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Goodbye Apple Magic Mouse

· 4 min read

I absolutely love the multi-touch surface of the Apple Magic Mouse 2. It's easy, it's intuitive, and it's natural. Unfortunately, the mouse is wildly non-ergonomic. Almost just as importantly, the battery seems to die, without fail, an hour into my work-day. In order to get any work done, I need a backup $79 Apple Magic Mouse 2.

In fits of rage, every couple of weeks when the battery died, I would try to live with just using the keyboard. Unfortunately, too many websites that I need to use daily are completely inaccessible. Tabbing around the page just doesn't work.

So I needed a better solution. Sadly, though, no one else seems to make a reputable multi-touch surface mouse that doesn't have a proprietary port on its under-side that renders it useless while charging.

I finally convinced myself to just try something different. Being the recipient of a gift card, it was easier to convince myself that it was like someone had just given me a mouse as the gift instead. So I dove in and bought one of the highest-rated, the Logitech MX Master 3.

The mice, most obviously, are very different.

And most importantly, the Logitech MX Master 3 boasts up to 70 days of battery life on a full charge, with providing up to 3 hours of life by charging for just 1-minute! And, most importantly, the USB-C port is on the front of the device and can be plugged in and used at the same time. It's ridiculous to me that something so normal to need is completely ignored by Apple.

Pros & Cons

Apple Magic Mouse 2

Pros

  • Multi-touch gestures are intuitive and easy, like swiping two fingers to change Desktops
  • Scrolling is fast and natural on OS X

🚫 Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Cannot be used while plugged in
  • Proprietary Apple port to charge
  • Poor hand fit, not recommended for long use
  • Can only pair with a single computer

Logitech MX Master 3

Pros

  • Feels more natural in hand
  • Battery life is very long
  • Can be used while plugged in to charge
  • Uses standard USB-C connection for charging
  • Dedicated back/forward buttons reduce accidental swipes in browsers
  • Can pair with multiple computers

🚫 Cons

  • Horizontal scrolling requires using a different wheel with your thumb
  • The gesture button location is difficult to find and hard to push

Verdict

It hasn't been long since I started using this Logitech mouse, but so far I'm inclined to say that it will be a headache-saver for me. Would I buy it over the Apple mouse again? Yes.

Especially because I can now pair a single mouse with multiple computers. This is a huge win for me, because I switch between my work and personal computers all the time. I no longer have the need to have multiple mice with labels written in sharpie on the bottom so I know which is which.