that comes packaged with most of the Macintosh iMac
computers is quite an odd one indeed. It is generally referred to as the hockey puck
, for it is round and its similar diameter
to the aforementioned sporting item.
Actually called the Apple USB
Mouse, the iMac mouse is translucent
blue/green and white plastic with a half blue, half white mouse ball
Though the USB interface is superior to that of PS2
the length of the USB cable attached to the mouse is rather short (about only 2 feet) and is designed to be connected to the iMac keyboard
which has two USB ports on the sides of it. The short length of the cable is an inconvenience if one wishes to use the mouse on a machine that does not have a keyboard with USB ports.
In addition to a short cable, the iMac mouse also suffers from orientation
problems. Because of the round shape one can unintentionally rotate the mouse slightly while manuvering it. This makes the cursor
move (for example) NW when the mouse is moved N. Being that the machintosh is still known as the favored machine for artists, you would think that a superior mouse would be included with these machines.
This author reccomends a Wacom
pen tablet for anyone serious in computer art