Magic Mouse vs Wireless Mighty Mouse

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by superiska123, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. superiska123 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2014
    #1
    Hi,

    I am in need of your assistance yet again... :) I've been using my MacBook Pro for quite a while as my primary computer system, and I really love it. However, I really miss using a mouse instead of a trackpad, however good the said trackpad is. So, my question is, as the title says: Which one is better? The Magic Mouse or Mighty Mouse?
    The most important thing for me is the ergonomics of the mouse. I have tried the Magic Mouse a few times (albeit in stores only), and I have to admit that I really didn't like the way it felt to use it. I think it's way to small and really shallow. Is the mighty mouse at least a little bit more comfortable?

    Thanks in advance! :D
     
  2. CreatorCode macrumors regular

    CreatorCode

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2015
    Location:
    US
    #2
    They're both pretty small and low-profile. The old Mighty was a little taller than the Magic.

    That little ball got gummed up like crazy with skin oils and dust, though.

    If you're the type who rests your whole hand on the mouse, neither would work well for you. All of Apple's mice since the beginning have been meant to be grasped with the fingers, not the hand. If that's not what you're used to, I'd suggest a third-party mouse, which will also likely be much cheaper.
     
  3. firedept macrumors 603

    firedept

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2011
    Location:
    Somewhere!
    #3
    Mighty Mouse not a bad mouse, but as stated, has a bad habit of the ball gumming up. Taller, rounder profile which is good for people that tend to use more of their hand or fingers on mouse.

    Magic Mouse is sleeker, longer and lower profile. But you will need to get use to it. Can be touchy if you are all fingers. Nice to be able to use gestures with it. This is my preference for a mouse.

    I use other wheeled mouses at work and do not like them since getting use to the Magic Mouse since it was introduced. I constantly find myself looking to use the gestures on any other mouse I use. Find it frustrating not to have them. If you are using a trackpad, I would think it easier for you to go with the Magic Mouse.
     
  4. superiska123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2014
    #4
    Thanks a lot for the great replies! :) I'm gonna have to think it through just a little bit more though...
    P.S. Stupid question, but would the wireless Mighty Mouse even work with El Capitan?
     
  5. firedept macrumors 603

    firedept

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2011
    Location:
    Somewhere!
    #5
    Sorry can't answer your added question as I am on Yosemite.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #6
    Why wouldn't it? I'm using the Magic Mouse 2 and I'm running El Cap.
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2013
    #7
    Buy any mouse you are comfortable with.

    If you want the multitouch gestures to work you'll need the apple magic mouse. If that doesn't bother you then just buy anything you like it'll make no difference.
     
  8. theluggage macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2011
    #8
    Pretty much any PC mouse - usb, bluetooth or wireless dongle - will Just Work on a Mac, certainly as far as left/right/scroll functionality is concerned. Logitech support OS X for the fancier features of their mice (although it isn't essential to install their software).

    The Apple mice are a bit love it/hate it and I'm firmly in the "hate" camp.

    The Logitech MX Master is nice if you want a chunky, ergonomic mouse (and supports low-energy Bluetooth on more recent Macs) but forget it if you're left handed. Personally, I just use the logitech dongle which works reliably and, since I use a wired keyboard, just fits invisibly into the USB slot in the keyboard. Also, unlike apple, they've managed to contrive to put the recharging plug where the wire goes on a wired mouse, so you can still use it while its charging...

    If you're lucky enough to have a PC store that still has mice on display, I'd go and just pick one that feels right in your hand.
     
  9. talmy macrumors 601

    talmy

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2009
    Location:
    Oregon
    #9
    The wireless Mighty Mouse does work with El Capitan, but as others have pointed out the ball gets gummed up frequently so it's an irritating mouse to use (not mighty at all).
     
  10. superiska123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2014
    #10
    Wow, I didnt expect to get more replies, thanks everyone :).
    I have to say that i really wanted to get an apple mouse at first, but now im not so sure... Guess I'll have to think a little bit more before buying something I'll regret later on...
     
  11. EliasM macrumors member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2013
    Location:
    Brussels
    #11
    I found the Mighty Mouse to be much nicer to hold in my hand. Its shape just suited me better. But there was indeed the issue with the ball that tended to get stuck with dust and oil, which is why I replaced it with the Magic Mouse.

    Now the newer Magic Mouse hurts my hand if I have to work with it a longer time. I found it very uncomfortable. Also, I was always accidentally activating multi touch functions that I didn't want. That's why I gave up on Apple mice and I bought a Magic Trackpad. I like it very much so far.

    One regret is that Apple seems to be pushing towards wireless mice, keyboards and trackpads. These are objects that don't need to be mobile and I therefore do not see why you would want to make them wireless as this gives us quite a number of inconveniences: more expensive, more inconvenient (batteries run out), more likely to break, less environmentally friendly.
     
  12. superiska123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2014
    #12
    While I agree that mice and keyboards don't need to be wireless, I still really need a wireless mouse. The reason being, that I only have two USB ports on my laptop, so once i plug in an external hard drive and USB speakers, that's it...
     
  13. talmy macrumors 601

    talmy

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2009
    Location:
    Oregon
    #13
    They seem to be pushing toward wireless everything. However they do have a wired keyboard, mighty (but not magic) mouse, and the latest trackpad can be used wired. In any case you aren't forced to use Apple's keyboard or mouse and there are plenty of people who don't.
     
  14. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #14
    I think Apple gave us a peek into the future with the MacBook which only has a single port. I think they are intent on reducing the number of wires coming/going to a computer.
     
  15. Sakurambo-kun macrumors 6502

    Sakurambo-kun

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2015
    Location:
    UK
    #15
    The Magic Mouse may well be the most uncomfortable mouse ever created. It looks nice, as a piece of industrial design, but I suspect no human hands exist which can use it comfortably.

    If you want a mouse made for humans, try Microsoft or Logitech, or if you have money to burn, Razer. Personally I use a super cheap Microsoft Basic mouse. It's as simple as mice come, but it's comfortable, works great, and it even comes in white.
     
  16. talmy macrumors 601

    talmy

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2009
    Location:
    Oregon
    #16
    To paraphrase Steve Jobs, "you must be holding it wrong." It's admittedly terrible for holding with a tight grip but if you move it with a light grip with thumb and pinky finger on the side it works well and isn't tiring. The advantage of the Magic Mouse is the touchpad surface that you won't get with other mice.
     
  17. Sakurambo-kun macrumors 6502

    Sakurambo-kun

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2015
    Location:
    UK
    #17
    I've given it a good try but sore hands always result. It also lacks a middle button, which is critical for any pro apps. It makes using the likes of Substance Designer and Maya next to impossible.
     
  18. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

    b0fh666

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2012
    Location:
    south
    #18
    ball? no brainer, the one that is ball-less.

    bettertouchtool will give you a middle button, I use 'triple-click/tap' for that
     
  19. talmy macrumors 601

    talmy

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2009
    Location:
    Oregon
    #19
    BetterTouchTool lets you program an action for the middle button.
     
  20. audicat macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2016
    Location:
    US
    #20
    As someone who has used both, I like the Mighty Mouse better, but that's because it's more easy to use my preferred palm grip on that mouse. The scroll wheel on it is awful but the rest is fine. It also feels very nice to click, the whole mouse moves down instead of just having a button on the top. The Magic Mouse feels a bit more expensive and smooth, but the ergonomics are terrible.
     
  21. dwfaust macrumors 68040

    dwfaust

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2011
    Location:
    I am here => [•]
    #21
    I respectfully disagree. I have been using the Magic Mouse since I switched to the Mac in 2010. I am now using the Magic Mouse 2, and love this thing. I find it quite comfortable.

    As an added feature, the surface is great for many OS X gestures.

    With that said, it's obviously a personal preference.
     
  22. L Caputo macrumors regular

    L Caputo

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2015
    #22
    --- Post Merged, Jan 5, 2016, Original Post Date: Jan 5, 2016 ---
    Just so you know the Mighty Mouse is now only available as wired, and the new Magic Mouse 2 can only be used with
    El Capitan. I use the mighty mouse, just my preference, regular cleaning (lighter fluid) keeps your ball swinging.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 5, 2016 ---
    The Mighty Mouse (now just Apple Mouse) is now only available as a wired option. The Magic Mouse 2 can only be used with El Capitan.
    My preference is the Mighty, regular cleaning (lighter fluid) will keep those balls swinging.
     
  23. wickedpapercut macrumors member

    wickedpapercut

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    #23
    For 95% of my purposes I'm a fan of the Magic Mouse. The ergonomics are different than the larger models that cradle your hand, but I don't find it difficult or painful to use. The gesture capabilities are extremely convenient and it just feels better to me than using a Trackpad.

    The part that I do find very annoying is when I'm viewing any web-based maps. For some reason the zoom in/out seems to be particularly sensitive and I'm always zooming when I just want to look at the map. When dealing with maps I just make sure to keep my hand clear of the mouse so that I don't get unwanted effects.

    Many years ago I had a Mighty Mouse and the scroll ball suffered from all of the issues already noted. I don't care if I never see one of those little rubber balls again. A very poor design.
     

Share This Page