The only thing the MouseBase doesn’t do is solve that pesky charging problem.
For probably over a decade now, Apple’s one overarching design philosophy has been sleekness. Jony Ive made design decisions that implemented this, to the detriment of the end consumer. MacBooks in 2014-15 used glue instead of screws to hold components together because it made devices thinner. The search for sleekness also resulted in the disastrous butterfly keyboard. The point I’m making is that, to some extent, making a lean product is a great thing. There are times, however, when it is not … The Apple Magic Mouse is one such product.
Designed to be slim beyond ergonomics, the Magic Mouse is very difficult to work with. Its sleek design doesn’t have the curves or ridges you’d need to rest your hand comfortably, and holding the device isn’t a great experience either. However, one small product hopes to put that right. Called the MouseBase, this little plug-in is designed to comfortably fit your Magic Mouse (v2), giving it a more ergonomic design. It allows you to plug in the Magic Mouse without any moving parts, screws or adhesives, giving you a much more comfortable right-hand grip that allows you to grip and maneuver your mouse intuitively and efficiently without triggering your carpal tunnel .
Designer: Smash Engineering
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Made of plastic and weighing only 4.2 ounces (weighing 119 grams), the MouseBase solves the second biggest problem with the Magic Mouse. The ergonomic design of the MouseBase blends almost perfectly with the Magic Mouse, making it look quite integrated, and creating a surface flow that is as welcoming to your eyes as it is to your hands. The base, however, cleverly rises and interferes with the mouse ever so slightly, making it sound more ergonomic. It does so, however, without affecting the tracking ability of the mouse. This is due to the MouseBase’s patented mirror technology which maintains the usability and accuracy of the Magic Mouse.
While it doesn’t solve the Magic Mouse’s charging problem (which apparently still can’t be solved), it doesn’t hinder the ability to charge either. The MouseBase’s open bottom design allows you to easily plug a lightning cable into the device when not in use. Sure, that solution will always remain the most indifferent UX design direction in history, but at least the MouseBase solves the other major problem with the Magic Mouse’s visually-appealing-yet-tactile-nightmare form factor. My only complaint? There is no left hand version of this…yet.
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