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OK - I have looked over a few posts regarding meese (yes, I know that isn't a word) but I haven't really found the answer I was looking for.

 

For those of you that are NOT using one of the fancy "for CAD" input devices (including any of the 3D rotators), which mouse are you using and WHY do you like it - or dislike it - so much? Is it programmable? Can it be programmed for Solidworks specific commands? How many functions does it have?....

 

At home, I am using an older Logitech MX Revolution - I like the feel of the mouse and I like it's size. I know there are a good many functions that can be programmed, but I haven't ventured down that path yet and I don't know if I can program certain buttons to work in Solidworks - yet. While the picture below is of the newest MX Revolutions, mine is a bit older and only cost me around $120.

 

At work, I have the run-of-the-mill gratuity mouse that comes with a keyboard purchase (Logitech). It has 4 functions: left button, right button, scroll wheel and scroll button. To me, this thing sucks!! It is too small and I feel like my hand is in a cramped position. I can start a circle, and it will release on it's own. I am double-clicking, a lot, when I am not trying to...

 

So, what do you think is the best mouse and WHY do you think that?

 

I am only 4 weeks into my new job, so I don't feel that I can go asking for one of these spinning, two-handed deals yet..plus I have never used one and I don't want to seem excessively slow (it's slow enough as I am trying to learn all of our parts and processes too).


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Last comment By: Todd Blacksher   Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:04:28 GMT
Re: Not just a "Which is the best mouse" question..but why is it the best mouse??

I use the Logitech M570 and love it.  Especially the tracking ball.  I use it with the 3Dconnexion wireless controller.  It has programmable keys I us for solidworks commands.  Those two make me a happy camper.

 

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By: Wayne Schafer  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:05:21 GMT
Re: Not just a "Which is the best mouse" question..but why is it the best mouse??

Yeah - I tried a trackball for a while and I just couldn't get the feel for it. For those of you who use them - more power to ya...I just don't think I am coordinated enough to use one proficiently. Kind of like walking and chewing gum.....

By: Kevin Andrews  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:15:20 GMT
Re: Not just a "Which is the best mouse" question..but why is it the best mouse??

I use the g600.  It's $40 and has 12 programmable buttons on the side.  I've seen some of the 3D Connexion devices and would love to test drive one.  The people that use them swear by them.

By: Matt Peneguy  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:17:29 GMT
Re: Not just a "Which is the best mouse" question..but why is it the best mouse??

I use the MX518, and have for more than 10 years.  The biggest reason was the small DPI button above the scroll wheel.  I was able to map that to "middle click" to enable (a)very low click force for model rotation and (b)no inadvertent scrolling due to mashing the wheel.  However, something happened with their latest drivers, and now no matter what I do, when that button is mapped to "middle click" I get a Zoom-To-Fit before the model starts rotating. 

 

I also opened it up and bent down the little spring that makes the scroll wheel click as you roll, and I packed the axle of the wheel with grease for a smooth yet non-freewheeling scrolling experience.

By: Josh Brady  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:22:28 GMT
Re: Not just a "Which is the best mouse" question..but why is it the best mouse??

I am assuming you are referring to this one:

Amazon.com: Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse, RGB Backlit, 20 Programmable Buttons: Computers & Accessories

I was already looking at this one but I am curious as to whether, or not, the side buttons become cumbersome....it looks like it might be real easy to click on one by mistake.

By: Kevin Andrews  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:27:41 GMT
Re: Not just a "Which is the best mouse" question..but why is it the best mouse??

Actually it's difficult to accidentally click them.  My thumb rests over them most of the time and I never inadvertently click them.  I liked it enough that I bought one for home and that was when they were around $60.

I will say this, the middle side buttons take some getting used to.

G600

I use the g9, g10, g11 and g18 buttons all the time. The g20 button should be reserved to something you don't use often because you have to lift your hand off of the mouse to reach it.  The rest of the buttons are pretty easy to reach and click.  At least that's the case for me. 

Also, you can assign profiles.  See how the buttons are illuminated white?  That's one profile and the buttons could be setup for different commands under different colors.  I just use the one profile, but I thought I'd point that out.  I don't use the "shift" feature, but there is a third top mouse button where your ring finger rests.  If you hold that down the G buttons change colors and you have an additional 20 functions available under each profile.

Another thing different about this mouse over some of the other gaming mice, is that the programming resides within the mouse.  That means once you "flash" it, your done.  You can take it to another computer and it'll work.  Some of the others I looked at needed software running to keep the mappings.

By: Matt Peneguy  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:43:40 GMT
Re: Not just a "Which is the best mouse" question..but why is it the best mouse??

I've had a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer for so long I can't remember. Optical, wired and a 5 button. Just 2 thumb buttons that I customize and I'm fine with that as I'm a keyboard shortcut junkie anyhow.

 

I haven't had the urge for anything more complicated than that since my ACAD days.

 

Not mine, just a screen shot for those who remember the setup ...

 

We had every plug in accessory except the lower right ... Haha

By: John Pesaturo  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:43:41 GMT
Re: Not just a "Which is the best mouse" question..but why is it the best mouse??

I actually DO remember those...I used a digitizer when I went to school for CAD.

By: Kevin Andrews  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:03:41 GMT
Re: Not just a "Which is the best mouse" question..but why is it the best mouse??

Do you know if that comes in a cordless version?

By: Kevin Andrews  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:04:23 GMT
Re: Not just a "Which is the best mouse" question..but why is it the best mouse??

This was my absolute favorite mouse until I picked up a 3dConnexion CAD Mouse a few years ago -

so comfy and so smooth, with two extra programmable buttons (on mine I had one set as Ctrl key, one was "S")

The only major flaw with these was that after putting some "miles" on them, you would wear flats in the balls that the trackball rested on, and it would get really sluggish and clunky.

They also stopped making them a long time ago, and being a "cult favorite" they are pretty spendy on ebay.

With all of that said, I am a HUGE fan of the 3dConnexion CAD Mouse - I picked up 2 of them (one for home, one for work)

It's even better with the 3dConnection mouse pad that is designed for the mouse.

By: Todd Blacksher  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:04:28 GMT
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