Computers, Laptops & Tablets Accessories & Hardware 70 70 people found this article helpful Magic Mouse 2: How Good is This Mouse? A rechargeable battery, Bluetooth pairing system, and nicer feel by Tom Nelson Writer Tom Nelson is an engineer, programmer, network manager, and computer network and systems designer who has written for Other World Computing,and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Tom Nelson Updated on August 01, 2020 Accessories & Hardware Keyboards & Mice The Ultimate Guide to Keyboard Shortcuts The Ultimate Guide to Keyboards The Ultimate Guide to Computer Mice The Quick Guide to Webcams Monitors Cards HDD & SSD Printers & Scanners Raspberry Pi Tweet Share Email Apple's updates to Mac peripherals continue to be magical, at least in Apple's eyes; for end-users, there is enough magic in the mouse to keep attracting new users. The final results will be determined by how well the Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2, and Magic Keyboard sell. Apple Magic Mouse 2 The Magic Mouse 2 is the second version of the Magic Mouse. It underwent a slight evolutionary change that centers around the battery and its performance. Instead of AA batteries, the new Magic Mouse has an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery that Apple says can provide up to a month of use between charges. That's about twice the amount of time most users get on rechargeable alkaline batteries used in the original Magic Mouse. The Magic Mouse 2 is available in two colors, the standard white top and silver bottom to compliment the looks of most of the Mac lineup, and a space gray model to go with the iMac Pro. Magic Mouse 2 Charging A full charge takes as little as two hours, while a quick two minutes of charging is enough to give you 9 hours of use before the mouse needs a refill. You charge the mouse through a Lightning port on the bottom. The removable battery cover used in the original Magic Mouse is gone; now, there's just a solid aluminum bottom with a single Lightning port between the guide rails. Apple supplies the Lightning-to-USB cable for charging, and your Mac can provide the power needed to keep the batteries charged. The downside is that the location of the Lightning port on the bottom of the mouse negates the ability to charge and use the mouse simultaneously. Bluetooth Pairing Ever have problems getting a Bluetooth device, such as the Magic Mouse, to pair with your Mac? The Magic Mouse 2 uniquely solves that problem. If the Magic Mouse 2 is unpaired, as it is when you first receive it, or if you manually unpair the mouse using your Mac's Bluetooth preference pane, it can pair instantly by connecting the mouse to your Mac using the Lightning-to-USB cable. Other improvements for the Magic Mouse 2 include a smoother glide over surfaces. With the removable battery door gone, Apple was able to tweak the glide sleds for enhanced handling. That said, the original Magic Mouse glided across most surfaces without skipping, sticking, or producing tracking errors. The Misses While it's fun to look at the improvements Apple made in the Magic Mouse 2, it's also important to note the lack of significant updates. Sure, it has a new rechargeable battery that has plenty of staying power and quick charge time, but you still need to plug the thing in to charge it, and you can't use the mouse while it's charging. Experts were expecting Apple to provide an inductive charging system, possibly in the form of a mouse pad that charged when you placed the Magic Mouse on it. There are also no new gestures, no significant or different gesture surfaces, and no Force Touch to produce a third type of click that the Mac could detect and use. The Force Touch system is in the new Magic Trackpad 2, so why not the Magic Mouse 2? Final Thoughts The Magic Mouse 2 is a helpful upgrade, maintaining the well-liked capabilities of the original Magic Mouse, and adding a rechargeable battery system. But we won't be tossing our original Magic Mouse away anytime soon. When the day comes that our Magic Mouse dies, then yes, the Magic Mouse 2 will more than likely be its replacement, but the changes aren't compelling enough to convince us to upgrade from our current Magic Mouse.