Wireless Trackball for Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by bking1000, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. bking1000 macrumors 6502a

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    I am looking to get a mac mini for a multimedia station hooked to my HDTV. What are recommended wireless trackball mice that are known to work with Mac. I see a couple on Amazon, but I'm never sure if they TRULY work with Macs or not.
     
  2. iNash macrumors 6502

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    Depends on what you need from it, I am quite happy with my MightyMouse although I did have a Logitech one (from the Apple Store) that allowed volume control and webpage navigating from the mouse which was cool but I prefer the size and feel of the MightyMouse hence my return to it :)
     
  3. bking1000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the response. I may have mis-phrased my question.

    This is for my living room, and there is no table surface. So, I'm not looking for a mouse, but a wireless trackball. One where the ball is facing up and you move the ball with your thumb, rather than move the unit around. Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-9043...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1240061551&sr=8-1

    But I'm looking for recommendations from Mac folks. Also, do these wireless signals carry 10 feet?
     
  4. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    It should work just fine, I use a corded trackball with my macbook and logitech provide drivers for OS X with their Control Panel.

    The one I'm using is this. Works brilliantly well, but it's not cordless.

    There's no reason why cordless ones wouldn't work though, I'm assuming they just use a usb receiver as opposed to bluetooth?
     
  5. Jschultz macrumors 6502a

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    I endorse the marble mouse by logitech. I'm using one too!
     
  6. bigbird macrumors 6502

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    I've used one for many years. In fact, my first one quit working and I bought a replacement. I liked it for a long time, but recently my wrist started getting sore while using it. It's also not the most accurate scrolling ball. I'm shelving mine and getting a Logitech MX Revolution mouse.
     
  7. iNash macrumors 6502

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    Ah I see, I used to have that Logitech one on my old PC, worked great except after a lot of heavy usage my thumb would ache (similar to quad biking pain if anyone has done that).

    Have you thought about a Wireless Tablet instead? - http://www.tablet4u.co.uk/product.html?ItemID=776

    Might also look cooler? I have a wired one which I will sometime use in place of the mouse, takes a bit of getting used to in order to use it as a mouse but when you get it I often find it's faster than a mouse?
     
  8. bking1000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting. Is it rigid enough to use in your lap? This would be used in the living room while sitting on the couch in front of the TV.

    I am not concerned w/repetitive stress injuries, as it's mainly an entertainment PC. I'll be using the iMac in my office with mouse and keyboard for my main work.
     

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