October 20th 2009 12:09 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Ergonomics / comfort No comments
  • Design and form factor No comments
  • Configurability No comments
  • Accuracy No comments
  • Portability No comments
Detailed review
Apple's new mouse has been a pleasure to use despite some of the problems I've encountered. The Magic Mouse feels wonderful when scrolling. Just slide your finger down the middle of the mouse and like magic, it scrolls depending on how fast you slide you finger. Horizontal scrolling? No problem, just slide your finger left or right. The two finger gestures work rather nicely too. Two fingers left takes you back a webpage or directory, two fingers right takes you forward. Everything works so easily and seamless, it's like magic.

I have encountered a few problems in the 5 months I've been using it. The form factor is really small and took a while to get used to. I have noticed some guys with large hands have problems fitting two fingers on the mouse to do the two finger swipe. The battery life seems to be a lot shorter than I would like. I bought the Apple wireless keyboard a few week prior to buying the magic mouse and I'm still using the initial batteries it came with. My mouse has been through multiple sets of batteries in a shorter time than my keyboard's first set. Occasionally, my mouse randomly loses connection and takes 10-15 seconds to reconnect. I haven't figured out why it does it, but I have figured that it's extremely annoying. One final thing I've noticed is whenever my Time Machine activates, the mouse get's really laggy in movement. Reaching over to the trackpad on my 13" MacBook Pro, the movement is totally fine. I'm not sure if anyone else experiences this.

The many functions offered by the mouse really do make it a pleasant experience to use and has been really fun using gestures on a mouse. The few problems I've encountered has caused a little frustration but doesn't affect my overall opinion of this device. I love it.