11 Replies Latest reply: May 18, 2008 9:17 PM by Donkey Punch
Donkey Punch Level 1 (5 points)
I was just wondering what a good mouse was for my macbook pro (excluding apple mice). Sometimes my macbook pro is slow to come out of sleep mode when my logitech mouseman dual optical mouse is plugged in so I wanted to replace it.


Macbook Pro 2.4 ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Kensington mice work quite well. You can find several listed on this page.

    Hope this helps...
  • TiredofPC Level 1 (0 points)
    i have been using a Targus Optical USB Laptop mouse for about a year w/o any problems. It is small and fits into my carry case.
  • Skeuomorph Level 1 (70 points)
    I've sworn by Kensington for Apple peripherals for over 20 years now.
  • DamienM3 Level 1 (25 points)
    What kind of mouse are you looking for? There is a few choices just in that regard.

    Wired full size
    Wireless full size
    Wired compact notebook
    Wireless compact notebook

    At any rate heres my choices you might like:
    In the same order as the above list
    Logitech (you dont like so never mind)
    Again logitech or a kensington no specific model
    Logitech has one with a receiver so small it can stay in your usb port full time. or a bluetooth model. Microsoft has a small one also with a small usb stick receiver but it sticks out to far IMO.

    Good luck best bet is to go to a few local stores and test fit to your hand also.
  • um Level 5 (6,900 points)
    i'm using a "kensington pilotmouse mini bluetooth", a name almost bigger than the mouse itself

    to get all the features you need to install their mouseworks software, it works fine with tiger and leopard on both ppc and intel macs that i've used it with

    it has two buttons and a clickable scrollwheel, and an on/off switch

    battery life with alkaline rechargeables is excellent (these are rarer than nimh, but much better in mice etc. as they give the same voltage as non-rechargeable alkaline cells), depending on usage i seem to get 2-3 weeks between charges
  • Welles Goodrich Level 4 (1,380 points)

    The only downside I can suggest is that the two (forward and back) buttons take some getting used to for a lefty. They are placed for right index finger use. As a lefty it is still a great mouse. Shopping around I found not only a cheaper price but a $30 rebate.
  • HJL-Music Level 1 (0 points)
    Well I'll say if you have the budget get a MS Wireless Laser 8000 Bluetooth mouse. I got mine a couple of days ago. So far its been awesome! It works perfectly with the MBP even without the MS bluetooth dongle.

    Its as simple as going through the bluetooth setup wizard, select mouse... while its searching hold the button on the bottom of the mouse in, OS X will detect it and bob's your uncle Perhaps a good idea though to install the latest Intellipoint 6.22 from MS site. NOTE: You'll have to select something like the Wireless 6000 mouse on the downloads page, as OS X is not listed for the 8000. The Intellipoint software works for all MS mouse though.

    Again, very happy with my new purchase! The battery on it lasts very long as well, plus its rechargeable with the 'pad' that you place the mouse onto when the battery goes low.
  • StephenR Level 1 (5 points)
    i'll chip in on this one... i have two suggestions:
    a) avoid logitech like the plague. the hardware is usually good (except a weird obsession with usb mini-receivers over bluetooth) but the drivers are absolute crap, on both windows and mac.

    i use a RadTech BT600 now - http://www.radtech.us/Products/BT600.aspx
    its brilliant. small, light, plenty of buttons, and it charges with a regular usb cable (with a regular mini-usb port) so you dont need to carry a special cable/charger when you take it on the road. you can also USE IT while its charging!
  • Courcoul Level 6 (12,996 points)
    Well, when at my desk at home or at the office, I use my Logitech MX Revolutions, but on the road and especially during presentations, I prefer my Logitech MX Air in air mode. Beware that once you have installed extra drivers for them, plugging or unplugging the receiver will cause the MBP to awake, since the O.S. needs to load or unload the kernel extension. As for the so-called 'mice for portables', I detest them cause they are usually tiny in size and don't fit quite well in my big paws. Ever get a cramp from gaming too hard with a puny mouse?
  • ed.k Level 1 (0 points)
    I completely agree. I have a Kensington that I use for games that tracks really well and feels good. Definitely recommend it.
  • Donkey Punch Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I appreciate it and didn't realize how many choices there were.