I have always had very few demands of any computer mouse. It has to be two button. It has to have a scrollwheel. It has to have at least one side button, and it has to be on the inside for someone who’s right-handed. That’s all. I’ve never needed anything fancy – and I don’t need to spend $150 on a frickin’ mouse.
Now, though… now, I’m on a Mac. I’m on a MacBook Pro, to be precise. A couple of months ago, I started really looking into getting a wireless mouse. I decided first thing that I didn’t want a wireless laser mouse or any other technology that required a USB port for a receiver. Being much like the PCM/CIA cards of old that I would routinely snap off because I would forget to remove it before travel, I didn’t want a little stubby thing hanging off the side of the machine. That means Bluetooth, and that means a dearth of full-size mice. I’m six feet tall, I’m a big guy. I need a full-size mouse! All those tiny little "notebook mice" aren’t worth the plastic they’re made of.
So, I went and picked up an Apple Mighty Mouse at CompUSA, and this is what I think of it after owning it for about a month.
It’s not a slow responder, I’ll give it that. I could use it for gaming, but I’m still attached to my wired mouse for that. For everyday work, the Mighty Mouse is just fine. I do have an issue though, with the speed. My wired mouse moves at one consistent speed that I can control. I want to go from corner-to-corner by covering a certain distance with my mouse. The Mighty Mouse is inconsistent – it starts up slow, speeds up, then slows down. Presumably, this is to help users to avoid overrunning their destination and having to back up. Make a short movement, like, say, placing the cursor from one line of text to one below it, and the mouse just crawls. If there is a setting to change this behavior in the Mighty Mouse, I’m not aware of it. If you’re aware of it, please, for the love of all that is good and pure, let me know in the comments below.
The Mighty Mouse, despite being "full size" is still rather smaller than I’m used to. I would like to see the next version of the mouse have an arch to it. I’m still not completely comfortable with a flat mouse, and I find myself arching my hand over the device. That means that instead of using the top-palm of my hand to manipulate the mouse, I’m using my thumb and pinky on the sides of the mouse. It’s not… totally… uncomfortable, but it does feel strange.
The side button… is a disaster. You have to actually squeeze the mouse on both sides to activate it, which, for someone who moves the mouse by the sides like I do, is extremely inconvenient. The most comfortable position for me is to hold the mouse at a bit of an angle, with my thumb positioned over the inside button, and my pinky positioned just behind the outside button. I can’t move my pinky "up" without altering the angle that I hold the mouse with, so the squeeze-button function is completely useless to me. Not only that, but the button doesn’t click or give any indication (other than what you expect to happen on-screen) that the function was activated.
As far as I can tell, the battery consumption is just fine – if you remember to turn the mouse off when you’re not using it. I’ve not been inconvenienced in the least.
I never find myself control-clicking for a context menu (a complaint I’ve heard from many a Mac user), but I believe that’s simply because I’m not a long-time Mac user. I’ve been right-clicking for far too long! At first, I had a little trouble with finger placement, but it didn’t take long before all my left-clicks and right-clicks were correctly recognized.
The scrollwheel, actually, trackball, is amazing. It’s practically worth the price of admission, to be honest. It’s feels very natural and responsive.
Several times (okay, more often than not) I had to set the mouse up manually after shutting it off and turning it back on. I don’t know why this happens, but it’s not often automatically recognized.
So, overall, I’m fairly happy with Apple’s wireless Bluetooth Mighty Mouse. For a star rating… I’ll go with 3 out of 5. Not terrible, not fantastic, just kinda average. For the price though? You should probably shop around and get some other opinions about other mice.