Product Type: Apple mice & trackballs
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It's A Kinda Magic...
Apple Magic Mouse
Member Name: musicmad2020
Apple Magic Mouse
Advantages: Sleek, no wires, ease of use, cool features
Disadvantages: Slightly dissapointing battery life, may not be comfortable for everyone
My first Dooyoo review in almost 11 months and boy have I accumulated alot of tech and gadgets in this time! After years of needing an imac computer for my university course, and finally getting one after I'd finished... (typical!), I now have the Apple Magic Mouse to go with it.
When selecting your machine on the Apple website, you can choose whether you want the standard mouse and keyboard connected via a USB cable, or you can go wireless with the "Apple Magic Mouse". I had never used a wireless mouse before purchasing my Magic Mouse, however I liked the idea of having a desk which was not cluttered up with wires, also meaning more USB ports would be freed up in the process. I should also mention that the wireless mouse and keyboard option comes at no extra cost, unless you also wish to purchase rechargeable batteries and a charger at £21. I did not purchase this extra option, instead deciding to wing it with Tesco's finest.
When I received my mouse in it's uber sleek box with "Designed in California" emblazoned on the side, I was immediately impressed, even before I had used it! Right from the first moment you pick it up, you can see that it is meant to be beautiful and light to the touch. It is white on the front with the Apple logo on either side. It is quite curved down and perhaps lower in angle than your typical mouse. To use it, it's simply a case of flicking on the "On" switch underneath and when you do so the little green light next to the switch will turn on. Similarly, when you turn off your machine the mouse automatically switches itself off too, as when you look underneath the green light will no longer be on.
As with all Apple mice, the default setting is that there is only one click. You can leave it like this if you wish, however it is very easy to enable a right click, just by clicking one of the options on the top toolbar, going down to your mouse name and then selecting "open mouse preferences". This option may suit those who are used to a Windows two click setup, or just for ease when doing tasks such as copy and paste.
One of the features I have really come to love with this mouse, is the way you slide across in the click section, to complete tasks such as scrolling a page, and also going a page back or forwards by moving your hand from side to side. The mouse itself is also really smooth to use, and I have found that I have not needed to use a mousemat at all.
Perhaps the only complaint I can make about this mouse, is the fact the battery life is a little less than you would expect. I am yet to change the keyboard batteries, yet I am on my 3rd set of batteries for the mouse and it only takes about 2/3 weeks of use for it to be showing they are low again. I am new to the wireless phenomenon, so maybe I over estimated how long they would last, but still I find that they do run out quite quickly. I have now switched to rechargeable batteries to save money with this problem.
Comfort wise, as this mouse is quite low down it perhaps doesn't give the support that other mice do. I don't find it particularly uncomfortable, however it is a different feel as your palm lies much flatter rather than curved as it would with a typical mouse. So far this has not caused me any problems, however if you suffer with RSI in the hand or wrist, this may be an element you wish to consider. The great thing is you can switch to a regular mouse via USB if for whatever reason you wish to switch.
Overall, I am glad I was brave enough to go wireless with my Apple Magic mouse and keyboard. From a designers perspective, I really love how sleek and professional it looks on my desk without the messiness of wires all over the place. Granted, it isn't quite a 5 star product in my eyes due to the somewhat disappointing battery life, but in terms of it's appearance and cool features and ease of use, I think it's brilliant.
Although this mouse comes as standard with your imac purchase, if you wished to buy this mouse separately it is priced at anywhere between £30-£60 on the internet, as well as being available in Argos for £59.99.
Summary: If you can try this in an Apple store first, it may help you make your mind up.
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