March 10, 2012

Apple’s Magic Mouse (usability design review)

Most of the Apple’s devices are well designed, attractive and easy to use, apart from one of them: The Apple’s Magic Mouse.

The Apple’s Magic Mouse is using the multi-touch technology that was imported from the iPhone and iPod touch. With its elegant, yet simple design, it recognises finger gestures such as screen zoom, two finger swipe, 360° scroll and many others. It has all these good features that no other mouse has, so why would it by categorised as a bad design?

As far as its usability is concerned, this mouse is very uncomfortable. Because of its plain shape your hand gets tired after only 30 minutes of using the Magic Mouse and it moves in your hand every time you make a click. Furthermore the right click does not work when the other fingers are resting on the mouse.

For £59 you expect more from this mouse, you actually expect it to be truly magical. So what Apple has to say about this complain? Answer: “Probably you are holding it wrong”.

As a solution for this ergonomic issue, a rubber bump would be helpful at the bottom of the device. A company named MMFixer was founded only to produce silicon lumps for the Magic Mouse. Besides paying £59 for the Apple’s mouse, you have to pay another £10 for the silicon lump. Finally, for the price of £69 you could have an ergonomic Magic Mouse that look like this:


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