Gear Review: Apple Magic Mouse
I’m a pretty big fan of Apple stuff. I love my iMac, couldn’t live without my iPhone (I know, sooooo sad) and take my MacBook Pro everywhere I travel. So when Apple came out with the Magic Mouse I thought, “Oh sweet, I need that.” I mentioned it to my wife, who must have mentioned it to Santa, because lo and behold one arrived in my stocking. Imagine my excitement! I tore open the package, inserted the batteries and downloaded the latest version of software to run this magical device.
As I held it in my hand I couldn’t help but stare in awe at the aesthetically pleasing design. So sleek. So aerodynamic. So minimalist. So…Apple. I knew it was going to be good. Once the new software finished downloading I ran from the living room to my office so I could immediately begin testing this slick new device. It was going to change the way I computed. Life would never, ever be the same.
I really wanted to like the Magic Mouse. I used it for about 6 weeks before I begrudgingly admitted defeat. My aching wrist just couldn’t bear to allow me to keep using the Magic Mouse. So, I went to Best Buy (110 miles away in Grand Junction, CO) and bought a Logitech Performance MX mouse that I will review here after I’ve had enough time to develop an opinion on its performance.
What did I like about the Magic Mouse?
Not a whole heck of a lot, unfortunately. It looks really cool. The multi-touch technology is neat…in theory. Yep, that’s about it.
What didn’t I like about it?
- The aerodynamic design bodes well if you mouse at very high speeds. If you don’t the lack of support for your hand and awkward position openly invite carpal tunnel syndrome. I just could not find a comfortable way to use the Magic Mouse. I even invested in one of a mouse pad with a memory foam wrist support. That helped a little, but not much. Aesthetically pleasing, ergonomically ugly.
- This one is more of a personal preference but it was one of my gripes so I’ll mention it. Regardless of how fast I set the tracking speed, it tracked too slow. I’m impatient. I want that little arrow to move super fast when I move the mouse and it just couldn’t keep up.
- I’ll admit that the Magic Mouse probably was not designed with the intent of pleasing those of us who are heavy Photoshop users. If all you’re doing is surfing the web it’s probably acceptable. For Photoshop, it’s a huge fail. Precise selections are nearly impossible. For example, the multi-touch feature makes it frustrating at best to drop a point at just the right spot when making curves adjustments. I also found that when using Lightroom it was difficult to zoom in and out smoothly as the multi-touch was too sensitive. Any unintentional side to side motion on the mouse resulted in panning the image rather than zooming in or out.
So, if you’re a Photoshop user and you don’t use a separate mouse or Wacom tablet for all your Photoshop needs, I simply can not recommend the Apple Magic Mouse. It doesn’t matter how sleek it looks sitting there on your desk it just isn’t a good investment for extended use. Sorry Apple, but the Magic Mouse is a fail.