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When Apple released the wireless Mighty Mouse, it was love at first touch. The tiny trackball on it was a thing of beauty. Until it needed cleaning. Then, it became a love-hate relationship. When it worked, it was great, but the trackball always seemed to foul up when I wanted it most and had no time to fuss with cleaning it. Going back to a regular mouse, even with a scroll wheel was not an option for me. They were too limiting.

I bought a Wacom Bamboo Touch/Pen Tablet. Scrolling through long documents, moving back and forth between web pages, was as good or better than with the touchpad/trackpad on my MacBook — when it worked. The problem for me with the Bamboo is that it is too sensitive when my skin is very dry. Hello. Winter. Even with the humidifier cranked up, my fingers still get very dry. I think the problem is that the circuitry that allows for both pen and galvanic response is just way too sensitive, at least for my type of skin.

 

Enter the new Magic Mouse! Now, I've read various complaints about this mouse, but frankly, I haven't seen any of the reported problems. It's zippy and responsive without being too sensitive. It works the way a mouse should work. The only thing I've run into is that, because it is thinner and lighter than the old Mighty Mouse, I've had to retrain myself to not use a grip of death on it. Two fingers, thumb and pinkie, are all it takes to move this baby. Scrolling is super smooth. Right-click works as it should. I like it. Because I already had Bluetooth turned on for my keyboard, the mouse was recognized and working almost immediately. The only change I had to make in the preference panel was to enable right click. Oh, and if you are a southpaw, you can make it a left click.

 

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What don't I like? The only thing I'm not crazy about is the rail assembly that should glide across my desk. Yes, it glides, but it's noisy. It's so noisy that I'm back to using a mouse pad. Please don't tell me that there isn't some sort of plastic or teflon coating that would make it silent as well as smooth. Picky, picky. Oh, and please Apple, when you use tape to hold something like a mouse in place in the packaging, let's spring for tape that doesn't leave a nasty residue. Minor gripe, but even Goo Gone didn't touch it. I had to resort to acetone. At $69.00, the Magic Mouse is not cheap, but I'd spend it again in a minute. Apple has done it again.

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  • Chita Hunter

    Phyllis,
    Thanks for the write-up and warning about the tape. I took some time to play with this in the store and it feels great. I have my own issues with it. Stay tuned. šŸ™‚

  • Calvin

    I must say that I just got a new iMac with the Mighty Mouse and I hope the “ball” will not be a problem. However, “Tuesday Tech Notes” gives me information in case I need to look at alternatives.

    Thank for the research.

  • CRLIII

    I too really like the magic mouse. I also noticed the noise when moving it around but it is much more silent now that I have used it awhile.

    As for the rails. Some people complained about the digital gymnastics necessary to swipe two fingers over the mouse while holding the mouse steady. I don’t have a problem here because I can swipe two fingers lightly across the mouse without holding the mouse. While double swiping across the mouse the mouse does not move and I suspect that is at least partially possible because of the long rails running along the bottom of the mouse.

    Try it – it only requires a light movement just as you mentioned the operation of the mouse doesn’t need a death grip.