• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I like the idea, but ....

    • Written by from San Diego

    This is my first Mac and I am truly enjoying it. I like the ways that the magic mouse works (two finger navigation, scrolling, etc.). However the battery life is dismal. I find it amazing that i have to replace the batteries at least three times a month. I try to remember to turn the mouse off when the computer is not in use, but find it frustrating at how long it takes to reconnect to the computer when turned back on. Couldn't Apple have created some kind of dock to put the mouse in to charge while not using ? Also, the battery door feels flimsy. I'm always afraid I'm going to bend the thin metal when I replace the batteries. I haven't noticed this in any other reviews, but the mouse 'feet' feel scratchy to me and the mouse seems to stick at times when I move it. I've experienced this on several different surfaces. If there is any kind of dust or residue (heaven forbid!) on my desk, the mouse sounds scratchy as well.

    20 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Mouse - Terrible Battery Life

    • Written by from New York

    Oh wait, I was just interrupted by another low battery notice.

    The mouse is fine. Great weight, feels good in your hand. Bluetooth is a little slow to connect initially but works well afterward. The big problem is battery life. Please fix this Apple for the next version. I feel I'm constantly changing the batteries.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product (except for 2.4GHz wifi interference)

    • Written by from Atlanta

    Bluetooth and 802.11b/n wireless use the same radio frequencies, so unfortunately the trackpad becomes very unreliable when you are heavily utilizing a 2.4GHz wifi network.

    The problem is slight when receiving large amounts of data (e.g. streamed video) because the interfering transmitter (the Wifi access point) isn't necessarily nearby; but when sending large amounts of data (e.g., wifi Time Capsule backups) the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad both become unusably laggy and jumpy, because the interfering transmitter (your Mac) is right next to it. The effect is the worst in clamshell mode.

    I was very disappointed to be forced to run wired ethernet to my desk in order to use my Magic devices with Time Machine over Wifi enabled.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Painful Edges

    • Written by from Tulsa

    I'm an art director, so I use Photoshop.... A lot. Since it requires constant mouse use for making paths and selections, the sharp edges on the sides begin to cut into the side of my finger. I had to switch back to the previous, more rounded version of the mighty mouse. I love the design, but they should taper the corners a bit more

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the mouse but eats batteries

    • Written by from Cottage Grove

    I love this mouse, but it eats batteries! Since my old iMac was 11 years old, Black Friday was the perfect time to purchase a new iMac. In the 3 months since then, I have had to replace the batteries in the mouse twice. Even tried using the wired mouse from my old computer but I like the Magic Mouse so much better. Up until this point I have not been turning the mouse off because it takes about 3 minutes for the bluetooth to reconnect. Apple -- I would think your engineers could come up with an automatic turnoff for this mouse so it would not eat batteries! Either that or come up with a wired version.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for everything but... work.

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I love this low-profile mouse. It's great for play, but not for design work. In page layout programs, the slightest touch to the mouse causes the document to fly uncontrollably from left to right and back again. Frustrating to say the least. Although the problem can be controlled through preferences, it's not a great solution for multi-taskers. A third party preference app is available to address the problem is not use friendly. Guess I have to plug in my wired mouse to work in InDesign. Apple, please address this.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Once again Apple takes 2 steps forward and 1 step backwards.....

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    It seems to me with almost every new product Apple introduces they give you great new features at the same time they remove a really important functional feature. I was excited about the Magic mouse until I realized after purchasing they removed the side buttons which I really used a lot. It doesn't make sense to me because these buttons could have easily been added. I don't know who makes these decisions at Apple. Whoever they are they need to be fired. Although I am pretty much happy with the Magic mouse however to access Expose now I have to do extra steps which seems a step backwards with regards to user experience. Apple should ask it's users before removing functional features.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Better for desktops.

    • Written by from Racine

    This mouse is pretty awesome, I haven't had any trouble with it really, but for a company that prides itself on good design, this has a catch or two.

    I see other reviewers have complained about the comfort, and I agree with that. I also saw someone say something about getting rid of the mouse mat, and indeed this is also true from experience. I find that a solid plain wooden desk or table works best, doesn't seem to leave scratches or anything. That said, if you have any Macbook, I wouldn't bother buying this. If you're on the go and rarely sitting at a proper table or desk (me), you will probably grow to hate it quickly. It's impossible to find good surfaces to use, and pert near impossible to 'palm' this mouse-- move it by squeezing your palm around the edges and picking it up. That's a comfort issue as well. If I were to buy an iMac, yes, I would love to have it. And I would recommend it. But it's also true that Apple's trackpads are without equal, they are just not quite good enough for gaming. It just seems a tad redundant to have a Magic Trackpad alongside a Macbook.

    I would recommend Logitech's M570 wireless trackball to pair with the Macbook, they are wonderful! But as Macbooks only have TWO USB PORTS, it's something of a pain if you leave the receiver in at all times. And it smacks of dirty pool, basically goading people into using bluetooth for distance interfacing, mice and keyboards which have poorer battery life and signal strength than standard 2.4ghz wireless. Just awful. Is it really so much to ask for just ONE more USB in Macbooks??

    Apple, you guys are awesome, but sometimes "forward thinking" does not do a lick of good for the here and now!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love/hate for Magic Mouse

    • Written by from Chattanooga

    I have 2 Magic mice, 1 for a Mac and 1 for a MacBook, and both behave and misbehave the same. They are sleek and work well much of the time. The wireless is especially nice. They have some ruggedness, as I dropped one with no consequences. However, both lose connection to the computer regularly and are suddenly unresponsive at other times. These episodes of misbehavior seem to be getting more frequent with time. Also, the mice are too sensitive at times. Lastly, the small metal plate on the underside simply won't stay attached. Overall, the Magic Mouse is a great idea, but needs some re-engineering to be more reliable.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    For the money it could be better

    • Written by from Cheektowaga

    I've had this mouse for a few years (2009/10). This mouse, as it stands now; is very cumbersome to use; especially if you have to use it for long periods of time. Also; it does go through a ton of batteries.

    I wish Apple would just listen to the customers and make a more user friendly mouse. Magic mouse would be ideal with a few design changes.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Batteries get's sucked fast, literally!

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    The battery drainage is overwhelmingly fast. You have to keep turning the mouse button off to save battery life but after working all day, you just forget. Buy rechargeable batteries, that should fix it. One other gripe I have about this mouse is the ergonomic. It may be slick in design but the grip of it gives me arthritis pain, make sure to massage upper hand area during usage.

    19 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    What a cool mouse with TONS OF HAND PAIN.

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I bought this mouse to because I am an Apple Fan. Apple did a good job making this mouse, I like the finger swap features. The first day when it came, within 10 min. my hands were hurting. Sadly within 3 days my hands really started complaining because of the ergonomics of this mouse. With large hands this became a problem. I also tried the magic mouse fix and that didn't work either I had no choice to return this and buy a Logitech M510.

    18 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    battery burner!

    • Written by from MOUNT CARROLL

    like the lack of wire but hate that it uses batteries at an exorbitant rate...a pair a month! not very green!

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad not great

    • Written by

    Mouse works really well but not suitable for a serious work mouse.
    Battery consumption is harsh. Needs 2 fresh AA batteries once a month.
    The whole surface scroll is a nice idea but I find that when working with this mouse I inadvertantly scroll when I don't want to because I moved my finger or I scrolled when I moved my hand to the keyboard to type. Would be nice to have the option of holding down a key to enable the scroll.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful design, mediocre on function.

    • Written by from San Juan

    First off the design is absolutely beautiful. Everyone who sees it just loves the look. Its definitely a mac. However, i only gave it 3 stars because i preform FUNCTION over form. I was disappointed to see that the 3rd and 4th buttons previously found on my mighty mouse are now gone. I got very used to being able to center click and have Expose pop up my windows then click and bam i was there. I still use hot corners but clicking on the fly was much faster. I didn't use the 4th button (squeezing the mouse) too often so I didn't lose too much there. The upgrade from the rolling ball is nice, i used to hate having to clean the mighty mouse ball out all the time. As for the finger scrolling, i find the mouse often lagging behind my swipes. I may be sitting reading an article for a few minutes then by the time i get to the bottom ready to scroll it seems the mouse has "fell asleep" and the first swipe is never recognized, making me have to keep swiping to "wake the mouse up" so it can function properly. The tracking as others have said is for lack of a better word HORRIFIC! I use a 22" Samsung 1920x1080 monitor and i find myself picking up and moving the mouse all the time. Its quite annoying to run out of "mouse pad real estate." This is my main complaint, Apple PLEASE FIX THIS!!! All things said and done, unfortunately i would not purchase this product again, i would just stick with my old mighty mouse.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, but beware the following...

    • Written by from Barnet

    If you're upgrading from a Mighty Mouse to this one, be aware that the lower profile of the new Magic Mouse does not fill your palm like the Magic Mouse. This takes some getting used to.

    It will kill a pair of AA batteries in a calendar month (around 8 hours' activity per working day. This is also true of Apple's latest 2-cell Alu Wireless Keyboard)

    The sensitivity of the touch-surface sometimes makes Google Maps unusable, as the lightest touch causes the map to zoom in/out at a furious pace.

    Other than that (and the hefty price), it's excellent. Caveat emptor.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    I used to love the Magic Mouse...

    • Written by from Mammoth Lakes

    When I had Snow Leopard OS I loved my Magic Mouse...it worked just fine. But then I upgraded to Lion...and whenever I was on a website, it would occasionally jump from side to side...sometimes disappearing. I went back to to my original corded mouse and what do you know...the jumping and disappearing stopped! I much prefer the simplicity of the Magic Mouse and the scrolling worked great with Snow Leopard...but I just can't tolerate the jumping around and skittishness of sites while using Magic Mouse...I'm ordering a new corded mouse because the scrolling isn't working properly on my old one...

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The mouse is too touchy

    • Written by from Lexington

    I have quit using this mouse due to the zooms that occur when I am in Second Life.
    I disabled as much as I could through the mouse settings, but it seemed like any little touch and I would be zoomed right out of the sim. I am not using the regular apple mouse either since the scroll ball on all of mine have failed. So I am now using a mouse designed for a PC with a non-touch scroll wheel.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Apple Magic Mouse (Except Battery)

    • Written by from Cupertino

    This mouse is great. Has awesome features and is lightweight. The only downside is the battery drainage. I have had this for a month and a half and the battery has gone down to 35%. I use it about 4-5 hours per day turning it off after every use.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Decent Mouse

    • Written by from Oro Valley

    I use two Magic Mouse devices, one with an iMac and the other with a MBAir (when at home), both with Lion 10.7.2. In general mouse design works as advertised. Finger swipes work well. Tactile sensation indicating engagement when mouse depressed works well. Device is easy to keep clean.

    Durability appears to be an issue with one mouse. The battery cover frequently disengages and and falls off of the iMac mouse, which gets moderately heavy usage. With both mice the double tap zoom feature is broken. A double tap (even unintentional) zooms well. However a subsequent double tab does not zoom out. I end up having to close and reopen Safari to restore the view.

    16 of 22 people found this useful