When the Magic Fades: Apple Magic Mouse Alternatives

When the Magic Fades: Apple Magic Mouse Alternatives

Mike Cave
Sep 30, 2011

When it comes to mice, there is no universal one-size-fits-all option. If you use a Mac desktop, you might find that Apple's Magic Mouse isn't so magical for you. Maybe the ergonomics/size are off or you prefer a more tactile experience. Don't let your fingers fret because you have options. Here are several of the models we're considering to replace the standard issue mouse from Cupertino...

Mac mice aren't as hard to find as they once were, but getting the right one can still take some research. Here are some Magic Mouse alternatives:

Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX: Logitech has made mac mice for a while now but this particular model builds on past successes. With the weighted scroll wheel and dedicated navigation buttons, you'll be performing mouse wizardry in no time. Plus it works on glass which is rare indeed.

Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse: Do you love the idea of touch based navigation but not the Magic Mouse? This mouse offers an alternative to that flat one. Microsoft is showing some love for mac users and proves we can all get along.

Razer Mamba: Razer branded gear has a good reputation amongst gamers and rightly so. This mouse offers everything from a charging station to color customization. Fortunately for mac users the company has decided to support Apple's OS. The Mamba isn't cheap but it does pack in the features. If you are looking for a gaming mouse but don't want to spend this kind of cash, Logitech makes a great line of compatible gaming mice too.

Microsoft Touch: Back in August we reported on the whole Microsoft Touch line. It's not specifically designed to work with OS X, optimized for Windows 7, but in reality you can use a few of the multi-touch features if you're not heavily dependent upon gestures. Just don't expect it to work as magically...it looks like the cool evil twin brother to Apple's mouse, but it's only a shadow as good.

Obviously there are more options for mice, so which one do you use to make your magic?

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