Product Type: Apple mice & trackballs
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The mouse that makes you feel a little bit cooler
Apple Magic Mouse
Member Name: SueNorth
Apple Magic Mouse
Advantages: Super-fast surfing, more cool points than you can count
Disadvantages: You'll need an endless supply of AA batteries
This is a review for the Apple Magic Mouse.
So, it's just a mouse, right?
Like most Apple products it's a direct route to coolness. Look at it: sleak, shiny, clean and white, with just a discrete grey apple logo so you get it the right way up.
So far so good. Now the details. It has no cables, but unlike other wireless mice it is part mouse, part trackpad. The front of the mouse has clickable corners (though they are not marked as buttons like on a 'normal' mouse) but the whole surface is a sensitive track pad. To move around a page you use the mouse as normal, but if you keep it still and stroke your finger over the surface, the page scrolls up and down. Flicking left and right flicks back and forward through web pages just like the back and forward buttons in your browser. It couldn't be easier. Set up is straightforward to, and linking the mouse to a new Mac is easily done through the bluetooth menu top right on the screen.
Now, the downsides. Like any trackpad device, you can make mistakes and swipe back to a previous page when you don't mean to - but you soon get the hand of it. The main downside is battery life. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but my magic mouse goes through batteries like a real life mouse through cheese. Very occasionally (like all wireless devices) it fails. And of course when a mouse fails, it becomes very hard to use your computer! So, I'd say always keep your old, wired, mouse in a drawer just in case.
When I first started using Macs I asked a Mac-friendly friend whether it was normal to think I felt a little cooler with it on my desk. He replied that I didn't 'feel' a little cooler; I *was* a little cooler. All that Mac vs PC stuff is a bit overdone in my opinion, but there is something about this mouse that makes surfing the web not just a bit easier and quicker but, yes, a bit cooler.
Summary: Wonderful to use.
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