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This review is from: MYBAT Pink Noodle Sync Cable for Lightning Connector Compatible With Apple® iPod touch® 5th / iPhone® 5S 5C 5 Light/ iPad® 4 / iPad® Mini/ iPod nano® 7th generation
Pros: Fits securely. Functions identical to the Apple cable in all regards at a substantial savings. Quality appears to be good. Time will tell on durability. Cable color being something other than white is a nice touch.
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: Typical great NewEgg service.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Apple Magic Mouse MB829LL/A
Pros: No wires. Bluetooth so no USB transmitter taking up a USB port. I'm using it with a Mac based system so I can't speak to its operation with Windows. No issues with pairing. My Mac recognized it right away. Smooth scrolling with adequate customization features for personalizing use.
Cons: Small, low profile footprint makes it ergonomically uncomfortable for extended or heavy usage times. You need a mousepad with a wrist rest but you should be using one of those anyway. A bit pricy but we are talking about Apple here.
Other Thoughts: As with the Apple Wireless Keyboard, if you bought this along with a new Mac or Mac Mini, make sure you turn it on BEFORE you turn on the Mac for the initial setup. When you follow that sequence, Setup Assistant takes you to a different branch and pairs the mouse right away so you can provide the inputs needed to finish the initial setup. Doing otherwise will put you into a do-loop where Setup Assistant is asking for inputs you can't give.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small footprint. Very easy setup. Answer 3 or 4 questions, enter your Apple ID and Setup Assistant takes care of the rest. Quiet and boy is it fast. It literally took me longer to connect cables and run them so they looked tidy than it did to get up and running. Recognized my HDMI capable HDTV right away since I am using it as my monitor. It set the screen resolution and aspect ratio automatically. Time will tell on reliability.
Cons: No DVD drive and it would be nice if there was a User Guide. The Quick Start guide is a little lacking for those who are less than average computer savvy. It's available on line in Apple Support but you'd have to know that. The User Guide has some needed info on the wireless mouse and keyboard that the Quick Start Guide does not.
Other Thoughts: For those who have heard the horror stories about not being able to get the Apple wireless keyboard and magic mouse, or HDTV, to work during initial setup, worry not. The trick is to plug "whatever" into the ports on the back of the Mini and turn them all on (along with the mouse and keyboard) BEFORE you turn on the Mini. When you follow that sequence, the HDTV is recognized immediately. Setup Assistant sees that you have a wireless mouse and keyboard rather than USB ones, and takes you to a different branch in the setup utility. From there everything runs on auto-pilot. Painless.READ FULL REVIEW