Can you get wired Magic mice?


Icaras

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Ok, so the "Apple Mouse" is just a wired Mighty Mouse?:D
Yea, basically. It was due to some copyright laws of the "mighty mouse" name.

I still can't believe they still sell it though, considering how bad of a rap it has gotten over the years. I'm guessing adding a wire to the magic mouse would disrupt its otherwise perfect design aethetic.
 

Arran

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... I'm guessing adding a wire to the magic mouse would disrupt its otherwise perfect design aethetic....
But it would be greener - less batteries in landfill.

That's what's stopping me from buying one. A piece of wire is a compromise I'd be happy with.
 

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But it would be greener - less batteries in landfill.

That's what's stopping me from buying one. A piece of wire is a compromise I'd be happy with.
Same with me. I thought the Magic mouse would have a built in battery that you plug into the USB port of your computer to charge. And while its charging you can use it as a wired mouse:D There are some mice like that:D
 

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Same with me. I thought the Magic mouse would have a built in battery that you plug into the USB port of your computer to charge. And while its charging you can use it as a wired mouse:D There are some mice like that:D
Hmmm. You've given me a idea. My wife has a magic mouse. I need to have a look to see if I could hack it to take power from USB. Maybe I can cut the cord off an old wired mouse and use that? I'm not too bothered about making it rechargeable - it's probably beyond me anyway, exploding batteries, and all :)

Sounds like a weekend project!
 

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But it would be greener - less batteries in landfill.

That's what's stopping me from buying one. A piece of wire is a compromise I'd be happy with.
A wired magic mouse is like a unicorn without a horn.

Besides, there are such things are rechargeable batteries...
 

Icaras

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Same with me. I thought the Magic mouse would have a built in battery that you plug into the USB port of your computer to charge. And while its charging you can use it as a wired mouse:D There are some mice like that:D
I would LOVE for Apple to move to this, or at least provide an optional docking station accessory for your mouse, although that might be a bad thing considering Apple's high prices for minuscle accessories (I'm still trying to fathom the USB power adapter for iphone/ipod priced at $29.99...).

But yea, Logitech for instance, have a great variety of high performance wireless mice that use USB connected docking stations. Before I had Macs, I used to own Logitech wireless mice and I really loved being able to just dock at night before bed and forgetting about having to replace batteries. It was very convenient.

Anyway, I think Apple's obvious direction in eliminating as much possible wiring in their machines conflicts with that idea though, and adding a docking station would still have to use a USB cable. Well at least until they start developing wireless charging :D
 

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...Besides, there are such things are rechargeable batteries...
True, but they're a pain in the neck and don't last very long - or at least they don't in my old wireless Mighty Mouse. That's the one with the wee ball that gums-up all the time.

Charging and changing batteries is a drag and yes, I admit it, I'm lazy.
 

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Hmmm. You've given me a idea. My wife has a magic mouse. I need to have a look to see if I could hack it to take power from USB. Maybe I can cut the cord off an old wired mouse and use that? I'm not too bothered about making it rechargeable - it's probably beyond me anyway, exploding batteries, and all :)

Sounds like a weekend project!
Yeah, all you need to do is remove the battery and stick the wire of an old wired USB mouse into the place where the battery power connects with the mouse :D
 

mrsir2009

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I would LOVE for Apple to move to this, or at least provide an optional docking station accessory for your mouse, although that might be a bad thing considering Apple's high prices for minuscle accessories (I'm still trying to fathom the USB power adapter for iphone/ipod priced at $29.99...).

But yea, Logitech for instance, have a great variety of high performance wireless mice that use USB connected docking stations. Before I had Macs, I used to own Logitech wireless mice and I really loved being able to just dock at night before bed and forgetting about having to replace batteries. It was very convenient.

Anyway, I think Apple's obvious direction in eliminating as much possible wiring in their machines conflicts with that idea though, and adding a docking station would still have to use a USB cable. Well at least until they start developing wireless charging :D
That exists, though its quite short range and weak, so not yet ideal. And the main thing is that it emits radiation which isn't good for you. And it makes it worse if its in a mouse your going to be very close to. For more insight into that matter read this article I wrote a while ago:

http://computersight.com/hardware/wireless-power-could-it-power-laptops/
 

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... I think Apple's obvious direction in eliminating as much possible wiring in their machines conflicts with that idea though, and adding a docking station would still have to use a USB cable.
Not necessarily. Remember how the old Apple remotes used to stick "magically" (with magnets) to the side of the white plastic iMacs? Why not do the same with a mouse and have an inductive charging loop under the Mac's casing? It could be behind the plastic apple logo on the front - so you just "stick your mouse on the apple" overnight! Maybe it could glow blue while it's charging - you know, for extra tackiness! :D

There, solved!
 

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Not necessarily. Remember how the old Apple remotes used to stick "magically" (with magnets) to the side of the white plastic iMacs? Why not do the same with a mouse and have an inductive charging loop under the Mac's casing? It could be behind the plastic apple logo on the front - so you just "stick your mouse on the apple" overnight! Maybe it could glow blue while it's charging - you know, for extra tackiness! :D

There, solved!
Hey great idea, only prob is you can't use it while yer doing that...:(
 

Icaras

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Not necessarily. Remember how the old Apple remotes used to stick "magically" (with magnets) to the side of the white plastic iMacs? Why not do the same with a mouse and have an inductive charging loop under the Mac's casing? It could be behind the plastic apple logo on the front - so you just "stick your mouse on the apple" overnight! Maybe it could glow blue while it's charging - you know, for extra tackiness! :D

There, solved!
I actually thought about this too. Really, there are a number of places Apple could potential build a docking station or port on the iMac. They could place one the stand's foot, but without the mouse docked, it would detract from the design with the connectors.

Yea, the back would be the best place probably. The blue is tacky indeed, and might be the thing to attract the PC enthusiasts over to Macs :rolleyes:

Unfortunately, I don't think Apple's ever done blue lights, so I wouldn't expect them to start now. So far, they only like doing green, amber, and white.
 

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I actually thought about this too. Really, there are a number of places Apple could potential build a docking station or port on the iMac. They could place one the stand's foot, but without the mouse docked, it would detract from the design with the connectors.

Yea, the back would be the best place probably. The blue is tacky indeed, and might be the thing to attract the PC enthusiasts over to Macs :rolleyes:

Unfortunately, I don't think Apple's ever done blue lights, so I wouldn't expect them to start now. So far, they only like doing green, amber, and white.
What about a green light then? =)
 

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A wired magic mouse would convince me to buy it. I hate wireless stuff.
What's the deal eliminating 1 ft of wire? And I have to think of batteries, antennas, moving 2 cursors with 1 mouse, batteries...

By the way, the magic/apple mouse has been pretty good to me, once you know how to clean it. It is lasting more than 3 years so far, what's so bad about it?
 

mrsir2009

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A wired magic mouse would convince me to buy it. I hate wireless stuff.
What's the deal eliminating 1 ft of wire? And I have to think of batteries, antennas, moving 2 cursors with 1 mouse, batteries...

By the way, the magic/apple mouse has been pretty good to me, once you know how to clean it. It is lasting more than 3 years so far, what's so bad about it?
Nothing its just that people are always expecting more... Even if they don't need it.
 

Stingray454

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I'm one of those that don't really like the magic mouse, mostly because it's size but also because I really prefer a wired mouse. After some digging around I settled for this one, a Razer Pro Click 1.6.



It looks good together with the mac, and has quite nice specs - click the image for more details. I'm very happy with this one to replace my Magic Mouse - maybe it doesn't look quite as good but it's a joy to use and I get the extra side-buttons that are really useful (mapped the to things like exposé, "back / forward" in Firefox and such). I would recommend it to anyone looking for a wired mouse for their mac.