Has anyone tested a Microsoft touch mouse on a mac ?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by errrick, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. errrick macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2013
    I want to replace my magic mouse. It started out as a love-hate thing which became mostly hate the past year.

    I absolutely hate its ergonomics. So I want to replace it but there are two facts:

    - I definitely don't want to switch back to scrollwheels
    - I would like to keep the ability to configure gestures with something like BetterTouchTool.

    Has anyone tested any of the "Touch" line of Microsoft mice?

    They all seem to be much more ergonomic, but I'm particularly worried about:

    1) their Mac support. I've read they are compatible, but I am not sure you can use them to their full potential ?
    2) can they be fully customized with something like BetterTouchTool ?
    3) Does the scroll pad work as with the magic mouse/trackpad ? that is, scrolling with the "inertia" effect.

    Hope anyone can point me in the right direction as I can't stand this thing anymore.
  2. poiihy, Dec 29, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2014

    poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    The Microsoft Arc touch mouse has software for Mac OS X, but they say it is only for 10.4-10.7.
    I am testing it on 10.10 right now...

    Tested it and it works on 10.10. I don't have any Microsoft mouse to test it with so I can't be sure the driver works.

    The sculpt touch mouse does not have software for Mac OS X, but you might be able to use the same software for the Arc Touch mouse. I think it is universal.

    Currently these are the only two touch mice that Microsoft has on their Mice page. There are many other touch mice from Microsoft, such as the Wedge mouse and Touch mouse and Explorer Touch mouse, but they are discontinued. You'd have to look on 3rd-party retailers.

    If you are buying from a physical shop, like Best Buy, you can just get a touch mouse, test it, and if it does not work, return it.
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I've used MS keyboards for years on Mac and they worked great. For mice I always use Logitech gaming mice. Personally I think an MS keyboard and Logitech mouse are the best combo.

    I have used intellimouse for an MS mouse before. It worked fine I just prefer the feel of a Logitech.

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