It took me long enough, but I finally got the Apple Magic Mouse. My precious. I was too slow to get my hands on one the first shipments that arrived here in Malta and the next shipment was delayed for several weeks because of bad weather conditions throughout Europe for the past month or so.
But today – I finally got it. I wish I could return it…
Well, it looks stunning. The ergonomics though, terrible. I kinda knew that (I do read reviews…). The old Mighty Mouse sucked so much I cannot believe it (I still have it though, hidden far back in my bottom desk drawer), I figured the Magic one must be better – and it is, a lot better. Just not good enough.
First of all, it’s amazingly slow. Setting the tracking speed to max (fastest) and I still have to move twice the distance with it, than my old Logitech mouse. Means I have to use the entire mouse pad to get from one side of the screen, to another. I didn’t buy Magic Mouse to workout.
Luckily, there’s an app a hack for that. There seems to be a few, but I’m using this one. Simply go into Terminal and copy/paste the following:
defaults write -globalDomain com.apple.mouse.scaling -float 12.0
Now, logout and log back in. It will move a lot faster now. I still don’t like it though, it moves in mysterious ways compared to my other Logitech mices. I doubt it’s a question of getting used to it – and even if I do get used to it, I’m concerned about the long-term affects the poor ergonomics will have on my wrist, considering that I spend most of my day in front of a computer (most of the time with a Logitech MX Revolution mouse though, at the office).
Other things I miss about the Magic Mouse compared to my Logitech’s:
- No button I can assign the CMD+H shortcut for hiding windows. I use that shortcut often to quickly get rid of windows that I don’t need to work in, or if I just open up TweetDeck to check for updates, then CMD+H (via the mouse button) to get it out of the way again. It’s just part of my workflow and I love it.
- No buttons to assign next/previous tab in Firefox/Safari. It does have two-finger swipe to go forward/back in websites and other applications, but no tab switching.
I’m gonna give it a few more days just to see how it pans out but I’m afraid I just need to accept a 69 euro loss. Unless somebody comes a long, willing to buy it for, say, 40?