Building a better mouse

February 12, 2008 by  
Filed under Switching to Mac

I have often heard mac users complain about Apple’s Mighty Mouse.  My only experience had been the hockey puck mouse that they released about 7 years ago.  It was a horrible, ergonomical  torture device.

With that experience in mind, I was curious to see what the new mouse is like and despite Heather’s immediate complaints I stuck it out…and lasted 3 days.  The Apple mouse is downright painful.  The scroll wheel on top is nice whenever you need to scroll horizontally, but with a 24″ screen at full resolution I rarely need to do it.  This is an instance where Apple sacrificed comfort in favor of design.  A typical mouse has a hump so you are able to rest your hand, but the Apple mouse is flatter forcing your hand to perform a crab-like hover that resulted in hand cramping after any prolonged use.

Fortunately, the solution is easy.  Gotta love USB…I took my trusty ol Logitech from my PC and plugged it into my iMac.  Wonderful!  Familiar mouse AND I have my right click back.  Woohoo!

My recommendation to anyone switching to a mac is to not even bother with the Apple mouse.  Just take the mouse you are using for your PC and plug it into the mac before you turn it on for the first time.  Just one more thing to make the transition easier.

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