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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 3:04 am    Post subject: Magic Mouse Reply with quote

I've just bought a Mac Mini to use a a HTPC, I also bought the bluetooth keyboard which I plan to use on that and the iPad. I'm also going to need a mouse and was wondering how well the Magic Mouse is working out for people. I would be using it from across the room to the mini around 12-14 feet or so.

How well does it work on your knee ?

Are there any alternatives I should try before the Magic Mouse.
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one and use it on my MacBook. It is very stable in it's operation. Very sensitive, as well. However, the profile of the mouse is very flat. I doubt that it would be very comfortable to use on one's knee. For about the same price, take a look at the Logitech Performance Mouse MX.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Logitech+-+Performance+Mouse+MX+-+Black/9423493.p?id=1218102967947&skuId=9423493

I have had good luck with Logitech mice. They offer a high degree of configurability and work well with Apple computers. The higher rise in the profile would probably offer a bit more comfort to use in the manner you describe. Battery life would, no doubt, be considerably better. Magic Mice are known for short battery life.
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been looking at Logitech mice, I gave up on the Apple Mighty mouse after three returns due to dodgy scroll balls but wondered if it was time to try out the Magic Mouse. I think you have sufficiently put me off going that route with the reminder over battery performance.

The Performance MX looks good. What sort of range do you get from it. I want to be able to operate it from the sofa say 12ft away. Charging actually won't be an issue as I can plug it in when ever it's not being used. The MX looks very easy to do this with. I would expect to be using it watching TV so will be on my knee, stomach, arm of the sofa, floor etc
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've been looking at Logitech mice, I gave up on the Apple Mighty mouse after three returns due to dodgy scroll balls but wondered if it was time to try out the Magic Mouse. I think you have sufficiently put me off going that route with the reminder over battery performance.

The Performance MX looks good. What sort of range do you get from it. I want to be able to operate it from the sofa say 12ft away. Charging actually won't be an issue as I can plug it in when ever it's not being used. The MX looks very easy to do this with. I would expect to be using it watching TV so will be on my knee, stomach, arm of the sofa, floor etc


It should be good to 30 to 35 feet. The thumb wheel rolls like silk. Very Happy Don't get me wrong, I do like my Magic Mouse but, the battery life is an issue for consideration. Given what you are setting up, my personal choice would be the Logitech.
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PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It should be good to 30 to 35 feet. The thumb wheel rolls like silk.


I think the Performance MX definitely fits the bill then. Thanks for the help.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Cypher"]I think you have sufficiently put me off going that route with the reminder over battery performance.

Apple has done something remarkable with the Magic Mouse battery life.

Had them since the week they came out and the same batteries are in it, though I don't use it 100 % of the time, when I am just writing for instance.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're getting an iPad, maybe try Mobile Mouse app.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a Logictech recently, love it, but the scroll wheel as nice at it is, sometimes doesn't work. Checked online, seems it is an issue here & there. Something to consider. Love it when it does work.
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ReliantLion wrote:
If you're getting an iPad, maybe try Mobile Mouse app.


I have a few apps on my iPod Touch as well which I plan on using.


JayMax wrote:
I got a Logictech recently, love it, but the scroll wheel as nice at it is, sometimes doesn't work.


which Logitech did you buy ?
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one being talked about, the Performance MX. Matter of fact, just powered up the mini, and the scrollwheel isn't working again. Will be taking this back this weekend.

Update: Figured out what it is, it is the crappy @$$ battery. Went into the control center, said battery life was low, even after I just charged it the day before. I guess the scroll wheel goes out when the charge is too low. May look into a different rechargeable battery.

I prefer the Logictech's where you supply the batteries. They last longer!
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love my Magic Mouse except it consumes Batteries quickly. I have to change the Mouse Batteries 4X before I ever have to change the KB Batteries. I know I'm lazy & use my Mouse a lot but this is ridiculous. I'm using these with the Late 2009 iMac. Don't know if that should matter.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought the Logitech Performance MX today, just waiting for the Mac Mini to arrive now so I can test it out. Thankfully the Mini has shipped and is due to be delivered tomorrow Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cypher wrote:
I bought the Logitech Performance MX today, just waiting for the Mac Mini to arrive now so I can test it out. Thankfully the Mini has shipped and is due to be delivered tomorrow Very Happy

Let us know how you like the mouse. The Mini probably goes without saying. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will do, thanks for the suggestion BTW.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a magic mouse, and was wondering if you all leave the mouse on, or if you turn it off until you are going to use it?

If you turn it off, does it sync back up on its own?
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