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Let’s have a quick look at the new Magic Mouse (generation 3, 2021)❗️
This product also joins the new Magic Keyboard and the Magic Trackpad, which are launching alongside the new iMac.
Now, the Magic Mouse 3 comes standard with the iMac, but you can purchase it separately for $99 off the shelf so if you want to upgrade your current hardware, you can do that. It’s available on black and white (I personally like the white version)👇
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The box itself is pretty simple here! Of course we have our Apple logos on either side, and the model number information on the back.
Taking off the plastic and lifting the lid first thing we’ll see here is the Magic Mouse 3, which looks a lot like the previous generation with this multitouch glossy surface along the top. It still works the same, we have a full physical click here, so it’s not like a force touch sort of setup like you get with a new Magic Trackpad. If you prefer the conventional clicking sensation, the Magic Mouse still allows you to experience it. 😉
The big visual difference here is along the back, where there is no longer a removable panel for swapping out the batteries (like we had for the first generation). Rather than that, what we have is a Lightning connector that permits internal battery recharging. This means it can’t be used while it’s charging, but it will charge pretty quickly here so two minutes of charging should deliver 9 hours of use. It takes about 4 hours to fully charge (0 to 100%), which is good for about 30–90 days (daily use) or better.
I think I charged it 3 days ago and I still have 87% left (keep in mind that I’m using it daily, for at least 5–6 hours per day).
Setting that aside really quickly, let’s remove the tray and take a look at the accessories.
This time we have some paperwork with a quick-start guide and some regulatory information. And of course, we get a neatly packaged Lightning Cable, which allows you to recharge your mouse. 🖱🔋
In terms of setting up the mouse for your Mac (or iPad), you have two options.
We have the standard Bluetooth pairing where all you have to do is switch on the mouse, and it’s ready to start pairing. We don’t have an LED light on the mouse to indicate that it’s turned on or off so you’ll have to take a look at your Mac to find out if it sees it or not. Thus, your Mac’s Bluetooth settings will display your mouse as an option for pairing.
Alternatively, we can skip this entire process and use automatic pairing but you’ll need your Lightning cable connected to your Mac. As soon as you plug it into the mouse, it pairs automatically, and you’re ready to start using it. Consequently, you may detach the lightning cable and promptly operate the mouse.
So how does the new Magic Mouse 3 compare to the previous generation❓
The new mouse is a tad lengthier, but it’s barely noticeable and doesn’t significantly affect the mouse’s functionality. Additionally, the weight has reduced from 3.9oz to 3.5oz, which makes it easier and faster to move the mouse around on a surface. ✅
That combines with redesigned pads along the back, which reduce friction and generally speaking, the mouse is a lot quicker and easier to use than before, and this is noticeable.
Although we have a new design, the design itself is mostly carried over here. We have this aluminum frame along the back, which is all sealed in this time for the Magic Mouse 3 (compared to first generation).
- You can see we have a black Apple logo instead of a white Apple logo.
- We lose the battery door, so you no longer have to pop off the batteries because we now have a Lightning connector (which is really nice).
- Once again, we have our on/off switch in the same location as before, right next to the optical sensors, which still cannot see glass so you can’t use this on the glass table unfortunately.
So how does the new Magic Mouse 3 work❓👀
Well, it basically works like the previous generation, so we still have the same features, and it basically works the same, so there’s no real difference here.
- So once again, we have this multitouch surface on the top that responds to swipes and taps of your finger. Naturally, we possess a complete physical clicking function as well.
- We have things like scrolling so you can choose natural scrolling or traditional scrolling. You may activate a secondary clicking option under the Settings, which allows you to utilize the right side of the mouse for secondary clicking purposes.
- We also have smart zoom, so if you just double-tap the surface of the Magic Mouse, this will zoom in for you (not double press, just double tap).
- The tracking speed can be modified as well. We can also swipe between pages, so we can swipe left or right to navigate back and forth in the browser.
- We can swipe between full-screen apps using two finger gestures, left and right. Mission control can be accessed by double-tapping on the mouse’s surface using two fingers.
There are lots of other ways to use that multitouch surface, so it can scrub through your timeline within a video editor, or you can do full 360-degree scrolling on an image that’s zoomed in.
The Magic Mouse generation 3 (2021) offers some trackpad-like capabilities, while still providing a complete physical mouse that can be moved for precise control. In the end, it works a lot like the previous generation, but with an internal battery that allows you to quickly charge it with a Lightning cable most people probably already have it connected to their Mac. I think it’s a lot easier than swapping out batteries when they run out from time to time.
I also like the lighter and more solid construction we have here for this product but ultimately, if you’re not a fan of the previous generation, you’re not going to be a fan of this. It’s still a small mouse that can be a little difficult to use for an extended period of time to be honest. 😥 For example, I don’t really like using this mouse for over 3–4 hours at once just because it’s not very comfortable to use. It’s pretty small to grip, especially with my semi-large hands.
For me personally, I still prefer the Microsoft Arc mouse (and also the cheap one from Logitech that you can get for around $10, but I’m thinking to upgrade to the Logitech MX Master soon), which gives me a nice ergonomic grip and a lot more precise control over what I’m doing. ✅
Because the Magic Mouse has a touch surface along the top, sometimes you accidentally brush against it (especially at the beginning while you are getting used to it), which does things you don’t want it to do, like scroll through your timeline, etc.
The bottom line is this:
If you care a lot about ergonomics and work at least 3–4 hours a day, consider getting an MX Master 3 (2019) or Microsoft Arc (both of these solutions being around $100)!
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I don’t use these all the time because I prefer working mostly from my iPad these days, and the Magic Mouse 3 is more convenient for that purpose as it connects directly via Bluetooth without the need for a dongle.
Time for a quick meme 😜
Fellow tech enthusiast, I’m curious — what’s your go-to mouse❓ 👀 Drop a comment and let’s spark a conversation here! 🔥
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