Mighty Mouse First Impressions

miradu

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After seeing what looked to be one of the coolest mice ever, I called up Apple and found out that the Mall of America Apple store in Minnesota had the new Mighty Mouse in stock. After arriving at the store, I looked for a demo of it, but alas none was to be found! They did have about 20 on the retail shelf, so I asked an employee who went in back and brought out a whole bunch of goody demo units. What follows are my impressions of the Mighty Mouse after spending a good 10 minutes with the product. As you'll see later, after using it, my excitement abated, and I chose not to purchase the mouse.

The mouse itself is opaque white, and slightly less domed than the normal apple pro-mouse. It has a shallower click than the pro mouse (yes, it does indeed have a real, normal apple, whole mouse depressing click), and overall felt a little less sturdy/heavy/"pro".

When first holding the mouse, you'll find that no matter what you do, every click you do ends up being a left click - that's because to right click, you have to remove your other fingers from the mouse (just lift them up a centimeter or so) for the click to register. After reading the Apple documentation, I had expected Apple to sense a difference in pressure between the right and left sides, and was disappointed with the inconvenience of having to lift the fingers. Rollwheel-Nub-clicking is easier because it does not appear to be controlled by capacitance, but instead by the nub itself depressing about 1 mm or so (just enough for one to mechanically register that it is pressed down) as you depress the entire mouse. I found that as long as your middle finger was covering the nub, and doing the click, it would work every time (even with the rest of my hand on the mouse). All clicks require an actual depress of the entire mouse surface.

The nub is very small, about the size, and texture of a stale pencil eraser head. I found it too small to use, but again, that is more from of my previous expectations of a mouse. It was very smooth in its scrolling though, and one could easily move it fast or slow in any direction.

Perhaps the coolest new action is the squeezing. It requires some effort, but it feels very very natural to do. I found it more intuitive than trying to press a side button on a normal mouse.

Lastly, the speaker. Apple put in a clicker very like the ipod clicker. It is used to add a very soft logitech-like scroll wheel sound for the nub, and a special kerplunk like click for the squeeze. It was incredibly inaudible in the apple store, and the sounds were very mechanical natural mouse-like sounds.

Apple has pioneered some innovative ideas in this mouse, but for my use I was unable to see how it was "better" than my current normal multi button mouse. The lifting the other fingers off the mouse for right clicking was a pain, and was the primary reason I did not end up purchasing it. However, I still give apple mad props for designing a mouse that looks and acts act as a one button, with the flexibility of four.

-Michael Ducker
miradu@miradu.com
 

Lacero

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We should make this a week-long sticky, so other users can relay their own experiences using this mouse, which some thought would never come to light. I know many people are itching to dump their own 1 button mouse in favor of what Apple has designed.
 
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gwuMACaddict

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wow- that was quick- already a thread about someone who has seen one...

thanks for the info- i don't think i like the sound of it, but will wait and try it for myself
 
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smurphur

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Hey,
I've got a question for you. When you even left clicked, did you have to lift your finger up and then back down for it to click? Or could the touch pads sense some sort of depressions of your finger? As soon as I read about both buttons being touch pads I thought that sounded very wierd, as who wants to get used to lifting their fingers and then putting them back down when they click? Thanks for the review though, very informative, and saves me a trip to the Apple store just to check out the mouse :)
 
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ITASOR

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Ahh darn it! I was hoping for ONLY touch sensors in the left and right. This way you just had to apply pressure. Lifting the left fingers off and right clicking would be a big pain I think. I may still make a trip to the store to try one though, just to say that I did.
 
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miradu

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smurphur said:
Hey,
When you even left clicked, did you have to lift your finger up and then back down for it to click? Or could the touch pads sense some sort of depressions of your finger? As soon as I read about both buttons being touch pads I thought that sounded very wierd, as who wants to get used to lifting their fingers and then putting them back down when they click?
The mouse is one big physical button, just like an Apple Pro Mouse. The touch pads seem to sense more of the position of where on the mouse you are touching it.. not motion (like a trackpad) or tapping - in fact they are not "tappable" in any way.... In the time I spent, it seemed that most any click produced a left click, and that the right click is only produced when the mouse senses that it is only being touched on the right side. Does that make any sense?
 
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MBHockey

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I bought one today and almost 100% agree with the review.

A few discrepancies, though:

-Lifting my left finger to right click is not as unnatural as it sounds, and took about 10 minutes to get used to it. i don't even think about it any more.

-Squeezing the mouse, i find, is very unnatural. i probably won't use it much

I am happy with the mouse, and will hold on to it.
 
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panphage

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I just want to know why it isn't bluetooth! I already have a great five-button wired mouse. :(

Another bummer, it looks like the two side buttons are just one button and you have to push them both at the same time? Is this true?
 
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jrv3034

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Hmm, I wonder how good this mouse would be for gaming... UT2004 with the scroll ball might be interesting...
 
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solomania9

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Left and right click at the same time?

Can the Mighty Mouse sense clicking with both buttons simultaneously?

On my regular 'ol 2 button mouse, I have the right-click button set to act as the Apple key (using USB Overdrive). This is helpful for opening tabs in Safari, i.e, when I press both mouse buttons at the same time (leading with the right-click) a new tab opens up behind the current one. Is this possible with the MM?
 
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nagromme

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miradu said:
I had expected Apple to sense a difference in pressure between the right and left sides, and was disappointed with the inconvenience of having to lift the fingers.
I was hoping the same thing. That won't be a problem for everyone, but it is for me. Too bad. I'll wait for version 2 (but I would have anyway since I want Bluetooth).

Thanks for the report!


jrv3034 said:
Hmm, I wonder how good this mouse would be for gaming... UT2004 with the scroll ball might be interesting...
Not good--you need INSTANT access to both buttons, and you need both buttons working at the same time. So in the middle of a left-fire you can do some right-clicking, or vice versa.

With sensing the AMOUNT of pressure, the mouse could have done that. But as it is, I'd say this mouse isn't practical for gaming.

(But in a pinch... can you use both the left and middle functions freely together in any combination?)
 
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CmdrLaForge

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Ohhh man. I just ordered last saturday an Apple bluetooth mouse. Now this one comes out. My BT mouse has already shipped together with my new iBook.

What should I do - wireless vs. 4 buttons. Arrghhh :confused: :(

And thanks a lot for the review.
 
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CiBoys

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ran down to the Apple Store SF and got the last 2 :) i like the cleaness of the mouse. the nipple, excuse me, the scroll ball feels good i dont mine taht is not bluetooth because comparing the both, -i place my BT mouse inside the Mighty Mouse box :)- the mighty mouse is really usefull. Thank god is still one click.
 
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qzak

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hhlee said:
hey guys,
here's a review:
http://www.russellbeattie.com/notebook/1008561.html

he didn't mention anything about difficulty with right button clicking
haha, i found it funny how he talks about having nice looking Apple gear to go along with each other and isnt afraid to pay a premium for it, but he shows a picture of his setup before hand and the mac mini is the only Apple product on the table.
 
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m-dogg

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So it sounds like unless you are very clearly pressing only on the right side, it assumes you are making a left/standard mouse click. which I guess makes sense to me (I don't game).
 
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MBHockey

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m-dogg said:
So it sounds like unless you are very clearly pressing only on the right side, it assumes you are making a left/standard mouse click. which I guess makes sense to me (I don't game).
yeah exactly...i don't play games either so i don't know if it's good or bad for games.
 
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MBHockey

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I don't find it annoying...it took a few minutes to get used to, i don't even think about it anymore
 
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