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weezite
Dec 28, 2008, 11:19 AM
I love my new MacBook, but I'd like to get a mouse for it. I was going to get a Mighty Mouse, but I read horror stories about it here. What would you guys suggest? Also, I saw some mockups of a new Mighty Mouse through a quick Google search... Is there any merit behind this, or did somebody just randomly make it? It'd be awesome if they unveiled that at MacWorld this year.



Tallest Skil
Dec 28, 2008, 11:20 AM
People don't like the Mighty Mouse because the scroll sphere gets dirty/stuck.

Why they don't have ten seconds to flip the thing over and rub the ball on a piece of paper until it frees itself up is beyond me.

Bengt77
Dec 28, 2008, 11:47 AM
The best mouse, or better, input device, for the MacBook is it's own touchpad. Well, that's my opinion, at least. Before my purchase, I was planning on getting a mouse as well. But after I got used to the touchpad, I swear by it. No mouse for me (except when gaming). The touchpad rules. Big time.

dubhe
Dec 28, 2008, 12:02 PM
The best mouse, or better, input device, for the MacBook is it's own touchpad. Well, that's my opinion, at least. Before my purchase, I was planning on getting a mouse as well. But after I got used to the touchpad, I swear by it. No mouse for me (except when gaming). The touchpad rules. Big time.

I agree, the trackpad is the way to go. But, if you need a mouse, then get a Kensington Slimblade Trackball (http://www.amazon.com/Kensington-SlimBlade-Trackball-Bluetooth-K72281US/dp/B000VE4MM2) it is better than the Mighty Mouse and the ball doesn't jam :)

kastenbrust
Dec 28, 2008, 12:15 PM
A Wireless Mighty Mouse, it doesnt need a dongle to be wireless with your macbook either :)

ib4walrus
Dec 28, 2008, 12:31 PM
Logitech VX Revolution, cheaper than the MX yet still great. Avoided the trackpad when I can since my hand would cramp after prolonged use.
http://www.cnet.com.au/cnet/i/r/2006/Laptops/accessories/22059444/sc002.jpg

Samwise592
Dec 28, 2008, 01:46 PM
That's the first i've heard about a new mighty mouse...

I just don't like the way the MM feels in my hand. I have a Logitech Vx Revolution, and it works pretty well for me (I use SteerMouse to map the buttons). I think i'd rather have a MX1100, but i'll deal with what i've got until $80 appears in my hand.

MacAlpha
Dec 28, 2008, 01:56 PM
People don't like the Mighty Mouse because the scroll sphere gets dirty/stuck.

Why they don't have ten seconds to flip the thing over and rub the ball on a piece of paper until it frees itself up is beyond me.

The Bluetooth MM works for me. 3 Months and no problems so far. I agree with Tallest Skill, not sure why you can't just clean it. You used to have to do this with the old mice with the balls in them. No one complained back then. Takes about a minute.

angermeans
Dec 28, 2008, 02:00 PM
I just switched from PC to MAC and i bought the new MacBook 13" with the MacBook i bought the Bluetooth Mighty Mouse and the reason i am saying this is that the Mighty Mouse is absolutely the worst Apple product i have ever used and that really surprised me as i love my MacBook, iPod Touch, etc. The buttons seems to stick, it gets really dirty, it feels horrible in your hand, and it is way expensive. But the worst of em all is that the speed of the cursor is so slow. I was surprised so i thought there is no way that it can be the Mighty Mouse so i went out and bought a mouse pad and same problem. So i went to preferences and changed the mouse speed to the highest and still i found myself on my small 13" screen picking the mouse up to get the cursor to the opposite side of the screen. This is by far the worst mouse i have ever used in my life. So yesterday i took the mouse back to Bestbuy with all intentions on buying the Loghitech Bluetooth mouse made for the Mac. They had sold out so i with reluctance picked up a Microsoft Bluetooth mouse made for Mac (I was really surprised they made one but since i have only 2 USB ports on my new MacBook I wanted to free it up and go Bluetooth). The mouse is a great mouse it was cheaper ($49.99) compared to Mighty Mouse ($69.99) It is great weight and size and it fits great in your hand. It also comes with a carry bag. As well as it has an on/off switch to save battery life. This has been a great mouse and the reason i am writing is i ignored the bad reviews of the Mighty Mouse cause i honestly thought Apple would and have not created a bad product. I am right as in everything i own Apple is great except the Mighty Mouse needs a huge overhaul in fact i would scrap it and start all over . I hope this helps i will also include a link to the mouse i purchased yesterday as this is probablu the best mouse i have ever used

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=103

angermeans
Dec 28, 2008, 02:12 PM
I just switched from PC to MAC and i bought the new MacBook 13" with the MacBook i bought the Bluetooth Mighty Mouse and the reason i am saying this is that the Mighty Mouse is absolutely the worst Apple product i have ever used and that really surprised me as i love my MacBook, iPod Touch, etc. The buttons seems to stick, it gets really dirty, it feels horrible in your hand, and it is way expensive. But the worst of em all is that the speed of the cursor is so slow. I was surprised so i thought there is no way that it can be the Mighty Mouse so i went out and bought a mouse pad and same problem. So i went to preferences and changed the mouse speed to the highest and still i found myself on my small 13" screen picking the mouse up to get the cursor to the opposite side of the screen. This is by far the worst mouse i have ever used in my life. So yesterday i took the mouse back to Bestbuy with all intentions on buying the Loghitech Bluetooth mouse made for the Mac. They had sold out so i with reluctance picked up a Microsoft Bluetooth mouse made for Mac (I was really surprised they made one but since i have only 2 USB ports on my new MacBook I wanted to free it up and go Bluetooth). The mouse is a great mouse it was cheaper ($49.99) compared to Mighty Mouse ($69.99) It is great weight and size and it fits great in your hand. It also comes with a carry bag. As well as it has an on/off switch to save battery life. This has been a great mouse and the reason i am writing is i ignored the bad reviews of the Mighty Mouse cause i honestly thought Apple would and have not created a bad product. I am right as in everything i own Apple is great except the Mighty Mouse needs a huge overhaul in fact i would scrap it and start all over . I hope this helps i will also include a link to the mouse i purchased yesterday as this is probablu the best mouse i have ever used

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=103

Mako5
Dec 28, 2008, 08:12 PM
I have the Microsoft and I really don't think it is that great. Let me qualify that by saying that saying that I am very particular about mice and keyboard as I believe that the way we interface with technology really impacts our ability to maximize the value and productivity we get. BTW I really like the Macbook Al. Trackpad. Really innovative particularly with Multiclutch. Over the last 20+ years I have gone through numerous mice from the original MS "soap bar" through multiple iterations of Logitech, MS and off brand mice including the different Intellimouse Explorer x.0. My current fave for my home machine is the Logitech G5 v2.

So the biggest issue with the MS mouse is the size. It is small which makes it great for travel but really not comfortable for long term high intensity use like gaming. Also MS did not provide a Mac driver to program the 4th button but through this board I learned Intellimouse 6.3 for Mac works well. I found a good alternative bluetooth mouse is the Targus Bluetooth Mouse. A little bigger but much more comfortable. Unfortunately I don't think it works well on all surfaces.

VSMacOne
Dec 28, 2008, 08:26 PM
Might Mouse works great for me. It looks great and handles good for the stuff I do with it. Just some basic gaming, browsing etc..

fk51785
Dec 28, 2008, 09:01 PM
Mighty Mouse. People hate it, but I like it.
Cleaning is fairly easy also.
And if it stops working you can always get new one for free by Applecare.

Nero Wolfe
Dec 28, 2008, 09:33 PM
I just got the Microsoft Arc Mouse, and I'm really liking it so far. It's full-sized, but it folds up for travel. Has a micro-usb thing that magnetically clips under the mouse. It's black and silver so it matches my iMac/MacBook nicely. Has a side button for Expose too. I think it was $59.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z116/langbj/arc-mouse.jpg

Here's a MacWorld review. (http://www.macworld.com/article/137522/2008/12/arcmouse.html?lsrc=rss_reviews)

petermcphee
Dec 28, 2008, 10:08 PM
Does the back end of that MS mouse ever 'catch?' I guess what I am trying to ask is, does it ever not feel solid in the hand while you're using it?

akbc
Dec 28, 2008, 10:31 PM
Well, I too am looking for a nice mouse. And I was looking for a nice bluetooth one...
I didn't buy it yet, but the RadTech's BT600 mouse looks awesome.

http://www.radtech.us is their website, I believe. Go check it out :)

Bluetooth, so it saves an USB port, and this thing charges off a USB cable when you run out of battery and you can still use it while it's charging :D

Nero Wolfe
Dec 28, 2008, 10:38 PM
Does the back end of that MS mouse ever 'catch?' I guess what I am trying to ask is, does it ever not feel solid in the hand while you're using it?

No it feels very solid. And it never closes accidentally if that's a concern. And from what I understand the hinge is metal so it's pretty durable.

It's actually quite a comfortable mouse. Microsoft may make a crappy OS, but they seem to do OK with peripherals.

petermcphee
Dec 28, 2008, 11:03 PM
No it feels very solid. And it never closes accidentally if that's a concern. And from what I understand the hinge is metal so it's pretty durable.

It's actually quite a comfortable mouse. Microsoft may make a crappy OS, but they seem to do OK with peripherals.

Cool. Thanks for the review. I remember seeing these when they first came out on engadget.com and thinking that it would be a neat idea, provided that it was executed well. Glad to hear that's the case.

GoCubsGo
Dec 28, 2008, 11:04 PM
An alternative to the mighty mouse is the rocket fish BT mouse. It has a similar look/feel to the MM but doesn't have that little button people seem to have fits about. I'm with Tallest Skill... it is beyond me why people can't take 10 seconds to just clean to the stupid thing.

fishniw
Dec 29, 2008, 04:16 AM
trackpad + multitouch is really the just the way to go unless you need it for precision ps work or something

vandozza
Dec 29, 2008, 04:24 AM
I just got the Microsoft Arc Mouse, and I'm really liking it so far. It's full-sized, but it folds up for travel. Has a micro-usb thing that magnetically clips under the mouse. It's black and silver so it matches my iMac/MacBook nicely. Has a side button for Expose too. I think it was $59.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z116/langbj/arc-mouse.jpg

Here's a MacWorld review. (http://www.macworld.com/article/137522/2008/12/arcmouse.html?lsrc=rss_reviews)

pity it's not Bluetooth...

kasakka
Dec 29, 2008, 06:00 AM
Microsoft mice would be my choice simply because they solve the mouse acceleration problem many mice suffer from unless you use 3rd party drivers like Steermouse or USB Overdrive.

naid
Dec 29, 2008, 09:21 AM
I've been using Razer mice exclusively since 2000 and couldn't be happier.

Jolly Jimmy
Dec 29, 2008, 09:43 AM
I have a Microsoft Noteboook Mouse 5000 (http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=099&active_tab=overview). It's small but feels good, the battery life is great, and it's bluetooth.

Lexoticstylez02
Dec 29, 2008, 10:36 AM
I just switched from PC to MAC and i bought the new MacBook 13" with the MacBook i bought the Bluetooth Mighty Mouse and the reason i am saying this is that the Mighty Mouse is absolutely the worst Apple product i have ever used and that really surprised me as i love my MacBook, iPod Touch, etc. The buttons seems to stick, it gets really dirty, it feels horrible in your hand, and it is way expensive. But the worst of em all is that the speed of the cursor is so slow. I was surprised so i thought there is no way that it can be the Mighty Mouse so i went out and bought a mouse pad and same problem. So i went to preferences and changed the mouse speed to the highest and still i found myself on my small 13" screen picking the mouse up to get the cursor to the opposite side of the screen. This is by far the worst mouse i have ever used in my life. So yesterday i took the mouse back to Bestbuy with all intentions on buying the Loghitech Bluetooth mouse made for the Mac. They had sold out so i with reluctance picked up a Microsoft Bluetooth mouse made for Mac (I was really surprised they made one but since i have only 2 USB ports on my new MacBook I wanted to free it up and go Bluetooth). The mouse is a great mouse it was cheaper ($49.99) compared to Mighty Mouse ($69.99) It is great weight and size and it fits great in your hand. It also comes with a carry bag. As well as it has an on/off switch to save battery life. This has been a great mouse and the reason i am writing is i ignored the bad reviews of the Mighty Mouse cause i honestly thought Apple would and have not created a bad product. I am right as in everything i own Apple is great except the Mighty Mouse needs a huge overhaul in fact i would scrap it and start all over . I hope this helps i will also include a link to the mouse i purchased yesterday as this is probablu the best mouse i have ever used

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=103

The tracking speed can be adjusted in System Preferences.. or any mouse, including the Mighty Mouse. I'm sure you didn't adjust it correctly because I just moved my tracking all the way up and had to move the mouse two inches and it was across the screen.
http://img240.imageshack.us/img240/9513/picture1zf3.png (http://imageshack.us)
http://img240.imageshack.us/img240/picture1zf3.png/1/w658.png (http://g.imageshack.us/img240/picture1zf3.png/1/)

I would recommend the Mighty Mouse, I have the bluetooth one and it works great, I actually think it feels good in your hand, my scroll ball has gotten dirty and I had to wipe it for 10 seconds, and it has been working ever since. It's not a big deal at all, it hasn't disconnected either, always working.

Solemony
Dec 29, 2008, 01:50 PM
Logictech :D!

The Samurai
Dec 29, 2008, 01:59 PM
Mines (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=2_XDgnHpY-8) here - yes its a Logitech.

MacBook08
Dec 29, 2008, 02:11 PM
People don't like the Mighty Mouse because the scroll sphere gets dirty/stuck.

Why they don't have ten seconds to flip the thing over and rub the ball on a piece of paper until it frees itself up is beyond me.

Well said. I own the Mighty Mouse and I've had no problems with the ball. I wouldn't say the Mighty Mouse is anywhere near being the best mouse (then again, it seems mice don't work that well with Macs anyways; the trackpad is the best bet) but if you're looking to save a USB port, I myself don't know of any other comparable bluetooth mice. Yes, it might be best to wait for Macworld though.

Check cnet.com for detailed reviews and ratings.

mynameisraj
Dec 29, 2008, 04:55 PM
Logitech VX Nano or whatever it's called - the receiver is so tiny :D

manuel.mx
Dec 29, 2008, 07:05 PM
I hate the mighty mouse aswell... I was also of the idea of that nothing beats the trackpad, which is true, but i have an external monitor and I got the elevator stand, so I cant use my trackpad cause it is not within my reach.

So I started an intensive search for a good mouse. As I didnt want to fool around with dongles and stuff, I searched for bluetooth mice. Results:

Wireless Mighty Mouse
Microsoft Laser Mouse 5000
Logitech V470 (I think)
Some keningston mice
some other.

Problems I found, the mighty mouse has horrible reviews plus I disliked its tracking.

The MS mouse is ok, but it is too small for me, I have large fingers and as I wanted it for my desk it is very uncomfortable, I wouldn't mind if it was an on-the-go mouse.

Logitech V470 seems good, has good reviews but it has little functionality... so it was a turn off for me. And as someone commented, the trackpad is awesome, so I needed something to match its functionality.

So i noticed the MX Revolution which is a pricey mouse but it feels smooth, and it is awesome. If you pair it with the Steermouse app, you can configure it to do the same things as the trackpad. In my case, with the multiclutch app, i open, close tabs, cycle through them, expose, and more.

However, for me i didnt want a dongle.... So i noticed that logitech sells a set called MX5500 which includes the MX Revolution in a bluetooth version, and a keyboard. Both bluetooth, yet no Mac support. After looking around, I see that it works, btu there is no support from logitech, so you need to use this apps. I ended up paying a lot, but I love this mouse. The tracking is soooooo smooth and beats the MM hands down. It feels confortable on hand and using it is the next best thing to using the trackpad. So I ended up paying a lot, but for me it was worth it.

However, if the dongle is not a problem from you, the MX Revoluion in the standard version is the a good choice, but for 30 bucks more (in amazon) you can get the MX5500 kit.

I would recommend using steermouse to see waht functionality it adds to an external mouse.

And fyi, amazon sells refurbished versions of the MX5500 for a very low price, around 70 or something like that. So it might be worth giving it a try.

Good luck

JustOneQuickONe
Dec 30, 2008, 01:00 AM
People don't like the Mighty Mouse because the scroll sphere gets dirty/stuck.

Why they don't have ten seconds to flip the thing over and rub the ball on a piece of paper until it frees itself up is beyond me.

X2 I have the wireless mighty mouse and love it. Yes the ball gets stuck but its easy to fix and doesn't happen enough to really be that annoying...at least not for me.

SnowLeopard2008
Dec 30, 2008, 01:19 AM
X2 I have the wireless mighty mouse and love it. Yes the ball gets stuck but its easy to fix and doesn't happen enough to really be that annoying...at least not for me.

X3 for that. I bought the 'bluetooth set' from Apple (MM + Alu Chiclet Keyboard). MM doesn't have a crapload of buttons but doesn't lack them either. Feels great, scrollball got stuck for the first time in about half a year or so with moderately heavy to extrememly heavy usage daily. My hands aren't that clean as well. Don't listen to horror stories. Those who got defects shout louder than those who did not. In short, there are more people with perfect units that don't post threads about it than the ones with defects. So it appears that the product has lots of horror stories, but is in fact, not.

petermcphee
Dec 30, 2008, 02:19 AM
I also love me some Mighty Mouse. I have had the scroll nub fail to respond, but side-scrolling solved that problem for me. I will try the "rub it on a piece of paper" routine, though.

steve31
Dec 31, 2008, 02:30 AM
Logitech Nano gets my vote.:D

Bengt77
Dec 31, 2008, 03:05 AM
For everyone who likes the Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 bluetooth mouse, but think it's too small for everyday use, please consider the Wireless Laser Mouse 8000. Not the portable mobile variant, but the full sized desktop version. It's awesome. Used it with my iMac (which I sold since I got my MacBook) and use it with my MacBook now (but only when gaming). It's really good. Large, but that I consider a plus when using a mouse, since large tends to also be very comfortable. It also comes with a recharger base. Quite convenient.

http://i.testfreaks.de/images/products/600x400/6/microsoft-wireless-laser-mouse-8000.201734.jpg

neiltc13
Dec 31, 2008, 05:27 AM
Apple's Mighty Mouse is absolutely the worst mouse I have ever had to use in my entire life. It's a terrible product which values form far more than function.

For one thing, the unit is always confused by what you want to do. If you want to left click you have to remove ALL of your other fingers from the top of the mouse so that it knows your fingers are only on the left side. When you want to right click, you need to do the same thing. It's a pain.

Then there's the ball, which gets clogged up with dirt. Again, it was Apple being different for the sake of being different and it bit them in the ass. It works far worse than a standard wheel, takes a long time to get used to and ends up being a nuisance. Oh and don't try to click with your finger on the ball or the mouse will think you want to do a middle click!

I bet if it didn't have the Apple logo on it then it would have been written off a long, long time ago. None of the people here would be singing its praises. I wish they would get whoever is responsible for the new keyboards to make a mouse.

And then there's the fact that this, the worst mouse ever constructed by any company, costs 49.99 for a wireless version.

My suggestion is to get the Logitech MX Revolution, or something from Microsoft. These companies seem to know something that Apple doesn't about building mice.

phalewhale
Dec 31, 2008, 05:51 AM
Apple's Mighty Mouse is absolutely the worst mouse I have ever had to use in my entire life. It's a terrible product which values form far more than function.

For one thing, the unit is always confused by what you want to do. If you want to left click you have to remove ALL of your other fingers from the top of the mouse so that it knows your fingers are only on the left side. When you want to right click, you need to do the same thing. It's a pain.

I'm using the wireless mighty mouse and I've never had a problem with the device detecting my left/right/middle clicks. Never - seriously. Being able to squeeze the mouse to bring up spaces is invaluable for me!

Then there's the ball, which gets clogged up with dirt. Again, it was Apple being different for the sake of being different and it bit them in the ass. It works far worse than a standard wheel, takes a long time to get used to and ends up being a nuisance. Oh and don't try to click with your finger on the ball or the mouse will think you want to do a middle click!

I set up my middle click to bring up the All Window Switcher - again no probs for me but I suppose we are all different.

I bet if it didn't have the Apple logo on it then it would have been written off a long, long time ago. None of the people here would be singing its praises. I wish they would get whoever is responsible for the new keyboards to make a mouse.

And then there's the fact that this, the worst mouse ever constructed by any company, costs 49.99 for a wireless version.

My suggestion is to get the Logitech MX Revolution, or something from Microsoft. These companies seem to know something that Apple doesn't about building mice.

I upgraded my mouse for only 13 when I bought my iMac so I didn't pay the full price for it but I totally agree - it's way too expensive! 50 for a mouse is beyond a joke.

Anyway, this leads me on to a problem I have so I thought I might briefly mention it. It used to be paired with my iMac but I no longer have it. Now I'm trying to pair it with my new baseline aluminium MacBook and I can't - it finds the mouse and resolves the name but it just gets stuck at that point. Left it for over an hour last night and when I got back to the machine still no joy. Took the batteries out overnight and have tried it this morning again but still no joy. Any ideas?

hhlee
Dec 31, 2008, 05:34 PM
i'm anti the mighty mouse because of the trackball thing. yes, i do have 10 seconds to wipe it but it is annoying anytime all of a sudden something starts acting up.

i have a logitech bluetooth traveler mouse. it is a little small for my hands but quite solid. battery life is great too.

the microsoft arc mouse looks pretty sweet, i might have to check that out.

Jpoon
Dec 31, 2008, 07:41 PM
I have the Logitech VX Nano, and I absolutely love it.

Sure it takes up an extra USB port, but the dongle is very low profile, and the mouse has excellent response and is very comfortable.

The battery life is also a feature of note. I've been running some energizer lithiums for nearly a year now, and I'm still going.

Jeffrosproto
Dec 31, 2008, 08:24 PM
MX Revolution - Hands down. Although it may be a bit bigger (and the receiver isn't as convenient as the nano), it wins with it's functionality. And it's only $40 at Best Buy this week!

SchneiderMan
Dec 31, 2008, 09:55 PM
The Vx Nano, i have both vx and vx nano

quotemeas
Dec 31, 2008, 10:08 PM
I use this mouse:

Microsoft Explorer Mouse (http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=001) with BlueTrack Technology. Basically, it uses both optical and laser. It is a 2.4 GHz wireless mouse, and the receiver is reasonably small for travel (compared to the Logitech's Nano receiver). It has desktop and notebook variants. Both are portable, but the desktop version comes with a rechargeable battery and charger. A full charge will last you weeks before you need to recharge it. I highly recommend it. It works great on carpet, my glossy wood desk, counter tops and my lap :)

http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/images/tracklanding/mk_bluetrack_mice.jpg

Aea
Dec 31, 2008, 10:37 PM
I just got the Microsoft Arc Mouse, and I'm really liking it so far. It's full-sized, but it folds up for travel. Has a micro-usb thing that magnetically clips under the mouse. It's black and silver so it matches my iMac/MacBook nicely. Has a side button for Expose too. I think it was $59.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z116/langbj/arc-mouse.jpg

Here's a MacWorld review. (http://www.macworld.com/article/137522/2008/12/arcmouse.html?lsrc=rss_reviews)

I have this, the downside is that the batteries last about two weeks :(

tonyl
Dec 31, 2008, 11:02 PM
The best mouse, or better, input device, for the MacBook is it's own touchpad. Well, that's my opinion, at least. Before my purchase, I was planning on getting a mouse as well. But after I got used to the touchpad, I swear by it. No mouse for me (except when gaming). The touchpad rules. Big time.
I agree too, the touchpad works great for me.

LTX
Jan 1, 2009, 01:24 AM
Logitech VX Revolution, cheaper than the MX yet still great. Avoided the trackpad when I can since my hand would cramp after prolonged use.
http://www.cnet.com.au/cnet/i/r/2006/Laptops/accessories/22059444/sc002.jpg

Another vote here for the VX Revolution, I have it and I love it. :)