I luv kensington expert mouse for mac

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Gator Bob, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Gator Bob macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2011
    My new Kensington 2nd gen expert mouse/trackball for PC & Mac totally kicks the ass of my Apple not-so-Magic mouse. I can do all the finger gestures on the trackpad on my Retina MacBook Pro or when the MacBook is in clamshell mode on my bluetooth Apple trackpad. No software is needed to install all the basic left right, cursor speed, etc. stuff. The mouse icon & setup menu in OS X Preferences works perfectly. A sticky on the expert mouse box refers to a download "to do even more" mouse tricks but I haven't looked at it yet.

    The frickin' Magic Mouse already is in my dead technology drawer, presumably forever. In my 2 years of use, my bluetooth Magic Mouse 1) responds erratically and unpredictably, 2) often goes dead and then back on again and 3) the batteries are fairly short-lived.
  2. BeeJee macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2011
    Long Island/North Jersey
    I love my Magic Mouse but I have to agree it does disconnect a whole lot when it's batteries are under 25%. Also, I've noticed that the higher end batteries really do make a difference. Glad to hear you like it, I couldn't do without the gestures so I'm glad to see more mouse's having this technology.
  3. magilla macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2013
    Been using Kensington's Turbo Mouse (granddaddy of the Expert mouse) on my oldest PM8600 for about a decade now and never had a bit of trouble with it. Just moved into the iMac world and am considering going with Kensington's newer Expert mouse for it. Have been using a Logitec Trac Marble (T-BC21) for a little while now and, while it's good, when I go back to my old system and the Turbo Mouse there's a whole world of difference in feel and response. Guess I'll either have to shell out MSRP for a new Magic Mouse or try to come up with a reliable used one.
  4. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Used every version of the Kensington 4 button since 96. The expert is the best input device made IMO, but most people learn on the standard device and stick with it. Most of the peers back in the day were doing music & editing and Kensingtons were on just about every workstation.
  5. magilla macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2013
    Do you happen to know if Kensington ever happened to issue a software upgrade to their original OS 9's "Mouseworks" program that correctly drives - or rather should i say allows it to work fully correctly - the old Turbo Mouse on an OS X system? :confused:

    I have an iMate ADB->USB dongle that allows me to connect my old Turbo Mouse to my relatively new iMac, but some of the programmable 4-button functions don't get passed through correctly which I'm sure is a software problem on Kensington's part.

  6. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Don't have an old Turbo to test, but there was a discussion somewhere with people using an alternative software with success. Can't remember the name right now.
  7. meistervu macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
    I use a Kensington trackball for many years now. I also have been using trackpads before they became standard on laptops. I like both. I don't care for mice.

    I finally ditched my Kensington trackball and use a Magic Trackpad full time. The trackball gives me slightly better fine control, but I always have good dexterity, so the trackpad works fine for me.

    Two things I like about the trackpad over the trackball is smooth scrolling and multitouch gestures. The newest trackball that let you scroll by spinning the ball laterally is nice, but still the scrolling action on the page is jerky: happens in increments, not smooth like physically dragging a piece of paper the way the trackpad feels.
  8. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    I use the ring with my thumb to scroll down sometimes, but it's not as fast as using the ol' bar. Pointing with precision is critical when I draw or work in Photoshop. The trackpad is good at certain things. I agree, a few of the touch controls are nice, but I wouldn't trade the speed and precision of the Kensington just for those.
    To each his own & both out-perform a tradition mouse if you do creative work.
  9. meistervu macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
    You also have the option of having both. I did for a while, trackpad on the left and trackball on the right. I agree, if I were to do a lot of work that require precision pointing, I would go to my trackball. For general work though, the trackpad is great.

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