Bluetooth Mouse...What are my options?

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  1. Phatpat macrumors 6502a

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    I want a bluetooth mouse to go with my new 15" alubook. Apple won't do...I need two buttons. And I would strongly prefer it not to be microsoft. To my knowledge that leaves logitech and belkin. Both seem really good, but neither lists os x in the system requirements. The belkin said it would work in the press release...but I can't find it on their page for the mouse. Anyone know if either of these will (or eventually will) work?
     
  2. pepeleuepe macrumors 6502

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    Just wondering why so many people don't even consider Microsoft's bluetooth mouse. Personally I have been using a wired Intellimouse Explorer, 5-button mouse, for about a year now. I have never felt a mouse that feels better in my hand than this one, and the BT mouse is the exact same design. Just because Microsoft makes Windows doesn't mean that their mice should be ignored by Mac users. Mine has worked flawlessly and feels great.

    This might not be the reason you're ignoring the MS mouse, in which case you should also ignore this message. But I haven't heard anything about the MS BT mouse not working perfectly with OS X. It seems to fit you're criteria, except that it says Microsoft on it.
     
  3. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020

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    i like the belkin or the microsoft. i know belkin is defiantly compatible with mac os x.
     
  4. Freg3000 macrumors 68000

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    The new Logitech MX 900.

    It is the same thing as the MX 700, just over BlueTooth, not InfaRed. And the MX 700 is the same thing as the MX 500 without a wire.

    So all the mice are the same, but the MX 900 is the nicest one. It has BlueTooth. :)

    Good Luck.
     
  5. segastyle macrumors member

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    left-handed

    i just got a new powerbook with the built in bluetooth. i would love to have a bluetooth wirless mouse to use with it. i want a multibutton mouse, but microsoft's, logitech's and belkin's are all made for right hands. is there some reason why no one will make either a left-handed bluetooth mouse or non-specific hand mouse?
     
  6. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    If you don't need more than one button, you can go for Apple's mouse, being symmetrical, I would imagine that it works either left or right handed.
     
  7. segastyle macrumors member

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    definitely need a multibutton -- as it just so happens apple's laptops have right-handed centric keyboards (the control and alt keys are only on the left) which makes it difficult just to control-click.

    eventually i guess something will come out from someone...
     
  8. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I got used to having option and control on the right too. I moved from an extended ADB keyboard. :)
     
  9. PaisanoMan macrumors member

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    Personally, I dislike Microsoft's and Logitech's offerings because they're huge -- I would like a Bluetooth mouse I can carry with my PowerBook.

    Likewise, I can't find any info on Belkin's mouse. Is it any smaller? Or am I stuck with Apple's (acceptable, but overpriced) mouse?
     
  10. gotohamish macrumors 65816

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    Try emailing this shop....

    http://www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk/shop.html
     
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  12. segastyle macrumors member

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    yeah pretty ugly.... the thing is i don't need a "left-handed" mouse, just a non-right-handed mouse.

    currently i use this one by kensington. give me a bluetooth version of that and i'd be happy. heck microsoft has a new one which is perfect, and wireless, but not bluetooth. i was hoping not to have something sticking out of my laptop -- it defeats the whole purpose.

    maybe i can just become a right-handed mouse clicker.... :rolleyes:
     
  13. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    I've heard a lot of good things about wireless mice from Logitech. I've used, I believe, the MX 700 before, and I really liked it.

    I'm one of those people who still likes to say that one button is enough, but Logitech made me change my mind and see how several buttons could be several times as awesome.
     
  14. Phatpat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't want a microsoft mouse cause I dislike m$ and I don't want to support them...

    What I want to know if if compatability will be an issue for the belkin/logitech. I know w/ usb mice they still work even if they aren't officially supported. Is it the same thing with bluetooth?
     
  15. robotrenegade macrumors 6502a

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    I have the studio mouse from logtec and the wireless mouse from apple. I think the apple mouse is better because it leaves an open usb. I also have the wireless keyboard.
     
  16. Foxer macrumors 65816

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    I've got the Microsoft mouse. Love it. Who cares who makes the darn thing.
     
  17. iEric macrumors 6502a

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    Why does everyone like bluetooth? Whats wrong with the RF technology for mice and keyboards?
     
  18. new user macrumors newbie

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    wireless bluetooth

    my guess for bluetooth over wireless is the extra piece of equipment/transmitter. otherwise, i would like an answer to the last question too.
     
  19. segastyle macrumors member

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    bluetooth over rf

    i have a laptop with built in bluetooh, so i'd rather not have to plug somthing into the usb port everything i want to use a wireless mouse. if i'm going to do that, i might as well use a wired mouse (which i do now).
     
  20. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020

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    i guess it would just be a nice thing to have it bluetooth. i personally would want it internal if it was in a laptop (BT or RF). desktop i wouldn't care as much.
     
  21. aphexist macrumors member

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    Just to clarify, Bluetooth supports multiple devices from a single transmitter. You may be fine with a RF wireless mouse, but if you have 4 wireless devices, you may not want all the separate cords/transmitters stringing out from your computer onto your work space. With BT transmitter being built into many new systems, this is very appealing. RF also uses commonly trafficked radio frequencies, so any devices are subject to interferance and listening.

    Bluetooth is a wire replacement protocol, nothing more. It has better range than radio and it supports secured connections.

    It is a low bandwidth protocol, so it is NOT suitable for any significant data transfer.

    All that said, I am very pleased with my MS Bluetooth mouse and keyboard.
     
  22. Alexander macrumors member

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    I went looking for a Microsoft Bluetooth mouse the other day. Stopped by two different Fry's. Turns out there are two ways to get it: mouse by itself, or in a mouse/keyboard combo package. EVERY SINGLE ONE was a return. Both stores, both package styles. A good 20-30 boxes.

    Hmm...

    Anyone know when the Logitech MX900 will be available?
     
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    Re: Bluetooth Mouse...What are my options?

    I don't know about the other offerings, but Apple's has a power switch. This makes it very handy for travel with your PowerBook; I can turn the thing off while I carry it or when I just don't need it. It also has a relatively slim form factor, which is the primary reason I didn't buy Microsoft's mouse (I couldn't fit it in my bag without an uncomfortable bulge).

    I recommend the Apple mouse, unless you absolutely need two buttons (this is general advice for anyone considering similar options). It's got great range and outstanding battery life [so far].

    It's not quite as precise as a wired mouse, but it's close; I think that's a symptom that all wireless mice suffer from to some degree.
     
  25. Prabz macrumors member

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    Just heard that Jaguar would be having hot key support for multi-button mice. So a five button mouse is finally gonna be usable:D

    ...And having it bluetooth makes the deal even better!
     

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