A good number of Mac users also own a Magic Mouse. It’s a reliable mouse with excellent support for multitouch gestures and impressive battery life. However, there are plenty of third-party options out there.
While Apple’s Magic Mouse is a great accessory, the other more affordable options are pretty interesting too. We’ll discuss some of the good and bad aspects of the Magic Mouse so you can get an idea of how it compares with the competition.
Benefits of buying Apple’s Magic Mouse
Using Apple’s Magic Mouse gives you clear advantages. For example, it’s lightweight and portable, has excellent battery life, and supports easy mouse gestures.
Many people love and use Apple’s Magic Trackpad because of its excellent gestures. Luckily, there’s Magic Mouse support for most of these as well. You can activate these gestures by navigating to Apple menu > System Settings > Mouse.
From here you can turn on features like Smart Zoom and enable or disable gestures.
Smart Zoom lets you quickly zoom in or out by double-tapping the mouse surface with one finger. Double tapping with two fingers will bring up Mission Control. This allows you to quickly switch between apps. You can also swipe left or right with one finger to move between the previous or next web pages in the browser.
Finally, you can move between full-screen apps by swiping left or right with two fingers on the mouse surface. Once you get used to all these gestures, it’s a bit hard to go back to regular mice.
2. Lightweight and Portable
Another advantage of the Magic Mouse is its portability. It weighs only 99 grams, which is pretty light for a wireless mouse. If you want to carry it around in a backpack, you’ll probably never notice how slim it is. While the mouse is lightweight, it doesn’t feel lightweight. Sure, there are lightweight mice out there, but very few are as manufactured as the Magic Mouse.
The weight distribution feels great here too. On top of that, it has a rechargeable battery. This means you don’t need to carry a pair of AAA or AA batteries. Considering it’s a mouse that’s reliable and well-built, you can chuck it in a backpack without thinking too much about it.
The best part is that you don’t have to worry too much about battery life when on the go as a fully charged Magic Mouse can last for several weeks. And you can get about 9 hours of usage time with a two-minute quick charge.
3. Apple’s Design and Branding
While you can use the Magic Mouse with a Windows machine, it was designed with the Mac in mind. This is fairly obvious considering it’s bundled with most desktop Macs. Because of this, the Magic Mouse features a sleek and stylish design that looks at home next to your iMac, MacBook or Mac Pro.
The mouse has a sleek glossy finish on the top, giving it a premium look and feel. You can also buy the black version of this mouse if that’s more your style. That version is included with the Mac Pro in the box.
Finally, Magic Mouse also works surprisingly well if you have an iPad. You can use mouse gestures on the iPad, just like you do on a Mac. Apple has also added some exclusive gestures that work with the Magic Mouse on the iPad. So, the Apple ecosystem earns another win here for the Magic Mouse.
4. precise and accurate
While the Magic Mouse gets a lot of flak for a number of reasons, you can’t argue that it doesn’t work well. On top of the excellent build quality and lightweight design, it has an excellent wireless sensor. As such, you can expect accurate and precise tracking and response.
Since the design is ambidextrous, it works well for both right and left handed users. It automatically pairs with the Mac via Bluetooth, and the connection is rock-solid. The mouse glides smoothly over any surface thanks to the low-friction mouse feet on the bottom.
While it lacks a scroll wheel, the scrolling gestures work well, and some might argue the experience is better. With all of these things in mind, the Magic Mouse’s accuracy and precision contribute to why people use it every day.
Disadvantages of Buying Apple’s Magic Mouse
So, the Magic Mouse is an excellent tool, especially if you get one with the purchase of an iMac or Mac Pro. However, there are some obvious drawbacks due to the unorthodox design. So, here are some of the drawbacks of Magic Mouse:
1. It’s Expensive
As we mentioned earlier, the Magic Mouse is great if it comes with your desktop Mac. However, if you run out to buy one, it costs $99. At the same time, this mouse does not make much sense and it may seem like really burning money. The features and battery life are great, but it’s hard to argue that those aspects make it worth the price.