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Review praises Mighty Mouse for scrolling, design

updated 08:55 am EDT, Tue August 9, 2005

Mighty Mouse review

Bob LeVitus has written a short review of Apple's new for the Houston Chronicle in which he praises the device for its scroll ball and "seamless" design. "What I like best about Mighty Mouse is its scroll ball, which is sort of like a traditional scroll wheel, but better.[...] It's fast, precise, easy to get used to and by far the best scrolling mechanism I've tried. It's superb for working with large documents in programs such as Adobe Photoshop and iPhoto." LeVitus says he does, however, agree with some popular criticisms of the mouse. "The fourth button, the one you squeeze, feels awkward to me." Moreover, "I'd prefer that it were wireless instead of connecting via a USB cable."

by MacNN Staff




  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mouse is Very Nice

    The Mighty Mouse is very nice, but a bit pricey. I like the squeeze buttons, and am looking for a way to utilize a Squeeze-and-Drag option. As soon as a BT comes out, I am getting it for my Powerbook.

    One Note: In Firefox, the horizontal scroll works as a back/forward button (odd) BUT in Safari it behaves as a horizontal scroll.

    Regarding Photoshop/Illustrator etc...I still use a graphics tablet and am not likely to give THAT up...but mighty mouse was really not meant for that.

    I hope to see it in Future Macs!

  1. whackjob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Like a lot

    It works great for me. Very responsive, and resolution is good on the tracking.

    Don't worry, I'm sure Apple is working on the BT version and more than likely with some breakthrough battery life that exceeds other BT mice.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    One Note: In Firefox, the horizontal scroll works as a back/forward button (odd) BUT in Safari it behaves as a horizontal scroll.

    This is most likely because firefox is a multi-platform developed browser. On the PC, some of those mice have scroll wheels that tilt left and right (just to irritate you, I think). These are probably mapped by default to 'back' and 'forward' in Firefox (no idea if you can change it, probably through some stupid way that most of their preferences are changeable, type something like about:config in the address bar, see 1800 different options, find the one you want (if you can figure out what they're for) and change the setting). The mighty mouse probably sends the same signals for left-right movement as those other mice, so firefox just interprets it as back/forward.

    And I must say, I can't wait for a Bluetooth model. Not because I would ever buy it (too heavy, too much of an econimical waste in batteries and such, little gain, as the sight of mouse cords don't make me want ot go jumping out of a window). But it would shut up all the people who keep saying "Yeah, but if it was just BT...".

    Of course, this is probably a stupid thing to say because I previously said I wanted Apple to release a 2-button mouse so those people saying "If apple would only release a two-button mouse!" would just shut up. Didn't happen. They just found something else to complain about. Man, and that's just so unlike Mac users :P

  1. sleadley

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mighty Mouse

    I think that Apple's mouse is very Chic as a piece of design but I am unimpressed that you cannot program it in Apps like the Microsoft or Kensington Mice. You would expect that a mouse from Apple would be more, not less integrated into OS X apps. Although, I have the muse I will still use my Kensington with my preferred apps as they have tools programmed on the various buttons, which the Apple mouse can't Do. In the future I am sure apple will change the error of their way in the fullness of time.

  1. Jakobo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fixing Mouse in Firefox

    Testudo, correct, there are firefox settings that can be changed to get the scrolling like in safari:

    attribute: mousewheel.horizscroll.withaltkey.action change from: 2 change to: 0

    attribute: mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.numlines change from: -1 change to: 1

    attribute: mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.sysnumlines change from: false change to: true

    Tested with firefox 1.0 / OS X (10.3.9)

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