Bottom Line: Apple’s compact bluetooth mouse looks superficially appealing, but it’s sluggish performance and lack of ergonomics makes it inferior to the competition.
Verdict: Not Recommended
I’m generally a fan of Apple products, so I had great expectations of Apple’s Bluetooth Wireless Mighty Mouse. It looked good with a smooth, buttonless design and a elegant power switch that doubled as a cover for it’s optical sensor. I had found the traditional wired Mighty Mouse to be reasonably useable, if not quite as comfortable to use as the larger Logitech MX900 that has been my favorite.
The wireless Mighty Mouse seems at first glance like an ideal pacakge. Though it lacks a charger, it’s turns off with a quick slide of the switch on it’s flat surface, saving power and making battery changes fairly uncommon. It uses invisible touch sensors to determine whether you mean to left click, right click, or center click (the small ball in the front center of the mouse doubles as a third mouse button). The mouse-ball, unlike the traditional scroll wheel, allows for scrolling vertically, horizontally, or diagonally with satisfying speed. In addition, this version of the Mighty Mouse uses laser-tracking, which purportedly allows for more precise sensing of the mouse’s movements and smooth operation on a wider range of surfaces.
The Logitech mouse similarly uses bluetooth to communicate with my MacBook and performs just likeo a wired mouse. Movements of the mouse are instantaneously translated into on screen actions. Unfortunately, my experience with the Mighty Mouse was quite difference, and herein lies the greatest flaw in this device. There is a subtle, but noticeable lag seperating the mouse’s physical movements from the cursor’s movement on the screen. This makes overshooting a target easy and can lead to frustration with what is an essential part of computing. Furthermore, while the Logitech design served as a comfortable rest for my hand, the Mighhy Mouse felt awkward to handle.
What’s most striking about this device is the lack of Apple’s traditional human-oriented design. This feels like a device designed for looks rather than for usability, rather than the combination of the two that is characteristic of most of Apple’s work. While the Logitech is not the most attractive mouse, it feels comfortable and natural to use. The same cannot be said of the wireless Mighty Mouse. It feels like I’m mousing underwater. I had high hopes for the mouse’s laser sensors to be able to operate on my frosted glass desk (where previous optical mice, including the Logitech, had failed). Unfortunately, the Mighty Mouse faired no better than its predicesors.
This one’s going back to the store. Better luck next time, Apple.