Apple Mighty Mouse

For Apple Mac OS users, the scrollwheeling Mighty Mouse is worth a look; for everyone else, better options are available.


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Like its namesake, the Apple Mighty Mouse packs a lot of ability into a small package. Though the design is decidedly simple, its four customisable buttons and 360-degree scroll ball are a joy to use. The AU$79 price tag is a bit expensive for a corded mouse, but if you're an Apple Mac OS 10.4 Tiger user, you'll appreciate the configurability. However, Windows users and Mac users who haven't upgraded should stick with a more comfortable, less expensive mouse, such as the Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse.

If your PC runs an older version of Mac OS X or XP, setup is simple: plug the Mighty Mouse into a USB port and commence mousing. You'll be able to make only minor changes to the buttons' functions via the operating system's control panel. If you're running Tiger though, you'll need to load up the included installation software and be running version 10.4.2 of the OS. Once the software is installed, restart your computer. Finally, using the control panel in system preferences, you'll be able to configure the Mighty Mouse to your preferences. The left- and right-click, scroll-ball click, and the left and right side buttons (which function together) can each be set to open any application from Dashboard to Spotlight and beyond. You can also shut the buttons off, enable or disable horizontal and vertical scrolling, and adjusting tracking, scrolling, and double-click speeds.

The Mighty Mouse has the same smooth, shiny, white-plastic finish you've seen on iPods and other Apple products, making it an aesthetically perfect accessory for an iBook or an iMac. (Purists, beware: The scroll ball and side buttons are a light grey.) Though attractive, the Mighty Mouse is less comfortable to use than other mice we've tested, such as the Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse, which offers better support for your hand. However, the mouse does get some brownie (or cheese) points for fitting both left- and right-handed users. We became accustomed to its flat feel and grew to prefer its scroll ball to the typical mouse's scrollwheel. Even though the left and right buttons aren't distinctly separated, we had no trouble hitting the correct one. The two side buttons need to be pressed very firmly, and they perform the same function whether pressed separately or together; we wish they were each individually configurable.

The Mighty Mouse worked well on our Macs, and even with our Windows XP test system. With a 400dpi optical engine, we experienced no cursor lags or jumps, even when mousing on a metallic surface, which gives many mice trouble. Though all of the buttons worked flawlessly on our Tiger machine and with Microsoft Word and Excel for Mac, we had some problems when we tried it out with Mozilla's Firefox. We could scroll vertically with success, but when we scrolled horizontally, the browser treated it as page-forward and page-back commands. When we used the Mighty Mouse with our Windows XP laptop, we could use the scroll ball only to scroll vertically, and the side buttons, which aren't programmable with Windows, defaulted to back buttons.

Apple covers the Mighty Mouse with an industry-standard one-year warranty. Free phone support is available for the first 90 days after purchase, and Apple's support Web site offers troubleshooting advice, FAQs, and a searchable users' forum.

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JonBOY26
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JonBOY26 posted a review   
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The Good:very comfortable, 360 scroll wheel is convenient

The Bad:Scroll wheel stops working, right click sensor is unreliable, wired version needs to be heavier for more stability

The mighty mouse (wired or wireless) is a fantastic piece of engineering.....when it's working properly.

When first purchased the might mouse is by far the neatest, simplest bluetooth mouse I have ever used. As the mouse begins to age however, the problems begin to arise:

Firstly, the internal components of the 360 degree track ball start building up dirt and grime from the first time you use it. This grime clogs the small magnetic rollers that register the movement of the track ball, and before you know it your downward scrolling (as that's what people mostly use) no longer works as it should. A quick fix is turn the mouse upside down and drag the scroll wheel along a piece of paper, but like all quick fixes the benefits don't last long. To truly restore proper scrolling for a decent period of time you need to pull the mouse apart, remove the scroll ball rollers and clean them properly.

This more thorough cleaning is not particularly difficult, however it requires removal of the base ring of the mouse, which is actually glued into place, so you effectively void any warranty and have to re-glue your mouse afterwards. Check out youtube for this fix.

The second problem, and perhaps the most annoying, is the unreliable nature of the right click. I love Apple products, but this is one occasion where I wish Apple had have kept things simple. The mighty mouse uses touch sensors, as opposed to traditional clickable left and right individual buttons. I never have any troubles with the left click, however the right click sensor fails to register properly far too often for my liking (appox 40% failure rate I reckon). Instead of a right click, the touch sensors just registers a regular left click, which is quite infuriating after the 1000th time!

What makes it worse is that the right click actually works perfectly if you switch the mouse off and turn it back on, but only for a brief while.

There are supposed ways of reducing right click sensor failures, such as lifting your left finger before right clicking, or even assigning secondary click to pressing the scroll wheel instead, but on a mouse that costs AUD$100 you shouldn't bloody have to.

In summary, the mighty mouse is the best mouse on the market when it's working properly, but after you take your crisp white mouse out of its new packaging and begin using it....the good times just don't last.

Apple could fix these issues by having the scroll assembly being directly removable for regular maintenance, and by abandoning the touch sensor setup and returning to standard individual buttons.

Sorry Apple, only TWO stars from me!

opieandlarry
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opieandlarry posted a review   

The Good:No cord; 360 degree scroll wheel. batteries long lasting; no freeze or crash problems.

The Bad:Only drawback is that the bottom cover keeps falling off - spring latch protrudes too much and scrolling friction opens it causing loss of the connection. It needs to be recessed more and have a slightly longer lip for more bite.

Side buttons are awkward, not easy for me to use. Scroll wheel ultrasensative, moving the screen when you don't expect.

Love it. Easily beats the two logitech wireless laser mice I owned previously, which kept freezing/crashing my mac.

Black book
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"This mouse is a rat"

Black book posted a review   

The Good:no chord.

The Bad:Drops second button, have to turn it off and back on to get it to work again

I find that the second button ( the only reason I purchased it in the first place) drops out all the time and the only way to get it to operate again is to turn the mouse off by shutting the bottom cover and opening it again..........NOT GOOD

Anonymous
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"works great with Mac OS X Tiger"

Anonymous posted a review   

i've had this mouse for a while now and i love it! its the best mouse you can buy

 

"Nice Design... Nice Idea... But Apple, you are getting a bit tricky with this one..."

lenny posted a comment   

I was looking forward to this release. Finally an Apple 2-button with scroll-wheel! But I must say, they certainly made it complex for themselves! They made a 2 button look like a 1 button. STRIKE OUT! This mouse infuriated me! If your left finger is 'touching' the plastic surface when you right click... it registers as a left click! Too many tricky sensors... GIVE US 2 BUTTONS!!!!!!! Break that beautiful shell! (down the middle if you have to)! What use is an interface if it doesn't interface? Back to the drawing board Apple, in the mean time... back to the store for my Mighty Mouse.




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User Reviews / Comments  Apple Mighty Mouse

  • JonBOY26

    JonBOY26

    Rating10

    "The mighty mouse (wired or wireless) is a fantastic piece of engineering.....when it's working properly.

    When first purchased the might mouse is by far the neatest, simplest bluetoo..."

  • opieandlarry

    opieandlarry

    Rating7

    "Love it. Easily beats the two logitech wireless laser mice I owned previously, which kept freezing/crashing my mac."

  • Black book

    Black book

    Rating2

    "I find that the second button ( the only reason I purchased it in the first place) drops out all the time and the only way to get it to operate again is to turn the mouse off by shutting the bottom..."

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