Magic Mouse 2
The trusty mouse is looking like an evolutionary dead end
£65 Manufacturer Apple, apple.com/uk Dimensions 2.2x5.7x11.4cm Weight 99g Connectivity Bluetooth, Lightning to USB (cable included)
Looking at the Magic Mouse 2, you’d be hard-pressed to tell it apart from the older model. Almost everything that was good about the original version is true here. Almost. The only meaningful difference is the move from disposable batteries to a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion one, so the mouse is slightly lighter.
You charge the mouse using the bundled cable, but Apple’s choice of location for the port is… odd. It’s on the bottom and is oriented so that the cable has to be plugged in at 90 degrees to the surface, meaning you can’t charge the mouse and use it at the same time. A partial charge takes only minutes, but you’ll have to wait about two hours to reach a full charge. It’s hard to see the benefit of this when we’ve used rechargeable AA cells with the older model for longer than the one-month life of this one’s built-in battery. It just removes the fuss of removing a panel to swap out depleted cells.
Functionally, there’s nothing different here. The mouse’s top surface clicks in as before, and various swipes and taps on its surface trigger actions. Apple hasn’t brought its Force Touch technology to the Magic Mouse, even though it would be of huge benefit given the extremely limited surface area for Multi-Touch gestures.
Just like the original Magic Mouse, if you play games on your Mac then this isn’t the mouse to pick, precisely because you can’t left- and rightclick at the same time. Alan Stonebridge Not enough has changed to make this a worthwhile upgrade from the original, but it’s still a decent mouse.
Multi-Touch features still great
A little bit lighter
Poor position of charging port
No new gestural innovations
There’s no Force Touch tech in Apple’s new mouse,
but its Multi-Touch gestures remain helpful.