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This is a great wireless mouse, with a few flaws that are very frustrating! I have owned it for years now, and have owned both the wireless and wired versions of it. It feels solid in your hand, and has a nice shape and texture that feels nice. It rolls smoothly across the desk, and accurately. I can't remember a surface that it didn't work on. The battery life is good, so long that you can't remember when you put them in, and you can choose to just use one battery for less weight, but shorter battery life if you want. The most amazing yet frustrating feature for me is the trackball, it scrolls 360 degrees, and can be used in all applications, however it frequently gets clogged up and I have to spend a while cleaning out the gunk, to get it to work, and sometimes no matter what I try it won't work for a while, and the other frustrating feature is the right and left click buttons, which when they work are brilliant, but when they don't it is so annoying to be doing right clicks when you intended to select something, etc.
I have an Apple iMac that came with a wired Mighty Mouse. I recently decided i could do with an extra USB port and upgraded to the Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse.
Immediately i was impressed upon receiving the Wireless mouse; the packaing is sleek and typical of the care and attention Apple put into their packaging. The mouse is presented beautifully inside the box and even the instructions are well designed and thought out.
Once i taken the mouse out of the box i was immediately struck by how much heavier the Wireless mouse is in comparison to the Wired Mighty Mouse. It feels at least twice the weight of its predecessor; this however doesn't detract from the mouses' main functions. If anything i've come to prefer the feel of the heavier mouse, particularly when using it for graphic design.
The design of the mouse is beautiful and typical of Apple; the top is smooth and shaped perfectly to support your hand as you use it. It looks great alongside the iMac and Mac keyboard and is a perfectly ergonomical design.
The mouse runs off 2 AA batteries, and in my experience they tend to last around 3-5 weeks, depending on usage. I'd recommend using rechargeable batteries as they tend to last slightly longer than non-rechargeable, they're also much cheaper in the long run. I would have liked to have seen some kind of chargeable pack with the mouse to save you buying batteries, but it's still fairly good value for money. You're essentially paying for an extra USB port and to clean up your desk by removing the mouse wire.
Once the batteries were in the mouse was extremely easy to connect to my Mac, i simply pushed down the switch located on the bottom of the mouse, the Mac recognised it and it began working almost immediately. The mouse connects via Bluetooth and is an extremely effective and smooth experience. I couldn't have been more impressed with how easy it was to install and begin using the Wireless mouse.
The mouse is essentially one large button with left and right click capabilities, as well as a scroll wheel in the upper middle of the mouse. The scroll wheel has vertical and horizontal capabilities and although it worked extremely well at first, after just a couple of weeks it began to stick and now you can only scroll down, it won't scroll back up, or left or right. The mouse also has clickable buttons on the sides of the mouse which can be assigned to whichever function you wish. Originally i had the buttons set up for Expose, now i have them set up to enter Screens.
Overall i'm really happy with this mouse and glad i bought it; it looks great, works extremely well and the batteries last a decent amount of time. The only criticism i'd have is that the rollerball could work much better, i'm sure it has been addressed in the new Apple mouse. I'd recommend getting a Wireless Mighty Mouse if you currently have the wired version, it'll just take you a day or two to get used to the weight!
Aesthetics - The look and feel is a basically a replica of a normal Apple Wired Mighty Mouse. However, the weight of it is a bit heavier than the wired one because of the battery insertion.
When I got this mouse from the Apple store, I thought the price was a bit expensive compared to the other wireless mouse. However, I bought this mouse because of the apple brand and it's beautiful aesthetics.
After I unpacked it and analysed the mouse, i had no idea where the battery was sposed to go in.
(NB battery comes with the product which is really useful)
I thought that this mouse was the kind of mouse that doesn't need instruction leaflet however, i had to read it. After, i found out how the battery is fitted, i tried to take the mouse apart however, it was not easy. I had to use some kind of extra piece of equipment to open it.
When this was all done, i took my wired mouse off my keyboard and turned my iMac on. However, what i didn't know was the fact that i needed to use my wired Might Mouse to turn on the wifi on and set-it up. This was quite an inconvenience for me.
After all this fuss, my wireless was finally set-up! It runs smooth and i can also use it from the other side of the room. It's really useful when you have a 24inch iMac and wanting to watch a movie from a distance.
What I really like about this wireless mighty mouse is the scroll which goes 360 degrees and can scroll pages very effectively. Also, unlike other wireless mouse uses buttons to turn it on/off, it uses slide at the bottom cover the laser. The battery lasts quite a long time without worrying about it.
Overall, the function of the wireless is amazing and effective however, it needs to go through a hassle installation.
The Mighty Mouse may be another pricey product from Apple, but after my experience I can say that it is a great investment.
The mighty mouse connects via bluetooth which removes those annoying usb cables that are always getting in the way. It also means that you can move the mouse around more freely and get better control over your computer.
The battery life is also great giving me weeks of heavy usage before needing to change them again.
The mighty mouse also packs a lot of features in that work really well. Firstly the 2 main buttons are hidden under the top shell, which not only adds to the brilliant design but also improves sensitivity. There are also push buttons at the side which you can assign to different functions on your computer. These shortcuts are a nice added bonus for quick access to expose or widgets.
However I must say that the scroll ball takes a little getting used to. It can be a bit fiddly at first but once you get used to it, it works perfectly and the 360 scrolling is quite cool, that said I rarely use it and I think the mouse would have been easier to use with a standard scroller.
Overall this is a great mouse and is definitely worth a try. If you're not too sure on it, go down to your local Apple Store and try one out!
This is another quality product from Apple, with great design, brilliant build quality and it is very easy to use. However, it is expensive and Windows turned Mac users will find it hard to use.
The packaging similar to other Apple designs, making it hard to spot on the shelf. You may get it confused with the wired mouse, as the only difference is the text. The product is always safe and can be kept in the box while not in use as the box can be opened and closed with ease.
It is easy to install, but there is a lot of lag between the actions which makes it very hard to use for the professional or gaming users.. The scroll wheel is surprisingly easy to use, with 360 capabilities. It moves very well, never sticking. Windows turned Mac users will find it very annoying, with only one button instead of the usual two.
The mouse is very reliable and the build quality surpasses other products.
On the other hand, the product is very expensive compared to other products available. It is worth it though, with the outstanding rating, making it great value for money compared to alternative brands.
In conclusion, another great mouse to match the Apple computers. It is very easy to use, looks great and it very reliable. However, there is a lot of lag between the actions which will annoy lots of users. Windows users may also find it hard to get used too, but it it perfect for every Mac owner.
As with most apple products, the mighty mouse is stylish and well conceived. A simple oval shape with a single scroll ball in the middle. The mouse does not have buttons to click, like that of the stereotypical mouse, but instead you just push the case down and it clicks. Various features can also be configured in the "system preferences" section, which means you can personalise the mighty mouse for your own personal needs.
The scroller too is very good allowing you to scroll not only up and down, but left and right as well, which is useful when navigating webpages, or using garageband. Also, there are two pressure pads on the side which when squeezed active the "expose" feature allowing you to see all the applications which are open. Adding to the speed of which you can navigate around the apple.
On the downside, the mouse is rather heavy when compared to other wireless mice. However, it is not prohibitively heavy to use. Furthermore, the cost is quite high £48.00 from the apple store, and for those who are short of cash it may be a better option to go for the wired mouse, which is cheaper and lighter or perhaps even looking at other brands of mice.
In conclusion, despite the cost and weight, the mighty mouse is a stylish and well designed piece of kit, and for those who have a macbook they offer an alternative to a trackpad. This said, it is debatable whether it would be worth the expensive upgrade from a wired mightymouse.
Apple's fondness of minimalism and styling has perhaps reached it's peak with the Mighty Mouse.
It does not have the typical two buttons and a scroll wheel, instead it has the scroll ball, two side buttons and the touch-sensitive top.
The genius of this design is also perhaps it's failing. To right click you have to ensure you lift your finger off the left side of the top and press on the right side. This takes some getting used to and I know people can be put off by it.
The scroll ball is the best bit about this mouse for me. It can scroll vertically as you would expect AND horizontally, I know this is probably nothing new, but it has always felt like it was the best implementation of this operation I've encountered.
The side buttons (used in unison) are squeezed to press, they can be assigned a certain command (via System Preferences) or disabled completely. I know some people turn these off as it can be quite easy to accidentally press them and invoke their assigned command without meaning to.
The bluetooth version of this mouse is powered by 2 AA batteries (it also runs off one battery if weight or lack of batteries is an issue.) I would recommend getting some rechargeable ones as it eats through them at a hefty rate (if you leave it switched on that is.)
This is probably one of Apple's most forgivably flawed designs but nowhere near as bad as the 'hockey puck' mouse from the days of the original iMac. The scroll ball tends to get dirty and needs cleaning occasionally (turning it upside down and rolling it vigorously on a piece of paper works for me), the battery life is not great especially if you forget to turn it off (a sliding cover over the laser switches this off, quite an efficient piece of design.) Speaking of the laser, this is one of those laser mice that doesn't shine a blinding red light into your eye, it's apparently invisible (and therefore magic). I would also argue that it is one the slightly expensive side.
I would recommend anyone thinking of getting one of these mice that hasn't got one already should go to their nearest Apple shop and try it out. It's great when you get used to it, but it is certainly an acquired taste.
So about 12 months after the release of the wired Mighty mouse Apple finally gave into the criticisms of the short cable...and heck cable at all, and released a wireless version.
Whilst the mouse features remain mostly the same as the standard wired version it does have a few significant features different.
The first of these is the lack of a cable, it sounds obvious, but it needs to be said. This means that you essentially gain a USB port on your computer compared to using a wired mouse. Now what's really smart about this is it uses the integrated bluetooth included on all Macs (except some Mac Pro configurations) which means there's no messy software needed.
Batteries are also a really nice little point. It runs on AA batteries which is fairly standard, but it can accept 2 batteries to offer a bit more weight and longer battery life, or one one to be lighter to carry with a laptop and to help if you just happen to be short of batteries at home, but obviously offering a shorter charge for it's uses. Battery life on two batteries is significantly longer than on one.
Whilst the mouse still shares my criticisms of the original mighty mouse such as clogging scroll wheels it's a big step forwards, sadly at the cost of £50 it's one not many people will invest in.
The wireless Mighty Mouse made by apple is a fantastic product for use with any Mac. The mouse runs on bluetooth and works brilliantly. It does have two buttons, but they need to be configured to both work in 'System Preferences' on your Mac. The buttons are not visible but they are on the respective sides of the mouse.
The mouse also has a scroller, which is a grey ball. It works well as it can scroll up and down as well as from side to side. Sometimes it seems to get jammed and doesn't work in one direction for a bit but it normally fixes after you rub it a bit.
The mouse also has two squeezable sides to it. By squeezing the mouse (it doesn't bite), you can get the Mac to show you all the windows from applications you have open. By simply scrolling over the window you want to view and letting go of the sides of the mouse, it will bring you to that window in a flash. It is a useful feature when you have many windows open/applications running.
The mouse feels great to use and glides smoothly using a laser as a sensor. The only thing I felt when I first used the mouse was that it was a bit heavy. I got used to this feeling shortly and it now feels wonderful to use. It works very well and looks modern, slim and blends nicely with all your other Apple gadgets!
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Being a long time Apple user I always seem to praise Apple kit. For a long time now though, I have used a mouse from an alternative manufacturer. This was and still is mainly due to Apple not producing a decent enough mouse. Things have improved, first with the wired version of the Mighty Mouse and then with this wireless one which I used for approximately one month.
The Mighty Mouse Wireless uses two AA batteries to power it. They can be rechargeable if you like, but the mouse does not dock in any way, so to charge your batteries up you need to remove them. It communicates with your Mac via Bluetooth and does so very well. A simple matter of 'pairing' the mouse with the Mac you intend to use it with is completed within about thirty seconds.
In use the optical laser tracking is very accurate and it is overall a joy to use. The tiny little scroll ball in the top centre of the mouse body is very smooth and allows you to move the mouse pointer in all directions.
What spoils the Mighty Mouse is my opinion is that Apple tried to be far too clever with the mouse buttons. For a long time they were criticised for all their mice being single button offerings. Well this one has four. One under that tiny scroll wheel, which works fine. The left and right mouse buttons are touch sensitive, so left and right clicks are sometimes a bit dodgy. You physically have to make sure only one finger is touching the mouse in this area, otherwise you sometimes get a left click when you wanted a right click.
The force-sensing side buttons are too sensitive as well. They can be configured to launch applications, but I found that my thumb and finger kept touching them and triggering the action, so I ended up turning these side buttons off.
Battery life is good, in the month I used the mouse extensively they still had plenty of power. It is very comfortable to use, but I just wish Apple had done this mouse with normal mechanical buttons.