Apple Magic Mouse 2 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Apple Magic Mouse 2 Picture
6.3
Office/Multimedia
4.9
Video Games (FPS)
3.1
Video Games (MMO)
5.5
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.6
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is a poor wireless mouse for mixed use. Its compact design is good for traveling, though it means that it can only be used with fingertip grip, which may not be great for everyone. It has great build quality, though unfortunately the sensor has very limited performance, and many people may not like the speed and fluidity of the cursor as it moves across the screen. It also has high wireless click latency, meaning you may notice a delay from when you click the button on the mouse, and it activates on screen. The tactile, touch controls are easy-to-use, and it recognizes many different gestures, but these are only natively supported on macOS; the Magic Mouse works on Windows but you only get a left and right button click.

Our Verdict

6.3 Office/Multimedia

The Magic Mouse is a decent mouse for office or multimedia use. While it has middling ergonomics and will likely get uncomfortable during long work sessions, it has a good premium and well-built design that should be durable enough for office. Due to its design, it can only be used with fingertip grip, however, and its lack of programmable buttons will likely bother media creators as well.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Can only be used with fingertip grip due to design.
  • Only one physical button.
  • High wireless click latency.
  • Bad sensor performance.
4.9 Video Games (FPS)

The Magic Mouse is a bad mouse for playing video games. It has poor click latency, so you can't react quickly to your game. It has mediocre ergonomics and due to its design, can only be used with fingertip grip which may not be comfortable for longer gaming sessions.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Can only be used with fingertip grip due to design.
  • Only one physical button.
  • High wireless click latency.
  • Bad sensor performance.
3.1 Video Games (MMO)

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is a terrible mouse for MMO games. It has no programmable buttons, middling ergonomics, and bad click latency. Even for casual gaming, this mouse isn't recommended. It's also worth noting that due to its design, it can only be used with fingertip grip, which may get uncomfortable for longer gaming sessions.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Can only be used with fingertip grip due to design.
  • Only one physical button.
  • High wireless click latency.
  • Bad sensor performance.
5.5 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Magic Mouse is inadequate for ultra-light gaming. While it's reasonably lightweight, it has poor click latency, and due to its design, can only be used with fingertip grip which may be uncomfortable for longer gaming sessions.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Can only be used with fingertip grip due to design.
  • Only one physical button.
  • High wireless click latency.
  • Bad sensor performance.
7.6 Travel

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is a good mouse for traveling. Its compact design easily fits in almost any laptop pouch, and it supports Bluetooth, so you don't have to worry about carrying a receiver or cable. It also has great build quality and should be able to survive being dropped a few times. It's worth noting, however, that due to its small design, it can only be used with fingertip grip.

Pros
  • Compact design.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Can only be used with fingertip grip due to design.
  • Only one physical button.
  • High wireless click latency.
  • Bad sensor performance.
  • 6.3 Office/Multimedia
  • 4.9 Video Games (FPS)
  • 3.1 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.5 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.6 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Dec 20, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.
  3. Updated Dec 11, 2019: Review published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

The Magic Mouse 2 has a sleek, simple, and professional design that is very slim and portable. If you like the low profile design but don't like tactile commands, check out the Logitech Pebble M350. For a more conventional design, check out the Logitech M535.

Design
Shape
Length 4.5" (114 mm)
Height 0.8" (21 mm)
Width 2.2" (57 mm)
Grip Width
56 mm
8.6
Design
Portability
Volume
8.30 in³ (136 cm³)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No Receiver/Cable

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is extremely compact and slim, great for carrying with you.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
N/A
Maximum Weight Without Wire
99 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
99 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No

This is a fairly lightweight mouse, but the weight can't be customized.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 has great build quality. It appears well-built, made of aluminum and acrylic. The feet on the bottom are well-made and solid, but they don't slide very well when used on a mouse pad.

6.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Coating
Glossy
Finger Rest
No

Unfortunately, the Apple Magic Mouse 2 has mediocre ergonomics. It isn't well-suited for traditional palm grips, and can only be used comfortably with a fingertip grip, even if you have small hands. If you want a mouse with better ergonomics, check out the Razer Pro Click.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No

The Magic Mouse isn't ideal for palm grip and is designed only to be used with fingertip grip.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
No

The Magic Mouse isn't ideal for claw grip and is designed only to be used with fingertip grip.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
Yes
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is designed only for use with fingertip grip and should be suitable for all hand sizes.

6.2
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
No
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator No

This mouse supports Bluetooth and has a built-in rechargeable battery. It can't be used wired, as the charging port is underneath the mouse, which is a bit of a strange design. It automatically turns off after a period of inactivity, so you don't have to worry about turning it off.

0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 3.3 ft (1.0 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
Lightning
Port Type: PC End
USB

The included 1m lightning cable is identical to the one found with most Apple products.

6.5
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
Plastic
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Magic Mouse 2
  • Lightning cable
  • User guide

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Laser
Sensor Model
Not Specified
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
1,300 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
1,300 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
N/A
CPI (DPI) Variation
N/A
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
90 Hz

The sensor is located near the top of the mouse, which may cause the cursor to move differently than a more traditional-centered sensor.

0.9
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical And Tactile
Total Number Of Buttons
1
Number Of Side Buttons
0
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
No
Gesture Support
Yes

The entire surface of the Magic Mouse is tactile. While there's only one physical button, it allows for a left as well as a right-click if enabled within macOS.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Tactile Surface
Scroll Wheel Steps
No Step
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
Tactile Surface
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb Wheel

While there is no physical scroll wheel, the touch-sensitive surface of the mouse serves as one, allowing both vertical as well as horizontal scrolling. Since touch gestures only work on macOS, there is no scroll wheel if you use this mouse with Windows.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Quiet
4.4
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
37 ms
Click Latency: Wired
N/A

Unfortunately, the Magic Mouse has bad click latency. While it shouldn't be noticeable in everyday use, it likely will be too high for gaming.

Operating System And Software
0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name No software
Software Windows Compatibility
No
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No Software
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
No
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
No

There's no available companion software for this mouse.

6.8
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Partially
macOS Compatibility Fully

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is fully compatible with any recent Mac but is only partially compatible with Windows. When used with Windows, it works like a normal mouse, but the gesture controls don't work, including the scroll gesture. There are Windows drivers available, but we haven't tested them, and the installation process doesn't appear to be very straightforward.

Compared To Other Mice

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is a good choice if you're looking for a compact travel mouse, but there are much better alternatives out there. It stands out because of its lack of physical buttons and it has a touch-sensitive surface design instead. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best mouse, the best mouse for MacBook Pro, and the best wireless mouse.

Logitech MX Anywhere 3

The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is better overall than the Apple Magic Mouse 2. The Logitech feels more comfortable overall, has programmable buttons, and the scroll wheel unlocks for infinite scrolling. It also has lower click latency and a customizable CPI range. However, the Apple feels better-built and is easier to carry around because it doesn't have a USB receiver.

Logitech MX Master 3

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a much better mouse than the Apple Magic Mouse 2. It's more comfortable to use, it feels more solid, and it's usable both via Bluetooth or with its dedicated USB receiver. It also has gesture-enabled commands and more customization options than the Apple mouse. On the other hand, if you're looking for something with a lower profile to bring on a trip, the Apple mouse is the better option for you.

Logitech MX Master

The Logitech MX Master and the Apple Magic Mouse 2 are wireless mice with very different design philosophies. The Logitech is a much larger and heavier office mouse that's only suitable for larger hands. It also has many more programmable buttons and two physical scroll wheels. You can use it wirelessly with its USB receiver or over Bluetooth. On the other hand, the Apple is a passable office mouse, but it's much smaller and lighter, making it a good travel option. It has a gesture scroll wheel, and it's suitable for all hand sizes but only using a fingertip grip. Unfortunately, it only connects via Bluetooth and has no software for customization.

Microsoft Arc Mouse

The Microsoft Arc Mouse is better than the Apple Magic Mouse 2. The Microsoft is meant for use with a claw grip, and you can also use it with a palm grip. It also has dedicated software where you can adjust its CPI and program one button. On the other hand, the Apple mouse is designed for people using the fingertip grip, and it's a better-built mouse.

Logitech MX Master 2S

The Logitech MX Master 2S and the Apple Magic Mouse 2 are designed for different uses. The Logitech is an ergonomic and comfortable mouse for office use. It has a high back and a thumb rest which makes it most suitable for a palm or claw grip, and it has a freewheel feature and a thumbwheel for easier scrolling. While its ergonomic features make it larger and bulkier than the Apple, it isn't intended to be travel-friendly. On the other hand, the Apple is much more portable thanks to its slimmer shape, so it can easily slide into your laptop bag, which is great if you're often on the go. Unlike the Logitech, the Apple is intended for a fingertip grip only.

Logitech Pebble M350

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 and the Logitech Pebble M350 are two very different mice. The Apple mouse has a tactile surface for scrolling inputs, while the Logitech has a more traditional design with a physical scroll wheel. Both have a low profile and are great for traveling. However, the Apple feels noticeably better built but is a bit heavier.

Razer Pro Click

The Razer Pro Click is much better than the Apple Magic Mouse 2. The Razer has more buttons, better performance, and a much more comfortable shape that suits most hand sizes and grips. It also has more customization options, lower click latency, and better build quality. The Apple is more portable due to its low profile, and its ambidextrous shape makes it more suitable for left-handed use.

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