“Mighty Mouse is Apple’s first with more than one ‘click’ button; with the Mighty Mouse you can left click and right click, a feature already available on other computer mice. Mighty Mouse also has a tiny gray ‘Scroll Ball,’ about the size of a baby pea, set in the middle for scrolling up and down, from side to side, and even diagonally,” Mike Langberg writes for The San Jose Mercury News.
“I’m not qualified to say if the new design is ergonomically correct or not, but the standard rule for picking a mouse still applies. Buyers should put comfort and the correct size far ahead of features or appearance,” Langberg writes. “In this unusual instance, Apple is trailing the industry with Mighty Mouse. Competitors, especially Logitech and Microsoft, have long sold similarly priced mice with left and right buttons and scroll wheels, which work with both Windows and the Mac.”
“But competitors never quite manage to match Apple’s elegant sense of style, and Mac enthusiasts will be pleased to see the same glossy white finish and rounded shape of earlier Mac mice. To me, Mighty Mouse looks somewhat like the world’s most carefully crafted bar of soap,” Langberg writes.
“Mighty Mouse works best on Macs running the most current update of the OS X Tiger operating system, version 10.4.2. If you’re running this version, you can install the Mighty Mouse Software program, which comes on a CD included in the box… Mighty Mouse does somewhat less if you don’t install the software or have an older version of OS X. You can’t open as many applications, and you can’t change what each button does if you’re running version 10.3.8 or earlier,” Langberg writes. “Mighty Mouse even does Windows, specifically Windows 2000 and Windows XP, although only with vertical scrolling — not side-to-side or diagonal. Because of these limitations, Apple isn’t marketing Mighty Mouse to Windows users. After several test sessions with Mighty Mouse, I’d rate it a good choice for Mac users who want the convenience of scrolling and right-clicking while retaining Apple’s stark white look.”
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