Microsoft Mouse on a Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by register, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. register macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2006
    Hi there, got my MBP 17" earlier this week. Enjoying it immensely.
    I'm using an old mighty mouse on at the moment, however, I'm fed up of it being rubbish. The scroll wheel died moments after this things was out of the box. What I'm wondering, will a microsoft mouse work just as well? In terms of sensitivity etc?
    Does anyone use this set up?
    I'd apppreciate your shared knowledge
  2. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Microsoft optical mice work great with Macs. I would recommend one, although you may also want to take a look at Logitech's range.
  3. Willis macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2006
    What feels like the middle of nowhere
    Hmm, I've never had any problems with my Mighty Mice, always worked a charm.

    But yes, any other mice will work. As said above, check out logitechs
  4. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2006
    I have a Microsoft Intellimouse Optical. Using the MS software and Apple's mouse settings, I have configured the buttons to do all sorts of useful things.

    I highly recommend their mice. I just never got used to the Apple ones after the Apple Bus Mouse II.

  5. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    The Intellimouse Opticals w/ 2 buttons & clickable scroll wheel works great with OS X.....and are reasonably priced too (~$20) :)

    But there are many more out there if you need mega-buttons/high resolution/faster/more accuracy, of which the Logitecs are some of the best........
  6. dont24 macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2005
    I've been using a Logitech wired mx310 mouse on my mini for 2 years. Haven't had any issues
  7. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    My favorite too, but not everyone needs a bajillion buttons. Any USB mouse will work. You can even d/l software for them from Logitech, MS, and others. Some are specifically made for Macs, like Macally (and Kensington, kinda). But you don't even need to bother with that if you're just clicking and scrolling.
  8. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    My favourite is the Logitech Revolution VX. An excellent mouse for the MBP. The only minus that this mouse has from the Mighty Mouse is the side scrolling - but then, all non-Apple mice have that disadvantage too. Everything else is noticeably better.
  9. theblotted macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2006
    Los Angeles
    been using Microsoft Notebook Laser Wireless 6000.

    works like a charm. can do side scroll also, but a bit slow.

    i like the extra thumb button. i assign it to F8, which i've got assigned to initiate this:
  10. Neonguy macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2006

    Wow Old School! Lol! love that one back in the day!
  11. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I've been using an MS Wheel Mouse Optical as my primary Mac mouse for nearly 4 years, with no problems whatsoever (except when I installed the MS software, which screwed everything up).
  12. product26 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    I used one of These at work. The apple mice are far to small for me to use for 8+ hours. The microsoft mouse was a great fit for my hand..

    Too bad the left click stopped working after using it for a small number of months.

    i would still be using it today If it had been built to withstand ACTUAL USE, but unfortunately it ended up crapping out on me. Funny how that reflects all of my M$ experiences.
  13. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Microsoft mice will work great, but I find the scroll wheels on those crap out pretty quickly. I've seen it happen to a bunch of them. Logitech mice are nicer.
  14. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I've use Apple, microsoft, and Logitech mice with no problems. However, I currently use a Logitech G5 both at home and at work, and am loving it (using USBOverdrive on the Mac side).
  15. richierich1958 macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    I have had my Microsoft mouse for 8 months and like all Microsoft products, the wheel just crapped out on me. It's going in the trash and I'm going out to buy a real produce (a Logitech)!

    Garbage, garbage!!!
  16. theDUB macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2008
    SLT, CA
    I've been using a Micro$oft Optical Wheel Mouse since August of 2004 and it's still going strong.
  17. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    Me too, never really had an issue with a MS mouse and I only use them (on PC and Mac).
  18. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    I hate MicroSoft! But Logitech and Logicool make awesome mice! I like the G5 gamer mouse!!! Sweeet! And cheaper than MS mice I think too!
  19. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Old thread is old.

    The mice themselves last, just the wheels tend to become mushy and not work as well. Same thing happens with lots of other brands too. Like none of them expect you to be using middle click very much. That said, I'm using a MS Wireless Optical 5000 at work and the wheel has remained in good condition.
  20. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I'm using a Microsoft mouse from 1995 on eMac. :D
  21. KoL macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2008
    Puerto Rico
    Ive been using Microsoft mice for a long time. They are great. Right now I have a Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 on my Mac Pro.
  22. kevink2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2008
    I've used several Microsoft optical mice, including a wireless one.

    I changed to the Apple mouse because I wanted a bluetooth one.
  23. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    I used a mighty mouse for a year, and thought it was nice until the ball died. (That was the most expensive mouse I had ever used at that point) After that, I bought a Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000 and used it for 6 months, and eventually it got to the point that I was having problems with the buttons and it disconnecting and waking the computer. The plastic and materials were also very cheap feeling in my hand. Now, I am using a Logitech MX Revolution that I got for $75 from Amazon, and it is awesome. (had it 5 months) The buttons are firm, the plastic is strong, it's extremely comfortable, the wheel is amazing to use and I find myself spinning normal mice, and the battery is mediocre. I have to charge it every two weeks, which requires shutting down the computer since it wakes it up. My only gripes are the battery life and it has a weird problem with expose not working while in spaces.

    So, from a guy who has used the mighty mouse (2 actually), dell mice, microsoft mice, and now a logitech mouse, go for Logitech.
  24. steelrod macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2007
    clicking noise

    im useing a wired m/soft mouse on my imac, but it makes this horrible clicking noise every time i press the button.
    is there any way of stopping this

    thanks in advance
  25. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    Are you talking abut a physical click coming from the mouse itself when you click the buttons or a sound effect from your iMac speakers when you click something?

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