I’ve been looking for a new mouse for the past month or so, with no luck. I was hoping to get something wireless, but didn’t want to lose a USB slot for a remote dongle, and the Bluetooth options I had found didn’t suit my needs. I hated the old Mighty Mouse – right click rarely worked, it tracked weird and I never liked how it fit in my hand. So when I heard that Apple came out with a new mouse, I didn’t have high expectations.
Yesterday, I found myself in an Apple store and I decided to play around with the mouse a bit to see how I liked it. First off, it’s small. I’m a big guy with big hands, and it didn’t sit vertically as nice in my hand as my Logitech at home does. That said, after a few minutes of mousing around I realized that I could get used to the size pretty easily. The site for the Magic Mouse says that you have to click specifically in the top right corner to activate the right click, so I wasn’t too optimistic that it would work as advertised. In reality, it worked every time, no matter where on the mouse I clicked. It even had a distinctive “click” to it when I touched down.
The big selling point to me though, is the multitouch. I have a MacBook Pro with mutlitouch and I do like it, but I prefer the feeling of having a mouse in my hand as opposed to working the keypad. Scrolling felt very natural, and I never had any problems moving side to side with my finger, plus the extra momentum feature is really nice. The really cool thing though is two-finger flicking to go forward and back in Safari or iPhoto. It’s a handy feature that I hope someone can integrate into Firefox.
End result? Had they been in stock, I would’ve walked home with one yesterday.