Magic Mouse 2

The trusty mouse is look­ing like an evo­lu­tion­ary dead end

Mac Format - - RATED -

£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.

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