Dr. Mac: ‘Mighty Mouse is the finest mouse Apple has ever produced’

“Apple is touting its new Mighty Mouse as the first multibutton mouse that retains the simplicity of one with a single button. I got mine the day they were introduced and have been using it exclusively. I have to agree,” Bob “Dr. Mac” Levitus writes for The Houston Chronicle. “All four ‘buttons’ are easily programmed to click, Control-click (to display the contextual menu), provide access to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger features or to launch any program.”

“What I like best about Mighty Mouse is its scroll ball, which is sort of like a traditional scroll wheel, but better. It’s a tiny orb that offers vertical, horizontal and diagonal scrolling with a flick of your finger,” Levitus writes. “It’s fast, precise, easy to get used to and by far the best scrolling mechanism I’ve tried. It’s superb for working with large documents in programs such as Adobe Photoshop and iPhoto.”

Levitus has a couple of “minor quibbles,” but writes that, “Mighty Mouse is the finest mouse Apple has ever produced. Spend a few hours with one and you’ll never want to use an archaic single-button mouse again.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve been using the Mighty Mouse since the day it was introduced and, besides having to use MouseZoom to increase the tracking speed beyond what Apple’s Mouse System Pref allows, the only other thing we wish is that the mouse had a “pebbled” surface to reduce its slipperiness that increases with use. At least we’ll always have clean mice; we’re finding that we have to Windex them almost daily.

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RUMOR: Apple may soon debut two-button mouse – March 15, 2005
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30 Comments

  1. Why does Apple have to change their legacy for these…these…. complainers?? I think the only thing that is useful ont he MM is the scroll ball. I love the 1 button feature and don’t think Apple should conform to the people’s opinion on the subject just because of the whole contextual menus crap.

    You’re Mac users! You KNOW how to open a contextual menu and right click (and if you don’t its control+click). And if you dont like that then get a 2 button mouse! Don’t whine to Apple about it. If you really want an Apple 2 mutton mouse, then stick an Apple sticker on the 3rd party mouse you buy. Don’t ruin simple things.
    Plus Logitech would make a mouse thats an ergonomical trainwreck-as they seem to do with their mice.

    Long live the 1 button!

  2. The Mighty Mouse is a disappointment. The little scroll ball at the top is not something you can use in an ergonomic way. Flunk. The side buttons are not the kind that you can use in an ergonomic way. Flunk. The size of the mouse is appropriate for a one button mouse you can click anywhere, but not for a mouse with “buttons” and a scroll device.

    Try again, Apple. Sometimes we all strike out.

    How about getting rid of the mechanical ball (prone to get dirty and dusty and to start skipping like a traditional ball mouse, anyway). Instead, release the “Pro Mouse II.” It would look EXACTLY like the current Pro Mouse, with the “sensors” to differentiate left and right clicking. And, the top of the mouse would also react like a trackpad.

    Just an idea. Feel free to use it! Please!!

  3. >A][ wrote: Why does Apple have to change their legacy for these…these…. complainers??

    So let’s get this straight, you’re complaining that Apple tried to make a two-button mouse, because of all the complaints from their customers?

    Your complaint is that they made one? You can still get the less-useful one-button mouse Apple clung on to all these years.

    Or did you just want to join in the fun and complain yourself?

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  4. >A][ wrote: Why does Apple have to change their legacy for these…these…. complainers??

    So let’s get this straight, you’re complaining that Apple tried to make a two-button mouse, because of all the complaints from their customers?

    Your complaint is that they made one? You can still get the less-useful one-button mouse Apple clung on to all these years.

    Or did you just want to join in the fun and complain yourself?

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  5. >A][ wrote: Why does Apple have to change their legacy for these…these…. complainers??

    So let’s get this straight, you’re complaining that Apple tried to make a two-button mouse, because of all the complaints from their customers?

    Your complaint is that they made one? You can still get the less-useful one-button mouse Apple clung on to all these years.

    Or did you just want to join in the fun and complain yourself?

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  6. I don’t understand the whole debate on 2 vs 1 button either.
    I always used 2 buttons, but for the hell of it I started using the 1 button apple mouse.

    It simply works fine, I can do everything.
    Even my mother understands it, no more ” no mum, press LEFT LEFT not RIGHT!)
    So I love 1 button now and never went back to my ergonomical logitech, that one is now a dog toy.

    This is personal preference, and I believe a lot of people simply want 2 buttons cause they r used to it.

    Mighty mouse is great in this, you can use it as 1 or 2 button mouse. You cannot possibly please everyone with a single model mouse so you will always have people wanting to customise.
    Well, you can.

    mdn:One as in One button Rulez!

  7. Levitus says, “Spend a few hours with one and you’ll never want to use an archaic single-button mouse again.”

    Oh, please. Spend a few hours with ANY well-made two-button, scroll-wheel mouse and you’ll never want to go back.

    I’m using a Microsoft optical mouse, as I have for the past couple of years, and it’s great.

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