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2 buttons - it is - but not quite

 
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Mighty mouse

They have finally done it I have been struggling along with a one button mouse just because standard mice were not "cool" or "apple" enough to be used with my Mac.

Now, finally, an Apple mouse that has a right click.

It looks like a one button mouse but has touch sensors to see where you are clicking (left or right click) also two context buttons on either side and a four way scroll wheel.

Cheers Apple

p.s. AND it is PC compatible - just given Apple my $$

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[ August 08, 2005: Message edited by: Rick Beaver ]
 
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It does look like a really nice mouse!

But I'm a trackball kind of guy (converted by a severe bout of tendonitis a few years back), and I've been perfectly happy with my McAlley trackball -- which I think is certainly "cool enough" for my G4!

Strange that my trackball has about 10 programmable buttons, but I only tend to use three (left-click, right-click, and one that I've programmed to mean "open page in new tab").

I am intrigued by the 360 scroll -- when you get the new mouse, please report back in with your feedback on that.
 
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I will report my findings - I should have the mouse in "7-10 working days"...

Did it take you long to "retrain" your hand to use a trackball? I tried at work once but just could not get to grips with it...
 
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Actually, it didn't take very long at all. Of course, lack of intense pain is a great motivator.

I use the McAlley trackball at home (unless I'm on the iBook with trackpad) and a Logitech trackball at work on the PeeCee.

Btw, the McAlley trackabll on my G4 rocks when it comes to Quake 3!
 
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My PowerBook is expecting a BlueTooth version of this mouse in time for the holiday season. I hope it's not disappointed.
 
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Originally posted by marc weber:
My PowerBook is expecting a BlueTooth version of this mouse in time for the holiday season. I hope it's not disappointed.



Me too
 
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I am actually buying this to get away from my Bluetooth Apple mouse - it is really jerky and difficult to be accurate with - it also seems to stick every now and then - the bluetooth keyboard is great but the mouse just doesn't do it for me.

Mighty Mouse arrives tomorrow - I will post a review here...
 
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Mighty mouse received.

First impressions:

The good
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- Very nice response
- Vertical scrolling very smooth
- Looks nice
- Customisable buttons in >=10.4.2 work OK

The bad
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- Right click and scroll click only work if your fingers are not on the left side of the mouse - for most people who work with fingers resting on the left and right buttons it is a bit annoying (the mouse defaults to left click if you have your finger on the left mouse area) as you have to make conscious effort to left your left finger before right clicking.
- Horizontal scroll isn't great - it is slower than the vertical scroll and therefore seems out of sync
- Side buttons are difficult to press (you have to press both to get the functionality and the hands do not sit in the correct position to make it a natural "squeeze"). Also the side buttons are not really squeeze areas they are clicking buttons (which also click if you press the side of the mouse hard enough by the way.
- Terribly short cable - about 18 inches I would guess - fine for a notebook but try using it from a desktop and you will have trouble (it is only just long enough for my powerbook, as a righthander with the USB ports on the left).

Short answer guys - it isn't worth $50/�35
 
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Originally posted by Rick Beaver:
... Right click and scroll click only work if your fingers are not on the left side of the mouse...


Hmmm, I didn't realize that it was actually touch sensative. I imagined that the top just pivoted left/right to activate switches underneath.
 
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Terribly short cable - about 18 inches I would guess



I suspect designed for plugging into the keyboard (as I've always done) rather than to the back of the machine. Or perhaps to the monitor. Or mini which is likely to be sitting on the desktop.

I have the opposite problem -- too much cord! I have my trackball sitting right next to the keyboard with the fairly long cord tied up with a twist tie. It still gets in the way now and again. Even though the trackball unit itself is never moved, I have the keyboard and mouse on a slide-out shelf and the cord sometimes gets in the shelf's way.

What I really need is an 8-inch cord!
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The USB ports are on the left of my PowerBook. I'm right-handed, so I like my mouse on the right. But if the cord is only 18"...

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Originally posted by marc weber:
The USB ports are on the left of my PowerBook. I'm right-handed, so I like my mouse on the right. But if the cord is only 18"...

:roll:



Exactly - I have the 12" powerbook and it is just long enough - I dont know whether it would work for a 17"... A USB extension would solve it - but if you spend $50 on an Apple mouse you don't want to ruin it with an ugly USB adapter - bleh
 
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The general consensus I've been seeing online runs about 50/50 love/hate. Guess it either works for some people, or it doesn't. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of middle ground.

Me, I'll stick with the trackball.
 
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I just ran across this...

http://www.macally.com/spec/bluetooth/btmouse.html

A bluetooth, 3-button, optical mouse with scroll wheel and (a reasonable degree of) Mac aesthetics.
 
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