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Wow – this came out of Left Field. Apple released the Mighty Mouse today. In typical Apple style, it looks really sleek. But will the features perform as well? Hopefully someone will soon get their hands on one and let us know. Meanwhile, here’s the lowdown. […]

Wow – this came out of Left Field. Apple released the Mighty Mouse today. In typical Apple style, it looks really sleek. But will the features perform as well? Hopefully someone will soon get their hands on one and let us know. Meanwhile, here’s the lowdown.

It’s got touch sensitive areas where you would normally see 2 buttons on a mouse. That’s right, 2 buttons!! There’s also a 360 degree scroll ball right on top, for scrolling in whichever direction you desire. Add a couple edge buttons, programmable for Dashboard, Expose, or whatever you want, and you’ve got a mouse from Apple that just about catches up all the time it’s lost in the mouse technology arena.

You can pick one up for $49. It’ll also work on a PC via USB.
Hat tip, Engadget for bringing this to my attention.

  1. Jason Terhorst Tuesday, August 2, 2005

    Please tell me that the scroll-ball is an actual scrolling ball, and not one of those pains from the IBM Thinkpads. Those were annoying, and impossible to use.

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  2. Why on earth isn’t it cordless though?

    Aaargh! :)

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  3. David Appleyard Says:
    > Why on earth isn’t it cordless though?
    > Aaargh!

    Probably because for $49 dollars, apple couldn’t squeeze wireless transmitter / receiver into the package.

    Abid the nice design and probably ease of use (touching instead of clicking), $49 is really a bit steep for a mouse.

    I know I’m gonna get it sooner or later though :(

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  4. The scroll ball sounds nice and I wonder why no one seems to have thought of it before. I like real buttons though. I will stick with my Kensington Optical Elite.

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  5. Jason Terhorst Tuesday, August 2, 2005

    People took the touch-sensitive nature of the 3G iPod kind of sour, so the touch-sensitive buttons on this mouse, however cool, may not sell all too well. People want the actual “click” of the mouse – both sound and tactile, not just the silly speaker.

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  6. [...] sers from having scrolling trackpad envy of the PowerBook users. More coverage here and here and here and all sorts of other places.

     
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  7. Jason,

    The top of the mouse clicks just like the current Apple mouse does. The touch-sensitive part just detects whether the pressure to click is being applied more to the left or right side of the top of the mouse.

    ->Paul

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  8. At last a two buttons Apple mouse… but not enough yet.

    I’ts a good improvement but I’ll wait for the Bluetooth version. I’m in a personal quest to eliminate as much cables as I can. I just expect that the waiting don’t take too long.

    Fabio

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  9. I’m very intriuged. I have always used Logitech mice and the apple mice have never been that comfortable to me, but I’m definitely going to give this a try.

    I’m also glad that the mouse button isn’t totally pressure sensitive. If there wasn’t a button to click, then I’d be accidentally clicking all over the place when I tap my fingers on my mouse. I should be able to do that without anything happening. :)

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  10. I played with, did not buy it. I was unimpressed. The scroll button is a lot like what many laptops of old with the “eraser” button in the middle of the keyboard. I review on my blog at http://www.reelsmart.com

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