Apple's New Magic Mouse

apple_magic_mouseSeeing as they are barely available, I do not have one of these yet, nor have I decided if I will get one, as I’m very fond of my blasphemous Microsoft Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer. I have, however, had the opportunity to play around with it in my local Apple store. In the interest of full disclosure, I should probably tell you that I have never in the history of Apple-designed mice been a fan of them. For some reason, they have never been able to really nail down a design that both works well, feels comfortable, and does what I need it to do.

Here’s the breakdown of its features:

The Good

  • Bluetooth – This means it is truly wireless. No USB receiver taking up a spot on the back of your computer and cluttering up your desk.
  • Seamless Multi-Touch Surface – There’s never been a mouse like this before. The entire top surface is multi-touch, bringing a feature enjoyed on the trackpad of Mac laptop users everywhere to the desktop. From Apple’s website, “Scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and photos with two, and click and double-click anywhere.”
  • Laser – It doesn’t get more precise than this, and is far more precise than the older optical tracking. It makes this mouse perfect for gaming, graphic design, or pretty much any other use.

The Bad

  • Seamless Multi-Touch Surface – As awesome as this is, it’s got a learning curve and will take some getting used to. This probably isn’t for everyone, so unless you already know you’ll like it, swing by your local Apple store and play around before buying one.
  • Form – I’m not entirely sold yet on how this feels in my hand. I’ve got relatively large hands, so I’m used to having a relatively large mouse.

The Ugly

  • Apparently there is zero support for Dashboard and Exposé (yet?). This could be a deal-breaker for many Mac users.

There you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed our very first new product review here at The Apple Vine. Please feel free to reply with any comments you might have about this review or about the Magic Mouse.

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