Apple Magic Mouse 2 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Apple Magic Mouse 2 Picture
5.1
Mixed Usage
6.0
Office/Multimedia
7.6
Travel
4.8
Video Games (FPS)
2.5
Video Games (MMO)
5.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
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

5.1 Mixed Usage

The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is a disappointing mouse for mixed usage. Its mediocre ergonomics are okay for casual use but will likely be uncomfortable for extended work sessions and is only usable with fingertip grip. It lacks any programmable buttons and has extremely poor click latency, making it not suitable for gaming.

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.
6.0 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.

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.

4.8 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.

2.5 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.

5.9 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.

  • 5.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.6 Travel
  • 4.8 Video Games (FPS)
  • 2.5 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

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

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
N/A
Maximum Weight Without Wire
99 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
99 g

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

8.6
Design
Portability
Length 4.5" (11.4 cm)
Height 0.8" (2.1 cm)
Width 2.2" (5.7 cm)
Volume
8.30 Cu. Inch (136 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No Receiver/Cable

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

8.0
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.

6.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Grip Width
56 mm

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.

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

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

6.5
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
No
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch

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.

7.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 3.3 ft (1.0 m)
Braided
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.

Design
In The Box

  • Magic Mouse 2
  • Lightning cable
  • User guide

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Laser
Works On Glass
No

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

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.

1.7
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
1300 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
1300 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
0 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
N/A
Mouse Acceleration
Yes
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
90 Hz

Unfortunately, this mouse has bad performance. Its 1300 DPI is slightly high and unfortunately can't be changed, which may result in the cursor moving faster across the screen than some people may prefer. While this can be adjusted within macOS, this simply changes the multiplier and doesn't change the native DPI of the mouse. The mouse also has a low polling rate of 90Hz, which may make the cursor feel less fluid when moving across the screen.

1.5
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical And Tactile
Number Of Buttons
1
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
No

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.

7.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Tactile
Vertical Wheel Incremented
No
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
Tactile
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No

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.

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.

Logitech MX Master 2S
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The Logitech MX Master 2S is a better mouse than the Apple Magic Mouse 2. It has more buttons and a much more comfortable, ergonomic design. It can also be used in both palm and grip type, though people with small hands may have a difficult time getting a comfortable grasp, while the Magic Mouse is designed to only be used with fingertip grip. However, if you're an Apple user, you may appreciate the touch-sensitive surface of the Magic Mouse which is compatible with all the swipe-based gestures in macOS.

Logitech MX Master 3
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Amazon.com

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 can be used 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 that has a lower profile and can easily be brought on a trip, the Magic Mouse 2 is the better option for you.

Logitech Pebble M350
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Amazon.com

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

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