Pros:Distinctive, modern design, smallest scroller ball
Cons:Cable, insufficient instructions, numerous complaints about scroller ball Short Captive USB Cord
The Bottom Line: Useful and recommended for Apple Hardware only. Compatible with Win PCs (XP & Win 2000)
Also worked well with Vista and Win 7
Apple Mouse – (Wired) MB112LL/B
Recommend this product?
Captive USB Type A Cable Two Hidden Buttons, One 0.3” Roller/Button 2 Side Buttons – Paired Use in Apple OS only Motion Detection/Laser
Dimensions: 4.3” L x 2.4” W x 1.25” H - USB, 28” Cord Length
On the Apple Mouse package; it was designed to work with MS XP and 2000 Operating Systems (OS). This evaluation included physical and electronic tryouts with Win XP, Vista, and Win 7. The USB interface worked on three different desktops and one laptop. The mouse drivers installed with minimum time and effort.
IN THE BOX
Wired USB Mouse Operator Manual (4 pages, in multiple languages.) A 1990 One Paragraph advisory repeating “Cleaning Your Apple Mouse” Ditto languages.
It looks simplistic but is packed with special functions to make life easier for users. The Apple MB112LL/B is a compact, minimalist design, pointing device intended for use with Apple personal computers.
The Apple Mouse consists of a smooth plastic shell, covering a pivoting switch cover, the front of which moves vertically. The action is constant, internal capacitance sensors detect Left or Right pressure. The shape is smooth in every direction; punctuated by two side switches and the tiny roller ball. The finish is 'corporate white' that does not show fingerprints but does pick up dust from the skin oils.
In many ways, the Apple design is very similar overall to that of the Microsoft Comfort Mouse 3000. Both are 'ambidextrous'.
OPERATIONS - (Inadequate Instruction)
It is not obvious but the feel and grasp is different. The shape of the M/S 3000 guides the user to a two-fingered hold (Index to left, middle to the right); raise index to operate wheel. Finger three lands to the desk surface, where it acts to steady the M/S 3000.
The Apple entry seems to invite three fingers. The tiny roller ball lands under the middle finger; when needed, the operative finger is already there. Pressing the roller ball 'plants' the cursor for scrolling vertically in a document.
5-way Internet document Navigation is instantaneous with a light touch on the ball in the direction the user wants to view. “Plant” the cursor then move the tiny floating arrow in any direction.
(In Windows PCs this is limited to 2-way, PgUp & PgDn and to left/right for documents viewed larger than the screen width.)
Squeezing both the side buttons opens a configuration menu for Mac special functions only.
WHAT I LIKED
The Roller Ball offers fast intuitive navigation. The shape is modern, pleasant to look at, and makes portable storage easier. The white cord made tracing the cable easy. Affordable.
WHAT I DISLIKED
The smooth shape makes a slightly tighter grasp necessary. Long periods of use, as in a simple game or long composition, left my hand aching. Those side buttons should be textured or rubberized; for there is nothing to hang onto. Many complaints about the little ball gives one reason for caution.
RECOMMENDED for Mac Use only, in order to have access to all special functions – not a good substitute for conventional mice used with Windows PCs.
End of review
I am not a Mac User. In 2009, I enrolled in a familiarization Course at Napa Adult Education that used “Welcome to the Mac, OS X Leopard Edition” for the text.
My motives for the Course and this Apple Mouse evaluation were:
The Company, for which my lovely partner writes Nursing License Continuation Education courses, is 100% Macintosh. As the local acting “IT”, the translation of problems encountered in Windows Programs is difficult;
The notion that this could be a way of introducing a “hands on” test of practicality and, possibly, the first step to converting our local operations to Mac hardware; and,
The nagging, disrupting, time wasting UPDATES encountered constantly with Windows OS and Firefox Browser.
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Amount Paid (US$): $49.99