I'm in the process of looking for a new mouse. I have never purchased a
mouse the autocad in mind. So I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on
some good mouse's to use for CAD. I've heard that Logitech MX Revolution is
Here are the things I would recommend in a mouse:
Laser (optical is not quite as sensitive in pointing precision)
Wireless (the wire just gets in the way)
Stay away from bluetooth (we've had too much interference from them; the 2.4 ghz works great though)
Buttons that are programmable
The nice thing about the MX is that is rechargable. I usually have to dock mine over the weekend. The bad thing is that if the battery does go dead (while on vacation or I just forget to charge it), my mouse is useless for about 30 minutes.
The VX is also great if you are using a laptop and want to take the mouse with you. The receiver fits into the mouse and that turns the mouse on and off for you - very smart.
If you can program a key combo in AutoCAD (Ctrl+F) you can add that function to a mouse. I personally use snaps, the snap toggle, and the ortho toggle for my additional buttons.
It has the tilt wheel for scrolling left and right, and it is a PITA. It
does not seem to have any setting for killing this feature.
I have a problem with screen flicker in ACAD LT. It's random, so sometimes
it's really irritating, sometimes not so bad.
The reason I bring this up is that I read that this is caused by the MS
mouse driver which has some sort of screen save feature (that I have no
interest in using) that cannot be turned off.
In the past I have had problems with the MS mouse driver forgetting the
button assignments I set for it in ACAD and Quickbooks.
I called MS about it, and after some looking into it, I was told that the MS
mouse driver is not compatible with ACAD.
I think I will try this Logitech MX1000.
I am going through the same thing, I have a Logitech MX1000. I do not like
the tilt wheel! When you want to zoom or pan you have to push directly in
the center of the wheel. Doe the new revolutions have the tilt wheel?
I would prefer not having to press quite so hard on the scroll wheel for the
panning, but I'll likely get used to it.
Also, the MS mouse was not able to assign "escape" to a button, and this
mouse can. I assign enter and escape to the forward and back buttons. And I
assigned undo to the button by the scroll wheel.
I like it so far.
Just a quick note - the MX 1000 is still available from some retailers but
has been replaced by the MX Revolution. The revolution has a heavy wheel
with quick and accurate response. I've been very pleased.
RAZER NAGA (~$70) - The Ultimate Mouse for CAD.
*Very comfortable, designed for all-day gaming but works great for all day CAD work
*Middle mouse button works well and is within easy reach
*Macros like crazy. Every button can be programmed. For example Scroll-Up on the mouse wheel can now be Zoom-In like on SolidWorks or Pro E (I do not use AutoCAD much)
*Expensive, but actually a great value
*A gaming mouse, has light-up LEDs (these can be turned off)
*I have mine setup with each workbench of CATIA assigned to the different 1 to 12 buttons. Example in the Sketcher WB "1" starts a Profile, "2" starts a 3-pt tangent, etc... Since each WB in CATIA has exclusive buttons, I have the macros programmed as lists that do whatever command I have set for the button in the workbench. It takes a while to sort out the macors but it is very very fast and part generation is instantaneous!