Got My Mighty Mouse

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I went down to my local Apple reseller earlier today because I needed another mouse for my Mac Plus, and I knew that they had one labeled "Written Off" living in the service area that could be had for a small contribution to the coffee fund. I'm happy to say that I got that mouse, as well as walking out with one of the new Mighty Mice.

I had to turn the scroll sensitivity way up, but other than that minor adjustment, I'm quite happy with it so far. I normally avoid rev A products, but after playing with it for a few minutes, I was sold. Though I'll admit that it's more because I wanted a two button mouse that actually looked like it belonged to my iBook instead of being an add on.

Has anyone else gotten one of these yet? What do you think?

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I have had mine for a few weeks now and I love it. Works great with my iBook G4 and both of my iMac G3s. Now Apple needs to make a BT version...

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I would really like one...

I have heard great praise about them, 'cept the M$ lover in the local newspaper (He diss's every machine or product that is not made but M$, B@**ard.) I talked to Word03, and he got one. He loves it!. However, I don't know if it would work with my iBook, seeing as how it would have to have a long enough cord to get to the right side of my laptop. I still haven't been able to play with one. They seem really cool.

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Re: I would really like one...

coius wrote:

I have heard great praise about them, 'cept the M$ lover in the local newspaper (He diss's every machine or product that is not made but M$, B@**ard.) I talked to Word03, and he got one. He loves it!. However, I don't know if it would work with my iBook, seeing as how it would have to have a long enough cord to get to the right side of my laptop. I still haven't been able to play with one. They seem really cool.

Works fine for my 12" iBook, might be a bit short for a 14"

My full review:

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Original Source: http://www.spymac.com/news/index.php?contentid=3065

I recently went to my local Apple reseller to check if they had an obscure part I needed and ended up walking out with a Mighty Mouse. I'd been meaning to pick up a two button mouse for a while now, and though this one costs a bit more than average, after playing with it for a few minutes, I was ready to lay down my $75 CDN. This mouse was easy to install, configure, and use. And it's shiny.

Like most Mac users, I assume that when I plug in an Apple product, it's going to just work. The Mighty Mouse exhibited standard two button behavior when plugged into my iBook running OS 10.4.2, but the full configuration wasn't available. A quick install and reboot later I had access to the preferences that I wanted.

This is where I ran into the first bit of oddness with this mouse. When plugged in without drivers, it behaves like a two button mouse with scroll wheel. After driver install, it defaults to acting like a one button mouse again. Though I can understand that Apple wants to keep the one button as the 'default' behavior, the initial settings should remain consistent.

After drivers were installed, the preference pane for mice showed me a picture of the mouse, allowing me to set the functions for both sides of the mouse, the button under the scroll ball, and the side button. In addition to "Primary Button" and so on, it gave me options for common features like Dashboard or Spotlight. It also had a cool little item called "Other" where I can choose to have a mouse button launch a program. I set my side buttons to Dashboard, the left and right clicks to Primary and Secondary, and my scroll ball to launch Terminal.app.

One more note about the default settings. I had to adjust the scroll ball speed quite high before it felt comfortable. Speaking with the sales staff at the store showed that it was a common sentiment.

A big concern I heard online after this was announced was that the lack of physical left and right buttons would be confusing. I didn't have any trouble with this, and I'm left with the idea that perhaps if you need to actually look at your mouse to see which finger you're using, you should stick to one button mode. Another concern that's been voiced is the lack of a Bluetooth version of this mouse. I don't find this a burden, as the cord length was good for either reaching around the back of my 12" iBook or off of my Apple Pro Keyboard, but I'll admit that Bluetooth would be an added bonus when watching video on the machine, as the scroll wheel worked fine for fast-forwarding in my favorite video application.

Using the mouse felt like any other two button mouse I'd used. My only complaint here is that the side buttons feel awkward to use. I'd prefer if they were a bit more sensitive to pressure, as it feels like I have to push twice as hard as I should. This may just be my preference though.

All in all, it was worth the price, mostly for the level of customization that it gave me. If you already have a two button mouse with scroll, don't feel the need to run out and get this one. It's fancy, but it's not revolutionary. But did I mention it's shiny?

Pros:
Easy installation
Excellent configuration options
Felt fine using

Cons:
Install needed for full functionality
Side buttons feel like they require too much pressure
Inconsistent defaults between Mac OS drivers and Mighty Mouse Drivers
Some initial settings required adjustment before it felt usable
Higher cost than average
Wireless version not available

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Just got mine, and...

...so far, I am loving it! Same issues as everyone else with scroll wheel sensitivity--set to the "highest" level and it worked great. I do wish they had hit with a BT option, but this will still allow me to take my BT Pro Mouse on the road with me and it will now be my dedicated travel mouse, with the Mighty Mouse becoming the desktop mouse. So I am still happy.

BTW, great review, BDub. I had read it before I saw your post here. Didn't know you wrote for them! Cool!

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I know I am going to get attacked but here I go.. Has anybody tried it under M$ Window$ XP?

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Yeah.

Just for a laugh, tried it on my sister's Latitude. It works, not surprisingly, like a 4 button mouse. I couldn't get it to scroll anywhere except up and down, but that's the only issue I ran into.

On the original topic, I love my Mighty Mouse. It's not the best to look at, but after a while the somewhat funky style grows on you. The trackball rocks! All the buttons work flawlessly, as advertised. Feels nice in either hand as well.

I use the middle button to activate Exposé - All Windows, the side button(s) to open Dashboard, and the left/right buttons as usual. It's surprisingly good at inceasing my productivity at work, but at home I love pressing the sides just to hear the cool 'click'! ;D