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I got the Magic Mouse along with my MacBook, tried using it for awhile, but I got disenchanted with it quickly. Instead of having sliding pads, it has two hard plastic bars, which make it unpleasant to use on most surfaces. I`ve tried it on my wooden table (little bit of dirt scratched it up), paper (too much friction), cloth-covered mousepad (has some issue with correctly tracking), even on the surface of my MacBook (awkward), but none of them seem to be working too good. What surface was the Magic Mouse designed to work on, and which surfaces are really good for using it?

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I looked into sticking something like GlideTapes or glidePro strips under the mouse, never tried them though because I've switched pretty much exclusively to the Trackpad/Magic Trackpad. – root Oct 18 '11 at 13:16
I have never had any problems with my fake leather top desk at home or the hard laminated one at work. It does need cleaning every few weeks but all mice do. Is your desk clean? – Abhi Beckert Feb 27 '12 at 21:21
I was about to smear some baby oil on my desk until I figured I could stick some selotape on each strip under the magic mouse. Now it feels amazing. and no i wasn't really going to use baby oil.. – pnizzle Sep 10 '14 at 23:30

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Basically you need a gaming surface, some of them was made specially for use with Apple mouses:

Cupertino Mouse Pad — $15

They say it's made by company located at Cupertino, California. Also it works (as a surface).

Cupertino Mouse Pad just lies on a table

MacPadd — $25

It's basically just a piece of finished aluminum and I guess it will feel the same as a top surface MacBook. Tom'sHardware says that something's weird with their delivery, but maybe it's b.s. It's also reviewed on Youtube.

MacPadd pad

Just Mobile AluPad — $45

They clim it's made exclusively for Apple products and there are a couple of positive reviews on Youtube for this one here and there. They say that the surface is pleasant on touch.

Just Mobile AluPad and mouse on it

a Better Table

Consider finding a better table than one that you use now. Just grab your MacBook and mouse and go furniture shop that you like and find a table which fits you the best. You will get biggest possible working surface and as a bonus you can improve ergonomics of your workplace. And of course keep your table clean (I know it's hard. I have a cat:).

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I use a cloth covered mousepad with a printed pattern. Seems to work just fine. Also seems to work on a very clean (non-sticky) non-wood office desk surface.

Rubbing just a bit of skin oil from your fingers onto the plastic bars on the bottom of the mouse may or may not help your feel for the sliding.

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cloth-covered mousepad (has some issue with correctly tracking)

You'll need a mousepad with a printed pattern on it, or a very coarse thread count. The Magic Mouse was designed foremost with low power consumption in mind, and not for twitch gaming. It sometimes can't see the individual threads on some cloth mousepads well enough to track. A busy printed pattern will be better than a large two color company logo.

You can buy almost any of the printed mousepads at the Apple store and get good results.

If the feel was ok, and tracking was the only issue, I suggest simply swapping the mousepad out for one with a printed pattern.

You can also test this out without buying a new one by wrapping your old mousepad in some old clothing or tshirt of yours and testing it. If that fixes the problem, get a new mousepad, or glue a square of shirt material to the top of your existing mousepad.

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I had the same problem with a cloth mousemat, but found the cover of a glossy magazine to work really well. It glides nicely with no scratching sounds, and it tracks perfectly. So now, for aesthetic reasons, I used a blank sheet of glossy laser printer paper. Presumably you could print something to have a custom design or colour, but I have not tried that myself.

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I find that a laminated piece of paper works quite well for me as a Magic Mouse surface.

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I use a neat little product called Fliders. They are tiny pads that attach to the bottom of your mouse and actually replace a mousepad. They are made from a soft material that reduces the noise and makes moving the mouse smoother on the desk.

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I have an iMac with a wireless mouse. After a couple years - it stopped working on my desk. I cleaned both the mac and desk - still no luck. Then I grabbed a glossy white loose leaf binder - and used it as a mouse pad. It works fine. Go figure. Matt white does not do it - glossy white does. I am guessing something is clogging the mouse eye.

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I have found an aluminium gaming pad to be cold, scratchy & not good - not that responsive or accurate. I had a really old, freebie branded mouse pad & that worked well. Magazines, tables, books etc all not good. Think the mouse pads you used to get given 10 years ago & you will be on the right track, with the foam under & the slightly hard & slightly shiny surface.

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Use any pad/mat but change the tracking on the mouse via System Preferences > Mouse settings to suit the pad. If it's slow across page move tracking over to fast.

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I am a programmer and the lack of easy glide with the magic mouse has been quite a problem. I've always had super-light touch mice/mouse-pads on Mac and Windows and it minimizes the effort used to move the mouse which is very desirable. Apple understands the value of this minimum effort goal as evidenced by their keyboard. The keys are very easy to depress and travel a very small distance.

But the mouse was a real problem. I have tried every surface imaginable short of buying an expensive piece of sheet metal which I was very skeptical of.

I did eventually buy the fliders and found them satisfactory. I use them on the smooth surface of my wood desk. But there is still undesirable friction. I had resigned myself to it.

Then today I decide to check if there were any new ideas online. I found this discussion and was intrigued by the idea of what was referred to above as "selotape". Could it be that simple ?

I placed a strip of 3M Scotch tape (the matte surface variety that you can write on) over each flider on the mouse. To my amazement it is a perfect solution. The magic mouse glides as perfectly as all my others. Incredible. So simple.

I am not sure if it would be just as good without the fliders. My guess is yes. But for now it feels so good I'm leaving the fliders under the tape. They do add a tiny bit of softness to the feel.

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Basketball shorts work perfect for me

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The perfect surface is simly a sheet of printer white paper laid on top of your regular mouse pad 1/8" thick rubber pad . FAST and ZERO effort !

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Tried that, didn't work too well. – ThePiachu Mar 25 '13 at 14:26

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