Product Type: Apple mice & trackballs
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Everything At The Click of A Button
Apple Mighty Mouse
Member Name: DocDan3
Apple Mighty Mouse
Date: 04/05/09, updated on 06/05/09 (218 review reads)
Advantages: Stylish, Smooth Design, Loads of Features, Precise, Ease + Efficiency
Disadvantages: Dirt in Scroll Button
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!
Thanks for reading,
Summary: An excellent mouse for efficient use with your Mac
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