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I love the Magic Mouse, but there seems to be too much friction between it and my table, so I got a mousepad. That made it even worse, so I bought a special very thin mousepad. Maybe it's a little better, but still sucks compared to other mice when physically moving it around.

Today I went to the Apple Store to see if there's maybe a special mousepad I need. The employee showed me their sample magic mice and said that's just how they are.

Is this true? I love the Magic Mouse in every other way, if it was only physically more smooth, it would be absolutely amazing. Is there a mousepad that works particularly well with it?

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Personally, I don't have a problem with the amount of friction when using the Magic Mouse.

A quick google revealed there are products, eg. "Fliders" that add "slippers" to the bottom of mice, and they have a Magic Mouse specific product. I don't have any direct experience with them or connection to the product in any way, but for $10 it might be worth a shot.

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I just ordered the Fliders, thanks! –  at01 Jun 10 '11 at 20:10
Sorry to ping such an old question, but was wondering if you ever had any luck with the Fliders? I'm trying to solve the same issue with my Magic Mouse. Thanks! :) –  trnelson Nov 1 '11 at 1:59

I had the same problem.

I wound up taking a box-cutter and physically shaving down the two long mouse feet in the middle, so they only contacted on the ends.
It certainly helped, but as near as I can tell, the problem really boils down to the plastic used to make the feet.

One other thing that did help was a hard plastic mouse pad.

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I ended up doing the same thing, shaving down the long mouse feet using a knife, works really well –  Haytham Elkhoja Nov 14 '12 at 16:56

There's not much you can do to make the mouse lighter - really cheap batteries that are less weight also have less energy. Have you considered waxing or lubricating the table a bit. If not - then you could get some high quality silicone grease (home depot plumbing or scuba stores) to make the plastic runners a little more slick. It is safe and thick enough that it will stick rather than come off immediately.

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I'm a hobbyist who uses a self-healing cutting surface to razor-cut paper. I discovered by accident that this "board" is an excellent surface for the magic mouse. It's available at Michael's or other craft stores. It measures about 13" X 19"; this being a good size for paper-cutting, I left it as is, but you could cut it up to make several mousepads if you chose to. Actually first find out how to cut it up, since it's self-healing!

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