Call me crazy, but I’ve never been a big fan of the Apple mice. I’m a quick mover on the computer, constantly multitasking and clicking between different windows and Spaces, and even the wired Apple Mouse could never keep up with me. Logitech’s Anywhere MX is the only mouse that has been able to offer what I need, so I’m curious to see if the company’s two new offerings are just as effective.
On Thursday, a report that Apple’s Magic Mouse may be headed out to pasture caught fire like a spark in a dry forest and quickly spread across the interweb. Could Apple be heading for an all-trackpad world? As it turns out, the rumors of the Magic Mouse’s demise may be greatly exaggerated.
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Ahhh, the trackball. Once the darlings of ergonomics-minded computer users, people often assume they’ve gone the way of those weird kneeling chairs from the 1980s. But like many other relics of the era—Eddie Murphy’s career, spandex, and Bon Jovi come to mind—the trackball is still alive. But trackballs have actually gotten better with time. Logitech’s M570 trackball combines the best aspects of the device you already know, with some new technology to make it even easier to use.
Computer users have had decades to get comfortable with the notion of noodling with a mouse and keyboard for gaming and churning out work. If a freshly filed Apple patent is any indication, however, our long-term relationship with the the most basic of human interface devices could soon come to an end. It seems that the company's engineers have been tinkering with the notion of incorporating touch gestures into future iterations of their keyboards, making the need for a mouse moot.
I’ve always wanted to wave around a wand and make things appear out of thin air, but life dealt me the Muggle card. So instead of magic, I have to rely on technology to make things happen. The Air Mouse Elite lets me control my computer from a few feet away—and after years of desktop-only mousing, that does feel a little bit magical.
We all use our Macs for so much of the day, and while the best way to prevent repetitive-stress pain and injuries is to simply stand up and do something else, we’ll take any advantage we can get. So we asked this trio of experts to steer us toward the most ergonomic pointing device.
Tacking “Magic” onto the name of this new external trackpad is grandiose in that typical Apple way, but we have a feeling that this nifty device actually is performing one genuine feat of magic: peering into the future. At least a little, anyway. Between the proliferation of touch-based iOS devices and Apple’s patents for touchscreen iMacs surfacing recently on the web, it’s reasonable to speculate that Mac OS is going to want you to reach out and touch it someday soon. If that’s even a little true, we can see why Apple might hope that the Magic Trackpad will help us get a little more accustomed to “touching” iMacs, minis, and Mac Pros--not just MacBooks.
It took me a while to get used to the Magic Mouse. For the first week or so, I kept a USB mouse handy and generally didn’t use the Magic Mouse all day. By now, I’m totally hooked on it, but I have found that when I use the Magic Mouse all day my right hand can feel sore since the way I position it over the Magic Mouse is so different. Have you noticed this?