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So once again, apple decided to be clever. They weren't happy with the way computer mice worked, so reinvented it. And what was the end product? The apple Mighty Mouse. With the famous (or infamous) scroll wheel. A multi direction ball replacing the usual 'up and down' wheel that allows you to move in any direction within a page or document with minimal effort.
The mouse itself is characteristically white and grey, the mouse and cable being white with a grey scroll wheel. There are two side buttons which allow you to switch between open programs, and the usual left and right click buttons. Well I say buttons, in reality the mouse is one solid piece of plastic. there is no distinguish between where you click the left and right part, you must rely on putting the greater amount of pressure of the side you wish to use.
The design is slick and shiny, as all the best apple products are. It isn't terribly ergonomically friendly though, and is near enough flat. It can strain your hand after a while and I think it wouldn't be too difficult to get RSI from this mouse. If you do a lot of computer work, get a better designed mouse.
A huge problem with this mouse, that can be blamed on the scroll wheel, is the tendency for the wheel to stop responding. As your finger scrolls on it, a lot of dirt gets dragged inside the mouse and clogs it up, where it eventually stops working. Its not a terribly pleasant job cleaning it out, and somewhat repulsive.
Also, the cable on the mouse is rather short so your best bet is to plug it in to your keyboard. And if it needs replacing, it will cost a small fortune more than most standard mice.
Having been a windows user all of my child and adult life you can imagine how hard it was for me to then start using a Mac with it's completely different layout and different sets of tricks to learn and find out about.
With every computer requiring a mouse in one form or the other, but even though you can get track pad's and some with a tracking ball built into some keyboards it's still easier to use an external mouse for absolute control.
The options of mouse's you can get this day and age is huge, but the good thing is any type of mouse, which is usb-powered works for both Windows and Mac.
Apple's basic mouse is a very simple but effective navigation tool, navigating around your Mac with the ease and comfort that any of the top mouse's would have.
This all white slim line sleekness fits very well in your hand, it's not quite molded to your hand but it isn't as cumbersome as most of the basic Window Mouse's.
The Apple "Mighty" Mouse slips into your Mac or windows with a usb cable, measuring at 4.5inches length, 2.5inches width, (just under) 1.5inches depth. When you first see it, it has a brilliant shine of white which never goes, even when you have had it for a few years it never loses it's shine.
Has 4 functions on this little mighty mouse, now because I was a windows user for such a long time I'm very use to there being a function for both the left and right click of the mouse.
There are two (white) buttons on either side of the mouse and the function of these two buttons when pushed together turns the screen darker and whatever windows you have open pulls them back so you can see them on a smaller scale so you can choose between the windows, once clicked on the preferred window the light comes back to normal resolution and the window comes back to normal size, on the top towards the front of the mouse is a tiny scroll wheel that looks like a tiny tracking ball instead and the function is as it sounds, it scrolls up and down the page, but if you push down on the wheel the screen goes dark again and gives you other accessory programs (mine are, calculator, weather forecast, clock, dictionary, calendar, Christmas day countdown) but you can change it to your preference of what you want.
Even though when you press on the top of the mouse the whole unit clicks down together, again you can customize it in the computers settings so when you press the front left click is just the same as the windows left click which is to move the cursor or highlight and the front right click brings up options as it would do on Windows (paste cut copy...etc), just don't be confused when you click down on either the left or the right you feel the whole thing moves down. So basically this little mouse that looks so insignificant has 5 functions, you would never think it would you.
Unlike most optical-tracking sensor it works on most work tops, I personally think you don't need a special mat like most of the Window mouse need for precision, this is strong enough on it's own, if you lift the mouse slightly of the table you will see the power of the red light shinning down on to the table.
You can buy this powerhouse of a mouse from Amazon for £38.18, it is a little pricey but at least you have a peace of mind that you know this is a worthwhile purchase.
The Mighty Mouse is an innovative invention from Apple with great features, an excellent design and enormous capabilities in comparison to any other mouse. You can buy the mouse as a wireless version, which uses Bluetooth or you can buy a wired version, which doesn't cost as much and connects to your computer via USB cable. The Mighty Mouse has a gorgeous look on the outside but is full of precise mechanics on the inside, which enable you to efficiently use the mouse at ease.
The mouse is white with sheen, and it has a smooth rounded rectangle shape. The wired mouse comes with a pristine white USB wire to match the Apple colour scene, so it's likely to blend in well whether you have a Mac Mini, Macbook or iMac. The mouse has an apple logo engraved onto the top face towards the back, so it's quite clearly viewed as an Apple mouse. The only adjustment to the colour scheme is the grey scroll button, which has fantastic 360° rotation capabilities. This enables you to browse web pages, applications and all the rest in each and every direction. You can customise the scroll to scroll in all directions (including diagonals) or up, down, left and right. This gives the user total flexibility, and I find it very useful if I come across a large webpage or application with a large window. The only problem with the scroll button is that it seems to get dirty and sometimes stops working. You can hear a slight clicking sound when it's in use efficiently, but sometimes this goes and you need to clean it well and scrub it hard to get it working again. It's a real pain, but this has to be the only downside of the mouse.
From one button to numerous features and buttons, the Mighty Mouse brings you two hidden buttons towards the front of the mouse. You can access your System Preferences on your Mac to change the settings of the mouse. You can activate both these buttons as a left click, or have the right button for a right click too - just like any other mouse. This is a great feature and makes using your computer so much easier, especially when on the Internet. The buttons aren't obviously separated so you can't see this from the design. Instead, the buttons are under the outer shell to keep a smooth, sleek design on the outside.
Another feature of the mouse, which is personally my favourite are the two force-sensing buttons on either side of the mouse. Give your mousey a little squeeze and it enables you to activate Expose, where you can view all your windows. Once again, you can customise your mouse for these buttons and all the others in System Preferences to do what you wish, to your liking. All the features of the mouse mean there is less clicking, less typing and higher efficiency! It's a real joy to use your Mac with such an excellent mouse.
The scroll button itself works very well besides the dirt problem. As well as being a scroll button, you can also press it in to act as another button! Not the latest technology, but another great addition to the mouse to make the most of it. You can choose what you want this button to do, but it brings you to the Dashboard as a default for the leopard version of OSX. This is where you can add widgets such as weather, dictionary, flight tracker, translator, notepad, calculator and more to use at your fingertips. No matter how lazy it sounds, the Mighty Mouse enables you to do so much with so little effort!
The laser-tracking engine gives precision on a range of surfaces including different sorts of tables so a mouse mat isn't necessary. You can adjust the tracking speed as well as scrolling speed in your System Preferences under Mouse and Keyboard. The tracking is very reliable and never fails on me. Sometimes the mouse will act as if its frozen (very rarely) but it's not a problem - it always works again once I unplug and plug back in the USB cable/reset the wireless mouse.
Both mice are very similar, but they do have their differences. For a start, the wireless mouse uses laser-tracking but the wired one uses optical tracking. The wireless mouse is powered by 2 AA batteries, which come included with the purchase and are also widely available, so that isn't bad, however they tend to make the mouse feel rather heavy at first but you get used to it. The wired mouse simply gets its power from the USB cable connected to your computer. The wired mouse can also be used with Windows 2000 or Windows XP or obviously Mac OSX v10.4.2 Tiger or later. The wireless mouse requires Mac OSX 10.4.6 or later and cannot be used with Windows. Besides this, they both have the same look and the same four programmable buttons. However, they come at different prices. To avoid the wires with the wireless version, this will set you back £48.00 from the Apple site. The wired one comes in at just £34.00, which is a lot less considering there isn't much difference. The wireless version gives you more freedom without the bother of more wires.
If you shop around on Amazon, you can find the wireless mouse for £44.00 and the wired one for just £28.00, so it's worth shopping around to find the best price! Considering the capabilities of this mouse with its stunning looks and efficient ease of use, I would definitely recommend one. They enable you to enjoy using your computer at greater ease with the ability to access a wide range of features at the click of a button. The only drawback was the scroll button, which sometimes gets dirty and interrupts the smooth scrolling. For this reason, I am going to have to drop the rating to 4 stars, as it isn't quite perfect!
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The Apple Mighty Mouse is currently the latest mouse for Mac computers and is highly advanced to give you the most efficient way of using your computer. It is very stylish yet simple and blends in with the majority of Mac designs. It is simply white with a glossy effect. The mouse has the Apple logo engraved on the upper face towards the back where your palm rests.
The mouse is oval-shaped and totally symmetrical so looks pretty neat. It uses laser technology to efficiently detect movement, and can work on any surface - not necessarily a mouse mat. The good thing about this new mouse is that it can be adjusted in the Macs System Preferences to your liking. You can activate a second right-click button as well as choose what other parts of the mouse do. It's a lot more complex than it looks, which is great as it keeps a simple look but is full of great technology.
The mouse has a small grey scroll on the top towards the front. It can scroll in any direction including to either side, which is useful for wide webpages or scrolling across windows. This button can also be pushed in to access the dashboard for example where you can view the weather, use the dictionary or translator and much more. Sometimes this scroll becomes dirty and stops functioning properly. The easiest way to fix this is to get a bit rough and scroll with it in every direction reasonably hard before cleaning it with a damp cloth and this seems to do the trick after a while. Being white, dirt does tend to show up on the mouse but it is easy to clean and has no large gaps between buttons where spray can get into.
On either side of the mouse are two sensitive pads. They can literally be squeezed to access another aspect, chosen from the System Preferences. I have mine set to expose all windows when I squeeze the mouse. This makes it extremely easy to surf between windows when you have multiple applications open. You simply scroll over the chosen window and let go of squeezing the mouse and you will then be able to use that window.
The mouse I have is wired but you can get a wireless one too. From what I've heard, it is considerably heavier and requires 2 AA batteries. It is worth it to get rid of those wires but the fact it needs batteries and the way it seems excessively heavy forced me into buying the wired one. You can get the wired one for around £34 and the wireless one for £48. The laser tracking device is very sensitive and the mouse is fully customisable using the Macs System Preferences to make use of all 4 potential buttons.
The two main buttons lie to the front of the mouse like any other. They are not visibly separated but there are two different buttons on either side of the mouse. You can customise the right button to act as a right-click or something else. This mouse has great potential, looks great and works excellently with the Mac - highly recommended!
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It's the wired mouse that reinvents the wheel - the scroll wheel. Mighty Mouse features the amazing Scroll Ball that lets you move anywhere inside a document, literally without lifting a finger. And with touch-sensitive technology concealed under the seamless top shell, you can choose either the versatility of a four-button mouse or the simplicity of a single-button beauty.