Product: The Magic Charger
Rating: Highly Recommend*
The disappearance of corded computer peripherals has been a huge improvement in the fight against desk clutter, the sort of unheralded progress only noticeable when you have to go back to the way "it used to be". Mouse and keyboard cables always seemed to find a way to tangle up (or just become eyesores to a neat freak like myself), especially when used in the confines of a smaller desk. So good riddance cabled devices! Both my keyboard and mouse are wireless models from Apple, and besides an occasional wonky Bluetooth issue, both have been dependable tools. Well, at least until their rechargeable batteries wane down to a sputter...
At the heart of the Mobee Magic Charger system is an inductive cradle and battery pack; simply switch out the stock back cover of your Magic Mouse (sans batteries), and the custom fit pack offers a film form factor charging solution which "just works". The Apple Mouse is pretty good, but I'd call it "great" after adding the inductive charging feature. The 1.3 oz battery pack only required an overnight charge, and then it's good for almost a week of use before it needs to return to another feeding session on its cradle.
While charging, the Mobee Magic Charger and Magic Mouse make a naturally perfect pairing, looking like something Apple actually designed, a testament to Swiss based Mobee's attention to Cupertino aesthetics. The only gripe is the back cover doesn't sit perfectly flush with the mouse bottom; we're talk about 1mm at the most, and the additional space accommodates for the battery pack. Otherwise, I haven't thought much about the Magic Charger except when I realized I wasn't nervously checking the Bluetooth status in the menu bar as often as before.
Next on the checklist is a solution for the keyboard, the Magic Bar. Admittedly, the keyboard batteries drain at a much slower clip, so big rush for now.
Bottom Line: If you use a Magic Mouse, the Mobee Magic Charger is a no-brainer upgrade which eliminates the need to constantly switch out batteries, while offering an integrated form factor which keeps the Magic Mouse's aesthetic presence intact.
Pros: Integrated form factor, looks great while mouse is charging, eliminates removal/replacing of batteries, reduces waste/energy use, just 6 hour charging for days of use.
Cons: Just expensive enough to make it a toss up to purchase or not. Battery cover needs to be carefully installed, due to slight increase in size to accommodate inductive charging system.
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