The Amazing Astounding Danger Mouse

Written by: Dave Cryer

Categories: News, Reviews

dangermouse_main.jpgI often ask myself, just how many items can someone review and still give a fresh and interesting evaluation that readers will be willing to read. This was more difficult to answer than I first thought, but I came to two conclusions. Firstly, it helps if the product is useful and well thought out and secondly, it pays dividends to actually use the product.

The Danger Mouse from MacMice fits nicely into both of my realizations and I am sitting here right now writing this review whilst actually using the product. I feel instantly at home with it for many reasons and all of these reasons fit into the ‘well thought out’ category.

Let me explain exactly what I mean and to kick off, you have no batteries to worry about. People rave about not being tied to their desk with wires, but let’s be honest, we are tied to our desks most of the time working, so what real problem does a tiny little wire cause… STOP right there, I said it, ‘tiny little wire’. The Danger Mouse chalks yet another win here with a nice lengthy and flexible wire, without actually measuring it, about 4 feet long. Plenty to tuck down the side of the desk or to get things looking neat and tidy without effecting movement of the rodent. Performance is great too. Using laser technology with no lens makes the tracking ultra-smooth and very precise. For those of you who would like me to quote the numbers, it has a massive 1600cpi resolution, which for everyday work is really of no benefit, but start using apps where precision is critical and you will be very surprised at how good this mouse is.

Two buttons and a scroll wheel are pretty much a minimum nowadays and this is exactly what the Danger Mouse gives you. The two buttons make up the split top casing design and have a very positive ‘definite click’ feel, with not too much travel. The scroll wheel is a non-click design, so scrolling is very smooth and silent. It also acts as a third button when you press it down and it performs impeccably.

So if you are not fussed with having dozens of buttons at your fingertips, but would rather have a good quality, well built, wired mouse, then look no further. The Danger Mouse echoes the styling of Apple’s mice in a nice gloss white finish and light grey cabling. It is also available in black so those of you who own a black MacBook can now have a matching mouse! What makes this rodent stand out above the rest is it’s very smooth tracking, high resolution and nice buttons. Plus, above all else, at last we have a wired mouse with a decent length cable! Thank you MacMice, thank you !!!

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  1. Jeff Koke | Oct 08 2006 - 07:54

    I purchased a Danger Mouse about 3 weeks ago to replace the Mighty Mouse that came with my Mac Pro. The Might Mouse was a great device, but the constant errors with right-clicking made it a pain to use.

    The Danger Mouse has a nice design, but several annoying attributes that makes it impossible to recommend it to others:

    1. The laser doesn’t track well on a black mousepad. I use a Kensington ergonomic mousepad with a wrist rest, and it constantly loses its ability to track. Off the mousepad on my desk it tracks fine.
    2. It often reports a double click, when I only single click. This causes windows to minimize when I am trying to grab the title bar to move them.
    3. The scroll wheel is too sensitive. It will often move slightly when the mouse is moved, which can cause a Web page to jump around while you’re reading it. I think having an indexed wheel is helpful to prevent this annoying “back scrolling”.

    I love the form factor and feel of the mouse, but these problems prevent me from enjoying it completely and I will likely purchase another mouse soon.


    Jeff Koke