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After recently doing the Satechi Slim Wireless Keyword in the test, it continues today with a Bluetooth mouse from Satechi. There really isn't that much to test with mice, but my hand has been used to the flat Magic Mouse from Apple for years, so I quickly get pain in the back of the hand with many "bulky" computer mice. Most mice now feel too bulged for me, even though I only worked with mice like this in the past. I was curious for the reason how the wireless Satechi M1 in my test beats.
The Satechi M1 was made available to me free of charge for the test. Satechi had no influence on my judgment and could not influence the report in any other way.
The technical specifications of the mouse are quickly clarified:
The optics didn't appeal to me at first. I like the simple design of my Apple Magic Mouse. The Satechi M1 has a color-contrasting ellipse in which the mouse buttons are hidden. The scroll wheel, in turn, has an aluminum look that matches the rest of the mouse's housing. Personally, I would have preferred a monochrome design, but tastes are different. I think there are sure to be a lot of people who like this design too.
In terms of weight, the mouse is relatively light in the hand. The mouse buttons can be operated without any effort and the scroll wheel also works perfectly and has a grid that allows you to accurately select a specific entry in scrollable lists on the screen.
In addition to its actual function, the scroll wheel can also be used as a middle mouse button. Since macOS does not offer the option of assigning a function to this mouse button by default, you should consider this BetterTouchTool install (is also in Setapp subscription contain). With this software you can assign any action to the clickable scroll wheel of the Satechi mouse.
I put the keyboard shortcut CMD + SHIFT + 4 on the middle mouse button so that I can trigger a screenshot with just one mouse click without twisting my fingers.
By the way, pairing the Maush is pretty easy. There is a slide switch on the underside of the mouse to turn the device on and off. To the right of the sensor is another button that can be used to start pairing the mouse. To do this, if you press it with your fingernail or a pen for about three seconds, the sensor's LED begins to quickly switch between red and blue. With this play of colors, the mouse indicates that it is now in pairing mode. Now open the "Bluetooth" system setting on the Mac and connect the Mac to the mouse. Finished!
The operating instructions for the Satechi M1 are available as folded paper. It explains how to pair the mouse with a Windows PC or Mac computer. You can find the instructions here as a searchable PDF document.
The mouse click on the Satechi M1 mouse is a little louder and brighter than on the Magic Mouse from Apple, but this may also be due to the fact that my Apple mouse has been "clicked in" and "slipped out" for many years while I still use the Satechi mouse quite fresh. In any case, after a few days I no longer noticed the clicking noise negatively.
In terms of accuracy, I can't say anything negative either. At first the mouse speed was significantly faster than with my Apple mouse, but the acceleration and maximum speed of the mouse pointer can be readjusted in the system settings. For the reason: Here too, the Satechi mouse works sensitively and precisely after the adjustment.
We remember: The Magic Mouse 1 from Apple (which I also use) is fed with two AA batteries or rechargeable batteries. The successor: The Magic Mouse 2 comes with an internal battery and is charged via a Lightning cable. The downside, however, is that, for aesthetic reasons, Apple placed the charging port on the underside of the mouse, making it impossible to use the mouse while it is charging.
In my opinion, two of these "problems" have been resolved with the Satechi M1:
What differentiates the Satechi mouse from the Magic Mouse: It has no touch field and for this reason cannot offer as much freedom when scrolling as the Apple mouse. With the Magic Mouse you can even scroll left and right or diagonally in all directions, as you can swipe your finger in any direction, for example to move an image or a section of a map.
My only criticism of the Satechi mouse is the pricing. At 35 euros it is well below the retail price of a Magic Mouse from Apple, but is still more expensive than other Bluetooth mice from manufacturers such as Logitech or Microsoft, which can be had for 20 to 30 euros. If you don't value a well-known brand, you can even find mice with Bluetooth for less than 15 euros on Amazon. I personally think they are Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse for just under 30 euros more interesting than the Satechi M1, as it is even more based on the design of the Magic Mouse. But that's a matter of taste. Many users cannot do anything with the flat design of the Apple mouse and may find the Satechi mouse more pleasant to use.
I think Satechi did a lot right with the M1, except for the price. In terms of optics, I think the four color options are good to buy to match your own Apple Mac.
When it came to the shape of the Satechi M1 Wireless Mouse, my biggest concern was that my hand was so trapped on the Apple Magic Mouse that I often get painful cramps when using a mouse that is too curved. This often happens within 20 to 30 minutes, for example when I'm sitting at someone else's computer. I had already considered getting a vertical mouse like that Logitech MX Vertical but I fear that I would be completely unproductive for a few days until I have internalized the operation.
With the Satechi M1, I have no problem with my hand, even after hours of "mouse". As you can see in the photo, it is not quite as flat as the Apple Magic Mouse, but still has a significantly flatter design than many other mice.
If you are interested in the Satechi M1 Wireless Mouse, you can find it here at Gold, rose gold, Silver and Space gray. Or - as usual - via this Amazon box. You can then choose the color variants yourself on Amazon.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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