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Staying In Control: The Best Macbook Wireless Mice

written by: Austin•edited by: Michael Dougherty•updated: 5/27/2011

With the invention of wireless mice, laptops went from clunky and slow to control, to streamlined and easy to use in just seconds. Finding the best wireless mice to use, however, can be a bit of a chore. Thankfully, multiple manufacturers have got you covered.

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    Why Go Wireless?

    Despite the fact that more and more people are making the switch to wireless, a lot of computer users out there still have their reservations about wireless mice. To be fair, they are easier to lose if you're moving around a lot, and you do have to charge/buy batteries for them on a regular basis. On top of that, they're also more expensive. So why bother making the switch? Is there really a big enough motivation to do so? As it turns out, the answer to that is a resounding "Yes".

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    Two Types of Wireless Mice

    If you're a Macbook Pro user, chances are you're on the go more often than not and that clumsy trackpad just isn't doing it for you anymore. You need something with more precision and speed than what came with your laptop, and so you're out looking for a Macbook Pro wireless mouse that can fill your needs. To your surprise, you discover that there are actually two kinds of mice out there on the market: Those with buttons and those without.

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    A Mouse Without Buttons: Apple's 'Magic Mouse'

    lasertracking 20091020 First the iPhone, then the iPod touch, the iPad, and now Apple is taking their touch technology to wireless mice with the introduction of their "Magic Mouse". It's the first button-less mouse, and it can do this because it uses the same technology that's present on the surface of an iPhone or iPad. You tap to click with either one or two fingers, and move it around like a regular mouse. So what's so special about it? Well, it also uses the two/three finger "swipes" that allow you to scroll through web pages, change windows, and a number of other functions that weren't possible on old mice.

    Not letting down their reputation of revolutionizing computing, the Magic Mouse stands alone as the first and only fully functional wireless and button-less mouse, and it can be bought for $70 from Apple's online store.

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    Traditional Mice: Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000

    prod top-M wnom-3k If you're someone who isn't into all this new fangled technology and just wants a standard, old school mouse with the cord cut, all you gotta do is pick up one of Microsoft's Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000s. Sure, the name doesn't roll off the tongue quite as nicely as "Magic Mouse", but for a mere $15 (or less if you shop around), you get a fully functional wireless mouse with two buttons and a mid-scroller, complete with an on/off switch to help you conserve energy. The only downside is that it isn't bluetooth capable, meaning you do need to plug in a USB hub for it to connect to while you work. Thankfully, the hub snaps into the back of the mouse, so there's no chance of you losing it while carrying it around.

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    References and Purchase Links

    1. Image References: All images came from their respective purchase links.

    2. Information Reference: All information comes from either author knowledge or respective purchase links.

    Purchase Links

    Magic Mouse:

    Wireless Optical Notebook Mouse 3000: