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Ask DN: Designers! What kind of mouse do you use?

over 7 years ago from , Designer

And am i the only one that finds the official apple magic mouse sort of annoying to use for PS, sketch, ai, etc?

I currently use a wireless magic mouse: http://amzn.com/B002HWRJBM , would love to know if there are better options out there, thanks :D

83 comments

  • Adrian HowardAdrian Howard, over 7 years ago

    None.

    Trackpad or stylus.

    20 points
  • David BarkerDavid Barker, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Logitech Performance Mouse MX. It fits my hand, has multiple (configurable) buttons, and works on glass. Logitech Performance Mouse MX

    11 points
    • J. Terrell, over 7 years ago

      Love this mouse. I've had four via warranty replacement. Finally switched to Apple's trackpad.

      0 points
      • David BarkerDavid Barker, over 7 years ago

        Do you like the trackpad? I often use the one on the MacBook Pro, but wondered what a larger one would be like.

        0 points
    • Murat MutluMurat Mutlu, over 7 years ago

      Do you use this with a mac? I've had to stop using mine since the latest Maverick update makes the roller go two steps forward and back instead of one.

      Tried driver updates but no luck. Switched to this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-GM-M6880-M6880-Laser-Mouse/dp/B002050WSS

      0 points
      • David BarkerDavid Barker, over 7 years ago

        I do use it on a Mac. Do you mean when it's on the "clicky" scrolling, rather than endless scrolling? It did take me some time fiddling with the native scroll settings to get it feeling right (in terms of scroll distance and acceleration).

        When did you last use it? I've only been using it for the last couple of months, so perhaps it's something they fixed recently…?

        0 points
        • Murat MutluMurat Mutlu, over 7 years ago

          Yeah the clicky one! It's been on my desk gathering dust since Feb, the acceleration was killing me. Gonna give it a driver update and see if it's fixed ta!

          0 points
          • David BarkerDavid Barker, over 7 years ago

            Let me know how you get on. I used to have the Revolution MX which would switch scrolling between clicky and endless automatically depending on how quickly you scrolled — I miss it!

            0 points
      • Mitch WarrenMitch Warren, over 7 years ago

        Try using Steermouse:

        http://plentycom.jp/en/steermouse/

        I've been able to avoid using the Logitech software entirely because of this awesome app.

        0 points
    • Gianmarco SimoneGianmarco Simone, over 7 years ago

      Incredibly comfortable, it's the only mouse I can use for prolonged times without going back to the trackpad. 10/10, best feature is definitely clicking the scroll mode toggle like a maniac while thinking.

      0 points
    • Nando RossiNando Rossi, over 7 years ago

      I loved this mouse for a couple months, until the "works on glass" part stopped working and lost all precision. Called Logitech and got a replacement, same problem after a few months.

      0 points
    • Updula LeeUpdula Lee, over 7 years ago

      Best mouse ever made.

      0 points
  • Darth BaneDarth Bane, over 7 years ago

    All down to preference. I use a standard Magic Mouse, works fine for me.

    5 points
  • Erik BeesonErik Beeson, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Kensington Expert Mouse

    Kensington Expert Mouse

    4 points
  • Namanyay GoelNamanyay Goel, over 7 years ago

    I'm using a Logitech G400. I've found that stuff that is marketed to 'gamers' is pretty useful for designers/programmers as well. More durable, ergonomic, and cool looking.

    4 points
  • Margaret TrauthMargaret Trauth, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Wacom tablet. Mice summon the Carpal Tunnel Fairy.

    Illustrator tip: double-click the pencil tool, turn off "keep selected", turn on "fill new pencil strokes" and "edit selected", then you can whip out loose solid shapes at lightning speed, and sketch as freely as you might with pencil on paper. I draw an entire comic this way.

    3 points
  • Elliot DahlElliot Dahl, over 7 years ago

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds the Magic Mouse useless. I personally use a small portable mouse as my main input device on my right hand. For Internet browsing and lazy scrolling I use a Magic Trackpad at my left hand.

    3 points
  • David AlandíDavid Alandí, over 7 years ago

    I'm using a wacom for everything. Browse,code,design... magic mouse is awful.

    3 points
  • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, over 7 years ago

    I hated the Magic Mouse as well, so I ended up bringing my own from home to my office -

    http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-910-001822-M510-Wireless-Mouse/dp/B003NR57BY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401029216&sr=8-1&keywords=logitech+wireless+mouse

    The Logitech M510 wireless mouse might not be the craziest most expensive one, but it works great for me every day. It's comfortable and the buttons are very clear to differentiate.

    3 points
    • Cameron Morgan, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      I agree completely. I've been using the Logitech M310 and it's been a great everyday mouse overall. With the Magic Mouse, it's just not as smooth with 2-button clicking. I'll check out the M510.

      0 points
      • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, over 7 years ago

        I found the M510 to be more ergonomic for me as a daily use - my hand just fits perfectly with its shape so it's super comfortable.

        0 points
  • Justin RuckmanJustin Ruckman, over 7 years ago

    I'm still nursing a Logitech MX Revolution, the perfect mouse for working in OS X in my opinion, because of the thumb rocker wheel that works so nicely with Mission Control, and the great ergonomics of the shape and the free wheel. You can't get these mice for less than $250 anymore because there's just so few left in circulation. I dread the day mine dies, because there's nothing else like it.

    2 points
    • Toby KellerToby Keller, over 7 years ago

      Bought mine in '07, finally bit the bullet and bought a Performance MX. Don't like the shape as much, and it doesn't have the thumb scroller, but it's pretty close, and I prefer the button switch for smooth/clicky scrolling.

      0 points
  • Hash MilhanHash Milhan, over 7 years ago

    I used to swear by the magic mouse. but then at work got a wacom. it has changed my life since. I've tried using the wacom several times before, but now it's my everyday device. even when not designing.

    2 points
  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 7 years ago

    Magic Trackpad. I can't work without easy gesture access to multiple desktops and expose.

    1 point
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, over 7 years ago

    The Trackman Marble from Logitech.

    1 point
  • Edouard U.Edouard U., over 7 years ago

    Zowie EC EVO or macbook trackpad

    http://www.zowiegear.com/index.php?i=product&p=4

    multiple settings, smooth use, doesn't look like a stupid gaming mouse.

    1 point
    • Nathan NNathan N, over 7 years ago

      The Zowie will probably be my next mouse; right now I'm using the MX518 for basically eveything (gaming and design).

      0 points
  • Fabricio Rosa MarquesFabricio Rosa Marques, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I just can't handle the anti-ergonomics of the magic mouse :)

    Choosing the right mouse depends a great deal on the size of your hand and the way you prefer to 'grip', so best thing to do is to actually check them out in a store.

    So far I'm really happy with the razer orochi.

    I'd also suggest checking out the SteelSeries Kinzu v2 (Rubberized Version). Very nice haptics, simple allround-ish form and ergonomic.

    1 point
    • Account deleted over 7 years ago

      How large is the razer orochi? I always pictured it being small, but I haven't gotten my hands on one.

      0 points
      • Fabricio Rosa MarquesFabricio Rosa Marques, over 7 years ago

        It's rather small indeed, I guess it falls into the category 'portable mouse' / 'laptop mouse'. I can imagine that it doesn't work for every hand (Having a medium size hand myself + a rather compact grip).

        0 points
        • Kirill ZakharovKirill Zakharov, over 7 years ago

          The Orochi is great, but it has some known compatibility issues with OS X. Spits out some hardware errors. It's been good for the last few months, though it did give me problems when I first got it.

          0 points
  • Jonathan MattheyJonathan Matthey, over 7 years ago

    Precision

    razer

    razer2

    0 points
  • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 7 years ago

    trackpad / wireless magic mouse + wacom at work, razer taipan for gaming

    0 points
  • James Caruso, over 7 years ago

    Magic Mouse for me is so hit or miss. I use one b/c the scrolling is nice, and it has some trackpad functionality which makes it really great. However, the danged dingus' bluetooth cuts-out, making the cursor lag and sputter. I've gone through 3 mice that all have that issue. I finally found one that works; well, at least for now. Also, yeah, the barely-touch-and-then-scroll-or-zoom-to-god-knows-where-in-my-document feature....I could live without it.

    0 points
  • Yifan JinYifan Jin, over 7 years ago

    Cooler Master Storm Spawn.

    0 points
  • Kemie GuaidaKemie Guaida, over 7 years ago

    Penclic

    I'm using a penclic mouse. And it's the only one that does not tense all the muscles in my hand and arms.

    0 points
  • Jordan StambaughJordan Stambaugh, over 7 years ago

    I've found I'm a mouse mutt. Mix of Performance MX, trackpad and stylus.

    0 points
  • Seyfeddin BassaracSeyfeddin Bassarac, over 7 years ago

    A4Tech X7. Very cheap (Was 15$ when I bought them), High-DPI lazer, been using for the last 6 years, never had problems.

    0 points
  • Philip AmourPhilip Amour, over 7 years ago

    Sketch + Apple Magic Mouse + Apple Magic Trackpad + Apple Wireless Keyboard works really well for me.

    0 points
  • Tyson KingsburyTyson Kingsbury, over 7 years ago

    waccom tablet. there's just no substitute....

    a mouse is like drawing or designing with a brick.

    0 points
  • Victor LVictor L, over 7 years ago

    Wacom Bamboo Large tablet.

    0 points
  • Nando RossiNando Rossi, over 7 years ago

    Logitech G500 at home and Razer Mamba 2012 Elite at the office. In my view, gaming mice are the best for design, because they're comfortable and precise. I can't design with trackpads, whenever I'm on a crunch for a few days in a row, it feels very taxing on the fingers and wrists.

    0 points
  • Roy AbbinkRoy Abbink, over 7 years ago

    For my left hand I use a Apple Magic Trackpad. For my right hand (dominant) I switch between a Microsoft SideWinder X5 and a Wacom Intous Pen & Touch small.

    0 points
  • Millie LinMillie Lin, over 7 years ago

    Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/anywhere-mouse-mx

    0 points
  • Az aahAz aah, over 7 years ago

    Still struggling to find a decent replacement for the magic mouse. It is uncomfortable and the clicks are just too hard and loud haha. But the MM scroll is nice and plays well with OSX.

    I originally thought the MM was causing the pointer lag in OSX but a mate told me to try http://smoothmouse.com/. Anyone else agree with this? Fact: the on-screen pointer lags behind the mouse (or trackpad) in OS X more than in other operating systems, such as Windows or Ubuntu Linux.

    Now to waste more money on these suggestions to find the right mouse :)

    0 points
  • Daniel WinterDaniel Winter, over 7 years ago

    I don't like the scrolling behaviour of other mice within OSX, that and the possibility to scroll sidewards made me switch entirely to the magic mouse.

    I love to work with the trackpad aswell.

    When I'm playing games I switch to the Roccat Kone Pure Performance though.

    0 points
  • Wade Garrett, over 7 years ago

    I've been using Logitech MX518 for ~10 years and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

    0 points
  • Keaton TaylorKeaton Taylor, over 7 years ago

    TL;DR: Magic Mouse. Everything else feels too mechanical.

    So strange to me as, for me, the Magic Mouse makes navigating art boards and such so much easier. I can just swipe around. Also the sound and feel of a clickwheel - even the silent ones - is uncomfortable.

    Never tried one with the golden tee roller ball in it. Always felt like they were aesthetically displeasing.

    0 points
  • Matt ThomasMatt Thomas, over 7 years ago

    Razer Mamba at home and the Magic Mouse at work.

    0 points
  • Dannie MadsenDannie Madsen, over 7 years ago

    I use a magic mouse or wacom tablet on Mac and the old MX1000 when I'm at my pc. http://bit.ly/1tDhVKNhttp://bit.ly/1kgqHMa

    0 points
  • Joseph KeenanJoseph Keenan, over 7 years ago

    Wacom forever.

    Pretty much since discovering their existence 15 or so years ago (holy shit that’s a bigger number than I expected to be typing) I’ve never looked back. Even use it for gaming. Everyone thinks I’m crazy for that, but really, they’re the ones who’re crazy.

    0 points
  • Andrew LucasAndrew Lucas, over 7 years ago

    Most recent Apple mouse

    0 points
  • Ben LeeBen Lee, over 7 years ago

    Magic mouse is perfect for me; panning around a document is so easy.

    0 points
  • Nicolas Duc-dodonNicolas Duc-dodon, over 7 years ago

    Logitech MX100, the best one in the hand.

    0 points
  • Paul @StammyPaul @Stammy, over 7 years ago

    Logitech G500. Love them so much I have 4! Two at work (if I want to move to a standing desk or elsewhere and not unplug my main one from my display), one at home and one at home home.

    0 points
  • Jaffar KhorshidiJaffar Khorshidi, over 7 years ago

    Primarily a WACOM Intuos 5 Pro but occasionally an Apple Magic Mouse.

    0 points
  • Lewis FludeLewis Flude, over 7 years ago

    Logitech MX.

    0 points
  • Removed AccountRemoved Account, over 7 years ago

    Just a trackpad, or my precious Wacom.

    0 points
  • Dylan OpetDylan Opet, over 7 years ago

    I use a trackball mouse (Slimblade) with DwellClick (OS X app).

    0 points
  • Jens KreuterJens Kreuter, over 7 years ago

    magic mouse is absolutely addictive!

    at the beginning it was awful for me too. but by now... i am not able to work with another kind of mouse anymore.

    not joking!

    0 points
  • Artem TitoulenkoArtem Titoulenko, over 7 years ago

    I've had a Razer DeathAdder for for the past two years and I cannot recommend it enough. They're incredibly light, comfortable, and precise. My hand never tires, even after a long day of use.

    Essentially, if you're going to be using a mouse for a long time, you want something comfortable that won't give you RSI. Since gaming mice have been designed for prolonged periods of use, you should consider only them when picking a mouse.

    0 points
    • Piotr KozakPiotr Kozak, over 7 years ago

      I agree, it's one of the best out there (2013 model). I used the Logitech Performance MX as well, but it was too heavy and battery life wasn't good enough.

      0 points
  • Robbert EsserRobbert Esser, over 7 years ago

    Just a magic mouse. That's good enough for me.

    0 points
  • Ericson LucianoEricson Luciano, over 7 years ago

    i use magic mouse and wacom bamboo instuos pro

    0 points
  • George ChenGeorge Chen, over 7 years ago

    Microsoft intellieMouse 3.0 is still the best. Weight, speed, precision, and how cheap it is to replace.

    0 points
  • Patrick LoonstraPatrick Loonstra, over 7 years ago

    Mighty Mouse in combination with a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet.

    0 points
  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, over 7 years ago

    The cheapest I can find.

    I invested too much in my Wacom already :)))

    0 points
  • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, over 7 years ago

    I use the Razer Taipan at work with SmoothMouse, which tweaks the acceleration in Mac OS X to make it snappier-feeling and a little less drunk, if ya get what I mean. ;)

    At home I use a Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 before they threw all the unfortunate decals on there. I do a lot of gaming at home, but I'll hook my Macbook Air to my setup and work at home from time to time.

    0 points
  • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, over 7 years ago

    Razer Orochi

    0 points
  • Afnizar Nur Ghifari, over 7 years ago

    I'm use http://www.logitech.com/en-sg/product/mini-mouse-m187 Logitech mouse wireless, better for designing.

    0 points
  • Geoff RogersGeoff Rogers, over 7 years ago

    I found the Magic Mouse impossible to use with Photoshop and other creative apps too, which is a shame because I actually loved it for browsing.

    I bought one of the less-ostentatious gaming mouses, the Razer Deathadder (2013). I really like how it feels and the extra buttons (which I only use for games, but could use in other software if I wanted to).

    Be warned though: You NEED to run 'Razer Synapse' software, it REQUIRES that you create an account and it is UGLY as sin. I didn't know this before I bought the mouse, and if you really don't want to have an always-on obnoxious icon in your menu bar, then you might not be able to tolerate this mouse.

    I also bought a Magic Trackpad, which I primarily use for moving around big documents (and web browsing).

    0 points
    • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      I completely agree about the Magic Mouse with Adobe's software. It's a royal pain, and panning around in a document is just plain unbearable.

      As far as the Razer Synapse issues go, I manage to use my Razer Taipan on my Mac without it whatsoever, and use BetterTouchTool to configure my mouse buttons the way I want. And since the right side buttons adjust the DPI sensitivity without drivers, it all works extremely well.

      I also use SmoothMouse to manage my speed/acceleration settings, and it's made for a blissful mousing experience. :)

      1 point
      • Geoff RogersGeoff Rogers, over 7 years ago

        Hmm, thanks, I'll have to try those. I just know that when I initially plugged in the mouse it did nothing so I installed the software.

        1 point
  • Leon KLeon K, over 7 years ago

    Microsoft Arc Touch

    http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/nl-nl/p/arc-touch-mouse

    0 points