Magic Mouse 2 Review 2

I’ve been a huge proponent of the Magic Mouse ever since it first debuted. I use this mouse almost daily, even though I have a MacBook with a trackpad.

When editing video in Final Cut Pro X, a mouse is pretty much a necessity due to the precision required. With this in mind, the Magic Mouse is one of my most cherished companions when it comes to my daily workflow.

As you know, Apple just updated its Magic Mouse with several new features. The headlining feature of the new Magic Mouse is its built-in rechargeable battery. The new mouse is also lighter with a sturdier build and features an optimized foot design for better movement. But for existing Magic Mouse users, is it worth the upgrade?

Outside of the rechargeable battery aspect, there’s really little incentive that’s apparent at first glance to incite you to upgrade. But after using the Magic Mouse 2, I can say that there are some noticeable differences. First, there’s the tracking—the mouse glides more smoothly over the surface of my wooden desk. That’s largely in part to the slightly redesigned rails that allow the mouse to float along a surface. It’s not immediately noticeable, but after comparing the two, the new mouse feels smoother in its glides and makes less friction noise when moving it.

Magic Mouse 2 vs Magic Mouse 2

The Magic Mouse 2 is priced at $79.99, which is $10 more than the outgoing Magic Mouse. That $10 price increase is more justified by its inclusion of a Lightning cable, which is necessary for charging the Magic Mouse 2. That same Lightning cable can become a part of your regular Lightning cable rotation as well, which means you can use it for your iPhone, iPad, Magic Trackpad 2, or Magic Keyboard. Overall, the price isn’t a bad price when you consider that the outgoing model was only $10 cheaper.

One of the coolest features of the Magic Mouse 2 is that it pairs pretty much instantly with your Mac as soon as you plug into the USB port. Anyone who’s ever been frustrated with the way Bluetooth can be finicky at times will certainly appreciate that.

Magic Mouse 2 Lightning Cable Plugged In 2

Also, the fact that you no longer have to deal with replacing batteries is a real plus. Batteries seem to die in my old Magic Mouse at the most inopportune times. Even if you use rechargeable batteries like I do, switching them out is always a pain in the butt. With Magic Mouse 2, the musical chairs battery dance is a thing of the past.

Speaking of batteries, the Magic Mouse 2 sports a built-in lithium battery just like all of the other peripherals in Apple’s “Magic” line. For all three accessories, a full charge is finished in only two hours and provides enough power for up to a month of regular use. That’s pretty impressive.

What’s even more impressive is that just a minute of charging delivers an hour’s worth of use. That’s great for those times when your battery dies and you just have to get a few more things done. Basically, you should never have to worry about your mouse’s battery life again—just be sure to keep the Lightning cable handy.

One thing that naysayers are quick to point out is that you can’t use the Magic Mouse 2 while it’s charging, but the fact that you can garner an hour’s worth of usage from a 1-minute charge pretty much negates the need to use the device while charging. It’s an argument that people use to nitpick at the design. I’m sure Apple heavily considered the location of the Lightning port, and chose the location that it did for sound reasons.

Magic Mouse 2 Lightning Cable Unboxing 2

Apple states that the new built-in battery results in a more solid build, and less moving parts. As a result, the Magic Mouse 2 feels more sturdy, and when you shake it in your hand, you don’t hear the battery cover make noise, because there is no battery cover.

As you can see, this isn’t so much a review of the functionality of the mouse, or whether or not the mouse is a good mouse when compared to other mice. I’ve been around long enough to know that the Magic Mouse is a polarizing peripheral. Some people love it, and some people absolutely loathe it.

Top complaints have to do with its low profile position, which can make it awkward for some to adjust. I personally love the Magic Mouse. This mouse is basically one big button, and the surface can be used for different types of gestures. It’s basically like combining a trackpad and a mouse into one.

If you’re new to the Magic Mouse, you simply have to try it to be able to discern if it’s the mouse for you. For current Magic Mouse enthusiasts, the Magic Mouse 2 isn’t an absolute must-have upgrade, because it doesn’t really offer any new functionality.

That said, if you’re getting tired of replacing batteries, and you want slightly better movement across your tracking surface, then there’s certainly worse things to spend $80 on. You can always sell your old Magic Mouse to help pay for the cost of the new one. Personally speaking, I’m happy to have upgraded, as I hated dealing with batteries, and this makes one less device that I have to play the dreaded game of battery swap with.

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  • Austin

    could always use an extra lightning cable

    • Nasser Cedeño

      yes 🙂

  • Javier Lopez

    I never found it a pain in the arse to have to replace batteries.(mine last over a month) That said, I have to admit I don’t like the positioning of the lightning port despite charge times. I feel like it would have been better fit near the front of the mouse.

  • Adrayven

    Personally, I don’t like it. First, only 1 month charge? GAMING wireless mice get better battery life! Logitech mice get 6-12 MONTHS! What if I have all 3 devices? So that’s me basically always charging 3 devices throughout the month. Worse, for the mouse, I cannot use it while it’s down.

    So second, yes, the port should be on the side. Duh.

    This mouse represents the “least” they could do model. Seriously. Majorly. Disappointed.

    • jamster440

      thats like comparing a cow to a pig. Those mice are mechanical and don’t have a touch sensitive top, so for what it is one month is a great amount of battery life.

  • oogie

    haha! so funny how people run to complaint about what they don’t like because they spend 6-months-non-stop playing games (without any break at all, very impressive) or how others come with a better solutions breaking-the-lines in a design for ever, just because they can’t wait 1 minute with the mouse down (the same time it takes to replace batteries)…
    Luckily for the rest of us, those won’t work ever in a relevant design team! 😀

  • Who except Apple thinks that it is a good idea to put a charging plug at that position???

  • George

    The magic mouse has to be the worst mouse I’ve ever used. They need to work harder. And if you call me a troll you’re lying to yourself.

    • Ben Watson

      it seems apple can’t be bothered anymore i got magic mouse 1 for christmas and its stayed in my draw since christmas pile of crap

  • lou111

    Not worth upgrading. And still not fix this black bridges – still gonna scratching my desktop as I see

  • DevXav

    That lighting port location… tsk tsk tsk..

    Steve Jobs must be rolling sideways on his coffin!

  • Byambaa

    Shit, if its being charged, it will look like a pleasuring male mouse laying on his back. I wont buy it.

  • One thing that naysayers are quick to point out is that you can’t use the Magic Mouse 2 while it’s charging, but the fact that you can garner an hour’s worth of usage from a 1-minute charge pretty much negates the need to use the device while charging. It’s an argument that people use to nitpick at the design. I’m sure Apple heavily considered the location of the Lightning port, and chose the location that it did for sound reasons.

    Now imagine it be at the front of the mouse so it it could still be used. Would of looked like a wired mouse. All it would of took was a bit more research and designing.. Meh, Apple knows best right.

  • f1ght3r

    I was hoping for Force touch or even Touch ID on this mouse. I won’t be upgrading from my Magic Mouse. My batteries seem to last forever on mine.

  • Ben Watson

    wow the same mouse with its terrible sensitivity only smaller apple has really outdone them selves with their creativity within the past few years (not)

  • Dominic LoFranco

    I have a logitech MX Master, by far better then any apple mouse

  • What were they thinking with the lightning port? Would have been smarter and far more useful to have it somewhere that would allow using the mouse while charging… seriously?

  • The Magic Mouse 2 looks good, but the one problem I see is that the port to charge it is on the bottom, so you can’t use it while it charges like you presumably can with the keyboard.

  • Nikolay

    At least they could make an magic mouse stand… you can attach the mouse to the stand without having fear about the lighting cable… Or even better… they can make an magnetic stand like Apple Watch… Oh Steve… why you’re dead…

  • Bob Foss

    I have both and like the convenience of the MM2, but long term it won’t outlast the consumer-friendly MM1 where I can replace the batteries myself rather than paying Apple to do it. i hate having another thing to charge, knowing it will have to be discarded or expensively replaced. One reason I kept my Bose wired headphones.