Comparing Apple's Magic Mouse & Mighty Mouse In Snow LeopardComparing Apple's Magic Mouse & Mighty Mouse In Snow Leopard

Before the turn of this decade I used the Mighty Mouse, I got used to and enjoyed the scroll ball/sphere/nipple on the front. It was wonderful to be able to scroll up and down in the the arrangement and Piano Roll windows. About time too given how long scroll wheels had been available on other mice at the time. With the Mighty Mouse, not only could you scroll up and down but with the ball you could from side to side or even 360 degrees - again very useful in Logic's windows when you want to quickly scroll from one section of a song to another without having to mess around zooming or fiddling with the bars at the bottom of the window. It was just such a shame that the thing only lasted 6 months before the ball broke or got clogged up and you needed to buy a new one or work out how to get the gunk out!

Apple haven't exactly had a great record with mice. Remember that awful circular thing that came out with the first generation imacs? You never knew where you were about to track before you moved the mouse! Then the buttonless generation, buttonless because Steve Jobs doesn't like the look of buttons! We coped at the time but now I can't imagine life now without a right click!

Now we have the Magic Mouse. I had one popped into my Xmas stocking so I've had it a while now and between you and I, it was the toy I was most excited to get out and play with.

It doesn't fill the hand like a Mighty Mouse; I know this is an issue for some but after a few hours, I got used to it. Tracking is supposed to be more accurate; it probably is but I never had a problem with the Mighty Mouse for tracking. Scrolling is much the same except you don't have the much troubled physical ball anymore which can only be good. It's nice the way you can pretty much scroll from anywhere in the top half of the area of the mouse as opposed to having to place your finger in exactly the same spot like before. Two finger swiping in Safari is great; no more tracking back up to that back button to view the main page after you read an article. Scrolling in Snow Leopard is joyful; I think they call it momentum. In a nutshell, the mouse knows how fast your finger moves and when you take it off, the page keeps scrolling and comes to a gradual stop depending on how fast your finger moved. SLICK! Unfortunately, this doesn't happen in Leopard unless I've missed something.

Just a quick note about MagicPrefs: it's where you can set up all sorts of deeper functions for your Magic Mouse. For example, I set up two finger CLICK to get me straight to spaces, three finger TAP to expose all windows etc etc. Unfortunately when I'm zipping around my mac and my applications at the pace it do, I tend to put fingers on the mouse without noticing so I'm going into spaces, exposing desktop, viewing all app windows etc when I don't want to and that is very annoying. Perhaps I could train myself to use the Magic Mouse more delicately. For now I have to turn all these funky functions off as it's more important it works as a useful mouse than do tricks I can live without for now.

So the question is will the Magic Mouse make life easier for you in Logic Studio. And the answer is that it will do what the Mighty Mouse did and a load of extra funky stuff outside of Logic Pro/Studio but it should last a lot longer than 6 months!
by Dave Garnish
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