mouse is very tippy.

    Do I prefer the mouse over the MIghty mice? Hard to say. I love the Magic's super high functioning new laser. This mouse is accurate and sensitive to slight shifts which I desperately need in a mouse when working in CAD drawings. Apple's done a great job on this part. Also, the right mouse button is now very responsive and quick.

    I hope Apple comes out with a software update that gives the touch pad the ability to be turned on and off. That'd go a long way to making me love this new mouse.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    magic mouse

    • Written by from Singapore

    i think we got carried away with the launch advertisement which made it appear like an out of this world product. definitely the swipe and the scroll features are fantastic but it has failed on is its basic function of a conventional mouse. if you need to move across a page, you still need to move the mouse across the mouse pad very much like a conventional mouse. This is where its extra weight poses a problem.The weight increases the friction between the mouse and the pad and thus a noticeably greater effort is required to move it around. and a few hours of use your hand really hurts moving this heavy thing around. The only way this problem could be solved is to design a pad that would reduce the friction!.however this will mean an unnecessary limitation defeating the benefit from another of its feature.
    most of its fantastic features and its elegant appearance is defeated by its failure to serve a basic function of a conventional mouse.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great functions but bad design

    • Written by from Washington

    Don't get me wrong, the magic mouse is awesome on its functionality. It fixed so many problems I had with my mighty mouse. This mouse is very light and thin.
    But I didn't like the design of the magic mouse. Did Apple design this mouse for people with huge hands? Honestly, this mouse doesn't feel right. I felt like I was grabbing my ipod touch, not a mouse. I thought if this was even a mouse because the SHAPE of the mouse didn't feel right.
    Great improvement could be made IF Apple redesign the mouse to make it little bit narrower and much more rounder than it is now.

    Pros.
    - Spectacular multitouch functionality
    - Very thin and light than mighty mouse.
    - Great productivity mouse

    Cons.
    - The rectangle shape doesn't feel right.
    - Not a gaming mouse. (Since there is only one button.)

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty, but no dice.

    • Written by from Morrisville

    Extremely aesthetically pleasing, but ergnomically built for a 5-yr old.... I like the sleek design, but not at the cost of functionality. Having a wireless mouse is nice, but hands start hurt after prolonged use.

    If you have hands larger than a 5 yr old and plan on using the mouse hours at a time, I would strongly encourage you to seriously consider if you prefer form or function.

    After the mouse update, even at the highest tracking speed, it is way too slow.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea... Lacking functionality.

    • Written by from The Colony

    The Idea of the Magic Mouse is wonderful. In all fairness, it does everything it claims to. I'm having to return the mouse because it does not perform the left and right combo function that other 2 button wheeled mice do. Perhaps if this function can be added in an update I'd considering repurchasing the Magic Mouse.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Lost Features?

    • Written by from MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP

    Seems to have lost features of Mighty Mouse's side and top buttons. PLEASE develop a download to take advantage of multi touch. Most important 'all windows'. Tough to lose features. But real nice. Feels great. Moves smooth. Scrolls awesome. Currently, it's less efficient in compared to the Mighty Mouse, for this Business Man.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse & Profile. NO Expose!?!?

    • Written by from Waltham

    Great mouse, perfect low profile for heavy users. But no expose function means i am returning this mouse. That is the deal breaker :-(

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hey, Its missing stuff!!!

    • Written by from Strongsville

    I like the scrolling function but for the most part the trackball did the same thing. You will lose the functions of the Expose and Dashboard of the previous generation mouse. I REALLY miss that, you end up having to do "work-arounds" or key strokes that you never used to have to do, to get them. That's disappointing. Its got a completely different feel to it, much lighter and smaller. Would return it if my old mouse didn't already die. In short, its a step backwards from the old mouse, just replace the trackball with a touch pad, and lose the side buttons for the expose.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Tracking Speed To Slow

    • Written by from Frisco

    The tracking speed/distance is still way too slow set at max. I paired the mouse prior to having the software update for this particular mouse installed. Tracking speed was so much better before the OS update, so this should give some hope that an Apple Mouse driver update could give some relief if they choose not ignore all the negative feedback on this issue.

    Between the tracking speed and not having any additional buttons for going back in firefox/safari, I think it is a deal breaker for me.

    Product looks awesome though!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as expected

    • Written by from Istanbul

    I just got the Magic Mouse and the price in europe adds up to a 100 dollars. There is nothing fascinating about this mouse, you cannot use expose, all you can do it to scroll, and go forward and backwards on safari. So id either say that it is overpriced, or it needs some serious updates. The reason for the 3 stars is the beautiful design.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    In Depth Review from a Pro User - High Hopes but Needs Improvements

    • Written by from Rancho Santa Margarita

    Mouse in general works pretty sweet, great design, though several short falls unfortunately especially for power users.

    ** much of my comparison is from the Mighty Mouse which I had previously been using since it had came out to the now new Magic Mouse **

    THE PROs
    - Clicking just like on the Mighty Mouse imo works great, very smooth surface and wider surface area to click.

    - Scrolling in general also works great, the multi directional scrolling is a big plus in my book and FINALLY I'm happy to not have to deal with infamous issues with the scroll ball jamming up....there isn't one. I had gone through 4 Mighty Mouse devices purely because of the scroll ball jamming and becoming un-fixable using the normal methods every 4 - 6 months.

    THE CONs
    - From the stance of physically holding the device height wise it is much closer to the desk surface. The very first thing I noticed immediately within just a minute or two is that because of how much flatter the device is it causes quite a bit more strain on your wrist which concerns me a bit long term from developing negative side effect such as carpal tunnel . Most other mice on the market and even the Mighty Mouse had quite a bit more height to then and seemed be substantially better in their ergonomics and fit with the natural arc in your hand. The Magic Mouse practically feeling like your using a mouse flat handed on a table.

    - The tracking speed even at it's max seem to only be about 75% of what the range and speed was in comparison to the Mighty Mouse. This was a bit frustrating from a user that typically uses multiple displays side by side and is used to being able to reach all corners with a single swipe. This just isn't possible with the current settings on the Magic Mouse. It does however seem that the faster you move the mouse swiping from one direction or corner to another the farther the pointer moves though still not what it was with the Mighty Mouse.

    - The max scroll speed is a little bit slower than the Mighty Mouse as well but closer to 85% range.

    - The last and a huge downfall for myself of the Magic Mouse in comparison to the Mighty Mouse is where did the middle click (when clicking on the scroll ball) and the squeeze click go? :-( There is no 3rd and 4th click type gesture on this mouse which is a huge inconvenience for a user like myself. The 3rd click or scroll ball click I used to always have set to convenient activate Expose and show all my open windows tiled. The 4th click squeeze I personally always used to show Dashboard and I can do without but please, please add in a 3rd click gesture like a double finger click (index and middle finger) type deal. This would seem possible to get added in simple through a software update.

    Overall that's my review on this device. I can unfortunately only give it 3 stars currently. Though, the good news is I think that most of my CONs (pointer speed, scroll speed, 3rd & 4th clicks) could likely all be fixed through some software updates.

    Hope this helps some of you guys in your purchasing decision.

    Cheers!

    B

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Tisk Tisk.

    • Written by from Harper Woods

    Yes! They finally took care of the main problem (dirt clogged scroll button). This is a great product, but I cannot give it 5 starts for a couple of reasons. Track speed and lack of Exposé. This the first mouse with a touch pad! A technology that is completely customizable! Yet, by comparison, when I open my preferences my Mighty Mouse has more customize option. What gives? You need to update this ASAP!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work on all surfaces

    • Written by from diamond cove

    I love this mouse, BUT once I started using the mouse at its final destination, my kitchen nook, I was bummed to discover the mouse's laser doesn't track on the countertop. I'm now having to use a mousepad. Which I didn't have to use with my optical mouse.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome but with very short life use

    • Written by from Naranjito

    It is a smooth and incredible mouse. I have had three of them, but it does not because I like too much it because it suddenly stop working and need to be replaced (if it is in warranty period). Design and functionality 5 stars, short life use 1 star, so I give it three stars.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good mouse, but lacks functions, easy to scratch and eats batteries

    • Written by from Richmond

    This mouse is good and was included with my iMac. however it lacks many useful gestures that the trackpad enables and also dies very fast (at least the battery is always lower when comparing to my keyboard in how much they each decreased to). However since the mouse is used more frequently and works harder than the keyboard I think it's probably my fault… but my friend didn't complain of this problem with his. The previous owner of the mouse's girlfriend (used machine) also scratched the plastic surface with a ring. That needs some improvement too…

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Mouse uses battery quickly

    • Written by from Ho Chi Minh

    Magic Mouse batteries together with used 2 months has expired, I loaded new batteries take 2 weeks lost an average 10% so 2 times per year to change the battery.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    surprised!!

    • Written by from Bording

    BAAAAD in the hand!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Art

    • Written by from Omaha

    This mouse is slick sexy excellent but falls short of expectation due to its gargantuan battery requirements. I have brought my iMac home about two months ago and the batteries needed to be replaced 3 times already. Don't get me wrong ... I LOVE apple products. From the iPads to the iPhones to the MacBook Pros to the iMac ... I can open up my own Apple store from my house. I think the solution to this problem would be to make the Apple Mouse rechargeable whether using the new 30-pin connector cable or some form of a charging docking station.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sweet design

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    I love the mouse. i Just got my first Mac Book Pro and partition it so as to use windows 7 and it works great on both sides...right click and left click works fine also the scroll .... .My only issue with this mouse is that with all its features it does not have the PAN feature and it takes getting use to on Auto-CAD Architecture which i have substituted with the zoom feature..(PAN would be nice).. i'm hoping an update comes up to fix that feature issue. so far so good.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    If you're looking for pretty...

    • Written by from Portland

    then this is the mouse for you. I had hoped that the new mouse would allow for greater programming of the buttons, but it doesn't. I've switched back to my Logitech mouse, which allows me to program the right button as a double-click.

    5 of 9 people found this useful