A few weeks back, I wrote about trying out the new Magic Mouse at the local Apple Store, and how I would’ve bought one on the spot had they been available. Well this past Black Friday, we wandered into the Apple Store to save $5 on the peripheral, and were in and out in 5 minutes. I got home, opened up the fancy box and got ready to have some multi-touch fun at home.
OK, that sounded a bit wrong, but you get the idea. Hooking up the mouse wasn’t too difficult, and once bluetooth was turned on and the mouse preferences opened up, it was ready to go.
For the next week, I used the Magic Mouse as my only mouse, and at first, there was a learning curve. I was surfing on Safari at one point and accidentally swiped with two fingers, moving me back a screen and losing my work. But no matter how long I used the mouse, one thing I couldn’t get used to: the size.
No matter what I did or how I held the mouse, I couldn’t hold onto it right. I find that when I’m mousing around my 2-screen setup that occasionally I have to pickup the mouse and move it over so I can go across to the next window. The Magic Mouse is so slippery that I felt like I was holding a wet eel when I was trying to pick it up. And just moving it around the table was awkward as well, as I had to almost hold my hand in a pincer grip to move the mouse. The side of my hand also seemed to get irritated from the sharp sides of the mouse, leading me to think that I might have to build up a callous to use the product correctly. After just under one week of use, I just had enough, and I returned it to the store.
I had high hopes for this mouse, mostly because my old Logitech is showing some signs of wear and the extra buttons don’t work with Snow Leopard anymore, but the Magic Mouse just isn’t for me. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve got big hands, or maybe because of the slick surface of the mouse, but I just couldn’t get comfortable using it, no matter how many excuses I came up with. “I’ll get used to it,” or “But it’s gonna be great on trips because it’s so small,” just doesn’t cut it when the mouse is such an integral part of the computer using experience. When you start to consider using the mouse AND the multi-touch mouse on the laptop just to get things working, then you need to step back and reconsider your decisions. For me, I decided that enough was enough, and I was done. Hopefully Apple comes out with a slightly larger version of the mouse for us big-handed users, but I doubt it. I’ll just wait until the next generation mouse comes out and try that one out for size.