New toy.

The scroll wheel on my wireless mouse stopped working months ago. Eventually I decided it was time to replace the mouse, but right about then Apple announced its new trackpad, and I decided to try one of those instead. My plan was to buy one in Minneapolis when we went there to pick up Andrew at the airport. I'd see if I liked it, and if not, I could return it.

So we stopped at Best Buy on the way to the airport.

Out of stock.

The clerk told me they had received two.

Think about that. Two.

He also said he thought that the Apple store in the Mall of America — which I had hoped to avoid because it would take far more time to get in and out of the megamall — was even less likely to have them in stock. Apparently BB has more pull with Apple because they sell more stuff.

Think about that, too.

So I gave up and ordered one directly from Apple.


Trackpad 

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The verdict: I like it just fine, maybe not quite as much as a really good mouse with eleventy-seven buttons, but just fine. It cost about the same as a mouse like that and takes up slightly less space on the desk than the mouse pad (and it matches my keyboard, although it is not comfortable to line them up with each other like the Apple ads show them) so I'll keep it.

And that's the news from Chez Kat™ today.

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0 Responses to New toy.

  1. tammy says:

    Interesting. You just just double thwack it instead of having a click button? Hmmmmm. Wait, what about right clicks?

  2. Kym says:

    Fun toy! I have a Magic Mouse (no buttons at all) and I LOVE it. Especially, oh especially, the touch scrolling. 🙂

  3. Chris says:

    I just use laptops at home and I love the Toshiba touchpad. I wish I could have my laptop keyboard/touchpad on my work computer.

  4. gayle says:

    Our scroll-y wheel stopped working a while back, so we bought another mouse. But when we got it home, the wheel started working again. That was months ago – and it’s still working. Apparently it didn’t want to be replaced.
    The new mouse is still in its box, sitting on the desk. They glower at each other when they think no one is looking…

  5. Lucia says:

    How do you use it? I love gadgets but am generally too cheap to buy them.

  6. Carrie K says:

    I’ve never even heard of it and even I usually manage to hear all things Apple – since when Steve Jobs speaks, all my local television stations report.
    So – do you thwack it? That could be fun.

  7. Leigh says:

    I just went over to the Apple side this year after 20 on a pc. I LOVE LOVE my magic mouse and my imac. Want one of those magic trackpads, too. You may have talked me into it.

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