Apple Mighty Mouse review: Apple Mighty Mouse

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.6
  • Installation and interface: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0

Average User Rating

0.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Attractive design; scroll ball is comfortable and easy to use; works with Windows and Mac systems; integration with Tiger is flawless.

The Bad Side buttons are hard to squeeze; comfort could be improved.

The Bottom Line If you have Tiger, Apple's Mighty Mouse is worth a look, but if you're a Windows user or have an older Mac operating system, better mousing options are available.

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Apple Mighty Mouse

Like its namesake, the Apple Mighty Mouse packs a lot of ability into a small package. Though the design is decidedly simple, its four customizable buttons and 360-degree scroll ball are a joy to use. The $49 price tag is a bit expensive for a corded mouse, but if you're an Apple Mac OS 10.4 Tiger user, you'll appreciate the configurability. However, Windows users and Mac users who haven't upgraded should stick with a more comfortable, less expensive mouse, such as the Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse .

If your PC runs Panther (the previous edition of Mac OS X) or Windows 2000 or XP, setup is simple: plug the Mighty Mouse into a USB port and commence mousing. You'll be able to make only minor changes to the buttons' functions via the operating system's control panel. If you're running Tiger, you'll need to load up the included installation software and be running version 10.4.2 of the OS. Once the software is installed, restart your computer. Finally, using the control panel in system preferences, you'll be able to configure the Mighty Mouse to your preferences. The left- and right-click, scroll-ball click, and the left and right side buttons (which function together) can each be set to open any application from Dashboard to Spotlight and beyond. You can also shut the buttons off, enable or disable horizontal and vertical scrolling, and adjusting tracking, scrolling, and double-click speeds.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug 2, 2005
  • Interfaces 1 x USB - 4 pin USB Type A
  • Color White
  • Type Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Connector Type 4 pin USB Type A
  • Type USB
  • OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.4.8 or later
  • Form Factor External
  • Type mouse
  • Movement Detection Technology optical
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Compatibility PC