Why is the cord on the Apple Mouse so short?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 2MacalypseNow, May 8, 2007.

  1. 2MacalypseNow macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2007
    I just want to know if this is usual. Did they estimate the wrong length for a mouse cord? Or is this just Apple's way of saying "You might want to buy another mouse."

    Thanks if you have an answer to it. You have to admit you would think they would have extended it a bit after the kind of price that Apple charges exclusively for their computers.
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    because the Apple keyboard has two USB 1.1 ports for you to plug the mouse into.
  3. zim macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2002
    Personally I find the cord too long... but then I have mine connected to the keyboard. You could always get an extension if needed.
  4. paulpratt macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2005
    Scott AFB, IL.
    Yeah, that.
  5. DVvM macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2007
    I've found that almost all third party mice have cords that are much, much too long for my uses. I like the short cord on the apple mouse. The keyboard is only about four inches away from the mousepad after all. This logitech mouse has a cord that's like four feet long. Who needs a four foot mouse cord?
  6. smueboy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2006
    I find it short too - i plug in my mighty mouse on the left side of my MBP since my cable-lock is on the right side and it blocks the usb on that side, so a longer cable wouldn't hurt.
  7. 2MacalypseNow thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2007
    Right. People have different preferences for their mouse cord because of their hand/arm positions. I just wonder if Apple understands that.
    Some people have it way out there instead of close to them.

    Couldn't you make a cord where you it could be automatic adjustable?
    Not nitpicking just wondering.

    And I just don't think the USB port answer explains the preference of a cord.

    In fact you go on Apple site, they talk about this same issue.

    Thanks for the replies
    :D :D :D
  8. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    I found it to be about 2-3" too short to work well with my MacBook ...so I use wireless. :)
  9. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    That's fine for desktop users but I do find it a tad too short when using the laptop. :(

  10. Arnel macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Vancouver, BC
    I think the idea is that you plug your mouse into the keyboard, seeing as the mouse is used right next to the keyboard anyway. The shorter cord length means that you don't get a ton of extra cord sitting on your desk, getting in the way and looking unsightly (apple aesthetics - gotta love 'em!).

    The keyboard has a longer cord, as that cable has to go down the back of your desk and into the computer on the floor, or wherever it's sat.

    That's the reasoning, anyway. Whether the benefits outweigh the cons is another matter...
  11. milky23 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2005
    Well, this option may be a little cumbersome, but you could always get a USB cable extender for less than 5 bucks (i've seen them for a dollar.)
  12. Mpulsive81 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2006
    McKinney, TX
    Yeah, it's a lil too short for the Macbook. All the usb connections are port side and then i've gotta string it behind the Macbook. It's not unbearable, but i'd like a little more give.
  13. weg macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    So that Apple can sell you an extension if you want a cable.. the extension that comes with the keyboard doesn't work for the mouse (Apple made that sure).
    It's really annoying. I don't like the Apple keyboard and use a Microsoft keyboard instead. This keyboard doesn't have an included USB hub, so I can't use the Apple mouse. So, I have my Apple mouse and keyboard lying in a box next to my table. They should really give you the option to buy a Mac Pro without keyboard and mouse.

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