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Transitioning to mac and need help

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tbelgrave, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. tbelgrave

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    Hiya guys, question. What's the best mouse for the mac? I've tried MS and Logitech mice and they vary to either being too fast to sluggish. For some reason, they just don't seem to feel as responsive as the PC.
    What would you recommend?

    Cheers
     
  2. forestjohnson

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  3. Marble

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    Kensington has great drivers. You can pretty well customize scroll speed and acceleration with most of them, though.
     
  4. tbelgrave

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    Ah Kensington, been reading alot of great things with these mice when it comes to Macs, I think I'll give one a try.

    Cheers!
     
  5. AngryAnt

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    On my G5 system I used the apple pro mouse wireless. On my mac mini and (brand new, mmm...) mac book pro I use the mighty mouse wireless.

    My only beef with the mighty mouse is its inability to register a simultaneous click on both left and right side, but I don't need that feature in my everyday work so its no biggie - that is also why I haven't dug deep in the matter so its very possible that I just configured the thing wrongly somehow.

    Anyway I'm extremely happy with those two mice and even though the mighty mouse took some adapting (took me about a day to get used to not resting my whole hand on the mouse while right clicking - like I did with the pro mouse).

    Both mice have two normal AA batteries in them, but the weight is not excessive - nor is it too light. This is supported by the small plastic edge on the bottom of the mice which was introduced on the first apple pro mice and now lives on in mighty mouse. It gives a much smaller contact surface which of-course reduces friction greatly. This is why I dislike logitech mice after being accustomed to the apple post-pro mice.

    The mighty mouse has a total of four "buttons" and a "360 degrees" scroll ball. After my day of adjusting to the mighty mouse I quickly found myself missing the features on it when I was using other mice. The scroll ball is nicely paralleled with the scroll feature of the powerbook and macbook - sadly it is not supported by the ms windows driver yet.

    I found the extra buttons very useful as I now have the freedom to quickly navigate the system without even looking at the keyboard. I used to rely heavily on the keyboard shortcuts and I still use them as much as before in my daily work, but with the contextual menu and exposé available from my wireless mouse I have the freedom to for instance check my email and put on some music from my bed in the morning :wink:
     
  6. StarManta

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    I use both a Mighty Mouse and a MS 5-button mouse... generally, I prefer the latter. While the scrollwheel is amazing, all of the Mighty Mouse's multibuttons blow. It takes too much effort to distinctly press the left or right button (try playing http://www.kalkulu.com/other_puzzles/dots/ with a Mighty Mouse.) And the "squeeze" button is just a bad design decision... apparently everyone at Apple's design HQ has 3-foot mousepads and never, ever have to lift their mouse.

    If I could transplant the scrollwheel into the MS mouse, I'd be in heaven.
     
  7. AngryAnt

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    I agree that it takes some effort to use the multiple buttons on the mouse - at first. After some adjustment time I work faster with mighty mouse than any other mouse I've ever tried - including standard dell wireless mice, the mouseman infrared from logitech and the previously mentioned apple mice.

    The issue mentioned with the squeeze buttons is completely new to me - I have never experienced any problems with it and I haven't needed to take any special measures when I lift the mouse.

    Heh. Uhm I'm sorry if I'm being just a little defensive here, but I just really like that mouse :)
     
  8. Morgan

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    I've mostly adapted to the Mighty Mouse. Squeeze-button is suitable only for seldom-used functions, but really, 2 buttons or somethings 3 is all I need. 4+ I don't need.

    Scroll ball is very nice. I find that my habit with ALL mice is to rest my finger right by the wheel EXCEPT when I move it to left-click. How odd. But it's what I do.
     
  9. thylaxene

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    I use a Logitech MX Laser wireless... got it because got sick of running out of batteries in the middle of a job... it recharges in a little cradle.

    I run it using the built-in OSX drivers... works fine with Maya, Unity, Modo et al. Basically any app that likes 3 button mice will recognise this mouse.

    cheers.