USB Overdrive vs Steermouse

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by steve23094, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    So tell me about the difference between USB Overdrive and Steermouse? I know there have been a number of threads about this before but they are all quite old now and I wanted up to date information.

    I have a Logitech Performance MX mouse and it looks like Logitech has abandoned support for OS X. They still haven't updated the drivers for Yosemite and I'm sick of waiting, not being able to use all the features of my mouse.

    I have done some research and this is what I have discovered, please correct me if I'm wrong or add your own thoughts. I am currently testing Steermouse (SM) but haven't tried USB Overdrive (UO)

    - It looks like SM is updated more frequently than UO. I think SM was quicker to publish a Yosemite update, this is important to me because I upgrade to new OS X versions promptly. I also appreciate quick bug fixes.

    - UO has the advantage of being compatible with any device but at this stage I can't imagine using it for anything else.

    - Price looks fairly similar. Although UO is a one off cost and SM charges for major upgrades, SM only has these upgrades extremely infrequently.

    - SM suffers a little bit from poor English translation but has a nicer and more professional appearance.

    - SM has an option to pull up the task switcher which I use a lot. It does not appear UO can do this.

    - SM has the ability to automatically move the cursor to the default selection, UO does not.

    Have I missed anything?
  2. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    I gave up on both, and bought a Wacom Intuos. Absolute coordinates and total programmability.
  3. steve23094 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    Buying a pen and tablet is an absolute non-starter.
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Although it has been years since I recommended the Logitech mouse software, (and this is not a recommendation, simply info :D ) I did check at the Logitech site. They claim to have updated the Logitech Control Center for Yosemite, which includes support for your Logi Performance MX.
  5. steve23094 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    LOL. Literally updated just in the last few days. How many months late is that?
  6. steve23094 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    So I tried out the new version of LCC and it's horribly broken. On install it forces you to choose a Logitech keyboard (which I don't have) and then proceeds to screw your Apple keyboard config.

    Nor does it actually detect my mouse despite saying it's paired ok, so I can't alter any settings.

    Overall an excellent job by Logitech. The UO / SM hunt is still on.
  7. TheralSadurns macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2010
    I've been using Steermouse for like 6 years now. And it is rock-solid. Works well. Support is good. Frequent updates. Fair price. I can only recommend it!
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I use USB Overdrive, but have tried Steermouse as well. Both are very usable. And they are very "lightweight", when compared to Logitech's mouse software.

    Which one you decide to use depends on your personal preferences, so I suggest you download and try BOTH of them...
  9. dyt1983, Apr 16, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2015

    dyt1983 macrumors 65816

    May 6, 2014
    edit: to remove personally identifying information not relevant to thread.

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