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Video Review Roundup: Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2

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Apple introduced a trio of new keyboard and mouse accessories in the Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 this week, and the first hands-on unboxing videos of the new products are now available.


YouTube reviewer Michael Kukielka has uploaded an unboxing and video review of the Magic Mouse 2, $79, providing a closer look at the mouse's new bottom-facing Lightning port for charging, minor design changes, what's included in the box, Bluetooth and Lightning to USB pairing processes and more.

Magic Mouse 2 has improved tracking and moves across surfaces with less resistance, as the mouse's weight was reduced from 3.9 ounces to 3.5 ounces, and because it has an optimized foot design and fewer moving parts.


Kukielka concludes that the Magic Mouse 2 looks and functions similarly to the original Magic Mouse, with the inclusion of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gains 9 hours of usage from a 2-minute fast charge, and lasts approximately one month on a full two-hour charge.

YouTube reviewer Dave Cryer shared an unboxing and mini review of the Magic Keyboard, $99, and Magic Trackpad 2, $129, in addition to a quick comparison with the existing Apple Wireless Keyboard and original Magic Trackpad.

The video provides a closer look at the Magic Keyboard's slimmer wedge-like design, rear-facing Lightning port for charging, power on-off switch and slightly larger keys with a reengineered scissor mechanism. Cryer found typing to be more precise, but said the slightly shorter key travel will take getting used to.


Cryer also went hands-on with the Magic Trackpad 2, showing off its matching wedge-like side profile, rear-facing Lightning port for charging and power on-off switch. The new Magic Trackpad 2 features Force Touch and has a larger edge-to-edge glass design with 29% more surface area, which is noticeable in the side-by-side comparison.

The video also shows what's in the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 boxes, including a Lightning to USB cable, quick start guide and regulatory information.

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zakarhino

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The change in key travel/mechanism on the keyboard was a suicidal move.

I think I'm going to hold onto the MacBooks Pro with the regular chiclet keys for as long as possible until I absolutely need new hardware/features. The MacBook butterfly switches/travel space is disgusting.
 
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jclardy

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The change in key travel/mechanism on the keyboard was a suicidal move.

I think I'm going to hold onto the MacBooks Pro with the regular chiclet keys for as long as possible until I absolutely need new hardware/features. The MacBook butterfly switches/travel space is disgusting.
I'll wait and see on the keyboards - I'm not a fan of the macbook but that computer is so thin it has no room for any key travel. This keyboard will be more indicative of how well the new switch works.
 
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KALLT

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I'm not a fan of the macbook but that computer is so thin it has no room for any key travel.

Which begs the question at which point you need to stop making devices thinner and thinner. The keyboard is a pretty essential aspect of the laptop.

This keyboard here does have a wider key travel than the MacBook keyboard and it doesn’t use the ‘butterfly’ mechanism.
 
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KALLT

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Any hint of how you succeeded keeping the cable to last that long? Because I get new every once in a while.

Don’t twist or turn them too often, the latter happens when people continue to use their phones while they are plugged in.
 
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witherwings

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Do people really eat through lightening cables that quickly? I have had all of mine since the release day of the 5s. Zero issues. I must be an anomaly...

I'm still using my iPhone 5s and it is my third lighting cable... But I hope this one last longer, as I reinforced the cable with heat shrink tube.
 
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OC40

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Any hint of how you succeeded keeping the cable to last that long? Because I get new every once in a while.

Nothing out of the ordinary. I use the one at my office and the one on my night stand daily. We have one in the kitchen that my wife and use I often (including our iPad) as well. All are in excellent condition. Sh*t, the cables for our mid-2010 MPB's are still in good-excellent shape.
 
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jclardy

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Which begs the question at which point you need to stop making devices thinner and thinner. The keyboard is a pretty essential aspect of the laptop.

This keyboard here does have a wider key travel than the MacBook keyboard and it doesn’t use the ‘butterfly’ mechanism.
Ah you are right, I figured they were using the butterfly mechanism because they were talking about a different feel, but the website just mentions a redesigned scissor switch.
 
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levitynyc

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The last Magic Mouse was awful. This looks to be the same.

As far as Lightning cables go....I've gone through about a dozen since the iPhone 5 came out.

I did switch to the Amazon Basics version and that one has lasted me almost a year so far.
 
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joueboy

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Do people really eat through lightening cables that quickly? I have had all of mine since the release day of the 5s. Zero issues. I must be an anomaly...
You cannot deny the fact that the ligtning cable quality is substandard. I still have my 1st iphone 30 pin cable laying around in my garage. I examined it few weeks ago and still thinking that cable really is durable. The problem with the lightning cable is the fraying close to the connector side. I still don't undertand why this cable breaks easily. Apple most likely made this thing substandard just so they can sell more. It's the only reason I can think of because they would have improved the quality if they want to, they already done it before.
 
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doelcm82

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Same here. I still have all my lightening cables that came with my iOS devices. I don't understand how people always say they don't last.
The sheaths on mine tend to disintegrate, and I don't handle them roughly. Maybe it's the humidity, the temperature, or the type of light they are exposed to.

Thankfully, there are third-party lightning cables that are Apple certified, last longer, and cost less than the Apple versions, so I don't have to spend thousands on dehumidifiers, or build a cold room just to test those hypotheses.
 
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Jeaz

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Does anyone know if the new Magic mouse has better "right click"-detection? With the previous version, you needed to make sure your fingers weren't resting on the mouse before right clicking, or it would be detected as a left-click.
 
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