Best Mouse for MacBook Pro and Air 2019: Top 5
For many if not most laptop users, including myself, a mouse is much easier to use than a trackpad in the majority of situations. It's quicker, easier, more efficient, and comfortable.
No matter how good the trackpad technology, one can never get the same full sense of control as one gets with a pointing device, making the trackpad experience extremely frustrating at times.
Finding the best mouse for a MacBook Pro, or a MacBook Air is not straightforward. It is not just a simple matter of buying one that is technically compatible, most people also want something that will fit with the look and feel of their Apple laptop too.
A computer mouse can vary in numerous ways too, such as:
- Number and arrangement of buttons
- Style of scrolling wheel
- General design
- Price and value for money
- Wired or wireless
- Color and appearance
The 5 Best Mice for MacBook Pro and Air
Here are my selections:
- Apple Magic Mouse
- Cosmos 2.4G RF
- Logitech V470 Bluetooth Cordless Laser
- The Apple Optical
- Kensington K72213USA
I discuss my choices in more detail below.
The Apple Magic Mouse: Innovative Design and Touch-Sensitive Technology!
If you want a product that incorporates the very latest in innovative touch-sensitive technology from Apple and fits perfectly with the look and feel of your MacBook Pro, or Air, then you will be wanting the Apple Magic Mouse.
Yes, the price tag is a little higher, but in terms of design, it is head and shoulders above anything else out there that is currently available.
As well as using Bluetooth to operate without tying up a USB port, this premium Apple product also incorporates laser technology, which means that it performs at 20 times the levels of ordinary optical tracking.
The magic mouse also has mini-sensors, which enable it to detect even the tiniest of movements.
The top-shell design means that the mouse fits perfectly with other Apple designed technology.
It also incorporates Bluetooth technology and touch-sensitive technology.
Very Affordable and Available in Multiple Colors: The Cosmos 2.4G RF Optical!
The Cosmos 2.4G RF optical wireless can operate from a distance of up to 10 meters.
This affordable accessory can run off an AA alkaline battery for up to 6 months, so there is no need for regular replacements.
Ergonomically designed, it is plug-and-play with no driver installation, making it simple to set up and use.
One of the best things about this Cosmos, however, is that it is available in a variety of vibrant colors, including pink, red, and purple - so you can pick your favorite!
The Logitech V470 Bluetooth Cordless Laser: Lightweight and Durable!
Comfortable and precise, the Logitech V470 Bluetooth Cordless Laser is an ideal choice for MacBook Pro users.
Bluetooth wireless technology enables you to use the mouse without a cable up to 30 feet away. Laser technology provides enhanced, smoother cursor control - outperforming optical mice and able to function on almost any surface.
Simplicity and Elegance: The Apple Optical
For those who prefer a wired mouse, there are many advantages with purchasing the Apple Optical, which is precise and relatively inexpensive. The fluid elliptical shape of this mouse feels very comfortable and natural, plus its glass-smooth surface projects elegance.
Rather than having a separate, specific button, the entire mouse effectively operates as one, with the body pivoting to click. The beautiful design of this Apple product means that there are no mice balls to clean and no rollers to wear out or get dirty.
The Kensington K72213USA: Sleek and State of the Art!
Sleek-shaped and high precision, the Kensington K72213USA Mouse-in-a-Box Optical 2 is a state-of-the-art product that is difficult to match when it comes to accurate tracking and acceleration guidance.
It has been ergonomically designed to be comfortable for both right and left-handed users. With no moving parts, the Kensington K72213USA requires no cleaning of roller balls etc.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.— Steve Jobs
Brief History of the Computer Mouse
It is difficult for a modern computer user to imagine a world without the mouse, such is the ubiquitous and usefulness of this device.
- The first mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart in 1964. It had a wooden shell, circuit board. plus a couple of two metal wheels that rolled around on the surface that the mouse was placed upon.
- In 1972 Bill English came up with the design known as the "Ball Mouse". He replaced Engelbart's wheels with a ball. The ball could detect movement in any direction thanks to interaction with two rollers that in turn spun wheels. The motion could be converted into electrical pulses signifying direction and speed.
- The ball mouse was such an iconic design, that it dominated the market for many years.
- The optical mouse was developed in around 1980. The advantage of an optical was that it solved an issue with the ball mouse, where the ball would pick up dirt, grease, and fluff and gradually lose functionality over time (although they could be cleaned, of course - never a particularly pleasant task!).
- Optical mice were expensive to make, however, and it wasn't until the late 90s that prices had dropped enough for them to come into general use. Nowadays, the optical mouse is the standard type sold.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2014 Paul Goodman