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2.0 out of 5 stars The way ahead...but a long way to go yet, 12 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Apple Magic Mouse (Accessory)
I've been a Mac user since 1985 - I've been using the Magic Mouse since Christmas 2009 as a replacement to my 'old' Mighty Mouse. I don't want to give a detailed review as such as that has already been covered very well here. But I would like to point out a problem that has as good as stopped me using this mouse, returning to my old, non-bluetooth mighty mouse.

I've found this mouse to be good for general use ie. surfing, scrolling through picture folders etc, but using it for what you might call 'proper' computer work like spreadsheets, Word, and even editing information in iTunes had driven me to distraction. The problem comes when you want to edit text, by highlighting, editing and clicking off, or to somewhere else on the page. Because the mouse is so sensitive to the touch of a finger you can easily find that your edited text (which may have just taken the last couple of minutes to prepare) disappears the moment you're fingers leave the keyboard and return to the mouse. The slightest touch of the finger clears all that previous work if you are not very, VERY careful.

I thought that this may just be a thing to get used to (it does after all need a little practice) but after a couple of months constant use (and constant frustration) this mouse has found itself in the drawer, which is a shame because other than that I really like it. I think the way this mouse works is certainly the way ahead, but Apple need to do a far better job of it than this!

I would also like to point out that the batteries supplied lasted from Christmas day, to the end of January (barely five weeks)
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2010 01:01:35 BDT
J. Singh says:
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Posted on 2 Nov 2010 22:33:39 GMT
hen says:
i have been using magic mouse for almost a year now. i have no problems doing all the stuff related to work. i used lots and lots of adobe softwares: photoshop, illustrator, after effects, premiere pro, dreamweaver, flash, soundbooth, garage band, microsoft words, editing itunes information just like you, and many more. u get the idea.
and it works perfectly fine. it's not too sensitive, just right.
with or without the protector, it still works great

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2010 12:03:21 GMT
Real Name says:
J.O. Singh - Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit

Posted on 15 Jan 2011 10:52:56 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 24 Aug 2011 13:32:33 BDT]

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2011 12:43:38 GMT
The Archer says:
Your issue seems to be that you are brushing/touching liightly the sensing top surface of the mouse and it's effectively registering this as a 'click', thereby deselecting your text right?. This is because you have the 'tap' feature active in the preferences which basically means the mouse will register any one finger (or single point) contact with it's top surface as a 'click'.

You can turn off the one finger 'tap' feature in the preferences by 'de-ticking' the check box. It's a very simple thing to do and will completly solve your problem. Turning off the 'tap' feature means you then actually have to 'click' down on the mouse (in the traditional sense i.e. push down on the mouse to make it physically click) in order for it to register a 'click' command.

Thankfully, the tap feature is seperate from the swipe features, so many of the beneficial multi-touch features can be retained when turning off the (admittedly annoying) tap feature. Essentially there are quite a few customisable features on this mouse relating to various actions performed by various combinations of one or multi finger taps and clicks, and they absolutely can be configured quickly and easily to prevent this issue occuring for you.

I know this because I had the same problem!

One - I hope this helps the original poster

Two - I hope this asauges any fears new buyers might have that purchasing this mouse would lead to a life of mouse control hell!

Posted on 29 May 2011 09:22:23 BDT
This valuable review accurately describes my own experiences. I have some 25 years experience as a professional engineer programming control software, and using mouse driven systems. I was given this expensive "white elephant" by my daughter. It is awkward to use, and offers no discernable advantage over a wired PC mouse.

A secondary, but equally fatal characteristic is that it not only consumes batteries at an alarming (and unsustainable) rate, but refuses to use rechargable NiMH or NiCad. This is unacceptable in the current context.

Excessive latency following boot up also is confusing.

Single virtue is that it is robust and withstands repeated hammering.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2011 09:25:27 BDT
Try using it with a basic text editor. Dreadfull experience.

Posted on 13 Jul 2011 18:22:04 BDT
Chung says:
I think your mouse has issues. It's just like a normal mouse, except it creates a few convenience using gestures. I never had a problem with it's sensitivity, and I think it's your lack of understanding of it, as well as it's actual use that's creating problems for you.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2011 13:10:27 BDT
Thomas says:
I would be really surprised if the mouse did refuse rechargeable batteries. Actually, Apple offers NiMH batteries and there are third-party custom made (for instance Mobee Magic Charger) power sources using the same technology.

Battery life can be preserved by turning off the unit with the switch on the bottom.

Latency is due to the sleep mode the mouse is in while unused. A single click during booting revives it and it is ready to roll as soon as you log in.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 15:03:51 GMT
Howard C. says:
I have only ever used rechargeables with this mouse and I have had it for nearly two years. It currently has a pair of Ansmann 2500mAh NiMH which have are still showing a good charge after more than a month of constant daily use.
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