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Recommendations for a highly accurate AutoCAD mouse, with click-wheel option?

Crew 613 452 September 20, 2016 at 02:07 PM
Hi all,

I use AutoCAD most of my day, and I'm looking to upgrade my mouse - I need it to be more accurate than it is.

Currently using an older Arc mouse with the scroll wheel, but would like to look into a simple gaming / high-accuracy wireless mouse. I'm using a Reflex Lab mousepad, as well.

I don't need to invest in a Razer or anything, no need for side buttons, but would like something that'll be reliable and smooth, with a clickable scroll wheel button (this is necessary). I'm seeing lots of relatively inexpensive, highly-reviewed examples on Amazon.

Any recommendations?

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I use the Logitech g600. I know you said you have no need for extra buttons but I can't understand why. I map the buttons to the snaps, basic modify commands, and things like escape, ortho, yes/no, undo, redo, etc. I don't know if you know it or not but you can make your own icons which trigger any command or set of commands written in a basic script language and you can then map that icon to a hot key and trigger it with your mouse. The possibilities are endless. I love my g600 with autocad. You can get a refurbished one on Groupon right now for $39 and yes, it does have wheel buttons. The wheel clicks left and right. What do you use the wheel button for?

Edit- looks like you can get one on amazon for a little less actually. Around $30
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I use the Logitech g600. I know you said you have no need for extra buttons but I can't understand why. I map the buttons to the snaps, basic modify commands, and things like escape, ortho, yes/no, undo, redo, etc. I don't know if you know it or not but you can make your own icons which trigger any command or set of commands written in a basic script language and you can then map that icon to a hot key and trigger it with your mouse. The possibilities are endless. I love my g600 with autocad. You can get a refurbished one on Groupon right now for $39 and yes, it does have wheel buttons. The wheel clicks left and right. What do you use the wheel button for?

Edit- looks like you can get one on amazon for a little less actually. Around $30
Hi, thanks for the reply! I'm not against the side shortcut buttons, just that they weren't a super high-priority for my needs (at the moment). I don't have a lot of macros set up, but that seems like an appropriate place to map them!

I use the click wheel for quick panning, I've attempted to get used to a dedicated button, but would just prefer to click the wheel to pan. Does the g600 have a ring finger clicker? Maybe that could be a dedicated pan button.

Is there a wireless version that's similar? It's just easier for me to use a wireless one, given the way my desk is set up. I'm intrigued that it has a woven cable, though.. the corded mice I've used in the past have been stiff and rubberized cables, so they weren't conducive to ease of maneuvering.

Regardless, thanks for your input! I'll definitely check it out.
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Hi, thanks for the reply! I'm not against the side shortcut buttons, just that they weren't a super high-priority for my needs (at the moment). I don't have a lot of macros set up, but that seems like an appropriate place to map them!

I use the click wheel for quick panning, I've attempted to get used to a dedicated button, but would just prefer to click the wheel to pan. Does the g600 have a ring finger clicker? Maybe that could be a dedicated pan button.

Is there a wireless version that's similar? It's just easier for me to use a wireless one, given the way my desk is set up. I'm intrigued that it has a woven cable, though.. the corded mice I've used in the past have been stiff and rubberized cables, so they weren't conducive to ease of maneuvering.

Regardless, thanks for your input! I'll definitely check it out.
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I use the Logitech g600. I know you said you have no need for extra buttons but I can't understand why. I map the buttons to the snaps, basic modify commands, and things like escape, ortho, yes/no, undo, redo, etc. I don't know if you know it or not but you can make your own icons which trigger any command or set of commands written in a basic script language and you can then map that icon to a hot key and trigger it with your mouse. The possibilities are endless. I love my g600 with autocad. You can get a refurbished one on Groupon right now for $39 and yes, it does have wheel buttons. The wheel clicks left and right. What do you use the wheel button for?

Edit- looks like you can get one on amazon for a little less actually. Around $30
I've been reading up on the mouse, still considering getting it, but it seems like some have experienced double-clicking of the left mouse button over time? Have you experienced that at all?

I have some eBay bucks, and a few refurbs are $28, so it would be a no-brainer to give one a chance. Thanks!
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I use the Logitech g600. I know you said you have no need for extra buttons but I can't understand why. I map the buttons to the snaps, basic modify commands, and things like escape, ortho, yes/no, undo, redo, etc.
Just wanted to update you, and thank you! I picked up a refurb on eBay for $28, and already set up several quick macros for move/copy/esc. Don't know how I lived without this thing.

Size took some getting used to, but it's been accurate so far, and using half the thumb buttons already. Will prob order another for the home station.

Thanks again!!
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hey, glad you like it. sorry for just getting back to you, I have a pretty busy life and just noticed all your replies. Have fun with your new toy!
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Hey, I thought I should tell you how I'm setup in case you want to do something similar. I'd also be interested in what works well for you.

The mouse allows you to switch the side buttons between 3 modes or sets of macros. I use one of the top buttons to do the switching.
On the 1st set I use modify commands like, move, copy, delete, mirror, rotate, trim, extend, fillet, etc
On the second are my draw commands like line, circle, arc, rec, some dim commands, etc
On the final set I have commands specific to an overlay my company uses.
Honestly, I mainly use the modify set and rarely switch to the other sets. I have only been playing with using the mouse to is fullest potential for about a year and anymore autocad is not an everyday thing at work, so there may be a better use for the extra sets. Other than with the modify set, most times, I find it faster to just type the commands in (yes, I'm old school) or just click the icon for the commands I need rather than click over to the other sets and then click the correct button. Mostly I think that is because I haven't trained myself well enough on where each button is for the commands I want on the extra sets. I'm sure with time and practice I'd use the other sets more. About the only time I make myself fully use all the mouse sets is when I want to use autocad completely with 1 hand.

In addition to the 3 sets mentioned above, the mouse will also do a 4th set at anytime by holding down the 3rd mouse button (not sure if that action can be switched to another button). I use that set for all my snaps and for escape and ortho. This is by far my favorite part of the mouse and what makes it so useful to me. I setup the snaps, ortho, esc on the 4th set because it can be accessed at any time, no matter what other set you are in. And since I heavily use snaps, ortho, esc while doing anything in autocad, it made the most sense to have them all a click away at all times.

That leaves the scroll buttons. I obviously leave scroll alone so it can dynamically zoom. The left wheel click I use as undo and the right as redo (works in all programs btw) and while the 3rd mouse button is held down, they switch to "yes" and "no" respectively. I use a lot of yes or no in the overlay.

That's about it. The mouse does take some getting used to, especially if you use the 3rd mouse button the way I do but totally worth it. The only bad thing I can say about the mouse is that occasionally it seems like 1 specific button gets stuck and keeps repeating the command over and over but the button is not visually stuck on the outside, it must be something internal or electronic going bad. At any rate, I have to unplug it to get it to stop and sometimes reset my computer. It never happened with the left mouse button but maybe a similar thing.
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