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Apple releases wireless Mighty Mouse

updated 09:00 am EDT, Tue July 25, 2006

Offical wireless Mighty

Apple has released the new Mighty Mouse, which leaked yesterday after FCC documents detailed its features. The new mouse will cost $70, and is available through Apple's online store, Apple retail stores, and authorized resellers. As expected, the new wireless Mighty Mouse uses Bluetooth technology. Also, as MacNN reported last night, the new device features laser tracking, offering up to 20 times the precision of previous optical mice. The mouse continues to feature the scroll ball and left, right, and squeeze buttons. It operates on two AA batteries (included) using a power management system which adjusts the power mode of the mouse to best conserve battery life while not harming performance when required. [images included]





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  1. siMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    cool

    a seventy dollar mouse. neat.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    $70!

    Most mice are happy with cheddar. This mouse requires Brie as a minimum.

    I don't know if it's over priced compared to it's competition for the technology inside, but simac is right. $70 is an awful lot to pay for a mouse. Especially when you consider the on going cost of batteries.

  1. mikochu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    scroll ball...

    I chucked my Mighty Mouse not because of the tether, but because of the poorly designed scroll ball....

  1. Zang

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Prices...

    I paid $70 for my Logitech MX510 when it came out. Sure, it was perhaps a little pricey at the time, but it offered 800DPI tracking, rather than the 75-200DPI of the mice at the time. Laser mice haven't taken the whole computer world by storm yet, and a quick look at the logitech site shows that they don't even have a cordless mouse that's both bluetooth and laser. All of their laser units use their proprietary 2.4Ghz RF. Likewise none of Microsoft's cordless laser mice seem to use Bluetooth.

  1. PBG4 User

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not-Rechargeable

    $70 and it doesn't come with rechargeable batteries? That's crazy in my book.

  1. lmhaffner

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Price is not too bad...

    I bought a Logitech mx900 for somewhere in this ballpark a year or so ago. However, it does have rechargeable batteries and a recharging base.

    For me, what would keep me from ever buying a mighty mouse is the lack of a true left and right button. If they've changed the technology to address that problem, then it's probably not too bad of a deal with a bit of Apple premium (& styling) tacked on.

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    the scroll ball

    i'm still not sure why apple chose a rubber ball for the scroll ball, considering its penchant for grabbing hand gunk over time and messing with rollers. instead, why not use what optical trackballs have used for a while... glossy tracking balls with spots on them and have them laser tracked as well. the maintenance of the mice would be reduced to nothing... but then again, the additional power output for optically tracking the ball would eat the batteries.

    well, this is why i don't bother with optical mice OR bluetooth mice either. no batteries, and cleaning mouse balls may bee old school, but it still works, and is pretty damn precise, no matter what anyone tells you for anything but crazy FPS games where pixel-aiming is necessary.

  1. Cadaver

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Price is actually OK

    $69 is acceptible for full-sized multibutton Bluetooth mouse with a laser diode pickup.

    Show me another manufacturer that produces a wireless bluetooth laser mouse. I can think of wireless bluetooth mice (though the vast majority are notebook-sized) and I can think of wireless laser mice without bluetooth (requiring a USB RF dongle), but I know of no mouse that matches this new mouse.

    (actually, I know of ONE, made by Logitech - the bluetooth MX1000 - which is only available as part of a $200+ keyboard/mouse combo for which there is no Mac support).

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    bundled w/Mac Pro?

    What do you think, folks? Will this nifty rodent be standard with the Mac Pro or will it be an upgrade?

  1. nativeNYer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: price is actually ok

    You're right. I haven't been able to find a full sized bluetooth multi-button mouse anywhere, from any manufacturer. Most of the BT mice I've run across are small travel mice, like the Logitech V270. It's a good mouse, but not intended to be used by normal sized hands over an extended period of time.

    Apple's BT one-button mouse was the only one that even came close, but with only one button, it's not acceptable to me.

    And any fullsized wireless mice I know of use a USB dongle, which defeats part of the purpose of going wireless.

    So, really, if you desire a full size wireless BT mouse that uses no dongle and has more than one button, this is the only game in town, at least as far as I've been able to find.

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