Does the iMac come with a mouse pad?

theanimala

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I was wondering if I am crazy and just missed it in the box, but my iMac did not come with a mouse pad. Every computer I have ever purchased has always came with one, and I was expect some cheap POS with Apple's name on it, but there is nothing to be found. Did I miss it?
 

jsw

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I haven't gotten a mouse pad with a Mac in at least a decade, and I've bought a number of them. I'm not sure they've ever come with them, but certainly not in recent years.
 

The Menacer

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Oct 22, 2007
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All Apple branded mice are laser now, so there isn't a need for a mouse pad for it to work properly.
Not true... Only one Apple-branded mouse is a laser-based mouse (Wireless MM). Also, the mice do NOT work on white surfaces.
 

MrMoore

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Nov 2, 2006
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I was wondering if I am crazy and just missed it in the box, but my iMac did not come with a mouse pad. Every computer I have ever purchased has always came with one, and I was expect some cheap POS with Apple's name on it, but there is nothing to be found. Did I miss it?
No, the last two Macs I have bought never came with mouse pad. I can't even remember the last time a PC came with one.
 

Kernow

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Plus the benefit of a mouse pad is not just to help the mouse work properly - it can protect the surface of the table/desk you are using it on. My desk at home has a clear worn patch where I use the mouse.

Anyway - I have never received a mouse pad when buying an Apple computer
 

nickf

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Oct 2, 2007
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I have been purchasing Macs since 1990 - none have ever come with a mouse pad (- Apple stickers, yes :))

edit - just noticed that the poster above me may also be a fellow Cornishman ;)
 

je1ani

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Mighty Mice don't work on white surfaces? No wonder mine occasionally skips lol Thanks for the heads up
 

Roy Hobbs

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I was wondering if I am crazy and just missed it in the box, but my iMac did not come with a mouse pad. Every computer I have ever purchased has always came with one, and I was expect some cheap POS with Apple's name on it, but there is nothing to be found. Did I miss it?
People still use mouse pad's????
I can't remember the last time I used one.
 

Craiger

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I had to get a mouse pad too because the mighty mouse would screw up and jump to the side of my screen because of the the faux wood grain of my desk.
 

sportsnut

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I was wondering if I am crazy and just missed it in the box, but my iMac did not come with a mouse pad. Every computer I have ever purchased has always came with one, and I was expect some cheap POS with Apple's name on it, but there is nothing to be found. Did I miss it?
Sarcasm On
Hmmm, is the lack of a mouse pad in the box the biggest issue with your iMac experience? :eek:

sarcasm off
 

btallada9870

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Jul 16, 2007
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I have just a regular laser mouse. Are apples and that kind of mouse different because mine works fine on a white surface.
 

iMartini

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Mighty Mice don't work on white surfaces? No wonder mine occasionally skips lol Thanks for the heads up
I think it depends more on the texture of the surface than the color. If your desk is glass or otherwise has a glossy or reflective finish with no underlying texture, an optical or laser mouse will have a hard time tracking and you'll probably need a mouse pad.

If your desk has more of a matte finish or has some sort of texture (i.e., wood), you should be fine without a pad.
 

raskil

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Oct 28, 2007
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Not for decades

Apple resellers often include a mouse pad in the box but Apple haven't had mouse pads since the days of PPC Performa. I remember having an old Mac Classic mouse pad. I do like the addition of the black lint free polishing cloth that comes with the new iMac.

Unless you have a desk with a glossy or glass surface you should have no trouble using an optical mouse. Mouse Pads are now just extraneous advertising.

Cheers:apple:
 

queshy

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Apr 2, 2005
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Simple - if Apple gave us mousepads instead of making X on each computer they would make X - Pm (Pm = price of mousepad); X - Pm < X --> simple economics!! :p
 
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