One might wonder why in the world they would want to use a wired USB mouse instead of a Bluetooth mouse. But I actually have a good reason: With a USB mouse, the batteries cannot be empty at inconvenient times because the mouse is supplied with power via USB.
New batteries aren't usually a problem when you're at home, but I like to take my Apple Magic Mouse with me when I'm out and about with the MacBook Pro, and it's not uncommon for the mouse to pick this exact moment to start working with the MacBook Pro “Lost connection” message to acknowledge the service because the batteries are empty.
I rarely work with the trackpad and I am very ineffective when I have to work my way through the window with it. So I only use it when I have absolutely no alternative - and I try to minimize these moments.
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The solution: A wired USB mouse for on the go
So that I always have a functioning mouse with me when I go on trips with the MacBook Pro in the future, I am now packing a wired mouse in my laptop bag - a second mouse for on the go, so to speak, while my Magic Mouse stays on the desk.
The LMP PR agency recently sent me the right model for this project: Die LMP 20442 Easy Mouse 2 in 1. Why does it have the addition “2-in-1” in its name? Because the mouse has a USB-C connection on the cable and a USB-C to USB-A adapter is also permanently connected to the cable, so that you are prepared for any USB socket.
If I connect the mouse to my 15-inch MacBook Pro, I use the USB-C connector and if I work with a USB-C hub on the 12-inch MacBook, I can use the USB-A connector to connect the USB -C port on the hub free for charging the MacBook.
Construction based on Apple mouse
What is immediately noticeable when looking at the LMP mouse are the shape and color, which are strongly reminiscent of the Apple mouse. That suits me because I quickly get a cramped hand with other mouse shapes. What is also nice is the built-in scroll wheel. This does not offer the functionality like the touch surface of the Magic Mouse, where you can scroll left and right by swiping, but at least you have the possibility to move comfortably easily through lists or selection fields.
The scroll wheel is also clickable and can be used as a middle mouse button with software such as USB overdrive can be assigned as required.
Mouse accuracy and click sounds
What made me very puzzled during the test was the following behavior of the mouse: I put it down to type and suddenly the mouse pointer began to move across the screen in jumps every few seconds. At first I thought the sensor was going crazy because of my lacquered tabletop, but the jumps in the mouse pointer also occurred when I placed the mouse on a mousepad.
Of course, it wasn't a problem with the mouse, I was stupid: I had connected my wireless Magic Mouse from Apple to the Mac during the test and every shock at the table caused the Apple mouse to transmit movement commands. These caused the mouse pointer to jump.
When the second mouse was switched off, there were no more problems. The precision of the LMP mouse is very good and although I have set the pointer movement to maximum in the system settings, I hit all the spots on my 27 inch monitor as desired. There is no difference to the Apple mouse here.
Perhaps worth noting is the clicking noise, which is slightly louder than the Apple Magic Mouse. But this could be because my Apple mouse has been around for many years and has certainly had many thousands of clicks. LMP mouse clicks may become quieter over time. Currently they are clearly audible, but far from "annoying".
My conclusion: not exactly cheap, but good
The price of 40 euros definitely disqualifies the LMP mouse as a cheap solution if you are looking for a new mouse and mainly pay attention to the price. Nevertheless, the Easy Mouse 2-in-1 from LMP meets my taste, as it includes all the advantages that were important to me for the additional mouse:
- Apple-typical design like the Magic Mouse
- Scroll wheel (which also works as a middle mouse button)
- wired, without rechargeable batteries or batteries
- can be connected to USB-A and USB-C ports
Of course you can also achieve all of this via detours and, for example, a Microsoft mouse take, which is also close to the design of the Apple Mouse. Since it is wireless, it works on every Mac - whether with USB-C or USB-A, but you still have the problem with the batteries, but you only have to invest 30 euros.
The second solution would be: get one Magic Mouse 2 with built-in battery and the option of charging it via a Lightning port. Then you pack a USB-C to USB-A adapter and a Lightning charging cable in the bag and you end up with more than double the price of the LMP mouse.
Or you can get a cheap China replica of the Apple mouse and a USB-C adapter and get annoyed about the rickety construction, but you have saved a full 20 euros.
I am still in favor of the solution with that LMP mouse. For this reason, it is now always my loyal companion in the MacBook case.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the 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 to current bugs.
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