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Is there a better mouse for Mac?

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ibroker Calculating status...
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Nov 14, 2008 8:21 PM
I'm getting tired of how mighty mouse is so very sensitive of finger placement. It's like it only works when my fingers are at the very top of the device. If my fingers float down 3/4 way towards the middle of the device it acts all weird.

Is anyone using a mouse they're somewhat happy without, that's NOT the Mighty Mouse?
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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Nov 14, 2008 8:42 PM (in response to ibroker)
    The best mouse out there is the Logitech MX Revolution. Use it with SteerMouse software - VersionTracker or MacUpdate - rather than the Logitech software.
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  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
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    Nov 14, 2008 9:38 PM (in response to Kappy)
    Kappy wrote:
    The best mouse out there is the Logitech MX Revolution. Use it with SteerMouse software - VersionTracker or MacUpdate - rather than the Logitech software.


    I use an old MX900 which never had support for Mac but works in a reasonably good manner with the default OSX bluetooth drivers. I use the Logitech base only as a charger.
    However, I wonder if either the Logitech drivers for MX Revolution would work with my MX900 or if not, SteerMouse?
    I just DLd the Logitech software for Revolution. I may give it a shot. The MX900 is one of the best mice I have ever used, and I am still running on the original batteries. I have another one for my PC which has the correct drivers.
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  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
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    Nov 14, 2008 10:20 PM (in response to Kappy)
    Kappy wrote:
    The best mouse out there is the Logitech MX Revolution. Use it with SteerMouse software - VersionTracker or MacUpdate - rather than the Logitech software.


    Doesn't the MX Revolution use a USB connection? Not BlueTooth??
    The only BT mouse I see on the Logitech sheet is the V-470

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  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,150 points)
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    Nov 14, 2008 10:40 PM (in response to Kappy)
    The best mouse out there is the Logitech MX Revolution.

    I concur! To the extent that I have one for the office and one home. Heh, heh, these mice are truly the antithesis of the new official Apple "no button" dogma: effectively 7 buttons and two wheels.

    Another model that's useful is the MX Air, when used in air mode. Unfortunately, when used on a surface I find it too skinny and tiring.

    The Logitech software, LCC, is universal for all their mice and keyboards. They have drifted away from using Bluetooth for their mice cause they consider the bandwidth insufficent to ensure fast response.
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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,010 points)
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    Nov 14, 2008 11:44 PM (in response to nerowolfe)
    Yes, the Revolution is a USB mouse.
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  • Nick King Level 4 Level 4 (2,080 points)
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    Nov 15, 2008 12:27 AM (in response to ibroker)
    Another vote for Logitech here... but the VX Nano this time. I just love the nano receiver that sits neatly in the side of the laptop without sticking out hardly at all.
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  • George Frazee Calculating status...
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    Nov 15, 2008 2:45 AM (in response to ibroker)
    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?client=safari&rls=en-us&q=kensingtonbluetoothmouse&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&um=1&cid=5990588397286154058&sa=X&oi=productcatalogresult&resnum=5&ct=result#ps-sellers

    The Kensington SlimBlade looks like a promising replacement for the MM. All the benefits of the MM, bluetooth, multi-directional scroll ball, but with discrete buttons.
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    Nov 15, 2008 4:25 AM (in response to ibroker)
    I'm using Logitech G5...
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  • nerowolfe Level 6 Level 6 (13,070 points)
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    Nov 15, 2008 10:59 AM (in response to ibroker)
    ibroker wrote:
    Suggestions on a wired Mouse? I know, I know, "How old fashioned" but I just don't want the hassles I hear some of you are having with the wireless capabilities.


    There is a large difference between a "wireless" mouse and a BlueTooth mouse. "Wireless" uses a USB port for a dongle and is, IMO, not really wireless. BT on the other hand is wireless because the port that it uses is internal and can be used concurrently for many other devices.
    All my mice are of the BT type. MM on this box and the great MX900 on my G5 and my main PC.
    I use the other two notebooks with the builtin trackpad which suffices quite adequately.

    I am still looking for a replacement for the MX900 for a Mac. The MX900 is a nine-button device, a long way from the early Apple "foot."
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  • Nick King Level 4 Level 4 (2,080 points)
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    Nov 15, 2008 11:09 AM (in response to nerowolfe)
    nerowolfe wrote:
    There is a large difference between a "wireless" mouse and a BlueTooth mouse. "Wireless" uses a USB port for a dongle and is, IMO, not really wireless. BT on the other hand is wireless because the port that it uses is internal and can be used concurrently for many other devices.


    Do what!?! Wireless surely means no wires! And yes, I saw you said IMO.

    At a stretch you could call Bluetooth portless perhaps, but as there's no such category it is by definition, wireless.
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  • Francine Schwieder Level 6 Level 6 (19,000 points)
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    Nov 15, 2008 11:23 AM (in response to ibroker)
    My favorite is the Wacom tablet mouse. You plug the tablet into the USB port, the mouse roams wirelessly on the tablet. Of course, it is very pricey compared to other sorts of mice. But you also get the pen, which is essential for serious Photoshop work. The mouse for the Intuos tablet has five programmable buttons, and you can custom map the mouse area of the tablet to the monitors. Thus, I have 2 monitors: a 23" Cinema Display and a 30" and I can move the mouse from the far left edge of one to the far right edge of the other with only a simple wrist movement from side to side. And I have regular click, Control-click (right click), Option-click and Command-click programmed to the various buttons, plus the scroll wheel. Can't live without it!
    Francine


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