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Apple Wireless Magic Mouse

Updated on September 29, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

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.

-Jun. 2015

My Experience

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.

My Solution

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.

© 2015 Jack Lee

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    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Elsie - Thanks for your input. I like to compile a list of people who are suffering due to magic mouse.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      3 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes! I had trouble with the Apple magic mouse also. I now use the Microsoft mouse as well as the magic mouse, which I use for scrolling down the page.

      Have had my iMac computer for three years now, love the small keyboard, as an older person with arthritis in my fingers use only one finger.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Viss - thanks for sharing.

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      Vishal Chaudhary 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This one thing Apple got wrong. I have my own story of struggles against this not so Magical Mouse. Aftermath, I am using Dell USB mouse on my Mini.

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