What mouse do you use?

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I have been having a few issues with mouse clicks not registering, and accuracy of selections.

I wonder whether my mouse might be the issue.  It's a basic wired mouse - Logitech M-UAS144

Do you use anything special?  I wonder if I should upgrade?

I'd appreciate your advice.
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Paul

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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi Paul!
At home I personally use the Mionix Naos 7000 and I absolutely love it. Fits my hand perfectly, quick access to DPI-switching, wonderful weight, and a solid click-action. I pair it with my extra large HyperX Fury S Pro mouse pad. I honestly can't say enough good about this combination; the mouse is glorious and the mouse pad ensures that said mouse glides across the surface in a heavenly fashion.

Note, these are my personal views and not to be construed as endorsements by TechSmith.
-Robert
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Paul

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Thanks Robert.

Does the mouse wheel tilt left and right for horizontal scrolling?
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Howdy Paul;

It does not have a tilt wheel, and while that'd be a "nice-to-have," it's not something I use in my day-to-day computer use.

-Robert
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I'm currently using a Logitech G502 Proteus.
https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Spectrum-Shifting-Personalized-Programmable/dp/B019OB663A/ref=sr_1_3...

It started out as a Logitech G 400. It's a fully programmable gaming mouse. You can set up five different profiles I believe. I only use one.
You can change the sensitivity and dots per inch on the fly which is really nice. When I start doing intricate work I turned the dots per inch down real low so I have to move the mouse a lot to move the cursor just a little.
I have two buttons on the side programmed for making the web browser move forward one page or backward one page. That's handy at times.
I've got good sized hands with long fingers. This is a nice big mouse that fits my hand well. It's also a weighted mouse that I install all the weights so it's very stable. At least to me, I prefer it heavy.
Being a gaming mouse the buttons are clicky. They're not real loud but they make a little noise. They're supposed to be extra heavy duty because there designed for gaming. The mouse comes with a five year warranty. The mouse scroll wheel does have a left and right scroll feature. I'm going to show you an image of the mouse programming software.

Okay looking at the image now I see it's actually three profiles that you can create. But you can set 5 dpi sensitivity levels in your profile. So basically, I'll use the 6450 dpi setting on my 2560 by 1440 monitor most of the time. And if you look in the image where it says dpi up in dpi down that's where you change your settings. As you can see my highest setting is 8300 and my lowest is 200. You can do some pretty precise things at 200 dpi in Photoshop. I use that setting almost never. But when I need it it's really cool to have it available.You set all the dpi settings yourself, so if 300 makes more sense for you, so be it.
I mentioned that it started out as a G 400 gaming mouse. That was roughly 7 years ago I believe. The left click button started getting a little funky not working every single time I clicked. This was about three years after I purchased it. I called Logitech and they sent me a brand-new G500 mouse. Because it was a brand-new mouse the five year warranty period started all over. A while back that mouse had a left click button issue. I called up Logitech and they upgraded me to a new G502 Proteus. I had to mail them back the original one and they covered postage. I think I paid around 50 bucks for the original one. This newest one is still under warranty for the next four years. Putting me under warranty for the last 11 years with the mouse I really like. I'm not sure how you beat that. I saw on Amazon there's a new G502 Proteus something or other for $80. Or you can buy one like mine for around $40. If it were me I would buy the $40 version because of a button fails you're going to get the newest version when it does for free.

Or find something you like better.

This long-winded endorsement is brought to you by Dragon NaturallySpeaking and my new SSD drives. Dictating into your computer with your voice is the only way to fly. The program works so much better on my SSD I'm going to be using it a lot more.

Good luck with whatever mouse you choose.

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I used to use Dragon too but gave up in the end.  My wife has a habit of appearing suddenly in the room and talking to me.  Played hell with  alot of my work, :)

The Proteus 502 is actually a helluva lot cheaper than the 400 over here (I think the latter has been discontinued, so now it's at a premium).  I've ordered a 502.  Let's see how that goes.  DPI adjustability is what I need
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I think you're gonna like it.
I got to thinking about it and I still have the original mouse that was giving me trouble. And what it was was that on occasion when I left clicked it wouldn't work.
Well there's this feature called surface tuning. What you do is you start it and you move your mouse around in a figure 8 on your mouse pad. While the software takes readings.
I never did that before but I've done that with the newer mouse. So I broke out the old mouse this morning and hooked it up. It's actually a G 500. It's been so long since I looked at it I was thinking it was a 400.

Well lo and behold the thing seems to work perfectly fine. I use it for quite a while and it didn't seem to miss a lick. I think it just wasn't tracking quite accurately on the things I was trying to click on. I actually like the feel of the newer one better so I stuck it back in the box. These gaming mice are supposed to last for well over a million clicks without fail. I couldn't understand why two of them let me down but I never surface tuned either one of them.
Here's what the surface tuning interface looks like.


One other thing you're going to want to adjust. You can choose a polling rate for the mouse. Which is how many times the mouse reads the surface it's being moved across. The default is 500 times a second. There's arguments in the gaming world whether it's important to be that high or not. If it should be higher, etc. and so forth.
A standard non-gaming mouse generally reports 125 times a second. I have mine set to 250.
Why is that significant? In my Adobe programs where there is numerical values that you can adjust. You can hover your cursor over those values, left click and drag to change them.
Take this Photoshop Elements example where I'm hovering over the radius value of Gaussian blur.


When the polling rate is set to 500 or higher. Adobe has a hard time picking up the cursor. It took me quite a while to figure out what was going on when I first got my gaming mouse. I would click and drag and nothing would happen. I would have to rub back-and-forth before anything would happen. It was very frustrating. I even resorted to breaking out the cheap mouse that was shipped with my computer. People in the Adobe forums couldn't tell me what was going on. It took me forever to solve it.
Anyway, I wanted to give you a heads up. Knowing you've got one on the way.
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Greg Ostrowsky

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My mouse of choice for the last several years has been the Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX for PC and Mac.  I prefer the original version over the newer MX-2 or MX-2cfor its hand feel and for the nice zippered case that comes with it. The scrolling wheel is my favorite feature. It tilts and you can toggle between a click setting or a free-spinning hyper-fast scroll, which is my preferred setting. It even works on glass! Very precise IMHO. I own FIVE of them for all the computers in my life, including PCs and a Macbook Pro. Each is labelled - 1 through 5 - on both the mouse and on the tiny corresponding receiver.  I have the oldest of the group for at least 8 years now without any issuesI can think of. ($37 on Amazon right now.)
Best regards
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I'm using a Logitech MX Master 2S on my laptop and a Microsoft Designer Mouse on my desktop. Both are bluetooth enabled. I've had no issues with either of them.
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