Am I allowed to say that Apple’s Magic Mouse is the best mouse I’ve ever used on a Mac? It is. Except for two things. Battery life. And features.
As for battery life, invest in a company that sells rechargeable batteries and don’t worry about it. As for features, Magic Mouse tracks, scrolls, double clicks and swipes. But it can do so much more with a nifty little Mac apps that’s free.
From Simple Simeon To Tweak City
Most Mac users don’t even bother to tweak the settings on a mouse, figuring, I guess that Father Figure Uncle Steve Jobs knows best about our Mac habits. Hint: He doesn’t. I do.
New Mac users should begin their tweaking where it counts.
Mouse or trackpad user, tweaks are required to get that finger feel just right.
For Mac Magic Mouse users, the default settings are a good place to start—just so you know what’s there. This is where a few pictures are worth a few thousands words.
Here’s a look at the System Preferences > Mouse Preferences for Magic Mouse.
Tweak away, dear Mac Magic Mouse user. It won’t take long to tweak because there’s not much to tweak.
The sliders control Tracking, Scrolling, and Double-Click. Add to that tweaks for one or two fingers, clicks, scrolls, screen zooms, and you’re done. Notice the Mouse Battery Level is at 91%. That must be a mistake. The best I can get is about 77%.
Now, add the latest version of the free app MagicPrefs to your Mac and look at all the really cool tweaks you get now.
MagicPrefs comes with so many tweakable controls for Clicks and Taps and Swipes, and Drags and Pinch and Speed and Sensitivity that an octopus could use your Magic Mouse and not have enough fingers (or those sticky, suction cup, tentacle things).
Just so you didn’t think MagicPrefs was all about the Magic Mouse, there’s a button for Magic Trackpad and MacBook Trackpad (handy, since over half of all Mac users have a trackpad).
MagicPrefs Magic Mouse settings give you controls for one, two, three or four finger clicks. And tap controls for one to four fingers with individual controls for each.
The real-time graphical display makes it easy to see the finger tip zones on your Magic Mouse.
Magic Trackpad users get similar treatment but have the added bonus of two through five finger Clicks, and one to four finger Taps, each with individual controls.
There’s also Gesture Triggering and Tracking Speed sensitivity, plus the aforementioned real-time graphical display.
Did I mention that MagicPrefs is free? Now you can tweak like it’s 1999 in the private confines of your own home.
Sure, you can’t control your kids, your spouse, your neighbors, your dog, or the economy, but now you can control all the settings on your Mac’s Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and your MacBook’s built-in trackpad.
Ain’t life grand?