Portable Mouse?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by flipsideshooze, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. flipsideshooze macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2007
    let me start with a quick hello. I just recieved my brand new MacBook Pro two days ago (a switcher! :)) and am loving it, and i'm glad to see such a supportive community here to help me :)

    now, on to the question: i'm going into graphic design, and my first order of business was to buy a portable mouse.... but here's my snag:

    does any USB based mouse work? or do i need to look for a mac-compatible one? and, if so, can someone recommend one to me? (preferably cheap, but of decent quality is a plus)
  2. bmb012 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2006
    Any USB mouse works, and I'd recommend a bluetooth mouse, so you don't have that wire, and you don't have to use a USB dongle with it. But yeah, anything you can plug into your USB port that calls itself a mouse will work just fine. Personally I just use the mouse with my intuos pad, so I can't really recommend a brand, so I'll leave that up to someone else...
  3. newmacguy88 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2007
    I would check the packaging to make sure it says it runs on a Mac. I've seen some that don't. Look for the little blue mac face symbol. I found an inexpensive mouse for like $10, but I don't know how good of quality it is...
  4. masse macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2007
    I've never heard anything bad about logitech mice. I've had good experiences as well.
  5. Gandhi macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    I recommend getting a Bluetooth mouse. Nothing drives me up the wall more than plugging in that silly RF receiver dongle on most wireless mice. Takes up a USB slot as well.

    I have a Mighty Mouse Bluetooth and am very happy with its performance.
  6. rhagen macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2007
    San Diego, California
    newegg.com get the logitech vx revolution mouse. It is the best laptop mouse on the market.
  7. magius macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2007
    i second the vx revolution.

    bluetooth is nice, but it also means you have to activate bluetooth on your laptop and use a little more battery. also bluetooth mice are not as precise if that matters to you, i've heard some of them have delays, etc.. if you're set on a bluetooth i'd recommend the logitech v2700. also, if you do end up buying logitech, I would warn you against installing their driver software... just use steermouse or usb overdrive.
  8. brasscat macrumors 6502


    Jun 9, 2007
    Dallas, Texas
    Try to find a high-resolution mouse. That's especially if you're a designer. It'll make all the difference above any other feature.

    Bluetooth mice are cool, especially since they don't require a USB dongle, but be warned that they also eat batteries (or at least has been my experience on several models).
  9. byakuya macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2007
    I totally 100% agree.


    ps: VX review, Steermouse Review
  10. Grape macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2007
    I say bluetooth as well. It's nice just to be able to toss the mouse in the bag and go, and not have to faff about with wires whe setting up.

    And for the amount you use a mouse, just splurge and get something good.
  11. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    The wireless Mighty Mouse is very nice. Definitely more portable than some of these others listed here.
  12. fearxtragedy macrumors member

    May 22, 2007
    i got a logitech lx7 (i think) wireless optical mouse for about 60$ CDN, and it works really well. a lot of the cheaper brands didnt support os x.
  13. Shepherd macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I've been looking into a nice wireless mouse for my mbp when I head back out to college again shortly, since I can't stand a cord tugging on my hand, and the Logitech G7 caught my eye. While it costs $99 on logitech's site it can be bought off amazon for a little under $70 so it's about the same price as a wireless mighty mouse. It's laser sensor can be adjusted up to 2000dpi and it has remarkable response times, perhaps even better than the logitech mx1000 wireless that I've been using on my desktop gaming PC.

    I was initially set on getting a bluetooth mouse (such as the wireless mighty mouse) but after playing around with it on my friend's macbook I found that the response time wasn't quite as quick as I desired (especially for playing games). All in all, I don't mind a little usb dongle in order to have quick and accurate wireless performance.

    Then again, if you don't think that you'll be playing many games or using many programs that require mouse precision (although it sounds like you are going to be doing a bit of graphic design), a bluetooth mouse is probably your best bet because of its simplicity.

  14. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    I have a great BlueTooth mouse that is about 2 1/2 inches long. Thermaltake makes it and it is model BT500. Excellent mouse and it is so small and perfect!!! Here is a link with some photos http://www.fastlanehw.com/reviews.php?i=123
  15. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    I'll second this mouse, although I bought mine from radtech. The small size might take some adjustment, but it's a great mouse for everything but gaming.

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