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JML42691
Oct 22, 2009, 09:03 AM
This review says that the mouse isn't compatible with other computers other than the new iMacs, I thought that once you plugged the mouse in and launched Software Update there would be a download that would allow you to enable all of the nice features of the device. Can anybody confirm or deny this? I plan on buying one of these once my campus store gets them in stock, but if it isn't compatible with my late-2007 white MacBook then I would be disappointed.

chicagostars
Oct 22, 2009, 09:33 AM
This review says that the mouse isn't compatible with other computers other than the new iMacs, I thought that once you plugged the mouse in and launched Software Update there would be a download that would allow you to enable all of the nice features of the device. Can anybody confirm or deny this? I plan on buying one of these once my campus store gets them in stock, but if it isn't compatible with my late-2007 white MacBook then I would be disappointed.

According to Apple, the system requirements are:
* Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer
* Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later with Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0
* Existing keyboard and mouse for setup

Hope this helps.

martynmc7
Oct 22, 2009, 10:16 AM
The article says:

"So far the Magic Mouse is only compatible with the iMacs that they ship with, but will get broad support soon."

davisjw
Oct 22, 2009, 10:48 AM
The user manual mentions an update to .6 so I assume it is then that you will be able to use it. As it shipped with the manual, we can expect that soon. Somewhere else I read Apple said it would be usable for computers 05 and newer, if memory serves me correctly..

JML42691
Oct 22, 2009, 11:59 AM
The article says:

"So far the Magic Mouse is only compatible with the iMacs that they ship with, but will get broad support soon."
Yes, but I was under the impression that all that was needed to get the mouse working with a computer like mine was the mouse software download, i.e. this mouse would be able to fully work if I bought it right now and sync it with my computer.

michael.lauden
Oct 22, 2009, 12:13 PM
This review says that the mouse isn't compatible with other computers other than the new iMacs, I thought that once you plugged the mouse in and launched Software Update there would be a download that would allow you to enable all of the nice features of the device. Can anybody confirm or deny this? I plan on buying one of these once my campus store gets them in stock, but if it isn't compatible with my late-2007 white MacBook then I would be disappointed.

look into it for yourself. maybe perhaps... on the main page

ArtOfWarfare
Oct 22, 2009, 05:07 PM
The Magic Mouse is much better than the Mighty Mouse, which people hated, and might actually be good enough that non-Mac users might want to pick it up as well, supposing that they don't really care about ergonomics.

Hated?

Who in their right mind hates the Mighty Mouse? I absolutely love it! My progression of mouses has been...

... nondescript mouses from older computers...
then the Apple Puck, which I hated.
then a few different track balls, some I liked, some I didn't.
then the Mighty Mouse, OMG, best mouse ever! I love it!

I can understand some people might prefer other mouses, but that anyone would go as far as saying they hate the Mighty Mouse seems absurd.

Kristenn
Oct 22, 2009, 06:02 PM
I like the Mighty Mouse. I like everything about it exept the stupid track ball. When I first got it the thing wouldn't scroll left and still wont. And no matter how much I wash my hands before I use it. It still gets clogged up after a few weeks. Other then that I love the thing. The clicks are quiet. It feels great in my small hands and it IS the best mouse ever, besides the track ball. This new mouse to me, sounds AND looks like the best mouse ever made. But I will try it first before calling that my finally opinion! =D

Peace
Oct 22, 2009, 06:06 PM
Just to let people know. I'm not supposed to do this but.

The Magic Mouse can be used on other Macs without a multi-touch trackpad.

From my Mac Pro System prefs. in 10.6.2

dukebound85
Oct 31, 2009, 01:18 AM
i was going to buy this mouse so headed over to the apple store all excited

tried it and i HATE the thing

so uncomfortable in my hand and caused my wrist to strain. how in the world did apple design this thing?

the scrolling was not as smooth as id hoped and just a VERY dissapointing experience using the thing

ill stick to companies that know how to design mice

why i keep thinking apple can, i have no idea......i mean the hockey puck, the pill, the mighty mouse and now this? none have been good

Cynicalone
Nov 1, 2009, 10:19 AM
After 4 day's I have a few complaints...


The tracking is way to low (even when set to max)
I miss buttons 3 and 4 (Expose and Dashboard for me)
The battery seems to be going fast (at 88% after 4 days)

WardC
Nov 1, 2009, 05:32 PM
Magic mouse requires batteries. And batteries die. Lose on my books.

That's why I still use wired mice, and always will, as long as they still make them and I have one on hand. And as long as my keyboard still has a USB port.

This is the mouse I am using right now. Cheap, it works great, it's a Laser Mouse, and it fits my hand perfectly:

http://www.gadgetfolder.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/logitech-m500-mouse-2-295x300.jpg

SactoGuy18
Nov 1, 2009, 08:01 PM
This is the mouse I am using right now. Cheap, it works great, it's a Laser Mouse, and it fits my hand perfectly:

http://www.gadgetfolder.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/logitech-m500-mouse-2-295x300.jpg

This is the Logitech M500 USB mouse, the successor to the much-beloved MX500 mouse that I'm using right now:

http://www.mytechmix.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/logitech_mx500_optical_mouse.gif

Indeed, for a number of years the MX500 was a very popular third-party product at the online Apple Store itself. :)

labman
Nov 1, 2009, 08:19 PM
just saw this on Twitter so I thought I would add it to the thread. btw did anybody have as much trouble as Kent opening theirs?

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/11/01/magic-mouse-unboxing-video-man-vs-tape/

JML42691
Nov 1, 2009, 08:41 PM
just saw this on Twitter so I thought I would add it to the thread. btw did anybody have as much trouble as Kent opening theirs?

http://www.tuaw.com/2009/11/01/magic-mouse-unboxing-video-man-vs-tape/
Haven't gotten mine yet, I'm waiting for my campus computer store to get them first, but from what I've seen in other videos it isn't that hard, it looks like he missed the blatantly obvious grey tabs that you use to pull the tape.

mikes70mustang
Nov 2, 2009, 03:00 AM
i was going to buy this mouse so headed over to the apple store all excited

tried it and i HATE the thing

so uncomfortable in my hand and caused my wrist to strain. how in the world did apple design this thing?

the scrolling was not as smooth as id hoped and just a VERY dissapointing experience using the thing

ill stick to companies that know how to design mice

why i keep thinking apple can, i have no idea......i mean the hockey puck, the pill, the mighty mouse and now this? none have been good

Yah, i thought about getting it, but, i tried it and its no good. Too small. Its very uncomfortable how much i had to curl my fingers to use it and how i had to grip it with my thumb and pinky finger. They failed big time by trying to make it look cool instead of ergonomic.

tempusfugit
Nov 2, 2009, 01:28 PM
I've been using my magic mouse for a few days and I love it.

While I miss the middle click and side buttons, the mouse is actually WAY more ergonomic than the mighty mouse, with much better scrolling. Also, it seems to be a little more precise to me.

I hate spending $70 on a mouse but I did on the vastly inferior wireless mighty mouse so oh well.

stroute
Nov 2, 2009, 04:41 PM
Got my Magic Mouse 2 days ago, I LOVE IT with my Macbook Pro. Everything is awesome...now if they'd come up with a wired version to just keep at home. It is the best thing since sliced bread.

Rodimus Prime
Nov 2, 2009, 05:14 PM
Hated?

Who in their right mind hates the Mighty Mouse? I absolutely love it! My progression of mouses has been...

... nondescript mouses from older computers...
then the Apple Puck, which I hated.
then a few different track balls, some I liked, some I didn't.
then the Mighty Mouse, OMG, best mouse ever! I love it!

I can understand some people might prefer other mouses, but that anyone would go as far as saying they hate the Mighty Mouse seems absurd.


Pretty much everyone I know. Multiple mac users I know take the mouse that came with the iMac or there mac and throw it into a desk drawer and use some 3rd party. Microsoft and logitech seem to be the 2 most people go for.

My mice of choice to use is my Logitech G7 (1 year old) and a 20 buck memorex mouse I bought over 6 or 7 years ago now. Both the memorex and the G7 are better than the might mouse and I know I will like my G7 better

Bristol
Nov 2, 2009, 08:11 PM
This review says that the mouse isn't compatible with other computers other than the new iMacs, I thought that once you plugged the mouse in and launched Software Update there would be a download that would allow you to enable all of the nice features of the device. Can anybody confirm or deny this? I plan on buying one of these once my campus store gets them in stock, but if it isn't compatible with my late-2007 white MacBook then I would be disappointed.

I just got the Magic Mouse and installed it on a 2 year old iMac and it is perfect with no lag. They must have done something with the software.:o

entatlrg
Nov 2, 2009, 08:13 PM
new mouse SUCKS, tried it on my Mac Pro and my MBP ... with the software update it works poorer than it did before.

At maximum speed it the pointer crawls across the screen .... waste of time and money, what was Apple thinking...

ALL 'cool design' with NO ergonomics, sharp edges, doesn't conform at all to your hand stupid stupid stupid!

entatlrg
Nov 2, 2009, 08:17 PM
Yah, i thought about getting it, but, i tried it and its no good. Too small. Its very uncomfortable how much i had to curl my fingers to use it and how i had to grip it with my thumb and pinky finger. They failed big time by trying to make it look cool instead of ergonomic.

yep couldn't agree more ...

sharp edged macbooks, sharp edged mice ... they're missing a major part of Engineering in some of their products ... too much focus on design not enough on making a product that's very comfortable to use ....

Rodimus Prime
Nov 2, 2009, 08:28 PM
Another classic apple fail. Apple shows yet again they care more about form than funtion. It is more important for them to look pretty than the stuff to be useless

Peace
Nov 2, 2009, 08:38 PM
I like it. Works fine. I don't understand why others are complaining.

Kilamite
Nov 2, 2009, 08:42 PM
Just to let people know. I'm not supposed to do this but.

The Magic Mouse can be used on other Macs without a multi-touch trackpad.

What you on about?! Or am I missing sarcasm here...

mikes70mustang
Nov 2, 2009, 09:09 PM
I like it. Works fine. I don't understand why others are complaining.

Its just flat out too small. Those of us with big hands find it unusable. And you cant say its not too small. Even on apples site you can tell. The hand using the mouse only has fingers over the mouse. The first index finger knuckle is the only thing over the mouse. I personally dont like leading a mouse around with my fingers. Home-run for all of the children and lady handed people out there though.

Rodimus Prime
Nov 2, 2009, 10:16 PM
Based on what I am reading here it looks like another thing like the old hockey puk mouse. For people who remember those mice they were a piece of crap and suck to use

Mark Booth
Nov 2, 2009, 11:17 PM
To counter the sour complainers...

I've been using the Magic Mouse at least 6 hours per day since Thursday. No lag, no Bluetooth hassles, no issues whatsoever. It fits nicely in my large hands (I'm 6 foot tall, 210 lbs, and wear a size 12 shoe) and it only took me about a half a day for my hand to "forget" the Mighty Mouse and get perfectly comfortable with the Magic Mouse. The Magic Mouse is a vast improvement over every other mouse I've ever tried (including several Logitech models).

I'm using it with a Mac Pro 1,1 and a MacBook Pro 3,1. The Mac Pro's Bluetooth is the Apple board (internal to the Mac Pro) using the built-in antenna. The Magic Mouse sits about 4-5 feet from the Mac Pro. It works GREAT!

I'm so impressed with the Magic Mouse, I sent an E-mail to Steve Jobs to encourage him to the thank the design and development team for the great job!

Now.... I just can't let my wife use it with her iMac or I might have to buy her one too! :)

Mark

roach
Nov 6, 2009, 09:53 AM
I like it. Works fine. I don't understand why others are complaining.

Carpal tunnel

michael.lauden
Nov 6, 2009, 09:56 AM
Carpal tunnel

and lameness.

not a very natural way to use a mouse, i wish they just came out with an external multitouch glass trackpad on the keyboard like all of the 'concept arts'

Greenman85
Nov 15, 2009, 12:09 AM
new mouse SUCKS, tried it on my Mac Pro and my MBP ... with the software update it works poorer than it did before.

At maximum speed it the pointer crawls across the screen .... waste of time and money, what was Apple thinking...

ALL 'cool design' with NO ergonomics, sharp edges, doesn't conform at all to your hand stupid stupid stupid!


did you speed up the scrolling settings?

powers74
Nov 18, 2009, 01:05 PM
I used one in the Mac Authority that just opened here in 'nooga, I think it feel and works great. I can't wait to get one, though I'll have to hack it to work with spaces:(