Well you know how I was looking for a Pro Mouse for ages to go with my G3, as I wanted an optical mouse rather than the old ball-driven ADB II, and love the looks of the gorgeous Pro Mouse and think the dark-coloured one would go especially well with the dark blue Studio Display? Well I finally got one!!
Took a bit of legwork though - I asked on Freecycle several times, but no one offered me anything, not even one of those nice-looking but horrid to use hockey puck ones (I just asked for an Apple USB mouse). I didn't just give up though, oh no!
The only other option that seemed to be available was paying the £10-£15 that they seem to go for on eBay, but that is a crazy price for an old mouse, especially when the entire computer cost less than that! So how did I get a Pro Mouse for free, you ask? In fact, I didn't get it for free, I got paid
to have it...so here's what I did: I went along to eBay, bid on a Pro Keyboard and Pro Mouse set, won them for £17.50 including postage, and then re-sold the Pro Keyboard by itself for £27 buy-it-now (including postage charge). Net of eBay/PayPal/postage fees, there's even a small profit of a few quid in there, as well as the Pro Mouse for me to keep!
And is the Pro Mouse beautiful or what
? Every other mouse I've ever seen has just been an entirely functional device, but this is just gorgeous, a work of art if a mouse could be such a thing! At first I thought it didn't have any buttons, but then I realised that it has a clever little thing underneath where it clicks when you press it down! It even works under Windows (though I don't think I could get used to using Windows without a right-click and a scroll wheel) - tracks a little slower than my normal mouse for some reason though, I had to turn the speed up two notches to make it the same. Even the USB connector is really well designed - normally they're just a cheap bit of plastic! And it's really cool the way that it looks completely transparent around the edges from the top, but when you look underneath it is clearly not transparent all the way through - how do they make that effect I wonder? I'm really looking forward to getting this hooked up to my G3
I would quite liked to have kept the keyboard for it too, but spending £20 on a set for a free G3 isn't really justifiable, and also I'm not sure if holding Option to boot OS9 would work without built-in USB or not (there seem to be conflicting reports on the web). Also I have the Extended II already, which is the best Apple keyboard to use, even if the Pro does look nicer. One thing I would quite like as well is the Pro Speakers (the little round ones that came with the Cube), but they're expensive
One thing that I'm wondering though is why do Apple not make these any more? The Mighty Mouse looks horrible in comparison, just cheap white plastic like PC mice, as well as being ridiculously overpriced and reportedly susceptible to breaking. It just doesn't looks special or beautiful like the Pro does. Why couldn't they just have made the white Pro Mouse but with the extra buttons of the Mighty fitted?
Oh, and I'm aware that there is some problem with the Pro whereby the USB cable can break or something? Is there a special way to treat it to ensure that this doesn't happen?