Looking for a high-quality mouse--any suggestions?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Tom762, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Tom762 macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2018
    I’m using the Magic Mouse right now, and it’s OK, but it can be rather annoying because just the slightest brush across it with any finger it causes unwanted scrolling or zooming, and it also just doesn’t feel very good in my hand.

    I decided to try another mouse and ordered up a Logitech MX Master wireless mouse from Amazon.com. That mouse felt very good in my hand, and it had lots of buttons all over it, two scroll wheels (index finger and thumb) and software that let me program any button on it with dozens of functions in Mac OS, and make lots of adjustments. An excellent mouse, except that it felt light and cheesy, like a cheap toy, and the scroll wheel was loosely mounted and rattled, and the thumbwheel scrolling in InDesign CS6 documents was not smooth; it jerked and jumped to the right and left and was quite irritating.

    I noticed in the Amazon comments section for buyers of the Logitech MX Master mouse that many people say that Logitech’s quality has gone south in recent years; the Chinese who make Logitech’s mice do so very sloppily, and aside from feeling cheap lots of people report that the mice break down after about six months of daily use--the cursor skips, the buttons lose function, etc. So, there’s a great mouse design with good software that’s badly made. I sent mine back.

    A friend of mine who is a gamer suggested I get a Corsair gaming mouse and use it as a regular mouse, since they are reportedly of high quality, but in looking at their descriptions on Amazon, they seem to all be for Windows only, and even if they worked with a Mac there’s surely no software to program the buttons in Mac OS.

    So, I’m back to using the old Magic Mouse again, but am still interested in finding a high-quality, durable mouse (wired or wireless, I don’t care) with a scroll wheel or wheels that will let me scroll in all directions in Indesign or Photoshop, and can give me better control than I can get with the Magic Mouse.

    Does any such mouse exist? Does anybody have any suggestions for a good Mac-compatible mouse?

  2. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
  3. chrisman9 macrumors member


    Nov 13, 2016
    Dear Tom762, Im not going to be of any help here, only to comment that I, too, find the 'basic mouse' that came with my iMac, is, what I call 'jittery' It is very annoying to me and, further, it can take from 2 to 10 or so clicks to engage my selection. Ridiculous. And I want to apologize that, tho' I didnt look in to the link fried chicken sent you, but I will speak for the other two replies: they dont have anything to offer. But, as I seem to more often find, my own ingenuity is what may solve my problem. I hope you can find that solid mouse you seek.
  4. Tom762 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2018
    Thanks for your comments Chrisman. Right now I'm trying a out Logitech Anywhere MX mouse ($39 from Amazon) and it's better than that Logitech MX Master mouse I sent back. The scroll wheel is tighter, quieter, and smoother on this one, and it tilts left and right for horizontal scrolling, and the scrolling is considerably better than the Master MX. It's still an all-plastic mouse.

    But the underside of this mouse was so slippery that the cursor whizzed all over the screen, overshooting most of the time, far too sensitive even at the slower settings, so I put some duct tape on the bottom to provide a little drag against the mouse pad, which made it more controllable.

    This Anywhere Mouse also has Mac-compatible software downloadable from the Logitech website so that the three buttons (one on top and two on the left side) can be programmed to do various things. And the two AA batteries it takes gives it more weight and solidity than the featherweight MX Master mouse.

    So I think that in this Anywhere MX Mouse I've probably got about the best mouse I'm going to get right now. It's certainly not of the high quality of the Apple all-metal Magic Mouse, but acceptable. If I hear of a better mouse I'll certainly try it.

    Thanks again for your comments.


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