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Manufacturer: Apple
Min OS X: 10.3    Requires: USB Port

Mighty Mouse
September 14, 2005 | Galen Wiley

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Let's get down to the important stuff: gaming. I put the Mighty Mouse to the test in two different games: Unreal Tournament 2004 (UT2004), a popular first-person shooter from MacSoft, and Gangland, a recently released real-time strategy game from Virtual Programming.

The Mighty Mouse played UT2004 adequately for the most part. With the exception of left and right scrolling, every button could be mapped to a function in the game. When the action started, however, some problems quickly arose. Being that the game is so fast-paced, it's almost required that a user be able to use primary and secondary fire interchangeably. Unfortunately, due to the right-click problem discussed earlier, it was necessary to first remove my finger completely from the left side of the mouse in order to successfully perform a right-click. Another issue I had was that the scroll-ball was simply too sensitive to use for switching weapons.

Gangland, on the other hand, was an entirely different story. While the game can be played using only a keyboard, a mouse is much more suitable. That said, the Mighty Mouse proved to be a poor candidate for Gangland, and presumably other games of the same genre. Players select their character with the left-click button and direct them to either move or interact with the right-click button. Because of the dreaded right-click issue, I often would direct my character to a particular location only to find that I had not completely lifted my finger from the left side of the mouse, thus negating the command. On the upside, zooming in and out with the scroll-ball worked perfectly fine.

Because of the Mighty Mouse's unfortunate design flaws, I simply cannot recommend it as a mouse suitable for gaming. In the high-paced world of gaming, it is integral that a player has complete control over the situation at hand. With the Mighty Mouse, this is not possible.

Taking into consideration all of its flaws, Mighty Mouse is hardly the multi-button mouse of our dreams. Macintosh users have been waiting much too long to excuse Apple for creating such an underwhelming product. Though you may be tempted by its innovative design, make no mistake: the Mighty Mouse has many hidden blemishes, from spotty control to second-rate software.

While perhaps suitable for casual office work, more advanced users, gamers included, should steer clear of the Mighty Mouse at all costs. Speaking of cost, the Mighty Mouse's problems do not warrant its rather steep $50 price tag. For the same price, or even less, you can purchase superior products that will do the job right for all occasions.

Here's hoping that Apple learns from its mistakes this time and eventually releases a product worthy of the company's name. Until then, all we can do is continue to dream.

• Good accuracy
• Attractive design
• Scroll-ball is powerful and easy to use

• Not at all suitable for gaming
• Right clicking requires you to lift your left-click finger completely off the mouse
• Inferior software features
• Awkward placement of side-buttons
• Expensive

Mighty Mouse
Manufacturer: Apple


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