Saturday, February 13, 2010

It's... MAGIC!

As my first review entry in my new blog... I'm gonna write about Apple's new Magic Mouse. I used to blog about new gadgets the very first day I'd get them... but after a while, I noticed, my reviews got better once I lived with the gadget for a few days.

So... is it all it's hyped up to be? It IS an Apple product. Notorious for advertising hype and all... after all... it IS just a mouse. Or is it?

Now, don't get me wrong... there are a million other pointing devices out there. My personal favorite for years now has always been Wacom's offerings. The tablet+pen combination is so much more comfortable for me than a mouse. Specially since I do a lot of graphic work, it's so much easier than a mouse... regardless of brand or type.

Back to the Magic Mouse. There are other mice out there... for a lot less money... that are as accurate. There are also mice out there that have way more functions that the MM. Logitech is the most common brand for pointing devices... not counting the specialty gaming mice that offer hi-res tracking and a multitude of programmable buttons. But... the Magic Mouse is, by far, the most elegant mouse out there.

I've seen a lot of sleek mice... aluminum ones... floating ones... a lot are well designed... laser tracking... 1000 buttons... etc...etc... But the implementation of Apple's multi-touch technology has brought the term "sleek" to an all-new level. Final product is very competent... and the gestures are very responsive. Software is still very bare-bones for now... but the technology in the mouse itself is already mature.

I've tried The Better Touch Tool and it opens up the Magic Mouse to way more functionality than Apple's default mouse software... so if having more functions is your thing, give this a go as well.

Complaints? So far just one... the "right click" disappears if you have 2 fingers on the mouse, and it turns your mouse into Apple's single-button buzzer mouse.

Over all, this is the FIRST Apple Mouse I actually like, and actually decided to buy. I wouldn't recommend it for gamers though, gestures aren't as easy to access as a dedicated hardware button, and the surface can get sticky if your hands are sweaty making it a bit more difficult to swipe. Other than that, this is a very good mouse... is it worth the cash? I say yes simply because of the multi-touch. 3rd party software allows a lot of customization. And the design is one of the best out there.

Up next... my first point and shoot... the Panasonic ZS3 (TZ7)

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