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I bought a iMac a couple of years ago now and since then I have been using the apple mouse, I have the wired version but there is a wireless version which I was going to get at the time but it was £50, and after paying just over £1000 for a Mac, I got the cheaper one!
*About the product*
It is a optical mouse which is attached to the back of the mac or at the side of the keyboard (which has a single usb port either side of the keyboard). It has 5 controlling 'buttons', which include, the tracking ball, left/right clicking buttons and the two buttons on the side. It is white and it has a small apple on the top of the mouse. It attaches using a white usb and short cable. It looks sleek, stylish and very apple in design.
~Yo have the two buttons at the side of the mouse which you squeeze together to view all of the windows you have open at the same time - so you can flip from one window to another, which is really quite useful and makes navigating though all of the pages you have open very quick and easy. On apple they call this feature the force sensing side buttons.
~It has the normal left and right buttons at the top - just like any normal mouse has, but it is like a touch screen as it does not look like it has any buttons on it. They call this feature the touch sensitive top shell.
~And then it has a small scroll ball on the top of the mouse, which is used to scroll up, down and side to side of the window you have open. They call this the innovative scroll ball and button, as the actual scroll ball can be pressed in and on the screen the dashboard will appear (with a calender and other widgets you have selected on it).
It also has optical tracking, which is the red light under neath the mouse which allows the mouse to be controlled accurately and precisely on any surface (no need for a old fashioned mouse mat)!
Overall, I really like this mouse it is really ergonomically designed as it fits in your hand really comfortably and my fingers are right over all of the controls so it is very easy to use all of the button on the mouse.
But there is only one draw back (well two) but it is that it gets dirty really easily. It gets bits under all of the scroll ball which if not cleaned regularly will cause the scroll ball not to work. But apart from it getting dirty easily, the only other thing about this product that is not that great is the price.
The single mouse costs £39 from the apple store uk, which really is a lot for a mouse, but it does have a lot of positives. But still £39 for a mouse is a bit silly! They can be bought from the apple store uk (online) or from a apple store.
*Ergonomically designed - so it fit really comfortably in your hand and all of the buttons/controls are in easy reach
*Looks really great - sleek, stylish and very apple
*Easy to use with some good features such as the scroll ball, and the handy short cuts
*Wired and wireless available
*no software required
*Just plug in and go
*Durable and I have had this for maybe two years and It has not broke once and it works perfectly
*If not cleaned regularly the scroll ball does not work
Thank you for reading my review
Recently supplanted by the 'Magic' Mouse (I wonder what will come next? the Supernatural mouse?!) the Mighty Mouse is still on the market with various retailers for around £10 less (in the region of £40 rather than £50).
What everyone wants to know with an Apple product...... Sleek and a slightly bulbous ovaloid shape in Apple's characteristic shiny white plastic, this mouse suffers from many of the same issues as its contemporary keyboard (see my other review....).
The grey scroll button (a small ball) has a tendency to get dirty (and clogged, affecting performance - see below) in much the same way as the keyboard, while the white plastic is prone to discoloration over time. Two squeezable force-sensitive side buttons straddle either side of the mouse making it ideal for right or left handed users. The underside features apple branding and safety information in light grey and the optical components which glow red.
Click, squeeze, roll and scroll: what is in effect a single button performs all of the functions of a two buttoned mouse (although when using the mouse with a PC or even a Mac if two buttons are your preference, the mouse can be set up to do so).
The scroll ball offers 360 degree scrolling; while Apple have tried to market this as an innovation, it works in much the same way as the 'mice' on early laptops (before the invention of the touch pad) except more sensitive. And not necessarily in a good way.
However, the pressure sensitive side buttons (which operate the dashboard) and touch sensitive whole-mouse clicking (it is, in effect, a giant button) are innovative though the former are somewhat awkward to use (a function of my small hands?).... indeed the whole set up of the mouse, while great when you're used to it, lacks the intuitive design of many other Apple products.
Maybe three and a half stars?
The Apple Mighty Mouse has only recently been replaced by the Magic mouse, which is a lot better as it's all touch-sensitive. The mighty mouse has one major problem, which has now been fixed with the new magic mouse that I'll talk about later. You can get the mighty mouse wired or wireless, with the latter costing a fair bit more.
The mighty mouse has a great design and literally looks like a white mouse. It uses laser technology to accurately sense movement, and it never fails to do so. It glides smoothly across any hard surface due to the smooth rim round the bottom. On the top side towards the front of the mouse, there are actually two buttons but it's all disguised as one. Further back from these buttons is a small spherical grey scroll button.
This is where the problem lies. The scroll button always gets dirt in it and stops working effectively. It will suddenly not scroll smoothly and sometimes not scroll at all when it becomes jammed. Despite giving it a good clean, it's hard to prevent it from continuously happening again. Another nifty addition to the mouse is two squeezy buttons on the sides, which can be squeezed in when holding it. It feels very natural to do, and it's effect can be decided on your Mac's System Preferences. I use it to expose all windows, which makes using the computer very fast and efficient.
The mouse looks great - it blends in with the whole Apple colour scheme. There is an ingrained Apple logo on the top side of the mouse towards the back. It is very comfortable to hold and a good size - not too small for those with large hands, but not too chunky either. The wired one connects to your computer via USB and the wireless one contains two AA batteries to wirelessly connect. The wireless one seems a lot heavier in hand, which in a way makes it worse to use.
Prices aren't that cheap, but it's cheaper than the latest Magic Mouse at around £40+ for the wireless version and around £30 or less for the wired one. It's not the best mouse due to the fact the scroll sphere dies after a while, but this was a great error noticed by Apple and improved upon with the new Magic Mouse. The good thing about the scroll wheel is that it goes up, down, left and right so is good for large windows to get around quickly. It is a very responsive mouse and works nicely.
Thanks for reading!
Let me start that since buying my iMac i have never EVER wanted to go back to a windows computer and never will if i can help it! Every apple product ive bought has been fantastic and rarely have any problems!
So yes earlier this year (2009) i purchased my first mac in the form of a 24" imac that came with the standard wired apple keyboard as well as a 'mighty mouse'.
The 'mighty' mouse has a very sleek design based on Apple's plain white design that is apparent on a number of their products, and features four real control features which are very well thought of!
The first two controls are of course the two click buttons on top of the mouse! It may look like there is just the one as there is no divide like on other computer mice but there are indeed two and in the usual places....
The third control is the mouse scrolling ball, which as you would expect allows you to scroll up, down, left and right around a page or project. BUT there is also a second function here which is that you can click this ball and bring up a shortcut window (which is set in the mac settings window by the user).
The forth and final control which is also pretty hidden to view is what i call the 'squeeze' function. When you squeeze the two edges of the mouse together all of your current open mac windows will spread apart and allow you to choose which one you wish to hop to! (makes changing pages very very simple!)
The main complaint ive heard off others about this product is that the cable is too short, i would agree however i can not complain myself as i got a usb cable extension free with my imac (no doubt put in for the mouse or keyboard).
The product is great and does exactly what you would expect however i do have one ongoing issue with it..... the roller ball can occasionally decide it wants to only scroll up and not down.....after a few times of this happening i popped into the store where i was informed that small bits of dust and dirt get inside and prevent it working properly, this is easily fixed by rolling the ball on a sheet of paper however it can get annoying after a few times!
Overall a great product that features some nice controls to make things easier when using your computer......
Almost all of Apple's products are simple yet very effective, and work very well. This is no exception with brilliant build quality, it is very easy to use and looks very nice. However, it is very expensive compared to other products, it has a short cable and it only has one button which may annoy Windows turned Mac users.
The packaging is very simple, but keeps the product very safe with lots of padding. It is very easy to recognise with the trademark Apple packaging and it can be opened and closed very easily. It can be used as a storage box when you aren't using it as you don't need to rip it open in order to get to the product like in other brands.
It is very easy to install, as you only need to plug it in on a Mac, and a simple software install is needed on Windows. This is very short. The mouse is very easy to move around and always seems to get the movements perfect, with the mouse on screen moving perfectly with the real mouse. The scroll wheel is also very good as it is easy to move and never sticks. However, there is only one button which is a pain for Windows turned Mac users as they won't be able to get used to it very quickly.
The build quality is on par with other Apple products, with the mouse showing no signs of wear and tear after lots of use.
However, it is quite expensive for a mouse compared to other products, but it is worth it for the great build quality and it is very easy to use. Also, the cable is very short so it can't be moved around too much, or used far away from the computer.
In conclusion, another quality product from Apple. A must for any Mac fan, with its great build quality and the design that is better than other brands can offer. However, it is very expensive and the cable is very short. It also lacks a second button, which will definitely annoy lots of people.
It seems such a strange thing to be reviewing a mouse, but this one seems to be particularly worthy of it.
As an Apple product it naturally has a very sleek and simplistic design. The round shape of the device is perhaps not the most comfortable fit as it lacks the ergonomic design that you see on many mice these days, but it fits comfortably in the palm of the hand.
The device consists of 4 seperate buttons. A left click (as anyone would expect to work) a right click (that works by taking your left finger off of the mouse and using the right hand side) a 'squeeze' made by squeezing the sides in, and a middle click on the scroll ball. These are fully customisable allowing you to use each button for whatever you desire. Currently I use (on my Mac) the left button as standard click, right button for Ctrl Click, Squeeze for Dashboard and middle for Expose, and find it makes me work so much quicker. The scroll button allows for four way scrolling, up/down, left/right, and is quite responsive, but sadly gets gunked up rather easily and does stop working rather quickly.
The cable is perhaps a little short, this can be corrected with an extension cable or a wireless version of the mouse, though this is a minor problem coming from the company that invented the mouse it's a worthy follow up, if a bit breakable.
This is a rather distinctive looking mouse, but this is just a typical Apple design. With no visible mouse buttons, it does appear a little confusing as to how it actually works. But Apple has managed to somehow make it touch sensitive so that it works like a traditional mouse with two buttons. Actually, using the right click takes a little bit of getting used to because you have to lift your left finger whilst clicking on the right side of the mouse. The scroll wheel is another evolutionary step which I had not even thought of before I owned this mouse. Not only does the wheel allow you to scroll vertically, but it also lets you scroll horizontally also. Another feature is the side buttons which are very useful in OS X as they make the use of expose very useful and convenient. A couple of minor problems with the mouse is that sometime the scroll ball can get clogged with dirt and stop working, and I initially thought that this was permanent, but later discovered that if you flip the mouse upside-down and rub the scroll ball on a piece of paper it cleans the dirt out very effectively. Also sometimes the side buttons can be pressed by accident.
as you might have guessed, i'm an apple fan. since getting my first mac last year i've slowly been intergrating myself into the brand and now i can't imagine ever going back.
the mighty mouse is my latest acquisition, courtesy of a friend of mine, another mac addict. previously i was using a standard scroll mouse with a ball, which continually was clogged with dirt and felt grubby next to my shiny white mac. mm.
in comes the mighty mouse. with it's glossy white finish, and small recessed apple logo, it's functional but good looking at the same time - the way things should be.
the number one advantage of the mighty mouse is the 360 degree scroll wheel, instead of being limited to up and down scrolling (how boring!) you now have the freedom to scroll wherever the hell you please. it feels good, people.
additionally it's an optical mouse so the dirt clog is limited (altho obviously you can't eliminate it all together).
the mouse retails at around £30 and is only available in white. it will work with macs and pcs alike, (i often use it with my non mac laptop and it's fine) and is connected by usb.
the only thing i will say is: clean it well. the scroll wheel will get dirty quicky and sometimes cause it to stick, but rubbing it with a piece of clean paper will clear the dirt and get it up and running again.
[Originally posted on www.ciao.co.uk]
I have been using the Mighty Mouse for a month now, and it has performed excellently. It seems almost futuristic, but is just another great gadget from Apple. For £30.99, you can buy the wired mouse from amazon.co.uk. The price is reasonable for the product you are getting as it runs smoothly and has many little tricks.
The mouse is white, following Apple's modern colour scheme. There is a small Apple logo engraved onto the upper face of the mouse where your hand rests. It is shaped as a rather rounded rectangle. On the sides of the mouse, there are two sensitive pads that you can squeeze. This will show you all the current open windows when squeezed. From here, you can hover over the desired window before clicking to access it. This is just one nifty trick that the mouse can do, and is quick and very efficient.
Another unique feature is the scroll button. It is a grey small button that lies towards the front of the mouse. It acts as a scroll, which you can push up, down, left and right to scroll down and across large pages or photos. You can change the scroll sensitivity along with mouse sensitivity in System Preferences on your Mac. The scroll button can also be clicked to access the dashboard. This is where you can quickly access things such as the weather, a calculator and a calendar.
The mouse hides its buttons, as they are not visible. However, they are there and there are two of them! Depending on which side of the mouse you click depends on whether you are left or right clicking. You must set the mouse preferences if you want the right click to be enabled as the default setting is to have one left button click no matter where you click. This is a good feature as the older mice only had a single button. It sometimes is hard to right click as it seems to recognize it as a left click, but that's probably just me being stupid.
Underneath the mouse, you can see its laser, which is sensitive to movement and works very effectively. The mouse smoothly glides across desks and mouse mats. It is very light so doesn't feel awkward to use like the wireless Mighty Mouse. Dirt shows up a bit more, but this makes you more determined to keep it clean, like you should!
Don't forget to feed it cheese.
Thanks for reading
Stylish design triumph or ergonomic nightmare?
If there has ever been an Achilles heel for the Mac it has always been the mouse. Specifically the lack if a second button (for right clicking) just seems to really bother some people, but with this mouse the button options (potentially 5) are almost too much.
The scroll ball.
I'm pretty sure this is the first Apple mouse with a scrolling ball/wheel. This is not so much of a wheel as a nipple (or revolutionary Scroll Ball as Apples never bashful marketing dept. puts it) that lets you scroll not only up and down but also sideways. As a tactile sensation it reminds me of those awful red pointers IMB used on their ThinkPads. It does seem a bit fragile as it occasionally stops working for downwards scrolling as accumulated gunk seems to jam up how the ball works.
Depending on where you click on the mouse you can get different effects. If you go into System preferences and then click on the mouse option, you'll find you can configure what the mouse does depending on how you click with it.
You have the option of assigning what happens when you click on the front right or left of the mouse, assigning those as primary (left click) or secondary (right click) buttons. You can also assign the scroll wheel when pushed down as well as the squeeze function on the sides of the mouse. As the previous reviewer mentioned you can also adjust the tactile response required for this so you dont get RSI after a week of use.
For instance, you can set the mouse to clear all windows with a right click, use a side squeeze to show all open windows (via expose), left click to show the hardrive, scroll ball click to .well you get the picture. Pretty much anything you would use a function key for can be done by changing where you click on the mouse.
It's hard to get excited about a mouse (youd think after 30 years somebody wouldve come up with a better way of interacting with a computer) so I have no real complaints other than wishing the scroll ball was a bit more substantial/solid. It's certainly a lot better than the old hockey puck style mouse that shipped with the original iMac.
You can also get a wireless version if the standard USB version is too low tech for your needs.
If you own a Macintosh, you may decide to buy a mouse for it. Indeed, there’s not a lot you can do without one. Even if you have a notebook with a trackpad, you can achieve far more control and accuracy with a mouse, space permitting. But which mouse to buy? This one which looks like a nice normal grey generic mouse? Or what about that one? OR, this one which LOOKS like a mouse, but a bit cooler? Apple’s own mouse is a simplistic, beautiful-looking thing which connects via USB. It is certainly a joy to look at, principally because it looks so unusual in its simplicity. A (perfectly formed) lump of clear plastic houses a white slab with an Apple logo on it, and makes you wonder where the buttons are. But as is always the case with stylish Apple goodies, with style comes functionality. The top of the mouse is actually one giant button, meaning that the user pushes the whole mouse to click. Whereas this can seem very alien at first, it soon becomes second nature, and actually starts to feel more natural than standard mouse button clicking. To aid this, there is a nifty dial on the mouse’s underside. Turning this changes the button’s resistance to approximately the following three wrist strengths: Lowest setting – Fragile woman, e.g. Victoria Beckham Middle setting – Vicar Highest setting – Strong man, weightlifting vicar, Mel C Very handy (no pun intended). But what else is there? Well, as is practically standard with today’s mouse plurals, this mouse uses infra red instead of a mouse ball. This provides far greater accuracy, optically reading the surface of the mouse mat. Lack of moving parts also means there is no deterioration in the responsiveness. The mouse will not become sluggish, and will offer the same level of performance for all of its life. So how does it perform? Well, a combination of the above points means that the experience of
using Apple’s mouse is a very comfortable, reliable one. As stated above, the button system becomes a very natural action, particularly with the variable resistance setting. The mouse is accurate, responsive and technically trouble-free. However, there are a few niggling little problems with what is otherwise a five-star product. Firstly, the price. £39 is a lot of money to pay for a mouse. However, what this price covers is reliability in what will inevitably become one of Apple’s many design classics. Furthermore, it is a sturdy piece of equipment which will last. A potentially annoying trait of the mouse is its rather short cable. Whereas this can be a joy to those who want no cable clutter, it can also be slightly restrictive. However, this does not happen very often, and could be seen as advantageous to many. Some users may also dislike the lack of a second button for contextual menus, and scroll wheel. The scroll wheel is a slight disadvantage, but contextual menus can be accessed by clicking with the control button pressed down instead of using a second mouse button. The symmetry offered by the single button means that should you suddenly become left-handed, you don’t have to fiddle about in the system preferences swapping round the two buttons. But on a serious level, this would prove very useful if, say, your computer was being used for demonstration purposes, and a large number of people who could be left or right handed are using your machine and mouse. Move it to the other side of the keyboard and you're sorted. Overall, a very reliable, comfortable and stylish mouse, but with it, a slightly steep price tag. It is a beautiful piece of kit, which goes especially well with the white Apple products such as the G4 iMacs. If you want a robust mouse which looks great, and you are prepared to pay a little more, you can’t really go wrong with this.