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VI. Mac Mouse

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So in one of my earlier posts, I discussed the interface of Apple’s Itunes and it’s effectiveness. This time I’ll be discussing the poor, confusing design of the standard Mac Mouses. I can say that in my honest blunt opinion, I am not too fond of these mouses. They frustrate me and other users who may not have any experience with macs at all. It’s very aesthetically pleasing but there’s nothing on the mouse that indicates how to use it. It’d fall into the category of procedural knowledge which is when you must gain experience to understand and use it effectively. The mac mouse has a sleek white exterior with a single moveable round button in the center. Unlike PC mouses which contain both a left and right clicker, this mouse only has the little scroll button.  When I encountered my first mac mouse, I was confused and frustrated and wanted to give up just using it. I’m pretty sure I had to google how to right click with a mac mouse. In the end, I felt defeated and later stupid because I thought it was my own fault for not being able to use the simple looking mouse. Norman mentions falsely blaming yourself in chapter 2 and even goes on to say “designers should take special pains to make errors as cost-free as possible” (Norman 35). I agree wholeheartedly. I mean what’s the point of making a product that’s going to make you feel worse about yourself in the end and give you more of a headache when the intention was to simplify and make the task easy to do? I am not the only one who seems to be frustrated with the mac mouse. This site writes a whole entry telling mac lovers to get a real mouse. According to Wired Magazine, “even Apple seems aware of the shortcomings of the one-button mouse ” (Kahney 1). If the head execs. at Apple even realize that the one-button mouse isn’t working out and it’s coming to an end, obviously that’s a sign that it’s not as efficient as they thought it was. 

Mac Mouse

confusing one-click mac mouse.


Written by minjikwon

September 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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