Mouse Recommendations for my iMac?

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by ~Shard~, Oct 23, 2004.

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    ~Shard~

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    I thought I'd look into a new mouse for Christmas and wanted to hear what people here had to recommend. I'm still using my original 1-button mouse that came with my G4 iMac which I bought a year ago, and although it still works perfectly, I thought I'd see what was out there for a slick 2-button mouse.

    I'm not into gaming, or needing anything wild - just a 2-button mouse, scroll wheel, optical, and I don't even care if it's corded or not!

    So, without getting too crazy on buttons, features and price, some solid recommendations would be much appreciated! Even just manufacturers who put out solid products in this area would be great too, I can research from there. (I hear Logitech is fairly good, for instance...)

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. macrumors Core

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    Logitech and microsoft probably have the best mice, although i do prefer logitech

    their newest mouse the MX1000 is awesome from what i hear, im just waiting for a BT version myself, its a laser instead of the optical sensor, as well as having some other cool features too
     
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    Yah I've heard Logitech is very good as well. I'm not interested in a BT version (since I don't have a BT module), but I'll still look into that model. Thanks for the input... :cool:

    Any other recommendations out there?
     
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    I have the logitech MX510 and its good, does the job, fits comfertbly in my hand
     
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    I use the MX510 here with my Power Mac G5. It's got great Mac support, and I'd go as far as to say it's the nicest mouse I've ever used. Give it some Hyper Skatez and an EverGlide mouse surface to sit on and it's perfect!
     
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    If you want something that looks like it actually belongs to a Mac & not a PC (& seriously, who wants a piece of hardware with MS written on it...), check out The Mouse from MacMice. It's almost identical to the Apple Pro Mouse that would have come with your iMac, except it has 2 buttons & a scroll wheel. It handles very smoothly & feels very solid, as opposed to the various PC mice I am forced to handle at work. And in case you are wondering (I have to admit I did) how the 2 buttons can function separately whilst still being integral to the shell - it works just like Apple's 1 button mouse, pressure on any part of the case results in a mouseclick, except that which side of the case you press on actually matters. :)
     
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    The Mouse

    I've got 2 of those here right now (I ordered 2 because I thought they'd be perfect) and I have to say I don't agree at all. These mice don't work properly. If I'm playing a game or something I can't click both buttons at once,the buttons will lock up. Sometimes I find myself having to click something 4 or 5 times to get it to register (general desktop use), and this is on 2 mice not one. These may look a little like the Apple 1 button mouse, but quality wise they can't compare at all.

    IMHO not a good mouse, and definitely not worth the money.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    I am on my 3rd Logitech(A dual sensor) and they have all been good. Only problem I find is with living in a warm climate and lots of use the rubber and surface detoriates fairly quickly. I have never had any mechanical problems.

    If its your first non apple mouse I would recommend a mid range wired Logitech. But do yourself a favor and get a 2 button mouse soon....
     
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    A third vote for the logitech mx510!
    (i actually has the old version mx500)
    Its been great! Much better than the crappy m$ explorer mouse it replaced..
     
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    rdowns

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    I've used Microsoft wireless mice for years and love them. So much so, I bought my own for my office.

    Recently got a MX-1000 and really like this puppy.

    Go wireless!

    As for all those who say they will wait for a BT Logitech laser, I say why? It will still have a charging station and need a USB port so why wait? BTW, I have BT in my iMac G5.
     
  11. macrumors Core

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    the reason i am waiting for it to go bt is that i have a powerbook and i dont want to have to drag a cradle with me whereever i go to use an external mouse, now haveing just the cradle at home for charging is no problem, but when im on the go i would prefer a BT version
     
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    I was actually looking at this very model in a store the other day, and was curious if it just looked cool or worked really well in addition. Sounds like I should stay away from it, maybe I'll do a little more research into it. Thanks for the feedback!
     
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    Yah, my girlfriend uses a MS mouse, and it works really well - I guess part of me just doesn't think it's right to hook up an MS mouse to a Mac. ;) Mind you, I am running Office v.X on it, so I guess my system isn't MS-free... ;)

    Looks like a lot of votes for the Logitech mouses - I'll do some more research on them and probably pick one up. Any further recommendations are more than welcome though!
     
  14. xg3
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    i have an ibook,
    does a BT uses more battery on the ibook or a mini usb laptop mouse?
     
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    I have a wireless microsoft mouse and it works perfectly! I love the scroll and right-click.
     
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    What mouse NOT to get

    I had a Kensington StudioMouse Wireless for a while on my mac. When I got it, it cost about $60. It had severe issues with clicking on both buttons. Usually I would have to press the button twice to single-click and 3 times to double-click. The tracking was very jerky. Also, the batteries would hold a charge for about 20 min before dying. I replaced the batteries, and it did the same thing. I didn't try to exchange it with a better one because I didn't like the touch pad scroll wheel (the only thing that worked right). Also, they wouldn't take it back at the store where I bought it. I got a mx500 and it is infinitely better than the StudioMouse.

    Hmmm. Its the perfect size and weight for ammo for my trebuchet. :p :D
     
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    Cool, thanks for the head's up - I'll steer away from that brand for sure. Looks like Logitech or MS is the way to go... :cool:
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    PLEASE WAIT…


    i must tell you not to buy the Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse.
    it's the cheapest USB, optical mouse they make and it has (obviously) 2 buttons.
    and that's all you're looking for, but i have this mouse and it seriously is the worst mouse (in terms of optical functionality) that i have ever used. i bought it for about $20. the problem is, whenever the mouse is sitting still for about 30 seconds (for whatever reason, i.e. typing), it jumps all over the screen when you try to move it. it's the most frustrating thing. my apple pro mouse works a million times better. the only reason that i still use it is because i've gotten too accustomed to using a 2-button and i'm cheap. also, the cord is way too long. it has got to be 6 feet long! i have it wrapped around the back of my iMac. that might have been a good thing if i had a tower computer and kept it on the floor (which i wouldn't), but not for an iMac/eMac/laptop.
    anyway,

    don't buy it!

    as for other MS mice, the other ones that i've used have all been pretty solid, so i don't just have a bias against them all. i would say that the more you pay for an MS mouse, the higher quality (not just features).
     
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    Thanks for the feedback - this doesn't surprise me, being MS and all. ;) Of course, regardless of the manufacturer, I think the saying is always true, "You get what you pay for". I'll see what MS has for higher-end models, if they'll meet my needs (or be overkill) and I will still be looking into the Logitech models as well - I haven't heard any serious complaints about them as of yet.

    Thanks again!
     
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    Duff-Man says....Logitech...get whichever has the buttons/wheels you like....I have the MX500 (wheel and a whole bunch of buttons) and it feels great in my hand. Logitech's software is okay - not as good as Kensignton's - if you want to use and sort of advanced programming on your button(s) get USB Overdrive.....oh yeah!
     
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    The MX500 might be a bit much for what I need, but if the price is right, why not! I'm going to look into that model and maybe some of the slightly lower-end/simpler models as well.

    So thanks Duff-Man - oh yeah! ;) :cool:
     
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    Duff-Man says...you'll be surprised at just how easy it is to find great uses for those extra buttons - back/forward in your browser, copy/paste, and it does not take very long to get used to using them..but if you go that route with a Logitech USB Overdrive is almost a must have - its worth the $$....oh yeah!
     
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    I have to say that I don't want to take anything away from the other guy's experiences with it, but I have had absolutely no problems with The Mouse & I use my Mac for a minimum of 4 hrs every day... plus I have never really come to grips with keyboard shortcuts so I am a mouse-intensive user. When I was looking at replacing the dinky little notebook mouse that was sold to me with my iMac, I went into the Apple reseller & was struck by how all the mice looked exactly like PC mice (partly because most of them were) except for The Mouse & the Apple mouse (of course). That pretty much made up my mind - having to use a PC 8 hrs + a day for my job, I want to come home to something as un-PC-like as possible.

    And just to back myself up, here are some reviews of The Mouse:

    MacAddict

    Envy News

    SpyMac

    Mac Companion

    I guess the best way to work out what's best for you would be to find a friendly shop assistant who would be willing to plug one in for you on a demo Mac so you could try it for yourself.
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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    man, you are so right. i think mice in a few years (for pc's :rolleyes: ) will start coming standard with 4 or 5 buttons... they should anyway.
    it'd be really cool to have full exposé functionality on your mouse(!!!).
    dang! i think i'll go buy a 80-button mouse right now!
     
  25. mms
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    I've had positive experiences with both Logitech and Microsoft for mice. Right now I'm using a trackball, the Logitech Marble Mouse. Took a while to get used to but I now like having a trackball. Not being a gamer, I can't comment about precision, but it's adequate for all of my needs.
     

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