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What You Need to Know Before Choosing an Apple Mouse

When it comes to interfacing with your Mac, eBay carries a wide selection for a used and pre-owned Apple mouse at affordable prices. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you choose the right mouse for your needs.

What types of mice does Apple make?

Apple has made several models of the Apple mouse through the years. Below is a list of some of the standard model styles and their differing features.

  • Magic Mouse: The original Magic Mouse is powered with two AA batteries. It has an on and off switch on the bottom and connects to your Mac wirelessly through Bluetooth technology.
  • Magic Mouse 2: This mouse has a built-in lithium-ion battery that quickly recharges when plugged into a power source. The MM2 also connects wirelessly to your computer through Bluetooth. When you need to charge it, you'll need to connect it with a USB cable. If you're buying this model of the Apple mouse in used condition, be sure to check if the cable is included.
  • USB Optical (Pro) Mouse: This mouse is wired to your computer through a USB cable. It operates similarly to the Magic Mouse, but it is an older style.
  • Mighty Mouse: This mouse comes in both a USB wired version and a Bluetooth version. It, too, is an older model mouse. Though it was sold by Apple for use with Mac computers, it was manufactured by Mitsumi Electric.
Must you use a genuine Apple mouse with your Mac?

You do not need to use a genuine Apple mouse on your Mac. However, you must use a mouse that is designed to function on the OS X (Mac) system. Some mice are specifically designed to work on both PC and Mac platforms. Make sure that the mouse is compatible with the Mac platform before purchasing it.

How do you connect a Magic Mouse to your computer?

When you purchase a new system, your Magic Mouse is automatically paired with your computer. However, when you buy a mouse separately, you will have to pair it manually. The steps are slightly different for the Magic Mouse and Magic Mouse 2. Here are the steps to connect the MM2.

  • Cord it: Connect the charging cable to your mouse and plug it into the computer.
  • Power it: Turn the power switch on. The device will emit a green light when powered on.
  • Pair it: Open Bluetooth Preferences. This can be found in the Apple menu under System Preferences. If it does not pair automatically, you can pair it from this screen.
  • Check it: In the Bluetooth Preferences window, check the level of charge on your mouse. Keep it wired up until it reaches a full charge.
  • Unplug it: Once the device is fully charged, unplug the mouse and use it wirelessly.
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