Product Type: Apple mice & trackballs
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Apple Magic Mouse
Member Name: LastLine
Apple Magic Mouse
Advantages: Tidy, multi touch cleverness, battery life.
Disadvantages: Dear, lack of physical buttons can be awkward
The mighty mouse is Apple's latest desktop mouse offering, and although it costs the best part of £50, it's a little bit special.
Keeping Apple's design ethic of keeping things minimal and simplistic the device offers a simple silver base on a couple of black rubber runners to avoid scratching the desk (I imagine anyway...) with a sleek white curved top, with a small grey apple logo towards the bottom (presumably as much as anything to help you figure out which way around you should hold it!)
The mouse contains only one physical button, which by default is set up to a left click. This somewhat harks back to the days of the iMac G3/G4 where Apple received much ridicule for it's one button mouse where you had to hold down control and click to perform a 'right mouse click' effect on your computer...you can still do this if you want, but frankly, why bother?
The Magic Mouse's surface is a multi touch interface, a little sister if you will, to the iPad and iPhone range of devices, and this is where the special part comes in.
Hold the mouse like you would any other mouse and click, either as a left click, or using your whole hand and you get a standard click.
Lift all but your right finger off and you get a right click.
Swipe up and down with your finger and you get a scroll wheel, swipe left and right and you get a scroll left and right.
Use two fingers to swipe left or right, and you get a 'Command and Left/Right' interface, essentially this provvides a 'forwards' or 'back' function in browsers and Finder. Very handy (Note - this changes in Lion to swipe between screen spaces instead).
Double tap with two fingers in Lion and you open up 'Mission Control' an at a glance view of all your programs and windows running at any given time.
Ultimately for a visually simplistic device you get a lot of options in there.
Now, power supply is a bit of a pig to me, with two batteries I seem to get about a week's use out of the mouse - now while I've had a lot worse in the past I find this to be a disappointment, I'd have hoped for twice that out of a device made specifically to work with Apple computers (this device does not work with other computers), still, something to improve on for the next version Apple!
Connection to your Mac is very straight forward, simply turn on your bluetooth and setup bluetooth devices and you're away. It really is that simple. The mouse tracking feels a little sluggish to me, but I like my mice fast, I just adjust it in system preferences and it works fine for me.
Whilst Apple have added to the mouse's multi touch capabilities with Lion it's also worth pointing out that third party developers have also created some unofficial tools out there that can detect three or finger touches allowing for a greater range of access using the mouse. Unfortunately I've yet to find anything that lets me perform a dual left and right click together - a necessity as a gamer so the mouse has limited use for me.
Ultimately a very clever mouse, but not a tool I couldn't live without. It's an excellent product, but just not for me.
Summary: A very nice piece of kit, but very dear and the lack of a dual click is a deal breaker for me.
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