Apple debuts Wireless Mighty Mouse

Apple today introduced the wireless Mighty Mouse, a new version of its popular multi-button mouse, now with the added freedom that only wireless connectivity can provide. The new wireless Mighty Mouse offers a reliable, secure connection to Macs and features a new laser tracking engine that is 20 times more sensitive than standard optical mice for better tracking on even more surfaces. Priced at US$69, Apple’s wireless Mighty Mouse includes up to four independently programmable buttons and an ingenious Scroll Ball that lets users scroll in any direction.

“We cut the cord on our popular Mighty Mouse to give consumers even more flexibility when using a Mac,” said David Moody, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Mac Product Marketing, in the press release. “A Bluetooth-enabled Mac desktop with an Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mighty Mouse is the ideal cable-free setup at home or in the office, and the wireless Mighty Mouse is the perfect travel companion for the MacBook user on the go.”

The wireless Mighty Mouse is a Bluetooth 2.0 based multi-button mouse that retains the simplicity of a single-button mouse, and can be used as a single- or multi-button mouse depending on the user’s preference. The wireless Mighty Mouse features a single seamless enclosure with programmable touch sensors that act as primary or secondary buttons. With a simple click on the upper right or left side of the mouse, users can instantly access features such as contextual menus found in Mac OS X and other applications. The wireless Mighty Mouse’s two other buttons are activated by pressing its Scroll Ball and squeezing its sides, and can be easily programmed to give users one-click access to Mac OS X “Tiger” features such as Spotlight™, Dashboard and Exposé™, or to launch any application such as Safari™ or iChat.

The wireless Mighty Mouse features an easy-to-use design that comfortably fits the left or right hand. It also includes an advanced power management system that automatically switches to low power modes during inactivity, and an off switch to maintain battery life while not in use. Ready to use out of the box, the wireless Mighty Mouse works with either one or two AA batteries.

The wireless Mighty Mouse is available immediately through the Apple Store, at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $69 (US). The wireless Mighty Mouse easily connects to the latest Macs with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, and requires Mac OS X “Tiger” version 10.4.6 or later to customize buttons for one-click access to Spotlight, Dashboard and Exposé or to launch applications.

More info at the Apple Store here.

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52 Comments

  1. I think Apple has done their homework, and I trust they know what they’re doing with this mouse. I’ve heard a lot of complaining, but the complainers are usually the loudest anyway. I’ve also heard about people using the Mighty Mouse for months without a problem.

    Aside from the scrollball [apparently] gumming up after a short period of use, does anybody else take issue with the mouse’s design? I’ve heard plenty of good reviews and experiences.

  2. Speak for yourselves. I bought my Mighty Mouse the day it came out. I have NEVER had to clean mine. Ever. It works as well today as the day I bought mine. I love it.

    I also wash my hands.

    Also, before you judge something you have not yet seen, consider that Apple has added power management to the new cordless Mighty Mouse. That should increase battery life. That said, any cordless device will go through batteries.

    In short: this won’t be for everyone. But for those of you who hate being tethered, and love the convenience this design offers (personally, I love the trackpea), it will be great. And to the rest of you railbirds, move along, please. There’s nothing to see.

    There. I feel better now.

  3. My biggest complaint was with the placement of the side buttons, and their design. Having to squeeze both means you have one less button. The placement isn’t in the natural position I hold the mouse. I also found there was no tactile feedback to tell me I had pressed the side buttons. Either way, I’ve just ordered one of these because:
    a) I don’t really need more than 2 buttons.
    b) I’ve been waiting for a BlueTooth laser mouse and this is the first one on the market that can be purchased on it’s own.
    c) The scroll ball is really nice.
    d) All the BlueTooth mice I’ve owned suck, and Apple seems to be the only one that can implement it without frustrating delays when waking from sleep.
    e) It’s the only BlueTooth multi-button mouse that you can check the batter life through OS X’s mouse pref pane.

  4. “…does anybody else take issue with the mouse’s design?”

    The pressure buttons on the sides are awkward. Anyone who has sensitive fingers or the like will probably find the tiny trackball to be extremely uncomfortable. And, people who have big hands will likely find the MM to have too many features crammed into too small a space.

  5. Had MM since November. No problems with trackball. Love it!

    Problems with side buttons. Hate location!

    They are right where I grip the mouse. I’m always accidentally clicking them. Had to disable…they are useless to me.
    Love to have had the extra buttons… but not where they are.
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  6. been using a migt mouse since they first came out, no problems with scrollball getting dirty – maybe people should wash their hands every day or two whether they think they need to or not.

  7. I love my mighty mouse and have never had a problem with the ball getting dirty. I eat food at my desk. I’m really a messy, messy person, but my mouse is not dirty. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I wash my hands when I go to the bathroom. Maybe if everyone did that, they might not have dirty mice.

    MDN word – week
    As in some people do not wash their hands more than once a week.

  8. I have been using a MM since it came out, and I think it is the best mice I have ever used. It replaced my Logitech wireless laser mouse which is really a worthless piece of crap. It has too many buttons (which I accidently hit all the time) and worst of all… the guy next to me also had one, and there is no way to keep them from interfering! It was unbelievable.

    Yea, the track ball gets gummed up every once in a while, but a towel and a little water seem to clear it up just fine.

    All in all a great mouse that just got better

  9. Works for a month then nothing.

    If yours only lasted a month, you’ve got a dirty place. I’ve had mine since it came out and I occasionally have problems with it, which is easy enough to fix. The one I’ve had at work has worked since I got it without any problems and work is much dirtier than my home.

    I’m tempted to buy this new wireless model.

  10. so it says 20times more sensitive? How does it fare with games? I’ve owned a few different mice before from logitech to dell. Some are great for gaming and some are just bad. I wanna know what it is for this?

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