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Is Apple’s Magic Mouse a missed opportunity?

APPLE MB829Z/A MAGIC MOUSE

Rating: ★★★★☆

The Apple Magic Mouse has been around for a while now but short of graphics tablets it’s one of the more expensive mice on the market. It was preceded by the Apple Mighty Mouse, a wired mouse with scroll ball, side buttons, a touch sensitive top and optical tracking. The Apple Magic Mouse differs in that it not only has a touch sensitive surface but a multi-touch sensitive surface, is wireless and uses laser tracking rather than traditional optical tracking technology.

As ever the Apple Magic Mouse is delivered beautifully packaged and you get a sense of quality from the moment you hold the device. 2 AA Batteries are included and setup involves pairing your mouse to your Mac via bluetooth.

Initially the mouse felt quite strange with no scroll-wheel and no buttons but I soon got used to this and started gesturing with my fingers to scroll a window or go back in the browser. Occasionally this happens when not intended but that’s normally when I’m not concentrating on what I’m doing. The other thing that took longer to get to grips with was that the mouse is quite flat in comparison to my Microsoft mouse. I’ve seen other reviews where people have struggled to get on with this, but personally for me and my family, we’ve got used to it and it no longer seems an issue.
The bigger test for the mouse was with my wife and kids. This has proven pretty successful, I don’t think I ever heard any cries of frustration and the kids have adapted with no issues – in fact probably quicker than I.

Pros

  • Feels well made
  • Quick to set-up
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Too Flat
  • Bit Pricey

Verdict

I think Apple have managed to convert us on this one. The Apple Magic Mouse is a welcome member of our family and any strangeness is soon overcome. It works well, but I can only give it 4 stars since it a bit pricey and just doesn’t give you that ground breaking wow feeling. It’s classic Apple well built and great to look at and nice to use.


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