When Apple released the Magic Mouse a few months ago I instantly wanted one. Bruce, my life and housemate's only response was, "Do we really need another mouse?" When our review unit came in the mail, who was the one ripping the packaging open? Exactly. Bruce's series of responses once he got the Magic Mouse synched goes as follows:
"How did they do this?"
"This is the best thing ever!"
"This is the best mouse ever, because it has nothing noisy or clunky on it." Unboxing: Like with all Apple products, the packaging for Apple's new Magic Mouse is inspiring. No oversized boxes here, rather a petite plastic coffin that perfectly fits the mouse, a small manual, and a warranty booklet. Two double A batteries are already installed in the mouse; all you have to do next is synch the mouse with your computer and you're ready to go. The bottom of the case has simple illustrative instructions on how to take advantage of the Magic Mouse's multi-touch capabilities.
What We Liked: While there are many great advances within the Magic Mouse, our fave has to be the lack of track ball. There's something so much more intuitive having the entire surface of the mouse act as your track ball than having a rotating ball be your point of contact. Plus multi-touch functionality can be super helpful when you're like me and are constantly moving web pages back and then forward in your browser. The 360-degree scroll is great when working on zoomed in image files in Photoshop.
What Needs Improvement: Having the entire surface active can also be frustrating for those of us with lazy fingers. I noticed that while reading web pages my fingers tend to rest on the mouse and, through unconscious finger ticks, I often accidentally swiped to previous pages in my browser. You can switch off swiping if you tend to have very fidgety fingers.
Left on, I'd like the dual finger swipe to work not just left and right in iPhoto but up and down. Bruce, my partner in testing crime, misses the exposé buttons he had gotten used to in Apple's previous mouse incarnation -- alternately, you can program a screen corner to activate Exposé.
Requires Mac computer with Bluetooth wireless technology and running Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later with Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0
Existing keyboard and mouse for setup
Two AA batteries (included)
(Bottom 2 Images: flickr user chrisdejabet via Creative Commons license)