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I have a 20' aluminum iMac (the one that came with a Mighty Mouse).

The not-so-mighty mouse started to fail, and I'm tired of trying to clean its wheel.

What's the best mouse that looks good with an iMac? It can be either Bluetooth, or USB (a short cord would be great).

My current choice is the Magic Mouse, but its lack of middle button, to open tabs in Safari, may be a deal breaker.

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See What are some good non-Apple mice for Mac OS X?, which overlaps with this question. –  Dori Sep 18 '10 at 23:30
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can I suggest you to use ⌘-click to open tabs in Safari? –  Carmine Paolino Sep 19 '10 at 8:53
    
You can pair the magic mouse with a program like better touch tool to add support for gestures to the mouse which can open tabs in Safari or do any number of other things: exposé, spaces, etc. –  Bryan Schuetz Sep 19 '10 at 14:22

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The Magic Mouse.

Coming from a Mighty Mouse you will probably miss the side buttons and middle click (who wouldn't), but you are getting gestures on your mouse and no scroll ball to screw up.

There are even some 3'rd party apps to add extra gestures, and you might even be able to get your middle click back :-)

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+1. I was skeptical about the Magic Mouse until I'd been using it for a few days. I absolutely love it. –  Tim Sullivan Sep 19 '10 at 13:34
    
+1 for BetterTouchTool; I personally use that. –  Kevin Y Sep 19 '10 at 23:14
    
Beware with this thing if you play games, it’s definitely a bad idea for that. (World of Warcraft for example). –  Martín Marconcini Sep 20 '10 at 1:19
    
I ended up getting the Magic Mouse, thank you! –  pgb Sep 23 '10 at 2:36
    
Yeah I hope you don't play games (forgot to mention that). Let us know how it goes :-) –  Nippysaurus Sep 23 '10 at 13:51

I'm not so sure about "looking good" but if you want a mouse that "works good" I'd suggest something that gives back some control over the acceleration of the cursor on the screen.

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The Kensington Expert Mouse (yes, I know it's a trackball) Is I think one of the best options around. And as mentioned above it gives you fine control over acceleration.

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I've got one of those sitting around collecting dust—hated it, hated it, hated it. I bought it to replace a fried Expert Mouse Pro (aka Turbo Mouse Pro), which was Kensington's previous generation trackball. After I gave up trying to use the stupid Scroll Ring®, I happily found several of my old faves on eBay. So: yes to Kensington trackballs, yes to acceleration control, ick to that damn ring. –  Dori Sep 20 '10 at 4:32

I will answer here and not the topic mentionned by Dori because the OP specifically said "that looks good with an iMac?".

I'm using the Pro|Click mouse from Razer. Bought it a couple years ago. I fits nicely with the aluminium keyboard and iMac.

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The photo I linked above gives you a more realistic feel for its color, it's not as white as the photos on Razer's site.

After two years use I can say I'm very happy with it. The fabric on the body is great, it's a little shiny and perfectly smooth. The wheel and sides give off a nice bluey light. Coincidentally I'm using the Creative Gigaworks T20 external speakers, which also have a bright blue led on the front. So in the evening, they go rather nicely together ;)

My only complaint is the fabric of the buttons. There are yellowish patches where I place my fingers. EDIT: Which can not be easily cleaned, I precise ;) Unfortunately because the buttons are made of a different type of plastic, slightly rubberish. Personally I don't understand why they use rubbery buttons like that, but it's not a big deal.

The mouse is also very good for gaming, which is something to consider if you have gaming sessions with bootcamp.

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