Nice bluetooth mouse for mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by GilGrissom, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. GilGrissom macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2005
    Hey guys. Im thinking about getting a bluetooth mouse for my powerbook, ideally want a 2 button mouse with scroll (leading me away from Apples bluetooth mouse). I like the Microsoft bluetooth mouse, but it doesnt list Mac as compatible. So, gutted, I search elsewhere. I can remember reading about a kewl new mouse that was designed to look like Apple's own mice. It has 2 buttons and a scroll. They do a cable version and bluetooth version. "The Mouse BT" I think it is called, you all prbs know it. But its out of stock and I can't find any UK retailers that sell it.

    Has anyone else had this problem or do you have any guidance for me??

    Ive found plenty of bluetooth mice, its just finding one I like!!

    HP apparently do one, its growing on me!!

    Many Thanks

  2. witness macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2005
    I use a Microsft Bluetooth mouse with my PowerBook, it works just fine.

    I even have some for sale if you are interested (in the uk). I have 10 of them @ £40 each (brand new), much cheaper than in the shops or even on the internet.
  3. h0e0h macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2004
    West Monroe, Louisiana
    do a search... this has been discussed millions of time... try the one from macmice... its nice
  4. adamjaskie macrumors member

    I'm looking for one, too. The one from MacMice looks nice, but I have not heard good things about it. Bad battery life, cheap feeling, weird notchless scroll wheel, skipping, etc.

    My requirements are:
    - Regular (AA, AAA, et cetera) batteries, OR a way to charge it without some sort of giant dock thing (like Logitech's)
    - Scroll wheel
    - On/off switch (I will carry it in my laptop bag)
    - Full size (none of those weird mini- or jr-mouse things) as I have rather large hands

    Does anyone make something like this?
  5. Hattig macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2003
    London, UK
    Don't hit me, but yesterday in the clearance section were selling wireless USB mice for laptops, in fact the below:

    Item: Cellink OPM-602BK Wireless Black Mini Optical Mouse : £4.37

    I ordered it to see what it was like. It should arrive by Thursday, remind me and I'll let you know. I also ordered

    Item: Kensington Graphite Studiomouse - USB : £2.46

    which is wired, but hey, spare mouse that'll go with the Kensington USB fan and light I also got:

    Item: Kensington Fly Fan : £4.24
    Item: Kensington Flylight V2.0 : £7.65

    which'll be finding themselves plugged into this Cinema Display at work. I knew there was a use for USB!

  6. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    I have a Logitech MX900 and absolutely love it.

    It was a little slow (acceleration-wise) in Panther, but Tiger seems to have cured that.

    Highly recommended.
  7. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    As I'm sure you've realized, these two, together, knock out nearly every mouse on the market. Ouch.

    If you get a rechargeable mouse, though, you can throw it in your bag and just be sure to charge it every night (or keep a spare set of batteries in your bag) and not worry about the on/off switch.

    Just be sure to turn of the option that lets bluetooth devices wakeup the [i|Power]book.
  8. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'll second that. It acted "choppy" at first, but now it's fine and I love it. Looks nice, too. :)
  9. adamjaskie macrumors member

    Yes, I know. The mini mice though, I just can't use them comfortably. Not to mention that my bag is plenty big enough to hold a full-size mouse. I use a USB corded mouse right now, and it fits no problem with the wire wrapped around it (the way I usually store it) so a mouse the size of Apple's bluetooth mouse is no problem.

    Why is it that almost none of the full-size mice have switches on them? Desktop users don't HAVE to switch them off just because they have a switch, and it is a very useful feature for laptop users. It doesn't seem like cost would be an issue, especially when full size bluetooth mice cost upwards of $60. Its not as if a switch is a DISADVANTAGE to desktop use, is it?

    I like the Logitech, but I doubt I would ever use that cradle thing. It takes AA batteries, which is a plus, even though since they are rechargable with the cradle they are probably a pain to install and remove, but I am paying for a combination charger/bluetooth hub that I will never use.

    Pulling it out of the bag and sticking it in the charger every night wouldn't be that bad, as I do the same with my iBook if I used it a significant amount that day, and at worst it means I have a bluetooth hub for my desktop system, so the Logitech wouldn't be all that bad, I guess. But I really do wish someone made a fullsize mouse with a switch!
  10. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    Nope. Just pop the battery cover off the bottom (similar to a TV remote control) and swap the batteries.
  11. adamjaskie macrumors member

    Oh, cool. I figured with rechargables and a cradle like that, they would do something weird like a screw-shut battery door.

    Hmm, the Logitech looks good. I'll keep it in mind.

  12. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
  13. adamjaskie macrumors member

    Except that it's not bluetooth, and it isn't full-size. The O.P. and I are both looking for bluetooth, I don't know if he minds a mini-mouse or not.

    Edit: Their PilotMouse Bluetooth looks nice, but again, no on/off switch. :(
  14. GilGrissom thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2005
    Even though it says it isnt Mac compatible and "PC Only"? Thats what worried me. It looks a nice mouse. Whats with your spare ones?!

    I do ideally want a full sizes one, or one that is pretty much small size. Dont mind a smaller one, as long as it isn't a really small piddly little thing.

    I agree with the switch thing though, would be good. Does the Apple one have an on/off switch?!
  15. adamjaskie macrumors member

    What I have heard about the MS one is that it works fine on a Mac...

    IF you use the supplied MS Bluetooth hub.

    Compatibiltiy problems I have heard stem from trying to use it with the integrated Mac Bluetooth, or the D-link dongle.

    IIRC, the Apple one does indeed have an on/off switch, but the one-button is a deal breaker for me. I used Linux before Mac, so I am used to my 5+ button mice.

    The MacMice model is EXACTLY what I want, but I have read bad reviews of it, and heard poor reports on it, so I am hesitant to spend my money on the thing. In fact, I was just about ready to buy it, and decided to see what else was out there when I came across all the bad reviews.
  16. witness macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2005
    I have the latest PowerBook with Bluetooth 2.0, the Microsoft mouse (latest version) works fine with it. I've never even tried plugging in the USB dongle that came with it.
    I found a shop selling them very cheap, so I bought a load of them to sell on, after I bought them the shop I bought from (ccl online) put their prices up. I have them on eBay for £41.99 + postage (, but if anyone here wants one I'll sell them for £40 including postage (to the uk).

    I'm not normally a wheeling and dealing type, but this was an offer I couldn't refuse.
  17. gamestriker macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2004
    As far as bluetooth, I can't give you alot of suggestions, because I've been looking for one myself. As far as wireless/portable mouse, however, I can give you a few options that I have heard/know are suitable.

    - - I have this one and I'm hoping to get a slightly better one; 3.5 out of 5 if I had to rate it. When it works, it works fine, but it tends to lose its connection with the receiver sometimes, and that can be annoying. I definitely would not recommend it for something like an FPS game, though for general usage, its fine.
    - - The wired brother of the above, this one has a retractable cord, which by all accounts works great, along with the mouse itself. Its cord is only 3 feet long though, so its scrictly laptop use.
    - - The bluetooth sibling, its worked as expect according to my friends who have one, except it will loses connection from time to time (i.e. reboot, sleep, mouse inactivity) and it has no on-off button, which is the only real dealbreaker about it.

    Yes, all those are kensington mice. I'm not a Kensington fanboy or anything, but after alot of research on wireless/portable mice, companies like Logitech and Microsoft have had lot of "hit or miss" from what I've read and seen. Kensington has had more consistency in good quality of their mice (if I had to rate their entire line of portable/wireless mice, I'd give it a 3.5 or 4 out of 5). They don't have any outstanding/excellent mice, but they will get the job done as expected.

    Again, these are just recommendation. Be sure to do your research on any mice that you might be interested in. Amazon user reviews are a great place to start. :)
  18. dxm113 macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2005
  19. gamestriker macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2004
    This mouse looks very good. Its definitely new, because I google reviews for it, and I couldn't find any yet. It seems they thought of everything; lets hope it works as great as it looks/sounds when the reviews start coming in.
  20. GilGrissom thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2005
    Yes I can remember seeing the medium one somewhere, possibly on PowerPage. Looks intriguing. I wasn't sure on the design first, but it could grow on me!!...the mini one looks way too small in the hands shown on the page!!

    the MacMice one always seems to be out of stock. I thought it was good but all these bad reviews suggest otherwise!! Sometimes I think I do not need one. 90% of the time I dont use any mouse or are in a situation to use one. I stick with the superb touchpad (double finger scrolling works 100% btw!!) so I keep changing my mind!! lol!!

  21. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    This mouse...

    is AWESOME!!! I just bought it for my Powerbook. It's small, but feels solid. Most importantly, it has an on/off switch to conserve battery life. Very good mouse.
  22. aptmunich macrumors member

    May 29, 2004
    Hey guys, what about this one?

    Even has an on/off switch! Bit small though...

    Bluetooth Mini Rechargeable Mouse
    Model No. OMM810
    Description: - Super-mini size
    - 2 x AAA rechargeable GP batteries (included)
    - Black rubber or iPod White color
    - 2-year product warranty
  23. Jay42 macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005

    From the RadTech site:

    "All recent Apple notebooks feature built-in Bluetooth."

    Ummm...what am I missing? I don't think this is true.
  24. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    I have a Logitech MX900 BT mouse as well and I used it with my 12" PB running Tiger. I find there is more-than-normal lag for tracking capabilities. I like the no dongle/no wire BT than the RF based mouse. But, somehow, this MX900 is not performing to my expectations (too much lag and sometime too jumpy).
  25. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    May I ask how you fixed choppiness of the MX900? Did it fix that by itself? Did you do some adjustment to get rid of choppiness?

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