Hands-on with the Magic Mouse

Well, I got my Magic Mouse a few days ago, and I've been using it for my everyday tasks for a few days (and I'm still using it), and here are my impressions.


This packaging is clear, showing the actual Magic Mouse, just like the packaging that Apple has been using recently for the iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch and accessories.

Downloading the update:

As we posted earlier, you'll want to to download the Wireless Mouse Update to enable the new features of the Magic Mouse, which is available for Snow Leopard and Leopard.

Set Up:

Once you've installed the Wireless Mouse Update, you'll want to go to the Mouse Preference Pane in System Preferences and click the new "Set Up Bluetooth Mouse..." button. You no longer have to use the Bluetooth Setup Assistant to pair, which makes it a little simpler. It will then search for your Magic Mouse, and make sure it's turned on, which is done by a switch on the bottom of the Magic Mouse. Once it's paired, you'll be all ready to use your Magic Mouse.

Read on below to see the how it was using the Magic Mouse....


Clicking still feels mostly the same as it did on a Mighty Mouse. If you've used a Mighty Mouse before, you'll already be familiar in how clicking works. However, there's no side button or scroll ball that can be clicked. You can configure different actions for the two "buttons" in System Preferences, just like a trackpad found on a unibody MacBook or MacBook Pro. Scrolling works well, and again, if you've been using a Mighty Mouse or a mouse with a scroll wheel, there's little to get used to. Also, swiping works just like it does on a Multi-Touch trackpad, which can be used for many different things in your favorite applications. You can see a video of the gestures in the Mouse Preference Pane, just like it's shown above.

Overall, if you've used a Mighty Mouse, you'll need little time to adjust. It feels mostly the same, and I was surprised in how easy it was to get used to. To get a feel of what's it's like for yourself, you might want to find somewhere where you can use one.

Have you tried out the Magic Mouse? What do you think of it? Let us know and leave a comment!