Apple Magic Mouse

It is a safe bet that everyone who uses a computer also knows how to use a mouse, but the new Apple Magic Mouse might leave some people feeling a little confused. The most striking difference compared to other mice is that it has no buttons or scroll wheel. They have been replaced by a revolutionary top surface that is sensitive to the touch of a finger, just like the screen on a modern smartphone. Users simply tap or move their finger across this surface to perform various actions, such as clicking or scrolling. Combined with a stylish and slimline appearance, it is unlike any other mouse sold today.

The Apple Magic Mouse was launched in October 2009, and is included with every new Apple iMac. It makes a great companion to the Apple Wireless Keyboard, and can also be purchased separately for $69 and used with any computer running a recent version of MacOS or Windows. New laser technology makes it one of the most accurate optical mice ever. Currently, there is only a Bluetooth wireless model, with no indication that a wired model will be available in the near future. Despite having a name similar to the Apple Mighty Mouse, the two are completely different in both appearance and function.

The slimline appearance of the Apple Magic Mouse is what first catches people’s attention. At less than half the height of a regular mouse, it’s both appealing and intriguing. The curved top surface is white in color and has no marks apart from a small Apple logo at the back. The symmetrical design of the shell allows the mouse to be used with the left or right hand, but people with large hands might have trouble keeping a grip on it. The base has a light silver color and looks similar to the base of a regular optical mouse, with contact pads around the edge and a hole for the laser.

Moving the cursor on the screen with an Apple Magic Mouse is no different to doing it with a regular mouse. By applying light pressure with a finger to the front surface, the mouse responds as if a button had been pressed. The default setup has the entire front surface acting as a left mouse button, but that can be changed in the options to make one half of the surface act as a right mouse button. Scrolling is done by sliding a finger back and forth across the front surface in a manner similar to using a scroll wheel. Other functions can be linked to unique finger movements, called gestures.

A gesture is a continuous movement made by one or two fingers on the top surface. Scrolling and zooming are the two main gestures but there are several others, such as page flipping which is performed by sweeping two fingers from side to side across the top surface. The number of page flips is dependent on the speed of the finger movement, with a fast speed flipping more pages than a slow speed. Some gestures require a key on the keyboard to be held down while performing the gesture. For instance, zooming is done by holding down the Control key while scrolling. Of course, the mouse options allow the gestures to be configured to suit the user.

Power is supplied by two AA batteries that last for several months of normal usage. There is also a switch and indicator light on the base which can help to save power and extend battery life. The Apple Magic Mouse uses Bluetooth wireless technology that works up to thirty-three feet away from a computer. Just like every other Bluetooth device, it first needs to be paired with a receiver before it can be used. After the batteries have been installed and the mouse switched on, the Setup Assistant software will automatically try to pair it. After pairing is complete and the options have been configured, the mouse is ready to use.

This Apple Magic Mouse Review is Written/Updated on Oct 20th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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