What multi-button mouse do you like?

riker1384

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I've just used my standard one-button Apple mouse. As Mac users, what mice do you like that have at least 2 buttons and probably a wheel? Something not expensive.

When I use the Apple mouse, I don't lay my hand down flat on it; my fingers curve upward over it. My index fingertip actually rests on the right half of it. (The mouse seems to be parallel to my forearm bones this way, rather than my hand.) If I get a 2-button mouse and I end up holding it the same way, I might want the right button to perform the basic left-click. Is that possible, or will I end up holding a conventional mouse differently?
 

WildCowboy

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I use a Logitech MX1000...I think it's since been superseded by newer Logitech models, but it's a fantastic mouse.

As for your question about hand positioning and customizing clicks, just about every multibutton mouse allows you to configure the buttons however you like them. I might also recommend heading over to Best Buy or Office Depot and getting the feel of the mice there...the feel of the mouse can be a very individual thing, and it's an important consideration.
 

Decrepit

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I use the Logitech MX518, its a bit of a gamer mouse, but I do like having Exposé and back and forwards at my finger tips.
How did you make that mouse work?

I had one, and gave it away because it wouldn't work on my Mac Mini. The pointer moved, but the clicks didn't register. I tried all kinds of things, Logitech blew me off for using a Mac. The 518 was awesome on my PC, but if it doesn't work with my Mac, it's not getting used.

I use an MX500 because it did work.
 

pknz

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How did you make that mouse work?

I had one, and gave it away because it wouldn't work on my Mac Mini. The pointer moved, but the clicks didn't register. I tried all kinds of things, Logitech blew me off for using a Mac. The 518 was awesome on my PC, but if it doesn't work with my Mac, it's not getting used.

I use an MX500 because it did work.
It works fine as long as you don't install the Logitech Mac software (as its not a supported mouse). Then to configure the buttons I use USB Overdrive.
 

lost eden

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Mice. Ugh. Been a trackball user since the late 80's. Right now a Kensington Orbit. Pretty reliable and comfy.
Major Kudos to you! I recently upgraded to a Kensington Expert trackball from an old (serial!) Fellowes trackball. The new Kensington may have set me back £75, but so far it has been worth every penny. I have the four buttons set as left-, right-, middle- & double- click. Of course, I use a mouse for gaming though (Razer Krait).

I always found it strange that Apple sells single button mice when their OS relies upon having a two button mouse...
 

Slip

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I personally love the Mighty Mouse, nicely shaped and looks so damn cool. I find it nice and ergonomic but I could see it being less comfy if you have larger hands than myself.
The killer I think is that it ties in so well with OS X (oddly enough) and really enhances the time spent using it.
Also looks superfly when used with your Mac ;)
 

riker1384

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I know the Mighty Mouse has an unusual way of detecting clicks, so can you switch the right and left clicks the same way you can with a normal mouse?
 

lost eden

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Another trackball user here. I canNOT get used to a mouse that actually moves around.

Logitech Marble mouse, with 4 buttons in addition to the trackball.

The one thing that I have really welcomed in moving to the Kensington Expert is the 'scroll ring' - too often trackballs have no dedicated scroll function, which is fine if you're running full screen & cab just roll across to the edge of the window, but it starts to get annoying wasting time finding scrollbars when you have loads nested in frames or the such. And as we're posting pictures, this is my baby;

 

Fuchal

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My favorite 2 mice are: Logitech MX 400, and Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse 5000
 

nilocalling

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After two Mighty Mice I bought myself a Logitech MX620 for €50 (about $50 in the US I guess). Wireless, works great, horizontal scrolling (but doesn't work that well) and drivers for Mac. It has 4 programmable buttons, 2 mouse buttons and a scroll wheel.

Oh yes, and it works on 2 AA batteries (not-chargeable).
 
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