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I have had my Apple wireless mouse for over two years, and was an impulse purchase to go along with my iMac. At the time I haggled a deal due to the rest of my purchases but now it retails at around £40, which although makes it a luxury purchase, it is also very good quality.
As mentioned, I have had and used this product almost everyday for the past two years, and it has no signs of giving up anytime soon.
This wireless mouse follows the sleek, modern Apple design look which I personally have come to love and am willing to pay extra for. Its white shiny texture makes it very attractive in any room, and the wireless benefits mean it is a very discreet product which matches perfectly with the wireless keyboard and iMac. Its size is slightly smaller than most PC mouses, but it really does feel good quality.
When I first purchased this wireless mouse, it did take a while to get used too. This was mainly due to it being multi touch and so you have to get use to one click to scroll, right and left click. Once I got used to this, it became a dream to use. And you can configure the functions to your own needs. It has brilliant reaction times and connection strength is very strong, although it sometimes loses its bluetooth connection for no reason. All it takes is switching the mouse off and on again, and it tends to reconnect. I don't use a mouse mat with it, and don't deem it necessary as it has two smooth plastic/rubber strips underneath which prevents any damage to the mouse itself.
One negative aspect to this (which is echoed in my previous review on the Apple Wireless keyboard) is the battery life. It tends to last around three to four weeks and that is with pretty regular use. The plus point to this is it takes AA batteries, which means getting hold of decent priced batteries is pretty easy. One tip - to conserve energy you can switch off the mouse from underneath.
For me, this has proven to be a brilliant mouse and having used it for so long, I wouldn't go back to a regular mouse now. Although its pricing is a little high for a mouse, it seems to be a long lasting product which hasn't lost any quality after two years of owning it.
So, would I recommend? Yes, and I have!
The humble mouse (no, not the furry and alive kind... i'm talking about the non-furry and never-been-alive computer kind) can frequently be an over-manufactured device with buttons scattered all over the place. This certainly isn't the case with the Apple Wireless Mouse - it's a Zen-like and minimal little article which wouldn't look out of place inside a museum of modern art. The round-edged input-device resembles a pebble - that's if pebbles were white and made from shiny plastic.
The mouse (which is now a few years old and has subsequently been superseded by both Apple's 'Magic' and 'Mighty 'Mouse) can currently be picked up for under a tenner on eBay. It's a wireless device which connects to your computer via bluetooth, and is especially designed not to interfere with any other accessories which you may have in the vicinity of your Mac / PC. Obviously, the lack of wires means that the mouse needs some sort of power to operate, and this comes in the form of two AA batteries. The mouse has a range of around thirty feet - although why you'd want to use it that far away from the computer is anyone's guess.
Let's get down to business
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So, how is the mouse to use? Well, it's extremely comfortable to hold (and suitable for both right and left handed users), with smooth contours that seem to mould to your hand. The entire top section is actually a button - and pressing anywhere on the upper surface will result in a pleasant sounding click. Of course, this device won't suit those who are designated right-clickers... or the scrollers amongst for that matter - this is strictly a one button device, a lesson in minimalism.
The mouse uses a red laser on its underside to track the majority of surfaces that it is placed on, and in my experience it scrolls smoothly on fabric, plastic, and even wood. Next to the laser is an 'on / off' switch, which is extremely useful so that you don't inadvertently blind yourself when you flip the mouse over to change the batteries!
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In terms of its downsides - well apart from the aforementioned one-button and no scroll wheel limitations, there aren't any. The battery life seems to be pretty good - although Apple say it's three months, in practical terms, a couple of months is more realistic with frequent use. So all in all then, the standard Apple Wireless Mouse is a great little item - that is, unless you want a little more functionality from your input device... I personally upgraded to a dual button mouse with a scroll wheel after a year of use, because as great as it looks, it may be an example in form over function.
A very nice looking mouse in the typical glossy white finish. The whole mouse is effectively one button with a grey colored scroll ball in the centre of the mouse. I personally think this centre ball looks a little ugly and 'out of sync' with the rest of this beautiful mouse. The mouse consists of two surfaces - the top curved surface where your hand rests, which is perfectly designed so that your hand comfortably cups around the shape of it, and the bottom flat surface, with a simple open/close sliding power switch. Also, along the two sides of the mouse, are 2 buttons which allow access to customizable features such as expose.
The mouse itself takes two standard or rechargeable AA batteries. Personally, I use rechargeable AA batteries, which last around 3-5 weeks of pretty continuous use. My computer is on about 6 hours a day, 7 days a week. When i used to use standard AA batteries, the length of time before they run out was shorter, lasting around 1-3 weeks on average. I am a little disappointed with the lack of built in battery pack, like standard with most other Apple products, however it does last pretty long with normal batteries, so it does not bother me that much.
Officially, this mouse is designed to work only with bluetooth-enabled Apple computers & therefore the Mac OSX operating system. However, I have personally got this mouse working on a Windows 7 PC with a bluetooth dongle attached. This did take a lot of work, and took time to find the needed drivers and supporting software. Previously, I have also used this mouse with the same bluetooth dongle on Windows Vista, however I strongly discourage you from using the mouse in this setup as it took me (and I consider myself an expert computer user) many days to get it properly functioning. With bluetooth-enabled Apple computers, it is a seamless pairing and installation process - simply one click and you're done (or if you don't already have a functioning wired mouse, it pairs automatically)! Something to note also, is that when using the mouse with a windows PC, the side buttons do not function, however, as if by magic, you can right click by pressing down on the right side of the mouse!!
I was bought this mouse for Valentine's Day (haha!) as I only had the trackpad on my laptop. I use this mouse when I am doing university work and need the mouse for Illustrator and Photoshop as it is too hard to use the tracking pad for these design programs. For a mouse it was very expensive (around £50). I was given the wireless mouse and find this is a better choice for me because I travel back home from university a lot and feel wires would get in the way and I can just slip the mouse into my laptop bag and everything is tidy. It was so easy to setup and when I use the mouse again I just need to click on the bluetooth icon on the top and it reconnects instantly. The mouses movements are quite sensitive but you can change the speed of movement through 'settings'. The mouse uses a laser instead of a ball which makes it a lot smoother and usually the mouse balls collect dust on the rollers. The Apple Mighty Mouse is beautifully designed and is seamless. The roller is very intuitive because it not only scrolls vertically but you can scroll pages horizontally also. This is perfect and very handy when using the design programs and need to scroll across the page. There is no left click on the mouse so you use the control key on the laptop/computer which isn't a problem, you just have to get used to it. The mouse fits perfectly into the palm of your hand.
I bought this mouse to use with my Macbook so that when i am at a desk i don't need to keep using the trackpad which can be uncomfortable at a desk. I have found it to be incredibly useful for a number of reasons.
First, although it says it has one button the mouse actually has four. A left click, right click, side click buttons and the scrolling ball. This makes it even better than most PC mouses (which was one of my worries with a mac) and makes working very easy
Not only does it have numerous buttons but they can all be customised to your needs. this means if you prefer the mouse without left and right clicks you can have it. This is a priceless feature that means i can tailor the mouse to whatever project i'm working on.
The only problem i have found with the mouse is that every so often the tracking ball will move but not scroll. Fortunately you get a years warranty so it can be repaired if it persists. i have spoke to one other person who had the same problem but it doesn't seem to happen in every case.
Battery life is good and if you have rechargeable then isn't a problem at all. My batteries lasted a whole year at uni with regular use.
The wireless connection is great and connects straight away once the mac is on. It is so good to not have to worry about pulling the wire out. Also the sensor on the bottom works on most surfaces and i have often used it on my leg when sat on a train or somewhere where i couldn't use the mouse.
The accuracy of the pointer is great and can be adjusted for its speed if you want. You can also change how quick you want a double click to work or set it to open files with single clicks.
Installation was also very easy. Just a case of turning on the mouse and switching on the bluetooth on your mac. Simple.
The mouse is quite expensive which may put people off. I don't know why this is but Apple products normally are quite expensive. you do get good quality though and warranty after. I think you do end up getting what you pay for and buyers will have to decide if they want to spend that kind of money on it.
When my husband and I decided to buy an Apple iMac we thought it would be a good idea to pay a bit extra and get a wireless mouse and keyboard (£48 each). Up to that point we had always had a problem as I am right-handed and he is left-handed, which means that we like the mouse and mouse-pad on different sides of the keyboard. The wireless mouse has effortlessly solved this problem - we simply move it where we want it to be without getting any wires tangled. Having flexibility frees up a lot of desk space. The only negative is that it goes through batteries quite quickly. The mouse uses 2 AA batteries and they last about a month (depending on how much time you spend on the computer).
The design is sleek and attractive. It would be more convenient if you had the ability to 'right click' with the mouse alone, instead you need to press ctrl on the keyboard and click at the same time.
We will never go back to using a normal mouse again as the convenience that wireless provides is worthwhile.
The mouse has lost its tail!! the best thing to happen to a mouse,i use computers alot,especially macs and i was chuffed to bits the day this tailless mouse arrived on the scene,i found nothing more irrating than adjusting the wire every couple of minutes!!
Now usually with wireless mice you have to be wary of the surfaces you use them on,not this one.Ive yet to find a surface it doesnt respond to,even highly polished surfaces like my side cabinet which is a glossy wood!!
The range on the mouse is also very impressive,ive no idea what the full range of it is but i know it stretches across my living room which is around 20ft,which you have to admit is pretty impressive.
The mouse itself is beautifully constructed and the top shell is crafted from one solitary piece of plastic so you get no uncomfortbale seams in the palm of your hand,if im honest its almost like your holding a pebble,it feels smooth but firm and it fits snug into your palm and your fingers just fold over the top edge,its like holding onto the edge of your favorite arm chair.
This mouse really is the business and it is in no way as delicate as it looks,this mouse it tough and rugged yet smooth like a pebble.love it
I like this mouse, because it is an apple mouse, which is a totally stupid reason for liking something, and I realise that.
Part of me bought this, because it looks nice, and will go perfectly with my macbook which has bluetooth built in, and I would still buy it for these reasons. The mouse is smooth and easy to control, however the central button feels a bit cheap, and is not very apple. It looks nice, but it is not nice to hold. It's like replacing your existing mouse with a pebble, its not very ergonomic and therefore not a joy to use.
On the other hand, the energy it uses appears to be low. I use the mouse for maybe 2 hours a day and the battery lasted about 9 months (it was supplied with an Energiser Lithium).
I got it because I thought I wouldn't like using the tracker pad, but as it turned out I got used to the tracker pad and now use the mouse less and less. Maybe because, dissapointingly, its not that brilliant.
This wireless mouse came with my new Apple IMac computer, I never used wireless mouse before , it is very easy to instal to the computer soon as you insert the battery to the mouse , and when you turn the mouse on the pc picks up the signal and installs it straight away , very easy
The mouse is very strong and good made , I drop on the floor many times and it is still working very good made, I must say.
You can take the mouse where ever you like and it still works , it has a good coverage , I think it only works with IMAC computers , i dont think you can use it with normal pc .
It is white in colour , and has a shiny surface very slippy , its the size of a palm very small and it wont take up alot of space, it also comes with a original Mac mat black in colour very posh .
It has a scroll on top and you can scroll and if you press it you can select things, it is very different than normal pc mouse , because it does not have right and left click buttons.
the price is around £59.00 and you can find them in any Apple stores.
Hello, let me introduce myself. I am Mrs Farmer Giles and I am a dab hand with a carving knife. Before you run away in terror, please allow me to explain that I am a reformed character and time has moved on since Three Blind Mice. I am a thoroughly modern Farmer's wife now. Whilst Mr Giles is busy plucking birds for Christmas in the barn, I am buying him a nice pair of new wellies on the Internet all with the aid of my little white tail-less mouse.
His name is Paddy.
Paddy is a friendly little mouse and he is as good as gold. He is called Paddy because he is always to be found curled up on his soft mouse pad rug.
In my reformation period Mr Giles was at his wits end. Whenever he let me loose on his PC, I found myself carving knife in hand and chopping the tail of any mouse that tried to run away. I got through a dozen mice at least until a farmer friend told us about the tail-less mouse called an Apple Wireless. Perfect.
A Tail-less Mouse
This little mouse is perfectly white and smooth. I suspect he is blind as he never winces when I have a setback and reach for my carving knife. He sits there perfectly still but is always reactive when I move him around on his little pad.
He has no tail tucked between his legs. His tail is redundant because he has intelligent Bluetooth Adoptive Frequency Hopping software inside his body which helps to avoid frequencies used by other wireless devices and networks in his vicinity like the very beautiful Apple Keyboard just nearby, mobile phones or remote control toys.
A Smooth Operator
Paddy the mouse is a smooth touch. His back is a nice rounded shape and he is happy for you to put dry or sweaty paws on him and move him around. He can be used by hands big and small and is equally suitable for left and right handed folk. He glides on his mat with ease but doesn't ever run away with himself. His smooth oval body is white covered with a clear plastic coat which makes cleaning him a breeze.
He also has a lovely apple shaped tattoo marking in the centre of his back.
On his bottom is a gliding switch which turns him on and off. He has a lovely red glowing light to show that he is turned on. When he sleeps, the gliding switch turns off this light with a simple flick. Around his underside is an oval grey smooth ridge which helps him to move around without slipping. He also has a little flickety switch button which gives ease of access into his insides. This is where he stores his energy in the form of 2 AA batteries. He is a little greedy, moderate use means that he gets through a couple of batteries every 3 months. When he is getting low on energy, a warning is displayed on the Mac screen. You should heed this warning or you may ultimately lose some work through power loss.
He Has No Balls
Paddy has no balls to roll around and gather dust. Instead he has an optical tracking engine which means that he can be used on most surfaces. He can run around on your leg if you wish but he works best on a desk top or mouse pad. He can even operate from a distance of 10m. He also automatically switches to low power mode when not in use. I find it best to switch him off completely when he sleeps as this preserves his energy source.
One thing to note about this wireless mouse is that it has just one button and can be clicked anywhere on the body to obtain a response on screen. Unlike mice that work with Microsoft, there is no left and right click button on the body of the mouse. Using the mouse is easy and apart from an initial, sometimes sluggish response to move the cusor around the screen when you first switch the mouse on, it is thereafter highly responsive and easy to use.
This lovely sleek little tail-less mouse can be used with any Apple Mac OS X, version 10.2.6 or higher. The inbuilt Bluetooth technology is easily paired with the Apple iMac (desktop) or Mac Book (lap top).
This mouse is responsive and easy to use. It looks and feels stylish but is more expensive than a similar corded mouse. For a clutter free desktop I would recommend it highly.
Summary of features
1 click button
On/off power switch
Battery use - 2 AA
Movement Detection technology - Optical
Operating System requirement - Apple Mac OS X, version 10.2.6 or higher.
Thanks for reading.