Mouse tracking on OS X? Not good compared to my PC

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  1. circa7 macrumors regular

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    I've connected both a magic mouse and a Logitech mx518 and both dont have as precise of tracking as they do on my HP Envy PC. Is this a common issue with OS X, or is there something wrong with my MacBook Pro? I just got the Mac and it's my first one, so this is new to me. I couldn't imagine OS X being poor in this regard.

    When I say not as precise, I mean that the actual pointer when moving is a bit "jagged". On my PC it's smooth and accurate, on OS X its a bit jump. Even when I adjust the tracking down it still does not work as good as I'm used to.
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    OS X always has acceleration. Windows has none. Generally that's the reason it feels different.

    Try MouseZoom or BetterTouchTool to disable mouse acceleration.
     
  3. snyder17315 macrumors newbie

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    I felt the same thing coming from a PC to my Macbook Pro. Do what I did, immediately go here and download the software (it's free):

    http://smoothmouse.net/forum/

    You'll thank me later!
     
  4. circa7 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I dont see the software - is it controllermate?
     
  5. xShane macrumors 6502a

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    It feels a little different as first, but now I'm used to it and it feels very accurate and precise.
     
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  7. thermodynamic Suspended

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    AWESOME links, thanks!

    Logitech does not support all of their mice for OS X (hence many of peoples' speed issues), and keyboard support isn't complete either (e.g. at least re: my G10's LCD panel and its showing inaccurate RAM and CPU usage readouts, and to this day there's no fix, but it is an older keyboard and no longer supported... a newer keyboard might have fixed software.)
     
  8. nontroppo macrumors 6502

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    There are all sorts of debates about this, whether it is simply the acceleration curve or not, or whether OS X physically lags mouse input, you'll find some strong opinions here:

    http://d43.me/blog/1205/the-cause-for-all-your-mac-os-x-mouse-annoyances/

    included in the comments is one by John Carmack, who actually measured a lag in OS X using a 120fps camera, his argument being that OS X has a window compositor that causes a lag related to frame composition (and in theory Windows 7/8 should have a similar problem). The owner of that blog is the one who founded the smoothmouse forum and software.
     
  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I hadn't heard of that one and MouseZoom is on the verge of becoming obsolete if not updated. Definitely checking it out.
     
  10. nontroppo macrumors 6502

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    Smoothmouse is doing something unique to OS X apparently, it is not just removing the acceleration curve as other software does, but bypasses the OS X mouse handler at the lowest level. As I don't really notice a substantial difference I've not bothered trying smoothmouse, I do find the very wide divergence of opinions over mouse handling interesting though...
     
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I've been using OS X since 2005 as my personal OS of choice and I have to use Windows at work occasionally. Everytime I get onto a Windows machine at work I notice the mouse feeling "right." I've gotten used to OS X's mouse over the years but every once in a while it still bugs me.

    Note: I did grow up on pre-mouse OS's and first used a mouse to select commands from a command line menu my father programmed. Then I used it in Windows so my brain might just be wired to like Window's mouse better.
     
  12. Hetalia macrumors member

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    yeah I love my pc's mouse too. I love my magic mouse too. Seems that smooth mouse makes things alot better it might just be me though.
     

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