What mouse?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bms259, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. bms259 macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2008
    I'm about 90% sure that I am going to be upgrading to a blackbook from a dell within the next couple of days, and have a question about a mouse.

    Right now I use a Microsoft Wirelesss Notebook Optical Mouse 3000, and actually like it a lot. I've read enough bad reviews of the mighty mouse to disuade me buying it, but I really like the idea of having the side buttons to use for expose or dashboard. It'll be nice to take full advantage of my new and improved computer.

    I'm just wondering what a good mouse would be? Bluetooth would be nice, but not essential. I'm looking for something with the side buttons, or some other way of accessing expose from the mouse.

    I really know next to nothing about mice...I've never really put much thought into it before.

    Thanks in advance for all the help.
  2. alexjdb macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2007
    Montreal, QC, Canada
    I've got an MX600 and do not miss the side buttons at all. Exposé is a nice feature, but you'll probably use it when typing something, etc. and F3 is there for that. As for Dashboard, it's F4. And I believe - don't quote me - that you can program the buttons from other mouses to use these functions. Usually there are back/forward buttons on other mouses, and these will probably be much more useful than the Exposé/Dashboard buttons.
  3. Macnoviz macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    Roeselare, Belgium
    I find the quickest way for expose and stuff are the hot corners. You can assign a function to a corner of your screen, and hovering your mouse over the corner triggers the function. This works really well for me, it has become almost a reflex. I use top right for expose (F9) bottom right for desktop (F11) and top left for screensaver. I hit the bottom left corner a few times by mistake so I don't use that one any more.

    This may seem complex or trigger happy, but if you try it out you may find it very useful. By now I even go to my corners by accident when in windows.
  4. bms259 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2008
    Didn't know you could do that. That may just work. I've got a mouse that I'm happy with, so the hot corners could definetly tide me over till I get a new mouse, or even elimate the need for one.
    Although I think I will want to get a bluetooth mouse. I've been looking at some MS ones, b/c I'm used to the feel of the scroll and the design, and see some that might be a possibility, but I don't know how well they will handle OS X. I doubt many people actually use a MS mouse with a mac, but if anyone does and can give me some advice that'd be great. I'm open to any other suggestions too.
    I'm also looking at a VX Nano from logitech....
  5. brandonzar macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    Mac Mouse

    I was in the same spot about this time last year and I ended up getting the logitech v450, it worked great but only had one extra button (the scroll wheel) and I really wanted bluetooth so I didn't have to mess with the receiver. So a few months later I got the VX nano despite some bad reviews on macs. At first it sucked, I had to remove the adapter and put it back in several times when I would wake my mbp from sleep, but this latest leopard update fixed it. Now I love the VX nano, it has lots of buttons, hyper scroll, and you can leave the tiny adapter in all the time. I highly recommend it.
  6. EB66 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
  7. Ripmax2000 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2005
    Seconded! There really is no better mouse (unless of course you are left handed).
  8. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    That's funny, I feel the exact same way about my Logitech MX Revolution. :)

    It is, in fact, the finest mouse I've ever owned. I love the size and feel of it. It is extremely solidly constructed and I use every button and both wheels. The dual function scroll wheel on top with the hyper-fast scrolling mode is something I couldn't imagine living without now.

    I'm not very familiar with the VX revolution but it appears to be just a smaller version of the MX for notebooks. I'm sure it's also an excellent product.

    The MX has a USB dongle not Bluetooth but it is only about 2 inches long and is very inconspicuous in the right side USB port of my iMac's aluminum keyboard.
  9. bms259 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2008
    Thanks for all the help! I decided on a VX Nano. It seemed like it would be closest to what I was used to, and I got a good price too. Now I just have to wait for it and my new Macbook to use it on! It's exciting
  10. bradbowl macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2005
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    You will be very happy with the Logitech VX/MX series mice. I've used both and they are the best mice I've ever used. I really like the free flowing scroll wheel and the ability to change it back and forth when you need too.
  11. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    i have to say as much as i hate logitech the vx revolution scroll wheel is amazing.

    until you use it everyday, you will never know how amazing it is to have a scroll wheel that does not click, it just keeps spinning.

    logitech has sent me 3 mice now but what they do not understand is that the software they have is the problem.

    do as i did today and use usboverdrive, and you will be very happy.
    i am absolutely giddy.
    on overdrive i have
    down on the scroll wheel select all
    on the zoom buttons up is copy and down is past
    then back and forth for the other two

    i am just soooo happy
  12. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    as i stated, its amazing isn't it?

    now that logitech has sent me a 3rd mouse, i was going to keep it packaged and return it to best buy, but now that i use usboverdrive. omg,

    how much do you use your zoom buttons?
    me, none, now, a lot, now amazingly happy

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