Hacker fixes Apple Magic Mouse's most glaring design flaws, including its oft-maligned charge port

Apple Magic Mouse ergonomic remix
(Image credit: Ivan Kuleshov)

A self-confessed hardware hacker has presented an ergonomic and easy-charging solution for users of the Apple Magic Mouse. Ivan Kuleshov on Twitter / X has uploaded a thread that shows a step-by-step spirit of DIY correction of the Apple mouse’s major sins. However, he promises a more thorough recipe and guide will be uploaded to GitHub in the coming days.

Apple’s pancake-flat minimalist mouse became something of a meme in its second iteration (2015) when Apple made it rechargeable but put the charging port on the bottom of the device, facing down. The third generation device (2022) didn’t change this design aspect. Due to the charging port placement, users must stop work to recharge their rodent, placing it flat on its back.

Kuleshov shares a few pictures, videos, and various explanations of his Magic Mouse modification project. It is easy to get a grasp of his holistic solution. A 3D printed spacer section separates the original Magic Mouse’s upper and lower shells, with a slight right-hand twist plus palm heel. The added layer also makes it easier to rejig the mouse innards and change the angle of the power connector so this mouse gets a more traditional tail. While conducting such surgery, Kuleshov also changed the charging port from Apple Lightning (on its way to the dustbin of history) for a standard female USB Type-C connector.

There were a few underlying design changes that weren’t required but added finesse to the hardware hack. The most important was adding electronics so the mouse was still responsive and powered while connected to a charge source. A 3D-printed inner section also helped Kuleshov provide a desk-side base for the sensor (no gaps or mirrors).

RGB Version on the Way? 

In response to various inquiries, Kuleshov revealed several prototypes he tried before going public with his hack. He also confirmed to the Twitterati that "a variant with RGB lighting based on RP2040" has even been tested.

Kuleshov confirmed that he will provide instructions for replicating his mods, which could happen as soon as today (or tomorrow). You are asked to follow his Twitter / X profile for GitHub links or hit refresh on Kuleshov's Uptime Lab blog to learn more about the project.

Though we applaud the DIY spirit and re-imagining of the Apple Magic Mouse, very capable mice that don't need modifications are already available.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • hotaru251
    if you are putting in time & $ into making a product you buy better...should of just bought soemthing else.

    User shouldnt have to fix product else its a bad product.
  • BillyBuerger
    This is pretty cool. I have an old magic mouse sitting in a box because it just wasn't very comfortable to use. Also the windows drivers were never great. But at least this could help address the comfort issue. I might have to download and print one for myself and see how it feels.
  • Findecanor
    The MouseBase has been on the market for years.
    It uses mirrors to compensate for the sensor being elevated.

    It does not solve the charging port situation though, but because the Apple mouse is elevated people have been able to fit an angled lightning connector inside and mount a charging port onto the side.
  • RaunchyButts
    hotaru251 said:
    .should of just bought soemthing else.
    What is "should of" supposed to mean?
  • RaunchyButts
    This mouse sucks ass anyway. "Fixing" these embarrassing blunders isn't going to make it good.
  • Findecanor
    The blog with the hacking guide is up!
  • Pei-chen
    Most Apple users aren’t heavy user so simply that’s basically a trackpad works for them