If you have gone through the last post on Apple Magic Trackpad here then you may have some idea what Apple’s Magic Mouse could be. It has been long since it was launched, but I thought it a good idea to talk about it in relation with the last post.
Apple is an expert at creating aesthetically appealing products, but when it comes to functionality of its mice then it isn’t able to convince too many people! Mighty Mouse has been an example in the case and Magic Mouse too seems to follow the same path.
Magic Mouse is pretty similar to Magic Trackpad functionally
In saying so I mean that this mouse is all about gestures as it is multi-touch, button-less and wireless like the Apple trackpad. The mouse has no visible buttons and its surface behaves as a single button without even the scroll button. It enables you to:
- Click or double-click
- Swipe with two fingers
- Scroll vertically or at 360degree
- Zoom the screen (hold down Control key on the keyboard and scroll on the mouse subsequently)
It has an ambidextrous design that makes it comfortable to work with even by the southpaws. The mouse has left and right button preference which can be changed according to your requirement in the System Preferences.
This pointing device also features momentum scrolling where your gesture speed decides the scrolling speed.
The Magic Mouse connects to your Mac desktop computer through Bluetooth technology even from and up-to a distance of 33 feet.
It detects periods of inactivity and conserves energy of its two AA battery. There is a battery on/off switch too at the back.
Where does the problem lie!
The mouse has been designed such that it is difficult to grip it! If you can’t hold and move the mouse properly then the entire idea behind it gets defeated. The rectangular shaped peripheral is too low to adjust in your palm and enable free finger movement.
Apple’s device is difficult to keep stable while swiping with two fingers too!
Moreover, there are fewer options available for customizing the buttons which make it clumsy to operate, at times.
As it is many people prefer trackpads to mice because the latter needs more space and it keeps rubbing against other things on the desk.
Did I forget to mention that Apple’s Magic Mouse ships for free with iMac? Well, so the choice is yours. I would rather go for the Magic Trackpad which provides better functionality and ease of use than Apple’s other pointing device.