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The Apple Pro Mouse is pretty outdated now, having been replaced by newer and much more sophisticated mice. However this mouse began Apple's idea of laser tracking and a simple way to use your computer mouse. Being quite old now, this mouse is harder to purchase but you can still find sellers on the internet and buy one for under £20. This mouse cannot be compared to the latest Apple Magic Mouse however, which bares many more features.
The mouse has a very simple but attractive design - just like many Apple products. It has a symmetrical elliptical shape. Inside you can see a white smoothly shaped part, which is covered by a transparent plastic outer part, on which your hand rests and you click. The whole front side of the mouse is responsive to being clicked. It would be stupid to have the back half responsive too as this is where a fair amount of pressure will be from your hand. So this mouse only has one button. You can quite easily right click on a Mac by clicking whilst holding the 'CTRL' key however. This is a bit of a pain at first, but it makes the mouse a lot more reliable in the sense that it only has one button and will respond as you wish to this button being pressed!
There is a good length white wire that comes out the top end of the mouse where your fingers lie. This wire doesn't seem to tangle up much and runs to be plugged into a USB slot on your computer (or keyboard if it is powerful enough). The mouse uses optical laser technology to track where it's being moved, which is then transferred into movements of the cursor on your screen. This technology is very accurate, and back when it was first in use with this mouse, it was multiple times better than it's peers still with tracking balls for example, which would clog up with dirt and soon break.
This mouse has no problems like that making it more reliable once again, and more likely to last into the future. Mine that I have today still works perfectly after getting it years ago with an eMac. The mouse glides very smoothly itself. You can use it either on a mouse mat or any flat surface such as a wooden desk. Some black dirt does tend to build up along the sides of the mouse, but I think this is due to the surface not being 100% clean so this is inevitable over time. However, building up on the sides only, this doesn't affect the mouse in any way and with a clean every now and then, it'll keep running very smoothly.
The quality of the mouse seems to be there too, as with most Apple products. It's a pretty sturdy mouse and wouldn't be terribly easy to break if you are using it normally without applying too much pressure for example. So to sum up, this mouse boasts simplicity at it's best. It has a simple but very attractive design and is very accurate too. It can be used by both right-handed and left-handed users due to it's elliptical shape so it does reach out into the market quite well. However it is quite old and outdated now and lacks many features that the latest Apple mouses provide, so it'll have to drop a star due to this in the modern day market.
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Recent apple pointing and navigation devices have been all about how much they can do. Multi touch inputs, wireless magic trackpad/mouse hybrids that can run your life but cost big money. If you need a replacement pointer for an older mac that still looks the business the good old apple pro will be cheap, look good and work forever.
Doing away with traditional rollerballs, the Pro mouse uses Infra red sensors to accurately map movement. The advantage of this is you never need to clean the mouse and it is very light to use. Sadly this also means that it won't work properly on a reflective surface such as glass or anything laminated.
With no visible mouse buttons the whole mouse acts as a 'left click' with less resistance towards the front of the unit than the rear. This is a pleasure to use and great for lazy browsing.
The mouse connects with a USB 2 cable finished in usual apple white, the cable is quite short but will function well when plugged into one of the low power USB extensions provided by the wired keyboards of old.
If plugging directly into a machine it would prove a little short. I would not therefore advise this for right handed use on a mac laptop as the USB cable will not easily stretch.
In all a great mouse for older macs, for newer ones, look to the multi button models.
This was the classic Apple mouse I used for so long. It was the mouse that everyone looked at and wondered how on earth it worked. It's also the mouse that delivered superb precision with an elegant design and was built for efficient use. This mouse is certainly not the latest innovation from Apple and it cannot compete with the Magic Mouse, which is the most recent.
This mouse has a very smooth elliptical design meaning it can be used just as easily by left-handed people as right-handed ones. On appearance, you can't see any buttons. The clever part is, the whole body of the mouse is actually a button. With this mouse, you'd have to hold down 'CTRL' whilst clicking to access the right mouse click functions. This was the main problem with the mouse, but Apple soon solved this with a mouse that was sensitive to touch on both sides so with the same design, it could be used for both left and right clicks.
Back in the day, this would retail at around £50 as it was a top of the range mouse and used with the all expensive iMacs. It still costs quite a bit today but you can get one for under £10 on eBay! The mouse has a wire coming out the front, which isn't very long and is simply a USB 2 connection to your computer. In conjunction with the most recent Apple keyboards, you could potentially save USB ports on your computer by plugging the mouse into one of the USB ports given on the keyboard, if your computer is powerful enough to support this.
The mouse was one of the first to rid of the rolling ball and other tracking mechanisms that were prone to damage. Instead, this mouse utilises laser technology to track where it is moving. This was a very smart way of doing it and it is used today in almost all new mice. This laser technology gives the ultimate precision required for certain tasks on your computer such as those to do with image editing including Photoshop.
The body of the mouse had a plastic cover over it, which was transparent and saw through to the white body with a grey Apple logo. It was designed brilliantly. A soft and smooth material round the bottom rim gave it a very smooth scrolling ability. The sensitivity of the mouse click was indeed quite high, so you have to be careful whilst using this one. You cannot exactly rest your hand on the mouse and click away when you want, and this is why one of those wrist resters on a mouse mat may be more useful with this mouse. The mouse glides nicely along a desk or mouse mat or any reasonably flat surface thanks to the laser technology. The tracking speed can be changed in system preferences on a mac, as well as the double click speed.
It is quite annoying having to hold down control every time you want to right click but you don't right click very often and there are often keyboard shortcuts to substitute these right clicks. I became very used to the 'holding control' business, and actually learnt many of the shortcuts on the Mac due to this too! I think this was a pretty revolutionary mouse and one of Apple's great inventions. I enjoyed using it when it was released and am pleased they have not moved on terribly from this idea with the Mighty Mouse, although the Magic Mouse does seem a bit different. I'd certainly recommend one - especially if you have an old Mac, as it would couple nicely!
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I must admit that since buying an Apple Macbook (*review pending) I've been looking for other accessories to use over and above my new purchase. Although it's been difficult to get over the price of new accessories I couldn't imagine paying anything more than £20 for an old Apple mouse to complete the look of my latest acquisition from the house of Apple and lately over the last year or so I'm finding that new products by Apple are ever so expensive. Although discontinued in 2005, the Apple Pro Mouse, so named because of its clean and cut pebble like appearance, optical infra-red laser and sequential one button function, is still available at a cost between £5-00 and £19-99 from sellers on EBay and other online merchants. My cost however was 75p from a charity shop (Save the Children!)displaying this model in new packaging and never been opened!
For a start I like my mice with my computers; I've only gone through a few in the last fifteen years or so when I changed over from basic word processor to a proper PC and through this time, like many computer users, there has been the inevitable corded, wireless and hi-tech mice along the way that sparkle with features whilst the build quality and power determined by the so-called wireless units that use batteries starts to fall.
Over other PC mice, the Apple Mac Pro is dressed in white with a clear pebble glass like top that looks classy and moves with great precision over flat surfaces due to its laser light on the base and smooth flushed design with a slightly raised oval perimeter that goes all around the base of the mouse; indeed unlike my Logitech notebook mouse which has four additional pads, there are no pads on the base of this mouse, lending its gliding design all down to the flat flushed surface. Whilst this may not be of much interest to many, it means this type of mouse can be used on any surface, let alone a mouse mat by traditional means and at an angle too - as long as the red laser part is always on some kind of surface, the Pro Mouse can be used. In use when plugged in, there is always a red hovering base when the mouse is powered up to ensure it is working and like most Apple Mac products, white is the colour of the day with the same cord in greyish white rubber that accompanies the same quality found on later accessories such as the MagSafe power adaptor. Later Pro Mouse models had an additional ring on the bottom to project the red light upwards creating a glow effect - sadly mine doesn't have this feature - and for a time they were also available in black and white.
So it is a pity that despite this rather unique looking mouse (unless you are surrounded by oodles of Mac owners including yourself) that its overall size is sometimes compromised by its not so long wired cord. At around 70 cm I find it sometimes difficult to navigate completely only because the cord is too short whilst the top circumference of the mouse can appear bulky if there's not enough surface area for it to pivot around the 13" Macbook. However with a normal Apple Mac such as the Mini hard drive system, this Pro Mouse has oodles of space to play with. The speed of the actual pointer however is impressive despite its general age and responds with a smooth and non-hesitant route. The only downside is that it won't perform onto a right hand click on say, if you want save something - that can be a downside to the basics of this mouse. However one advantage of this mouse is that it can be used on a PC as long as you have Windows XP running or later.
Against its more feature and price hiked Mighty Mouse component and replacement, the Pro Mouse also lacks the more versatile scroll ball that makes clicking and highlighting a lot easier. Its one button function however is slightly unique - you can be either left or right handed with this mouse since its button click is placed in the centre, and if you are sensitive with the button function by holding down the mouse, it will program itself to your own input adjustment as well as adding much more accuracy to the click mechanism generally with MACs. Later Pro Mice had the name "Pro" removed on the front only displaying the Apple Mac apple sign and nothing else - this confused me initially as I had seen newer Pro mice at school against later Mighty versions with the scroll ball. Despite this, the Apple Mac Pro mouse is still worth consideration if you are looking for a basic mouse for your Apple Mac that completes the overall Apple brand in your home, particularly if younger members have broken other mice. What's more is that it remains to be one of the most comfortable mice I've ever handled due to its flat and curved surface and allows the hand to hold or simply lightly touching it making it more unique than most mice on the market. However if its priced at £19-99 you'd be better to get the more up to date Mighty Mouse version which is available either as a wireless or corded mouse. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008