• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Form Does Not Follow Function in Magic Mouse Design

    I am a graphic designer, detail & accuracy, in Photoshop or Illustrator and InDesign is critical. Using the Magic Mouse ULTRA sensitive touch surface, just removing my finger after an input click moves the item I have just very carefully and accurately placed or edited. I almost always must then resort to the Magic TrackPad with iMac to get some semblance of accuracy - It drives me crazy because this reveals the Magic Mouse was a carelessly conceived design - apparently never tested well in "Real World" use.

    To make this mouse useable I ask only that the System Preferences Panel for the Magic Mouse, offer an option(s) to reduce the surface function or sensitivity to more like the magic trackpad or former Mouse with the tiny roller ball. This would solve the erroneous input with attendant frustration. The surface of this mouse is WAY too sensitive, to the point of being ridiculous. If I am setting type and using the Type Panel say in Illustrator and my finger touches the surface, the point size changes, I don't even have to apply pressure - it's insane.

    For professional graphic designers we don't need or want all the consumer whizzbang gimmicks, we need dependable accuracy and simplicity of use…something Steve Jobs would have totally agreed with… though I do remember watching him introduce the onstage demo of the MagicMouse with Touch Surface - revealing an embarrassing difficulty the person giving the demo had with the Magic Mouse - he kept experiencing some of the issues I have just described – Ding Ding Ding! Didn't anyone at Apple notice this, then immediately start working on implementing a solution…I've got one: Start Over!

    Apple, I hardly recognize you - where is the ghost of Steve Jobs to guide you back to the design ethos: Form Follows Function?

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst apple product I ever use

    This mouse definitely has some design defect. Wen I use some text editors, it often zoom in or out when I try to copy something...

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I tried to use this mouse for way too long

    I was giving a 5k iMac August 2017 for work. I have been using the Magic Mouse for nearly a year when I could stand it no longer. The slightest swipe of the finger would send pages flying. This was especially true with web pages. I don't know how many forms that went bye-bye with a little swipe of the finger. I tried to adjust sensitivity too but it was too limited.

    I finally broke down and bought a Logitech Freedom Plus M557 blue tooth mouse and am feeling pretty good. I like the ability of the magic mouse to swipe sideways when I need to, I just hated that it did it too easily. The Freedom Plus has a much better solution. You simply push the scroll will right or left and swipe sideways.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too small, can't charge and use, battery dies quickly, hyper sensitive

    First - let me start with the positive. I love having a touch surface on the mouse. Limited multi-gesture support is pretty cool, and adds a lot of nice integrated capabilities. Only because of that, do I give this mouse a 2 star rating when I really want to give it a 1 star.

    But. There are so many things wrong with this thing - that almost universally relates to Form OVER Function ... Apple - some day ... you really need to realize that Form is great - but FUNCTION is king.


    1. The battery life is fairly short ... about 2 to 3 weeks depending on how long a day I use it (which is a lot).

    2. You can't charge this mouse and use it at the same time. Some brainiac thought "just stick the charge port on the BOTTOM of the mouse ... who cares about functional problems like "battery running out or dead, and still need to use the mouse" ...

    3. This is partially "my fault" - as I have very large hands. This mouse is so freaking tiny - that it's only the width of my 3 middle fingers - consequently - it's incredibly uncomfortable to hold and use - again - a Form over Function - at least provide 2 or 3 sizes of mice for different sized hands.

    4. The touch surface is WAY too sensitive - it's constantly taking input just by my fingers "hovering" over the surface - I have to stay at least 1/2 inch away of the surface to be sure that I don't accidentally trigger clicks on things I didn't mean to - but it still happens regularly ... I've triggered deletes of things, selections of things I didn't mean to, etc... rather annoying.

    5. Charging the mouse off of the laptop itself does not provide any feedback on the charge percentage unless you TURN ON the mouse - so you have to "guess" when it's charged enough to start using again. If you turn on the mouse, it takes a LOT longer to actually charge the thing ... so you have to accept a slow charge rate to be able to see the charging status.

    6. There is no small led light or similar on the mouse itself to indicate it's fully charged. You have to turn the mouse on, open up your desktop/login and view the Bluetooth battery status to see if it's charged.

    The idea is amazing - but like most Apple products it is so rigid in it's conceived/perceived use case that it's useless or impractical for most of the rest of the world.

    I would desperately love the see the following things to make this a 5 star product:

    * charge port accessible while still using it
    * larger mouse options for bigger hands
    * sensitivity setting of the touch surface area to increase/reduce sensitivity per the users needs
    * small fully charged led light status - which could also simply blink 1, 2, and 3x to indicate 25%, 50%, 75%, and steady for 100% charge rage
    * more ergonomic design the flat curve surface is purely designed for aesthetic looks and not shaped how a human hand holds a mouse - see some of the common Logitech and Microsoft "natural" style mice - they're actually designed to be comfortable to use and hold

    29 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Try to change the batteries? Break your nails.

    Apple mouse feels good and responds well to various touch inputs. Try to change the batteries? Good luck. The mouse has a poor design to remove the cover. Breaks off my finger nails - just about threw the device against a nice sold concrete block wall. Otherwise, it's average.

    8 of 38 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Prioritizes good looks over usability

    Pros/Cons Overview:

    - Gesture Functionality
    - Battery Life
    - Good looks

    - Lack of comfort
    - Bad usability
    - Charging port location

    What keeps this mouse from receiving even an average score for me, is not the charging port location alone (which is sensible criticism for many people here) but something much more fundamental: Its disappointing lack of comfort and usability. Let me explain:

    Comfort: I have below average sized male hands (2-inch thumb and 2.5" inch pinky), and still find myself feeling uncomfortable as my right hand tries to grip the sides of the mouse to move it. It just doesn't feel good, and resembles the awkward feeling you get when you try to grip a miniature-sized pen to write with. I can only imagine what it would be like for someone with bigger hands. Makes me wonder what human species type this was designed for.

    Usability: I use a mousepad that is a bit gripper than others, and creates more friction than other surfaces such as wood or regular plastic, so a bit of an extra effort to move the mouse around is expected. Alas, this particular mouse has a very serious problem with friction and is what completely breaks the experience for me. To be sure, I've tried two other mice, a Microsoft one and a Logitech one, and neither had the same problem with maneuvering. In fact, they slid almost effortlessly.

    Overall, I appreciate the effort and thoughtfulness that Apple puts into 99% of their products, but this mouse constitutes the 1% that begs for drastic improvements. Buyers, beware of the potential discomfort from medium to long computer use, and be mindful of the surface you will be using this on (glass doesn't work at all). Apple engineers, please rethink your priorities and go back to prototyping, hopefully taking into account some of MS and Logitech's ergonomics as your baseline to your designs. I hope you don't repeat the same mistakes with Magic Mouse 3.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great until the battery dies...

    Can't use the mouse while it's charging due to silly design flaw. I don't know how nobody thought that would be a problem. Further, I can't even leave it at work overnight to charge since I take my computer home and it won't charge unless plugged into my Macbook, which requires a dongle. Stop overcomplicating stuff, Apple.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Idiot engineer

    Works fine, but who was the idiot who designed the charge port to be under the mouse so it could not be used while charging. And how did that pass final muster????? Next edition should have it on the side.

    14 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    Change the shape to make it somehow comfortable!!!! Please!!!!!!
    That would make it higher... than you could put the charging port in front and you wouldn't have to ridiculously turn it upside down to charge it.
    Gestures, multitouch... perfect.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not sure how this one got out the door at Apple

    It's not the worst product I've ever seen, but it's definitely the worst mouse I've owned. Now, let's qualify that. The thing works. It lets you do what you have to do, but it's the little things that Apple overlooked when designing this product. The shortcomings of this product have been heavily chronicled in this thread, but I'll name just a few that really perplex me as I have come to expect design excellence from this company.

    1) It pinches the skin on your fingers. If you let your fingers drape down over the edge of the mouse, and you click it, the upper surface that sits like a thin "turtle shell" on the lower surface, pinches you slightly between the two surfaces. Now, it's not like getting your finger slammed in a car door or something, but it is an unpleasant sensation. Sure, if you hold it "just so," you don't have this problem, but shouldn't you able to let your hand sit upon any mouse in a relaxed fasion, whatever that might be for a given user? This is really unacceptable.

    2) The auto zoom cannot be controlled. Websites that have magnify features are a nightmare. The slightest touch on the mouse causes an unwanted zoom-in or out depending on your hand motion. I have read numerous posts on the net about how to fix this and none of them have worked. In addition, it causes you to scroll through pages on a PDF and like UIs at the slightest touch. It's frustrating as heck. Again, the designer might say, "Well keep your hand off the mouse when reading the PDF." Sure, I could do that, but again, wouldn't better design have prevented this from being an issue? I should be able to place my hand wherever I please.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Get a smooth, reliable wired mouse for much cheaper

    Pros: cute, rechargeable.

    Cons: right-click is unreliable, scroll is unreliable, expensive, has to be recharged, and generally subject to all the downsides of a Bluetooth device.

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working

    I bought this mouse about 9 months ago after I got my Mac Book Pro. I recently stopped responding to movements on my mouse pad. It still scrolls but I thought it would last longer.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't connect!

    My original Magic Mouse that came with my iMac worked hard and long for three years. When it died, I replaced it temporarily with a Logitech wireless mouse that I had on hand so I could stay in business while I ordered another MM. When my new MM2 arrived it would not connect. Of course, I cannot disconnect the Logitech mouse because then I cannot make the menu selections required in connect the MM2!

    A total aggravation!

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not the best

    I am not as happy with the new mouse, it doesn't function properly a lot of times even though it is fully charged, it seems to get stuck and won't work, I don't like that you can't use the mouse as your charging it like the key board. I prefer the batteries at this point maybe I just got a bad one, will get a new one, if still having the same issues will go back to the old mouse.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok for casual use, no good for working with.

    I use my computer primarily for work and this mouse lags, is constantly needing to be recharged and since the charger is on the bottom, I have to stop working until it does. If you are using it for personal reasons and you can afford to waste your time, then it's ok, not worth the money though.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great in use!...But...

    This is a great mouse, a little inaccuracy now and then, but overall a good 8/10. BUT... like, what the h***.. Charging port under the mouse? You dont have to be a Rocket Surgeon to understand that it is a terrible idea..

    4 stars for Use
    0 stars for charging port
    = 2 stars in average..

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse - when you can set it up

    Needed to do some photo editing work so went to pick up a mouse on my way to work, got there and went to set it up which you have to do by plugging in to the laptop... one problem I have a 2017 Pro - which doesn't have a USB port on it. Why do none of your cables work with your other products anymore!?

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    99% of people would be better buying the Magic Mouse 1

    So I originally thought all the negative comments bashing Apple's placement of the charging point on this thing were pretty funny, and fairly nit-picky. Surprise, they weren't. In all honesty I can't find a single reason why the MM2 is better than the MM1. If anything there are several reasons it's clearly worse to live with.

    As a professional designer and someone who is on their computer all day long, I'm lucky to get 24 hours worth of use on one charge, so now I have to make sure I charge this thing just about every night, or risk running out of juice mid work day. Because you can't just swap batteries like the MM1, recharging the MM2 means about an hour of downtime. And that ever so cleverly placed charging port makes sure you can't use the mouse while it's charging. (Really missed a great opportunity to have the port on the front so the mouse could function like a standard wired mouse when charging).

    For a company that prides themselves on delivering superior design, Apple absolutely missed the mark on the Magic Mouse 2. Save yourself $40 and buy the MM1. Or trade me your MM1 for my brand new MM2!

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Slick looking design with insane flaws

    First, in your favorite search engine, search for "bottom of a mouse". Observe where every single bottom-tracking mouse ever made has put the tracking mechanism. It's smack in the middle of the mouse. Apple put it at the top of the mouse, meaning every single minute gesture you've ever gotten used to is thrown out the window, because reasons. It makes it feel incredibly inaccurate until you've gotten used to it, and I'm still not sure why Apple wants to change how I hold my mouse.

    The hybrid trackpad top of the mouse is great when it does what you want it to - scrolling is a particularly nice feature to have. But then it activates when you're trying to click, and it moves the screen on you before you click. Gestures, like navigating forward/backward on webpages, also gets misinterpreted as a scroll action. Most mouse manufacturer's provide utilities to adjust this sort of thing, but Apple does not. So I have to toss in a different mouse if I need to perform anything that requires accuracy.

    It definitely gets points for longevity, the charging port on the bottom is the most overblown thing about this mouse. It lasts for weeks without a charge. Generally it feels pretty good in the hand, a good amount of weight and it feels like a premium product.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not my First Choice

    It works but thats just about it. I like how its rechargeable but you cant use the mouse when its charging due to the port being on the bottom. Good thing it doesnt take too long to charge but this is my biggest gripe. I recommend plenty of other great mice options.

    8 of 9 people found this useful