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How Magic is Apple’s New Mouse?

by | Dec 4, 2009 | 4 comments


The Magic Mouse

Maybe it’s not magic. But it’s well-designed and cool.

First, I have to say that it took me awhile to get over thinking I was pushing around a very hard and high tech Madeleine (as in the pastry). I suppose that had something to do with me drinking coffee at the time of my first magic mouse experience.

But once I had the short-cake metaphor out of my head, I found Apple’s new mouse to be quite efficient and easy to use.

The top of this mouse is basically one shiny touch-pad that responds quite well to all finger movements and clicks. You can program the behavior of this surface quite easily with the Mouse System Preference pane. I especially like the Scroll with momentum feature which lets you scroll in any direction with a natural slowing-down effect.


The Magic Mouse Preference Pane

My primary complaint about wireless mice in the past has been poor battery life. And I was skeptical about Apple’s claim that this mouse would last on average 4 months on two AA batteries with normal use. I noticed that the mouse automatically turns itself off at shutdown, and seems to go into a sleep mode after a period of inactivity. While I’ve only had it for 3 weeks now, my battery life is still at 95%, so I’m optimistic.

The $69 price tag seemed a bit steep for me, but I’m starting to understand that excellent design and quality come at a price. If you’re completely happy with your current mouse and don’t think that these new features will add much to your computing experience, then save your money. But, if you are looking for a better way, or maybe just curious about new technology, I’d suggest test-driving one of these puppies down at your local Apple store.

You might be pleasantly surprised.


  1. Ted

    Yum, I love Madeleines.

    Thanks. 😉

  2. Caroline TenorClef

    The top looks contoured (I’ve never seen one up close). Do they make a leftie version?

  3. Patrick

    This mouse is symmetrical, so you can set the preferences to make it for lefties or righties.

  4. FreeRange

    I’m holding off until they provide the software/gesture fix that allows expose. The current mighty mouse is much more useful, and the “nipple” provides excellent scrolling control.


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