• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Handle Gestures Well

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    I love this mouse except for an important flaw that even the Apple Store admits is a problem: After a few seconds of inactivity, mouse gestures stop working, requiring you to move the mouse around to get it to "wake up" again.

    I love the two-finger swipe to move through my virtual desktops (Spaces) as well as the two-finger double tap to view all my spaces at once. Unfortunately, if I've been typing on the keyboard for more than about 10 seconds, those gestures fail to register when I switch back to the mouse. Instead, I have to repeatedly try the gesture, click on the page I'm on or move the mouse around the screen for it to finally recognize gestures again. I don't know why the mouse continues to register movement and clicking, but stops recognizing gestures but it's highly annoying and reduces productivity. My dad's identical mouse has the same issues so I know it's not specific to mine.

    So there you have it. One of the main reasons to buy this mouse becomes it's main liability.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The real identity of the "mouse"

    • Written by from Sebastopol

    While the Apple "Magic" Mouse has some good features going for it, such as lopping off the tail and discarding the connection to the keyboard, there's really no "magic" apparent in its performance. It's proclivities to initiate operations without operator intention are annoying and frustrating. The slightest shift in hand position will alter your desktop view, or zoom in on your work, or scroll down on a document, or pop your pizza out of the oven 5 minutes too soon, for all I can tell.

    Apple should rename this magical battery holder the "squirrel," because you just never know which way it's going to go.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    the biggest waste of money

    • Written by from 100 Mile House

    Useless and awkward shape for human hand. Very unsuitable location of functional elements. For so much money I would recommend to look elsewhere. I do not remember that I ever regretted so much my purchase.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    dont buy

    • Written by from Izmir

    feels cheap doesn't have more than 5 gestures another thing that proofs apple screws up at mouse designing

    18 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited gesture support on Snow Leopard

    • Written by from Madison

    I'm an interactive media student (basically a design, media production, computer science major) and I've been doing design work on my macbook pro's trackpad. I love being able to work on projects with the gestures at my fingertips, but I needed the precision of a mouse. I thought I could get the best of both worlds with the Magic Mouse. I went to the Apple Store to test out the mouse, but I have Snow Leopard and all the display computers had Lion. I really wanted test out the gestures on my OS and software, so I bought it, knowing I could return it.

    Well, I'm returning it. As an overpriced mouse, I expect it to be above average in all categories. When I first used the mouse, the precision was appalling. I fixed the tracking in system preferences; now I would rate the precision as mediocre. My primary qualm with the product is its gesture support. Even in system preferences, you can't add more gestures, leaving you with scrolling and swiping left and right. Basically, the Magic Mouse has the same functionality as a standard mouse with a scroll wheel and buttons on the side. I then compared the gestures to that of the trackpad. Results: trackpad executes gestures flawlessly, mouse was not accurate (moving around within a 2d image does not work so great).

    For how much you pay, I'm disappointed by the outrageously priced charger and the poor ergonomic design. I also dislike the hard metal on my desk--I'd prefer the soft plastic pads on other mice.

    I'm sure Apple will one day make this mouse worth buying, but until then, I'm going to use a mouse at half the price and equal functionality that feels better to hold. I just can't justify paying more for something that I genuinely feels works less, despite its hypothetically beneficial features.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Battery life is terrible. Lasts about 1 month.

    • Written by from Lake Forest

    The mouse is a dream in terms of use. But this thing drains the battery life like nothing I've seen before. The battery life needs constant replacement as the average life of the battery is about 3-4 weeks. In other words, you go through 24 batteries in a year. That's really not acceptable.

    I'm looking for a replacement. Maybe the touchpad has a longer life.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Wayne

    I have medium/large man hands. I have been using for about 1 year. The mouse is too low profiled proving to be very uncorfortable over the course of an 8 hour day. I see that this is a common problem so I am hoping it is addressed with the design of the next generation mouse.

    Also, the tracks on the bottom of the mouse seem to get gunked up causing it to drag.

    I could overlook the rate at which it consumes batteries if these other things were not a problem.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Inferior product

    • Written by from Vancouver

    The design and concept behind Magic Mouse are superb but unfortunately the execution is a clear miss. I am not sure how Apple's quality control segment did not mark this one as a failure. The mouse literally behaves how it wishes from day to day. The scrolling is choppy or hesitates and takes a minute to catch up, but the biggest irritation is when I go to use the mouse and before my hand touches it I have already been sent back to a previously viewed webpage. There is a clear flaw in the sensitivity feature. Sorely disappointed.

    15 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Novelty

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    This mouse is beautiful, and with the right plugin is really functional, but is VERY uncomfortable for every day use, is a little too heavy once you're used to the normal Apple Mouse (mighty mouse) and has done a real number on my wrist in just a few days. It's a great idea, but if you rest your hand on the mouse you'll have problems.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Would not recommend

    • Written by from Chandler

    I've had this mouse for several months now, I use it pretty much 40 hours a week, and I really don't care for it. I really tried to like it because it seemed like a great idea, but I find it very aggravating at times. No matter how I change the settings in the preferences, I have trouble with the mouse accidentally scrolling (usually horizontally, but vertically as well) when I don't want it to. I also end up right-clicking when I'm intending to left-click and end up having to actually look at the mouse and click again or just use the hierarchical menu (after I tried clicking at least twice already). Of course, I never liked the mighty mouse either. I am a real Apple fangirl, too, but I've never liked any of their mice and this one is no exception.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not very reliable

    • Written by from MISSISSAUGA

    After waking my computer, my mouse has frozen several times. AppleCare helps me to get my mouse working again but what a hassle. Bought my first MAC in December 2010 and I have called at least five time with this problem. Two times in the last two days. Now they are sending me a new one as it maybe a defective. You think!!!

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not useful with a Macbook pro

    • Written by from IRAKLEIO

    If you want to use it with a Macbook pro while your computer is wirelessly connected to a WiFi router at the 2,4Mhz frequency, then you're out of luck. The mouse will lag, specially when downloading a big file or streaming video.

    Also, scrolling can be awkward, specially on a long page.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Accidental touching makes scrolling annoying!

    • Written by from Great Bend

    Like most Mac users I was excited about this mouse! Sadly it has proven to be extremely annoying to use.

    While using the mouse within a browser, or any document in which you can scroll, it will scroll away from what you are trying to do with just the slightest brush of a finger. Often it will scroll when just trying to left click.

    I have also found that it regularly doesn't recognize the right click. It always feels as though I am a mouse newbie that doesn't know how to use one at all.

    I am tech savvy and have been using this mouse for over a year.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Magic Mouse

    • Written by from Bradford

    Review is based on use with a 2010 Macbook Pro running Windows 7 in bootcamp.

    Most of my work involves using Windows based software packages as such this review is based soley on experience of the mouse under windows.

    1. Appearance - A thing of beauty, Apple have once again produced something that looks seriously pretty.
    2. Ergonomics - A little small if you have big hands, but otherwise very nice to use.
    3. Productivity - this is where it falls down. A complete piece of junk. Probably down to the windows drivers, however mouse zoom function occurs regardless of if you have requested it, mouse drifts regularly, click and right click are not as vague as the zoom function but just as irritating.
    4. Conclusion - looks great, works badly (yes I have setup the mouse using recommended bootcamp settings). If Apple ever get round to re-writing the drivers for this device things might get better but in the meantime stick to Microsoft mice, they work.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Big wrist problems

    • Written by from Burlington

    The wireless Apple mouse looks great next to my computer; it is sleek and responsive and connects easily. However the flat design provides no support for my wrist. I have had my mac for about 5 months now, and whenever I would use the wireless mouse for longer than an hour at a time, my wrist would feel week and tired. After spending a week on the computer doing web design work (20 hours that week) my carpel nerve was in real paint. My wrist was weak and achey and making popping noises. I had to wear a wrist brace to even think of using the computer after that. And my wrist took several weeks to heal after that stress. I replaced my mouse immediately after that. I will never use the wireless mouse again because there is just no support.

    24 of 40 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too heavy, too sleek

    • Written by from Woodbridge

    This one's ergonomically challenged. I much prefer the higher profile and lighter weight of its wired predecessors. While the Magic Mouse looks great, its weight (due to 2xAA) and low profile make extended use a definite strain. A majority of the people in my household and several of my employees have independently voiced the exact same sentiment.

    I guess this is a matter of individual preference, but it's worth voicing in the event that it helps others make an informed decision.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    A little disappointed

    • Written by from SAN CLEMENTE

    Great design and eye catching. But after a week I found my wrist hurting. The mouse is really flat and most hands are arched leaving no place for the center of your palm to rest. Also, I found that even at the most sensitive setting I still wasn't able to move fast enough to work with two screens. THe right hand click is a little disappointing making it sensitive to navigate without accidentally hitting it all the time. I ended up returning mine back for a logitech. Sorry mac, I love your product but this on was needed more work.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Technologically Brilliant but Ergonomically Useless!

    • Written by from Ware

    It works flawlessly and has all the right technology.

    BUT.... If you have mid size to large hands this mouse is uncomfortable and prolonged use will cause hand pain. The edges are also sharp.

    As much as I love the look of it and functionality I may have to ditch it for one that is comfortable.

    Style over substance lets this mouse down.

    19 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    wonderful for scrolling, but overy sensitive & difficult to right-click

    • Written by from North York

    I really like the touch surface for scrolling and page flipping.

    However I find the mouse generates many spurious events when first grasped, or even if it is just brushed on the side.

    In most applications this does nothing more than cause some spurious scrolling, but in many X11 applications (one of the primary applications I use constantly), these events can cause far more annoying effects.

    It's a little narrow for my big hand and much mousing can give me a cramp in my thumb.

    I also find mine a bit difficult to easily right-click with, and sadly it's only effectively a two-button mouse too. I really need a three-button mouse for serious use, but I am definitely stuck on the smooth touch scrolling.

    It also chews through batteries like crazy. I seem to be putting in fresh new top-end batteries every two weeks. I'll definitely have to switch to rechargeable . Meanwhile my wireless keyboard is still on its first set and claiming they are still almost fully charged.

    If it were a three-button mouse, much more ergonomically fitted to my hand, slightly less sensitive to accidental touches, and if it were as easy on batteries as the wireless keyboard then it would be excellent. I give it two stars only for the touch scrolling, otherwise I would give it zero.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Magic Mouse lacks magic

    • Written by from Estepona

    It chews up batteries. It's heavy. No "pinch" function.

    Why can't "green" apple give us a charging dock for their wireless devices? I use rechargeables, but still they don't hold a charge for that long. Mind you, the previous wireless mouse I used also weighed a ton and had the same appetite for batts.

    As to the weight... the two AA batts add to this. I love my wired mouse because it is easier to move around. Yes, I can use one battery, and get half the time of use...

    It doesn't have the side pinch function that I loved to use to access my widgets.

    On the positive side, the finger gestures are cool.

    But also, some programs — mostly Microsoft — go absolutely crazy with the finger gesture sensitivity. Pages seem to scroll all by themselves, even when I'm not touching the finger gesture area of the top of mouse.

    A good first try, but not ready for prime time.

    8 of 8 people found this useful