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The M in WIMP

What’s Wrong Apple & Microsoft

Om Malik talks computer mice:

What does suck about the iMac is the mouse — and that is why I almost always default to Microsoft’s mice. In my opinion, Microsoft makes the best PC peripherals in business. They are so beautiful, ergonomic and just delightful to use. Their mice are well made and have a beautiful two (or more) button layout that allows one to program them entirely for the editing.

I’ve never gotten used to Apple’s mice, possibly because of muscle memory build up from decades of using PCs and mice with buttons.

I was using the Sculpt Comfort Mouse, but for some odd reason, it started having issues with the iMac, which would crash the machine. Then I tried the bulkier, Microsoft Precision Mouse. And the same issues have plagued my iMac. The same problem occurs on my MacBook Pro as well — and it has been very recent — after the most current MacOS update. Honestly, I can’t tell where the problem is — on Apple’s software or with Microsoft’s hardware. In case of Sculpt, Microsoft’s hardware page says “limited functionality” with Mac OS 10.10, but says nothing about the latest release, 10.14. For Precision Mouse, there is even less information.

Microsoft stopped supporting Mac users of their mice years ago, so you either rely on macOS or purchase third-party apps to make them usable. I was very careful to double-check for macOS compatibility before getting my current R-Go HE vertical mouse.

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