• www.linuxjournal.com/
  • For GNU/Linux, download, compile and install: goron.de/~froese/revoco/ for automatic or manual main wheel mode control and UNIX X11-style middle clicking.
    You'll also need a fairly recent version of Xorg X11R6 & evdev drivers, Xbindkeys and Xvkbd for the extra buttons.

MX Revolution

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Apple's Mighty Mouse is unusable junk but looks stylish. This 80 € cordless laser mouse with both automatic and manual "transmission" in its top wheel has quite good ergonomics, but as a friend of minimalistic design I loathe extra buttons, leds and other unnecessary junk. Logitech's drivers for OS X are also totally and ridiculously unusable trash (this is supposed be fixed in a few weeks when OS X Leopard comes available, but I wouldn't hold my breath).

Fortunately, this mouse performs perfectly in GNU/Linux and is completely configurable (at least for hardcore UNIX users) so it's the best compromise at the moment. Once again GNU/Linux rocks.

(Nokia N80 picture.)

  1. pjen 91 months ago | reply

    Logitech released a new version of Logitech Control Center (2.4) for OS X. See what users are saying about this most disgraceful piece of shit ever released to users...:

    www.macupdate.com/reviews.php?id=8154

  2. pjen 87 months ago | reply

    It appears that the OS X software is not the only piece of shit in this mouse. I just received a replacement mouse as my first one stopped recharging after only 5 months of use. I can hardly wait to see how many times I have to return it over and over again during it's 36 months reseller's guarantee and 5 years manufacturer's guarantee...

  3. The Master Shake Signal 83 months ago | reply

    I've always been a Microsoft mouse guy myself-- I go with the Laser Mouse 9000 which is basically their rip on the MX.

  4. ranqet [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    I find Logitech's designs incredibly garish. My favorite mice are the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, IntelliMouse Optical and Wheel Mouse Optical. I too enjoy minimalistic design, and prefer as few buttons as possible, but not having two auxiliary buttons (working as back and forward in a web browser) would be as bad as not having a scroll wheel. For those who just need two buttons, the Wheel Mouse Optical is great. All of these mice have a nice feel to them and have a clean, simple design.

  5. pjen 75 months ago | reply

    The extra buttons can be handy in certain X11 window managers in UNIX systems, I just don't like how normal PC style mouses look, none of them are really minimalistic nor design mouses (I prefer Mighty Mouse -type look). As I'm 100% microsoft free mainly Linux (and some Apple) user, I don't use their products in any form.

  6. The Master Shake Signal 75 months ago | reply

    Update: after I switched to Vista 64, I was forced to switch to a Logitech mouse. Microsoft's smart scrolling doesn't work right in some Vista apps (e.g. iTunes). I considered this MX Revolution, but went with the Logitech G7 instead.

  7. pjen 75 months ago | reply

    I considered G7 too but MX Revolution looks a bit cleaner to my taste and I like the wheel feel of MX.

  8. ranqet [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    As bad as some Microsoft products are, Mice seem to be the one product they get right. I liked the design of their Starck mouse (flickr.com/photos/eyekungfu/3029428372) though it wasn't the most ergonomic mouse. I'm just weary of all the 'gaming' styled devices out there, I perfer boring 'office' styled device to them.

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