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I have been using the Magic mouse for about a year. Prior to that, I owned a PC and used a standard PC mouse. Over the years, I had used mouses both at work and at home since the 1990s. I've never had problems with the mouses before. Even though I am born left handed, I was raised to use my right hand for writing. My right hand is the one that controls the mouse. After using the Magic mouse for a few months, my right palm started to bother me.
At first, it was just a slight uncomfortable feeling on the right palm after about half an hour of use. I thought I was developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I am not a power user or spend the whole day on the computer. As days and weeks go by, it started to get a little worse. A pain occurs and some tingling sensation as well. I started to worry. I also experienced a warming of my palm. I look online to see if there are others with complaints. I was surprised that most people have high praises for the Magic mouse. I suspect that the problem is related to the low profile of the mouse. It just doesn't fit inside my palm like previous mouses that I was used to. In fact, I also suspect the problem is because I was too familiar with the old mouses and did not learn to use the Magic mouse correctly. Old habits are hard to break. After more time goes by, I began to notice that my palm is hurting while I was doing other tasks not related to the computer. My injury was getting worse and it is being enhanced as I try to do other things that require strength. There was not much time for it to heal. I do notice that the symptoms gets worse after I use the computer.
Other Technical Issues
Another issue I had with the Magic mouse in the wireless connection. It would drop connection at times and I would loose control of the pointer. I had to resort to using the keyboard to take control of the computer and re-start. This happened only a few times but never the less annoying.
Another issue I have is the short battery life. I usually leave the mouse powered on and my computer as well. The screen goes into power saver mode when I'm not using it. The mouse would require a new set of batteries every 3 or 4 months. My typical use is about 3 hours per day on weekdays and one hour on weekends.
After looking into various options, I decided to switch to a different mouse just to see if there is any difference. I ended up choosing the Logitech M325 wireless mouse. To my surprise, after a short week of use, it made a noticeable difference. My advice for other Mac users of the Magic mouse is - replace it. It may be stylistic but ergonomic it is not. My palm is getting better but not totally recovered. It will take time to heal. I read from online forumthat some others have similar experiences. I also found someone have actually came up with a fix which does not seem appealing to me. I hope my experience will help others. Perhaps, Apple should reconsider and go back to the drawing board. I love their products in general but hate the Magic mouse. Please leave comment about your opinion and experiences with the Magic mouse. I would like some feedback. Thanks for checking in.
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