Friday, March 03, 2006

The Mighty Mouse

As I've mentioned before, I'm a Mac person, and we recently got some of the new Intel iMac G5s at work. One new thing they came with was Apple's Mighty Mouse. Before, the standard Mac mouse had only one button. The equivalent of a right-click was to hold the control key on the keyboard down while you clicked that one button, which at the time seemed fine to me. One button was plenty, I didn't need more, and when the Mighty Mouse came out, I stubbornly said my one-button standard was fine with me ... until I actually used one. The Might Mouse still has the same one-button feel, but all sorts of new features. The small button in the center is actually a scroll wheel that can scroll either up and down or left and right. You can also assign a feature for when you press down on the center button (i.e., mine activates a Mac feature called Exposé that shows all my open windows at once). Even though it still looks like one button, it senses whether you're right or left clicking. Also around the base of the mouse are buttons where your thumb rests, so when you squeeze this area, it acts as yet another button (mine is set to activate my Dashboard widgets). Overall, I'm impressed with how much I like the Mighty Mouse, and miss it when I'm on my home computer and catch myself tring to use a scroll button that's not there.

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