I tried... ["hockey puck" mouse]

bunnspecial

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My high school had a "Mac Lab" which consisted of 30-some odd iMac G3s in a room, complete with the requisite matching keyboards and "hockey puck" mice.

The mouse was a lot of the reason for my dislike of Macs for many years(fortunately I've seen the light).

This past week, I was given a box of Mac odds-and-ends. Among other "prizes"
was a Bondi Blue "hockey puck" mouse.

Just for old time's sake and to give the design another try, I hooked it up to my Quicksilver and used it for an hour.

After my hand started cramping, I gave up. I can honestly say that I gave the old mouse a fair chance, but I don't see it getting used for anything other than display purposes.

I'm looking forward to the arrival of my Griffin iMate, so that I can start using the ADBII mouse(and AEKII) with some newer computers. I still think that is probably one of the most comfortable mice Apple has ever made.
 

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MysticCow

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Were you holding the puck mouse in the palm of your hand? I know a lot of hatred of the puck stems from nobody knowing how to hold it.
 
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Hrududu

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Everybody loves to hate those. I never figured out why, and I still use a couple of them today. The heel of your hand should just rest on the desk behind it, and your fingertips just touch the thing. It's not any harder or uncomfortable to use any any other Apple mouse.
 

weckart

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Back in the day I went to a MacExpo in London. There were quite a few giveaways. One of those I got was a Macally adapter for the Apple Bad Mouse, which made it longer and more mouse-shaped so that you could rest your hand on it without the inevitable cramps.

The market had spotted an opportunity and went for it.
 

eyoungren

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Horrible mouse. Wouldn't use it even if I was given it.
Yeah, but that was the problem. Apple was giving the damn thing out like the world was going to end!

During that time period you couldn't find a regular GD Apple mouse because they weren't making one! So, you had a brand new Mac with this s****y mouse AND you had to order a decent mouse from a third party.

MacAlly was making a killing in devices back then.
 

Goftrey

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I think all Apple mice are terrible full stop. Anything from the early ADB ones up to the new Magic Mouse - all absolutely horrid. I don't, however think the puck mouse is any worse than any of the others. Like the Magic Mouse, it requires the user to hold in a specific, unorthodox way.
 

128keaton

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I think all Apple mice are terrible full stop. Anything from the early ADB ones up to the new Magic Mouse - all absolutely horrid. I don't, however think the puck mouse is any worse than any of the others. Like the Magic Mouse, it requires the user to hold in a specific, unorthodox way.
I love the magic mouse, your hand can rest flat on top.
 

666sheep

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Haha, good thread!
I'm also quite comfortable with hockey puck. I use one from time to time with my some of old junk ;) Not as bad as people are saying, but nowhere near its ADB predecessor.
Do you remember iCatch?

 

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I like the Mighty Mouse, and use several of them regularly. They are comfortable and offer a lot of functionality.

I bought and returned a Magic Mouse. I feel like I'm pretty proficient with multi-touch on my MBP trackpad. The big issue I had was that most of the gestures required one finger fewer than the comparable one on the trackpad, so I had a mental block to being able to use it efficiently.

I'm tempted to try a Magic Trackpad-does anyone know how these work under Leopard?
 

eyoungren

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To use an analogy and play off the OP's username…

The hockey puck mouse was a "bunn" in the oven that Apple took out before it was fully cooked into a real mouse. :rolleyes:

Ha!

Yeah, I know. It's bad, you can throw those hockey puck mice at me if you like! :D
 
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hamis92

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I've got two of these puck mice as spare. The biggest issue I have with it is that it's difficult to tell if it's oriented right because of its perfectly round shape.

I hold all modern Apple mice with just my fingertips. It feels natural because their design in general is very low-profile. My favourite must be the Mighty Mouse, of which I have the wireless variant. The Pro Mouse is also very nice (probably the best-looking of all) and I like how one can adjust the button resistance in it.
 

Intell

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I have a few of those. I put colour matched LEDs in some of them and a UV LED pointing to the ball. Looks pretty neat when in use.
 

hamis92

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The puck mice have a little bump on them around the top center (by the button. The idea was that by feeling that bump you knew where the orientation of the mouse was.
That's true and it helps, but it's nowhere near as easy as with the more traditional mice whose elongated shape automatically orients itself as you grab it.
 

weckart

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Haha, good thread!
I'm also quite comfortable with hockey puck. I use one from time to time with my some of old junk ;) Not as bad as people are saying, but nowhere near its ADB predecessor.
Do you remember iCatch?
Yup. That's the freebie I mentioned earlier. I got a clear one. Never used it as I never had a hockey puck mouse to hate.
 

bunnspecial

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The puck mice have a little bump on them around the top center (by the button. The idea was that by feeling that bump you knew where the orientation of the mouse was.
I think that the bump was a later revision. The one I have(which I think is one of the earlier ones based on the color) is completely smooth other than the seam for the button.
 

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I've got one of these mice around somewhere - the shape never bothered me nearly as much as the uselessly short USB cable or the single button.
I believe that the thought process behind the cable is that you would plug it into the hub on the matching keyboard.

Like many others, I had "orientation" issues with the round mouse. I was quick to use a third-party mouse instead.
 

Dr0ster

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Remember when i first saw the iMac G3. :) Think it was at Br Faetter in Gothenburg, with the game "Mulle Meck" running on it. Thought the computer looked like a toy. :rolleyes: There's something "teenaging" (wrong word...if it exist...but don't know another) about the iMac G3.
But the hockey puck mouse is terrible. But it looks kinda cool.