What 2 Button Mouse Should I buy?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by kukheart, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2003
    I love my i-mac but it's time to get a new mouse, no more 1 click for me. Can anyone tell me the best one to get, without going over $50. Thanks
  2. macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    While much more than 2 buttons, the MX500/510 is the best (wired) mouse ou can buy (IMO). It costs $33ish at NewEgg.

    If you're strict about the two buttons rule, a run-of-the-mill Microsoft optical wheel mouse will rock your world.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2004
    Toronto, Ontario
    As odd as it feels at first, I have to agree. I've been using the vanilla Micro$oft optical wheel mouse ever since I got my Mac -- it forgave me in a few hours.
  4. macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2004
    Seattle-area, WA
    I think both suggestions so far are good ones. The Logitech MX500 or MX510 are great mice, very ergonomical (provided you're a righty), scroll wheel works great and you can use the extra buttons for expose stuff. I have the MX900 and love it. You can get either the 500 or the 510 for under $50.

    I also like the basic Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer. The scroll wheel is kind of light, but works well, and is pretty comfortable. I think they retail for like $25 or something, but I've seen em in computer stores without boxes or manuals (not like you need em...) for $10. Can't beat that!
  5. macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2004
    Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    The Mouse will match your mac, they also have a BT one. :)
  6. macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I'm getting really annoyed by the suggestions for The Mouse. There's many posts in this forum, and elsewhere, about that company. They're a sleazy company that takes $5 products, rebrand them, and resell them for $60. And they still are $5 products. They feel cheap, they have weird issues. The only thing they're good for is that they look matched to the Mac, and they don't even look that good in person either.

    It's a borderline SCAM. And you people keep bringing them up. ARRGH I can hardly take it anymore.

    Hell I don't know why I bothered.

    rant over.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2004
    Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    I never said they were good, I just said they will match. ;) :rolleyes:
  8. macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2004
    Nara, Japan
    Bought a Microsoft wireless 2 button mouse with scroll wheel 4 months ago,
    works great (works like it's not a Microsoft product) have not replaced the batteries and use it everyday. Do not think the colors will match an iMac, but they had a lot of colors to choose from.

  9. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2005
    I feel dirty saying this, but Microsoft mice are very good.
  10. macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2003
    I use the MicroSoft 5 button mouse, with Expose F9 mapped to button 4 and Expose F11 mapped to button 5. A huge time-saver and a very nice mouse to use.
  11. macrumors 65816

    redeye be

    Jan 27, 2005
    m$ sideways scrolling & expose

    Can the sideways scrolling (of the wheel on some m$ mice) be programmed/set to use expose?
  12. macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    I recently upgraded to the MX510 from the standard Apple one-buttoner and I have no complaints at all. It’s a great little mouse – very comfortable and the novelty of being able to control expose and various other functions through my mouse hasn't worn off yet! :cool:

    So, another nod for the MX510.
  13. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Cannot tell you which to buy, but I can warn you about buying this one: The Kensington Pocket Mouse Pro Wireless. It's my worst buy ever, in any cathegory. The range is well under 1 meter (~3 feet - not eve a real arms length) and it's very unpresice... Totally useless unless it's within 10 cm (4 inches) of the, oversized, Home-RF dongle it comes with... :mad:

    Just stay away from this one... ;)
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2002
    at the end of the hall
    The only problem with that is that the company is owned by none other than Jack Campbell, a known liar and braggart in Macintosh forums. He's a tool. I hope no one gives him any more money.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Secret Moon base
    If you use the Intellimouse then use it without Microsoft's driver. I have found it works fine and is 100% compatible, but if I install the MS driver then some games cease to work.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2005
    That's too bad, I was looking forward to trying the BT model if I ever get around to buying a new system, wanted a 2 button that would match the keyboard, but with these comments and the $60 price, guess I'll keep looking...
  17. macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2004
  18. macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    MX1000 laser mouse and M$ Wireless IntelliMouse

    I use Logistech MX 1000 Laser Mouse and M$ Wireless IntelliMouse Exlore 2.0 for my Al and Ti PBs running OS X 10.3.7. I intalled the drivers from their CDs which came with them my PB. Both of them works very well (I held off till today for installing the drivers from their disks as I was weary about installing the third party drivers on the input devices).
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2003
    I use my Logitech wheel mouse optical (the first they ever made...) its together with the 17" screen the last part of my PC-user existence that I still use... the Mac mouse is big, slow, not that good in general, lacks at least a scrollwheel (wake-up steve!!!)

    I like Logitech mice... I had a BT Microsoft mouse, but that was even slower than the one from apple... so I gave up on that one too...

  20. macrumors 6502a

    Dale Sorel

    Jan 12, 2003
    I have an MX500 and I think it's great :cool:
  21. macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2004
    San Gabriel, CA
    I have a Kensington "mouse in a box" optical scroll-wheel and it has been great. It's a little light-weight, but it was only $14.95 at CompUSA. It's also silver and matched my monitor & G5!

    I remember when Apple mice were ADB and PC mice were PS2. God bless the USB bus. I think that moving to USB has been the best move Apple ever made.
  22. macrumors member


    Jul 4, 2003
    Logitech MX 510! Don't know how I coped without it. Really is an excellent bit of kit. I've reprogrammed the button directly beneath the scroll wheel to 'Hide' applications, because I still use OS X the same way I used OS 9! :) old habits die hard (Like Bruce Willis in a vest) :)
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2002
    Sorry you feel that way.

    No it's not the super best mouse ever, but I like mine just fine. It feels just like the Apple pro mouse and yes, i'm willing to pay the bucks for it.

    Each to his own...
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2004
    Houston, TX..... (keep walking)
    I like the concept of logitect MX900 but don't need the hub .... Basically I am looking for a 2 button BT mouse that can recharge on a cradle .... I don't think it can be done
  25. macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2004
    You and I are searching for the same product. I've searched and searched and haven't come up with anything yet.

    Originally, I was looking for a 2 button scroll wheel mouse with additional buttons for Expose' and such. I had my heart set on a white mouse (to match my beautiful iMac.

    Shoot, I could care less about color now.

    I really like my Apple BT mouse despite its flaws, but I think the improved functionality of a multi-button mouse cannot be denied.

    Come on Apple, let's get with the game! I don't care if you continue to ship a 1 button mouse with new Macs...at least offer a 2 button.

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