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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgiGd53jg2U]YouTube - Apple Magic Mouse (Video Presentation)[/ame]

    video via Apple

    "The entire mouse is a button."

    As forecast by alert bloggers reading Apple's patent applications, the new mouse has multi-touch input over the entire top surface. A contextual menu can be brought up by tapping the upper left-hand corner, and this is user-configurable so that lefties can use the upper-right corner.

    You can scroll vertically with a forward-back movement of your finger, and horizontally when you drag side to side. Keeping your finger on the surface allows precise control, while swiping causes the movement to continue with the momentum of your movement. The surface also supports free movement in both X and Y axes by scrolling in circles on the top of the mouse. This will take some getting used to, but I have a feeling I'll end up wondering how I got by without it. Swiping with two fingers, on the other hand, sends a "previous" or "next" command. This will allow you to skip tracks in iTunes, for example, or turn pages. Holding down the control key while scrolling allows you to zoom your screen: an up-scroll to zoom in and a down-scroll to zoom out.

    Functions of the Magic Mouse are customizable in System Preferences, including the option to just turn off the multi-touch features.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The Magic Mouse started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. savon's Avatar
      savon -
      Love it!

      And "Rota" - They lost a legal battle with the use "Mighty Mouse" which is why they switched. But to your point, I think its more of a marketing ploy than anything ("...look at this ma, it's like magic"..: )
    1. jasonmoe's Avatar
      jasonmoe -
      crazy
    1. snoozkewl's Avatar
      snoozkewl -
      Really another mouse with no real button?
      I have a mighty mouse already. With the neat little ball... But I tell you what, if I want to play a game like WOW or Starcraft with it, your S-O-L.
      The touch sensor for right click is a complete crapshoot. If I pay attention to my finger placement on the mouse surface, then I have about a 70% chance it will perform a right click instead of a standard click.

      I'd talk about ergonomics, but seeing as there are none. I'll save my rant.
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      Am getting one.
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      it looks like it sits raised on a platform? any pics of the back side?

      -B
    1. Home Skillet's Avatar
      Home Skillet -
      That hurts my wrist just looking at it.
    1. MOSHO92's Avatar
      MOSHO92 -
      Did I hear them say "right-click"?!
    1. JHoffy1's Avatar
      JHoffy1 -
      Doesnt the little grey ball on the top of the mouse I have do most of the same things?
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      This mouse looks like a Photoshopper's dream. =D
      I hate that I JUST bought a new Mighty Mouse.
    1. mudslag's Avatar
      mudslag -
      Quote Originally Posted by Home Skillet View Post
      That hurts my wrist just looking at it.
      agree, seem more work moving your fingers around then a regular mouse
    1. nickh's Avatar
      nickh -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dash-2 View Post
      This mouse looks like a Photoshopper's dream. =D
      I hate that I JUST bought a new Mighty Mouse.
      Im in the same boat, I think it may take a trip to eBay, sick of cleaning the little ball every few days.
    1. DontBeJealous's Avatar
      DontBeJealous -
      Quote Originally Posted by LittleJob View Post
      it looks like it sits raised on a platform? any pics of the back side?
      -B
      Check out Apples site. Many pictures.


      Quote Originally Posted by Home Skillet View Post
      That hurts my wrist just looking at it.
      It actually looks pretty comfortable. Flatter than a mouse so your wrist wont bend as much.
    1. DisownedPenny's Avatar
      DisownedPenny -
      what is the point of this? they have made their useless mouse very slightly less useless. my logitech mouse is still waaaaaay better than this.
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      WOW that is crazy awesome i would get that
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Love how they plug Obama everytime they show Safari. Gettin' a little old fellas

      Oh and I'm definitely getting one of these. Razer Orochi as my gaming mouse and this as my everyday mouse.
    1. genuino's Avatar
      genuino -
      Hmm, nice concept but one thing I don't like is the sharp edges, not sure it will play nice using it all day long, i like to grab my mouse from the sides, not resting your palm on top. I move my fingers a lot while working to avoid a "syndrome", the pointer will move a lot unintentionally. I'll give it try anyways on my next stop at the Apple Store.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Just got back from the Apple store about an hour ago, and Im not very happy. I went up to the mall for one reason, to see this new mouse. I was gonna try it, maybe buy it, but when I ask them where they are, they say tomorrow!! Ahhh, Im gonna have to make another trip tomorrow!
    1. nickh's Avatar
      nickh -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajl917 View Post
      Just got back from the Apple store about an hour ago, and Im not very happy. I went up to the mall for one reason, to see this new mouse. I was gonna try it, maybe buy it, but when I ask them where they are, they say tomorrow!! Ahhh, Im gonna have to make another trip tomorrow!
      Just did same as you.. bit disappointed-maybe should have called prior to the trip. Will not arrive in Oz apple stores for the "next few days"

      Found the review below.


      New iMac and Magic Mouse unboxing and quick hands-on
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's so cool. I'm getting one.
    1. fishbone's Avatar
      fishbone -
      Those who have an iPhone/iPod Touch, can get the amazing "air mouse" app for a few bucks, which does everything this mouse does(and much more) better. I don't understand why Apple didnt went for a real trackpad attached to the number-less keyboard right away, which would be a smarter move, IMHO.

      Trackpad is the future of UI interaction, period. I just dont see why to make the inevitable transition trying to merge trackpad and mouse, instead of going for trackpad right away.