I managed to sneak Mr Hammond over to the Apple Store after work today to have a fiddle with the new Apple Mighty Mouse. I have to confess I was disappointed with it. Of course it looks amazing, a beautiful shiny pebble of a device – but frankly it felt really weird and not at all how I expected. I must have misread the specs because my understanding of the mouse was that it didn’t have physical buttons – and that sensors under the tips of the mouse figured out if you were pressing them or not. I couldn’t figure out how else they’d handle the ability to do right-button clicks without two separate hinged areas. But this isn’t the case. In fact the mouse feels like a normal one-button Apple mouse, with a click action that moves the whole top. It simply acts differently if it knows you have a finger on the right or the left space. Very odd.
The trackball on top similarly looks really elegant, but didn’t feel great. it had a strange grainy feel – which could be just a consequence of being overused in a shop, but even that must be a bit of a warning sign. It’s very small as well, so you can’t get too much of a swoop with it. It does have a satisfying click action though which triggers the Dashboard.
But the two things that I couldn’t get used to in my brief play with the mouse – and I have to accept that I could get used to at least one of them – were that (1) I kept trying to click too far towards the back of the mouse and got no response and (2) I found the squeezing motion that triggers some form of Exposé extremely awkward, unpleasant and even actually painful. I’m sure this is to do with my overuse of trackpads and laptops – I find full-sized keyboards effortful and tiring to use as well – but it certainly put me off the little bugger.
I’m interested in other people’s reactions. Anyone else had a go?