OS X Gaming Mice other than Razer

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by MMcCraryNJ, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. MMcCraryNJ macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    I'm running a 2010 iMac 27 and am in desperate need for a gaming mouse solution.

    About a year ago, when Diablo III came out, I purchased the Razer Naga Hex, as Razer was the only gaming mouse company I could find with native OS X support. Set that up on a Razer Sphex gaming surface and all was well...for about 5 months.

    After 5 months, things started to get weird with the mouse. I have many tracking and pointer issues with this mouse...moving the mouse normally at times results in the pointer moving, then stopping, then moving again, in a very jerky fashion. It acted exactly like a ball mouse that had a large piece of dirt stuck inside, if you can imagine that. Sometimes the pointer refuses to move either vertically or horizontally. Sometimes the pointer refuses to move at all (however, left and right click both function). At first I thought my gaming surface or laser was dirty, and after cleaning it I noticed the same issues. The only thing that remedies these issues is if I unplug/replug the USB cable (which is directly in the back of the iMac, not on a USB hub). After that, the mouse works great for a couple of hours before experiencing the same issues. Not to mention, the Synapse software is terrible.

    I've dealt with it this entire time, but over the last week my scroll wheel click is malfunctioning as well. It refuses to register clicks unless I use a bit of force on it. Opening new tabs in a browser fails constantly, and I can forget about using it in any game. This appears to be a permanent issue, as disconnecting the USB cable does not solve it.

    So I need recommendations for gaming mice that function natively in OS X. There aren't very many, I know. I just need to get away from Razer. Their Synapse software is hideous, this mouse has way too many issues with tracking, and while I understand I likely got a defective one, I shouldn't have to replace an 80 dollar gaming mouse less than a year into owning it. I've looked at Logitech but they don't list OS X as supported, and I really don't want to have to deal with third party apps or System Panel extensions to enable buttons and such. Any help?
  2. ScottishCaptain, Apr 12, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2013

    ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    I use a Logitech Performance MX.

    The buttons work fine in OS X without any software. You can assign them to Expose/Mission Control, they all show up and "just work". Likewise, they work in games that support extra buttons (if the game doesn't support extra buttons at all, then no mouse is going to work for you).

    If you need macro support under OS X, I'd highly recommend buying a license for ControllerMate to fulfill that requirement. CM is one of the best damned programs I've ever used on a Mac, especially when it comes to configuring macros and actions for USB peripherals. You can rig up just about anything you can dream of with the node editor. IMHO, a solid mouse + ControllerMate = one of the most powerful setups you could wish for.

    As far as other mice go, I never found anything that I felt totally satisfied with under OS X. The Razer mice are all crap, especially with that abomination they're peddling as Synapse 2.0 these days. The MadCatz Cyborg unit is OK, but bloody expensive and not all the buttons are operable under OS X OOTB (they're using a custom USB communication protocol for them, don't ask me why) and the native OS X software sucks. SteelSeries has some interesting hardware, especially the Sensei, but once again their OS X software is stupendously bloated, slow, and unstable (apparently this is a common requirement for mice these days?).

  3. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2012
    I also use a Logitech Performance MX and I'm very happy with it.
  4. bluespider macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2009
    Space Coast FL
    i like the R.A.T. 3 --- suits basic gaming needs
  5. iF34R macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2011
    South Carolina
    I'm using the Orochi. I'm loving it. I use BetterTouchTool with it.
  6. TheGreatWumpus macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2012
    I use a Logitech M570 Trackball. Takes some learning, but I find it better :)
  7. iansinthebag macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2013
    Razers are better

    Razers have better mice and keyboards :D
  8. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Yep. Also don't use the Synapse software if you can avoid it. Use Better Touch Tool instead.
  9. antonis, Apr 14, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013

    antonis macrumors 68000


    Jun 10, 2011
    I've been using a Razer Deathadder mouse for over a year now (before D3 released and ever since), and I've never had the slightest issue. The only difference with the OPs experience is that I never installed any 3rd party drivers/software.

    I'm using the native standard OS X driver (whatever that is) which also offers support for the 2 extra buttons on the sides (meaning I just plugged the mouse). Mind that I don't even use it on a direct usb port, but instead it is plugged in the keyboard's usb. Zero problems so far. By NOT using 3rd party s/w and drivers I also never ran onto a problem with any other mouse in the past, including Logitech's and Microsoft's.

    FWIW, I think Razor make the best mice out there, especially for the hands of a gamer.
  10. edddeduck macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    Yep it's the main mouse on my Mac and has been reliable and stable. Build quality is decent, mine has been in use a year+ now and it works and looks like new.
  11. Miharu macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2007
    I also use Razer Deathadder without any drivers and it's great :) But this is probably of no help to you OP.
  12. Blaquespell macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2012
    I used a DeathAdder for a while, but upgraded to a Steelseries Sensei. Much better in my opinion.
  13. labars macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2011
    Any decent mouse + SmoothMouse is all any person who games on a mac needs.
  14. nmesbah macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2012
    I've had a steelseries sensei for a while now and haven't had any problems with it. A few months ago they finally released the desktop software for the mac, which mostly works and has a bunch of nice features like settings that change automatically depending on what program is open and custom macros for buttons. I happen to have a bootcamp partition just to play games in, so I use it 25% windows / 75% mac, and it performs well in both. They have two versions: one with an onboard arm chip and an lcd so you can select profiles on the fly without needing software on the computer; and a cheaper one without the onboard processor which is the better choice unless you do tournament play, IMHO.
  15. jedolley macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
    I am also currently using the Performance MX and it works fine in most cases. I actually have no issue with Razer mice, but I prefer wireless and the Razer wireless mice suck on battery life.

    As for Logitech, their gaming line is now supported on OSX. This is a recent development (probably the last week or so) and had it been that way before I probably would have tried out the G700 over the MX. So if you like Logitech you may want to take a second look at their G series line as now have Mac software for it.

    Steelseries is another option as I believe most if not all their mice have Mac support/software. For me Steelseries was not an option since their only wireless offering is the WoW mouse. A wireless Ikari would probably be my dream mouse...

    For me, i'm going to give the Logitech G700s a try and take the new Mac software for a spin.
  16. Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
    Which model ? I see they have a few.
  17. kamuix macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2011
    I have a cyborg mmo 7 mouse and its not bad. Has software support so I can program the buttons on it. Six modes to switch to, so I have set up for now just gaming and desktop usage.
  18. Blaquespell macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2012
    I have the standard Sensei, the one with the metal casing on the top. I first tried a Sensei [RAW], but I had serious issues booting into Boot Camp with it. Steelseries was nice enough to swap it for the standard one.
  19. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2002
    Charleston, SC
    The Sensei is a good mouse, and the drivers are finally out for OS X, so you don't have to go the third party route. It can be a bit bigger than some other mice though, so if you have small hands, beware.
  20. MMcCraryNJ thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    Thanks all. Going to heavily look into the Sensei. Also, apparently Logitech has a new line of gaming mice coming out in the next few weeks, but so far I can't tell if they have native OS X software support.
  21. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

    Feb 6, 2013
    United Kingdom
    About to take the plunge on the Razer Naga Epic, should I look elsewhere?!
  22. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    Those mice have been out for a couple weeks, and there is OS X compatible software that works surprisingly well. About the only thing the software does not support is assigning application switching (command+tab) to a single button. This feature is not programmed in, and creating a macro doesn't work.

  23. MMcCraryNJ thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    Welp, woke up this morning, started up the iMac, and my Razer mouse is completely dead. Buttons still work, but I'm getting no tracking whatsoever out of the laser. I've tried everything, different USB ports, restarting, and nothing worked. I even tried plugging it into a windows laptop and my macbook, same results.

    Mouse is totally dead. Never buying a Razer product ever again. Terrible.
  24. edddeduck macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    Before calling them terrible have you contacted them and asked if they will replace it under warranty? All Razer mice have a 2 or 1 year warranty depending on the model.

    I had a Razer mouse that failed and they sent me a new one and asked if I could send them the dead one so they could take it apart and see what failed. Their support was actually first class in every way both as a developer and a normal customer.

    As your mouse started failing after only 5 months I would contact them explain what happened and when and ask if they can organise a replacement, you should have a brand new replacement in no time.


  25. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

    Feb 6, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Ended up going for the Naga Hex green, seems better for LoL :)

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