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The Mighty Mouse. Loved and hated, this little gadget looks like nothing else around. (I, personally, am firmly in the love-it camp; I’ll say that right now.) But mice are a very idiosyncratic kind of thing; unlike any other peripheral, the mouse is the one that […]

The Mighty Mouse. Loved and hated, this little gadget looks like nothing else around. (I, personally, am firmly in the love-it camp; I’ll say that right now.)

But mice are a very idiosyncratic kind of thing; unlike any other peripheral, the mouse is the one that the average user spends the most time using. Because they literally have to fit the user, there are seemingly more tweaks and features than anything else offers. As for the Mighty Mouse – while I like the lack of buttons, using only right- and left-click, may people complain about a lack of configurable buttons. I, personally, don’t need a way to set the side buttons to something else, and more buttons than four or five are, in my opinion at least, overkill. And I love the aesthetics and long battery life.

But, as I said, that’s me. What do you need in a mouse? If Apple redesigns the Mighty Mouse to match the new keyboards, what would you want to see? (Aluminum? More buttons?)

  1. How about non-touch-sensitive? The current one drives me bonkers when I try to right-click something. I’m used to Logitech mice, so to try to change habits after so long is a difficult thing…

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  2. Jason Terhorst: Here’s a tip that will help you a lot; to normal click, click the ENTIRE mouse. BOTH buttons. To alt click, Simply raise your index finger off the left-hand side of the mouse, and then press down. You’ll find it a lot easier to not take the Mighty Mouse as ‘like any other mouse’. Just my thoughts.

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  3. The one thing I NEED in a mouse is one thumb button that can be configured as a modifier, particularly for Command-click. You shouldn’t have to resort to a 3rd-party app to provide such basic driver functionality.

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  4. I actually need buttons on my mouse. While they might increase the complexity of the device by doubling the current number of buttons (tongue firmly in cheek), it ultimately makes things more complicated to integrate touch sensitivity. If nothing else, it provides another barrier for current would be windows to mac converts.

    I also need a scroll wheel. I’ve got big hands, and that tiny scroll ball drives me insane.

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  5. make the squeeze actually a squeeze, at the minute my thumb clicks it all the time on its own so I have to turn that button off.

    Love the shape (palm hugging ergonomics are overrated and just result in gross dirty feeling mice/hands) and the right click. Make horizontal scroll the same sensitivity as the vertical.

    Double shot case if possible, looks fat next to the old pro mouse

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  6. Nicholas Post Friday, August 31, 2007

    Eye tracking scanner on the front of monitor, lap-top, etc. (like iCam) tracks your hand movement (on the table, in mid-air, etc. Like Monority Report but just basic). Think Wii but nothing in your hand.

    Also, for hearing-impaired people, like me, it would be really very cool that it can read your ASL (American Signing Language) and fingering spelling for writing emails, Words, etc. without even touching keyboard.

    No more hand cramping.

    What do you think?

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  7. I, personally, am a power keyboard user. (Quicksilver is

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  8. Wow, I have no idea what happened there.

    “I, personally, am a power keyboard user. (Quicksilver is As for additions, I’d like to see maybe an additional button for extra customizability. A calculator for quick calculations. A fly-swatter extension to rid yourself of those nasty nuisances. Maybe a tape measure in case I misplace mine. They could add GPS in case one find’s oneself lost. And throw in a refrigerator to keep your drinks cool.

    Okay fine, maybe just the lower sensitivity on the extra buttons.”

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  9. I give up. Disregard my last two comments. I’m throwing in the towel.

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  10. I’m more of a keyboard shortcut user. I’ve used mice with a multitude of buttons, and found that I didn’t use the extra buttons that much. More important to me is comfort level in my hand. Does it fit well and feel like it can be used with out falling apart.

    I have the mighty mouse on our Intel iMac and have no issues, other than the occasional inadvertant click of the ball.

    I have the Kensington Si670m Bluetooth mouse for our MBP and absolutely love it. The batteries provide some weight and the limited features are perfect for me.

    #2 is spot on with how to use the touch areas, lift that index finger and you’re golden for the right click.

    And if you are going all out with features then I’m with Colin in #8.

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