Ars Technica reviews Apple’s Magic Mouse: Incredibly smooth, more precise than Apple’s Mighty Mouse

“Apple boasts that the Magic Mouse is the ‘world’s first Multi-Touch mouse,’ and we’ll take the company at its word on that. But what’s multitouch like when integrated into a mouse? It’s pretty sweet—most of the time. Scrolling on the Magic Mouse is incredibly smooth, and since there are no mechanical parts, you don’t have to worry about junk getting into a scroll wheel (or scroll ball). Horizontal control is also more precise than with the Apple Mouse. I keep the ‘scroll with momentum’ option turned on, as it’s very useful when navigating large pages,” Eric Bangeman reports for Ars Technica.

“The two-finger swipe is quite useful when browsing the Web, and I’ve already stopped right-clicking to go backwards and forwards through my browser history. You don’t even need to grip the mouse as you swipe; there’s enough static friction to keep it from moving if you perform a hands-off gesture (I’ve tried on glass, wood, and granite),” Bangeman reports.

MacDailyNews Take: We do not totally agree with Bangeman’s assessment of the two-finger swipe. Unless you use a very light touch, two finger swiping can cause the very light Magic Mouse to slide and therefore can be more of a pain than it’s worth. That said, all other aspects of what just might be the world’s most beautiful looking computer mouse are excellent; the scrolling (vertical and horizontal), the accuracy, and the smoothness of cursor movement. With a few days of use behind us now, we can already recommend Apple’s Magic Mouse highly (our Mighty Mouses have been retired), but unless you can train yourself to two-finger swipe with a very light touch (the mouse is definitely sensitive enough to read lightly applied gestures) just don’t expect to use the two-finger swipe as the mouse can be simply too light and slide too smoothly on surfaces for it to be useful.

Bangeman continues, “If you have used screen zoom with the Apple Mouse, you’ll find the implementation with the Apple Mouse to be fairly intuitive—simply hold down the control key and swipe your finger across the top of the mouse… If you’re in love with multitouch and are tired of futzing with scroll wheels and scroll ball hand crud build-up, the Magic Mouse may be for you.”

Full review here.


  1. I just ordered the iMac i7 (woohoo!) but I have a feeling that the magic mouse will soon join it’s brethren on eBay within a day or two. I’ll definitely give it a real chance though.

  2. In my opinion Apple blew it with the new iMacs mouse and keyboard. The keyboard felt flimsy and cheap to me and has no heft if you want to hold it in your lap. Also, it looks ridiculously small and out of proportion when sitting in front of the 27 inch. Also the mouse was
    too small and I have small hands. I was so disappointed I decided I wasn’t getting the new iMac.

  3. I grabbed one off the shelf at the Apple store then tried one connected to a new iMac. This was 15 or 20 minutes after putting on some hand lotion (it’s winter, ya know). It was impossible to use. The surface is TOO smooth just like the glass trackpads on new MacBooks. I put the mouse back on the shelf.

    The 27″ iMac doesn’t seem a lot bigger than the 24″. It’s nice that they went to 16:9 vs 16:10. It was really bothering me that there were those black areas above and below the movies I’d watch at work. And having all of that vertical space to see more lines of code bothered me even more. I won’t be buying a 27″ iMac either.

  4. I’ve been using the Magic Mouse for two weeks now and love it. On my next voyage to the Apple Store, I will definitely get my previous iMac a Magic Mouse, too.
    I do miss the hot keys, but maybe Apple can add those in a form similar to hot corners via firmware updates. For now, I am using hot corners. I really want pinching added! I can’t believe they didn’t include this originally since it works so well on trackpads and iPhones already. With the huge resolution on this screen, it makes the text smaller, so I really would like to be able to use the pinch/pull gestures to zoom in and out, rather than the clunky Control key method.
    Using the two finger swipe does not move the Magic Mouse at all for me. I mostly have it sitting on a mouse pad, but sometimes use it just on my wood desk.
    If you’re moving the mouse with the two finger swipes, you are doing it WAY to heavily handed. Even with the scrolling, the lighter the touch the faster it scrolls.

  5. I feel the magic mouse is the best mouse apple has ever made. I was really weary of the mouse and keyboard that came with my 21.5, but have found them a real joy to use. The mouse works great and the scrolling is so smooth. I do hope that apple adds a third button function. The swipe function is very useful and Im finding myself using it all the time. I did find I have to use a mouse pad so the mouse does move as much when I swipe.
    The keyboard is small and thin, but feels real sturdy to me. Im not really sure what Anthony001. If he wants hefty tape some weights to the back of the keyboard that would add some heft.

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