I was able to stop by one of my local Apple Stores today and check out the Mighty Mouse. In the interest of fairness, I tried multiple mice, just incase one of them was a bad apple. Despite the fact that it was released over a week ago, I am none-the-less delighted to bring you my belated review of Apple’s new Mighty Mouse! Let’s dive right in.
The tactile feedback from the scroll ball is surprisingly tangible, and very pleasant. Although Apple claims that the only feedback provided by the mouse emanates from a small speaker within the mouse, I would swear that there is at lest some mechanical feedback system, as I could feel “clicks” at very minute increments as I used the ball. I must say, that of all of the mice I have used with scrolling devices, the scroll ball on the Mighty Mouse is not only the most innovative, but the most fun and pleasurable to use. Driving home, my fingers were craving more of the clicky-scrolly action!
The largest problem I had with the Might Mouse was the touch sensitive buttons. While I had no problem using each button independently of each other, trying to use the right click while my hand rested normally on the mouse was totally impossible. The problem stems from the fact that Mighty Mouse registers a left-click as default when the mouse is clicked, unless only the right touch sensitive area is registering input. That is, one has to make sure that their pointer finger is not touching the left-click when they try to right click. For a select few, who rest their pointer finger on the scroll ball/wheel normally will have no problem. However, for the majority of users, who rest their pointer finger on the left side of the mouse, it is really a pain to have to lift up ones finger just to right click.
Another feature that sets this mouse apart from others is the two side buttons. Although many other mice on the market have side buttons, none have buttons that are as seamlessly integrated as those on the Mighty Mouse. Unfortunately, design is the only thing these buttons have going for them. One thing I must point out before I discuss these buttons any further is the fact that I found great amounts of variation in the amount of pressure required to activate these buttons. One of the mice I tried had such stiff buttons that I was only able to activate them by squeezing as hard as I could, while on another the buttons could be activated by a slight pinch. No matter how hard I had to press, I found the process of using these buttons consistently uncomfortable. When using the buttons, one has two options; either to pinch with their thumb and ring finger (which requires much effort, but does not require them to move the position of their hand greatly), or to pinch with their thumb and middle finger (which requires far less effort, but requires a total repositioning of their hand). After 5 minutes of using these buttons, my ring finger began hurting (not badly, but one’s fingers should not hurt from using a mouse).
All in all, I can’t bring myself to recommend the Mighty Mouse. Despite the fact that it comes from Apple, and that the scroll ball is totally awesome, these facts in no way out-weigh the fact that Apple made some pretty serious mistakes when designing the other parts of the mouse. It would have been better to use traditional mechanical buttons as opposed to touch sensitive areas. Apple has always been on the forefront of technology, and historically they have made mostly good decisions about the implementation of new technologies, but with Mighty Mouse, Apple missed the mark.