Product Type: Apple mice & trackballs
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The Marvellous Magic Mouse
Apple Magic Mouse
Member Name: RunnyHunnyBee
Apple Magic Mouse
Advantages: Sleek & stylish design, ease of use.
Disadvantages: Short battery life, not compatible with PCs.
~~ Packaging, price, and availability ~~
It comes in a very smart clear perspex case which is not much bigger than the mouse itself. As you remove the mouse, a piece of white dividing plastic is revealed, and underneath this is a cute little instructions booklet, nine pages of which are in English. These pages tell you all the basics, such as how to update your software so that it fully supports the mouse, how to pair the mouse with your Mac, how to replace the batteries etc., but the full instructions for the various functions of the mouse can be found in System Preferences once it is paired with your Mac. It comes complete with the required 2x AA batteries.
The price of the Magic Mouse is currently £55, and it can be purchased from any of the Apple Stores nationwide, or from other retailers such as Argos and Amazon for the same price.
~~ The Mouse ~~
The Magic Mouse is the world's first multi-touch mouse. With its glossy, seamless top 'shell' surface and smart aluminium underside, it is definitely the most elegant, stylish and advanced looking mouse I have ever come across. The Aluminium underside perfectly matches the latest keyboards, as well as the recent iMac itself, while the sleek top shell, in Apple's characteristic glossy white, means that the Magic Mouse doesn't look at all out of place when used with older Macs.
By using Bluetooth wireless technology, it keeps your desk neat and tidy with no unnecessary cables cluttering it up. It is also very quick and easy to pair it with your Mac. In fact, I don't even remember doing this, so it *must* have been quick!
Its low-profile design makes it much smaller in height than most other mice, and that does take some getting used to. The reason for this, however, soon becomes obvious, as this mouse is not designed to support your hand in the way most others do. Most of us have become accustomed to using a mouse that we can wrap our hand around, with the domed shape fitting nicely underneath the palm. This one is different. I soon learned that optimal use (and comfort) is achieved through gently pinching the sides between my thumb and ring finger/little finger to manoeuvre the mouse across the surface of my desk. This leaves my index finger and middle finger free to perform the various swiping motions across the entire surface of the top shell.
Scrolling involves simply stroking the top shell surface vertically, horizontally, or even diagonally, with one finger. This, in my opinion, is a huge improvement on the trackball of the Mighty Mouse, as mine would often, very annoyingly, get stuck or become dislodged. The seamless surface of the Magic Mouse allows no dirt or dust to interfere with its function, and the scrolling action can be performed anywhere on the shell surface, rather than being limited to the position of a track ball.
Momentum scrolling, which can be switched off in system preferences if you prefer, allows varying speeds of scrolling depending on the speed of your finger movement. So a quick, short flick of the finger will cause the page to whizz up the screen before slowing to a stop, or a slower, more gentle 'stroke' of the mouse will be reflected by the more gradual and gentle movement of the page on the screen. This fluid scrolling movement looks great too, and is one of my favourite features.
By holding down the Control key whilst performing the one-finger scroll movement (upwards) you can zoom in on whatever is on the screen.
Two-finger swiping involves moving two fingers left to right, or right to left on the surface of the mouse, and enables you to go forwards or back a page in the browser history (it acts like the little arrow buttons in the top left-hand corner of the page). This is said to mimic the actual real-life action of flicking through magazine pages! It's another feature that I really like, and it is very responsive and sensitive, with no annoying delay.
The various functions can be customised to your own taste in System Preferences, and you can also check the battery level here too. Speeds can be adjusted for Tracking, Scrolling and Double-Clicking, and you can choose whether you want single-button or two-button clicking. If you are left handed, it is easy to swap the left/right button functions over simply by setting the secondary click to Left rather than Right. Momentum Scrolling can be switched off here, and the zoom function can be played about with too. As you highlight each of the customisable options, a little video plays next to it illustrating the action. This is a lovely little touch, and much more advanced than the diagrams used previously. You do need to be running OS X Leopard 10.5.8 or later to use the Magic Mouse, and if you want momentum scrolling, it is only supported by Snow Leopard.
The laser tracking this mouse uses means that it is far more responsive than older mice which used optical tracking, and it is extremely precise on most surfaces. I have not felt any need for a mouse mat since I have had it.
The Magic Mouse is much heavier than previous versions, and when compared with the Mighty Mouse I had before, it makes the latter seem very cheap and flimsy. The weight of the mouse not only suggests better quality, but also prevents accidental movement of the unit whilst performing gestures on its surface.
I was given the mouse at the end of January as a late Christmas present, and have had to replace the batteries once so far. At the time of writing (11th March), the battery level is now at 63%. So, for me, the batteries last around one month. However, this is based on quite heavy usage of several hours every day. The mouse does 'go to sleep' when it detects periods of inactivity, in order to preserve battery power, but I would personally have preferred some kind of charging dock than having to replace the batteries so often.
Perhaps more moderate usage would see the batteries last a lot longer, so maybe it wouldn't be a problem for everyone.
~~ Conclusion ~~
At £55, it isn't cheap. But the price is justified when you experience the quality of the product. Even before actually using the mouse, if you sit it alongside a Mighty Mouse, you can instantly recognise that it is in a class of its own. For me, its only flaw is the lack of a charging dock. I would never go back though, and if I had not received it as a gift, I would definitely have bought one for myself by now. In my opinion, it is well worth the money!
Summary: A must-have gadget for all Mac users
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