As with most USB mice, this mouse is incredibly easy to setup. Simply plug it into
an available USB port (can even use a free port on your USB keyboard), and the mouse
immediately works. On OS 9, only the left button defaults to an action, but under
OS X, both buttons and the scroll wheel are operational by default (single click,
control-click, and scrolling).
The mouse does not come
with any software, but you can download software directly from Macally's web site to further program the mouse.
The only issue with the installation is that it is not readily clear where you should
go to use the software. Under OS X, it does not install a preference panel (such
as Microsoft Mouse and Logitech Control Center), nor does it open up a folder showing
you where the application is. You have to look in your Applications folder, and
discover the software manually.
This mouse is sized just right for use on a Powerbook or iBook. I tried the mouse
out on both a Powerbook as well as an iMac desktop system, and it worked flawlessly
in both cases. It has a small inward curve on the left side that allows you to grip
the mouse firmly. The two silver buttons are large with crater-like feel, making
it easy to find the buttons without looking at the mouse. The scroll wheel is white
with ridges, making for easy grip and smooth scrolling action.
Some might consider the
translucent casing to be dated, reminiscent of the old translucent iMacs, but I liked
the design. The optical light illuminates the internal components, and brightens
when the mouse is in action. It's a cool looking mouse. If you're laptop is equipped
with a bluetooth card, you may consider the USB cord to be obtrusive. For those
without bluetooth cards, this is your best option. I found that by plugging the
USB cable into the left side of the Powerbook and wrapping the cord around the back
to use the mouse on the right, I did not find the cord obtrusive at all.
In terms of comfort, the MicroMouse feels good and flows in comfort. It is far more
useable and comfortable than the thumb pad on your laptop. In a pinch, it also serves
as a great backup to your full sized mouse on your desktop Mac. However, I could
tell that if I were to use this small mouse for long periods of time, my hand would
cramp up (having my fingers crimped that close is not ergonomically sound). So even
though it works just fine on the iMac, I would recommend it for the machines it was
designed for: mobile laptops such as the Powerbook and the iBook.
As mentioned earlier,
the buttons and scroll wheel work right out of the box, without the need for any
third party software. However, if you download the Macally software, you can customize
the mouse more to your liking. The software allows you to adjust the scroll wheel
sensitivity, as well as program the left, right and scroll wheel buttons. Button
assignment options include "Mouse Click" (single click), "Right Click"
(control-click), double-click, click-lock, and keystroke. It also includes actions
for opening an application, opening an email item, opening a web browser, and forward
and backward (control-right and control-left). Finally, you can also program different
settings for different applications, which comes in very handy for use with mouse-driven
The only issue I had with
the software is that it didn't support an eject function (I prefer the scroll wheel
button to do an Eject on my CD-ROM drive). The work around is usually to program
the button as keystroke "F12", however F12 only ejects the CD-ROM drive
when you hold it down. The Macally software does not appear to hold the key down
while you hold the button down; hence, it would never eject the drive.
The Macally MicroMouse
is a miniature USB optical mouse designed specifically for use on mobile Macs, such
as the Powerbook and the iBook. It sports a translucent case, with an optical light
illuminating the mouse internals. The two buttons are easy to access, and the scroll
wheel supports document scrolling as well as a third mouse button. The downloadable
MicroMouse software allows you to customize all of the buttons as well as the scroll
wheel sensitivity. The software supports many features, but does not support keystroke
hold (e.g., unable to program F12 to eject CD-ROM). Considering the small size of
this mouse, I found the mouse to be quite comfortable. It is sized just right for
the Mac laptop,
and it sure beats using the thumb pad. If your laptop has bluetooth installed, you
may want to consider a bluetooth mini-mouse to avoid the clutter of a USB cable.
For those without bluetooth, or those that don't have a problem with a corded mouse,
I highly recommend the Macally MicroMouse for your everyday laptop use.
- Sleek and stylish design
- Illuminated optical operation
- Downloadable software
to fully customize mouse
- Compact size just right
for Mac laptops
- Unable to program button
to Eject CD-ROM
- Some may consider translucent
- Bluetooth mouse may be
preferred on bluetooth capable laptops
4 out of 5 Mice