Wireless Magic Mouse

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Remember this picture [link]?

Well, it’s all changed. The new Magic Mouse is slimmer, more sleek, more responsive, and multi-touch.

Visual Aspects

Below is a picture of the old Mighty Mouse.

Old Mighty Mouse...

Here is a picture of the new Mouse.

Sleek Magic Mouse!

As you can see, there are definitely some changes in the design.

  • Slimmer!
  • No more scroll wheel
  • Aluminum not plastic
  • No more side sensors
  • Apple logo is under the outer shell instead of an imprint

Also, the edges are a sharp (not too sharp) after the top of the shell, unlike it’s predecessor which was round all around.

The bottom also got a new look.



Ya. Aluminum. Also, the laser tracker is much smaller, but it seems to not make a difference at all.

Here is my own comparison.


Yes, although it has nothing on it, it still clicks scrolls, and then some.

You can use it as a normal point and click mouse. Just put your finger on the left or right of the shell (both fingers are thought of as one) and push down towards the front. The whole outer shell will pivot forward with a mouse-like click (I wonder why). You can configure the mouse to be lefty or righty. No discrimination for dominant hands!


Wheels (and spheres) are now a thing of the past. The new Magic Mouse uses the touch-sensitive shell to take scrolling to a whole new level.

To scroll, just move one finger across the shell. Scrolling is 360º, so you can scroll left, right, and diagonally.

Another cool new feature about scrolling with the Magic Mouse is that it scrolls with momentum. If you scroll quickly and lift your finger off the mouse it will continue for a short amount of time and quickly scroll to a stop. Below is a screen capture of what it looks like.


Pretty awesome.

Multi-touch gestures

Well, they have to make everything multi-touch.

Sorry guys, but the only multi-touch gestures that it uses are 2 fingers left and right to go forward or back in safari and between pictures in iPhoto and Preview


This is what it says on the Apple Website:

“Magic Mouse uses powerful laser tracking that’s far more sensitive and responsive on more surfaces than traditional optical tracking. That means it tracks with precision on nearly every surface — whether it’s a table at your favorite cafe or the desk in your home office — without the need for a mousepad.”

Well, I don’t know. But I don’t want the little pads on the bottom to ware out, so I use a mousepad. But yes, it does work on pretty much every surface. I had a problem with my Mighty Mouse on glass tables, but I haven’t tried that with the Magic Mouse.


This is the first time I have ever done an ergonomics view on a piece of hardware.

This analysis is done by Vivienne Fleischer, Co-founder and president of Performance Based Ergonomics (A.K.A. PBErgo).

This is what she had to say:



Five Stars!!! *****

Pros: Multi-touch, wireless, sleek, thin, ergonomic, made by Apple

Cons: Doesn’t work with PC. Wait… That shouldn’t be there. No cons!

Magic Mouse homepage

2 thoughts on “Wireless Magic Mouse

  1. That was awsome! I’m so glad you explained the new mouse.I saw it in the store the other day and didn’t understand what happened to the scroll ball. Now I know. And it seems even better than before. Great job Max and Viv!

  2. I love my Magic Mouse! The scrolling is the smoothest I’ve ever seen with ANY mouse – when I first got it I kept scrolling just to admire how nice it felt. On the other hand I *hated* the Mighty Mouse, which this replaced. The ‘scroll pea’ never worked for me. Even when I cleaned it every day it would only scroll in one direction (or more often, not at all).

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