I actually have a multi-button mouse that works well and fits my requirements (a Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical 1.1A), but I use keymappings and button mappings a lot on my Mac and would like a mouse with more buttons that I can customize.
I tried plugging in a friend's Razer mouse to my MacBook Pro (can't find the model but it had a keypad under the thumb with a round button in the center and seven numbered buttons around that). However, the mouse showed up as a keyboard to my Mac (though the cursor moved fine), and I couldn't get the extra buttons recognized as mouse clicks in the customization software I use (which is BetterTouchTool). On a Windows 7 computer I opened up Notepad and the extra buttons just typed in their number (i.e. button 1 typed a "1", etc.).
I use mostly a Mac (El Capitan 10.11.6), plus a Windows 7 computer at work, and occasionally a Linux desktop. I want the mouse to work on any of these out of the box, with the possibility for custom mappings on any of these OSes (perhaps requiring third party software).
- Wired mouse
- Scroll wheel
- I don't know about optical or laser, but it should work on a wooden desk without a trackpad (which my current optical mouse does fine).
Must have MORE THAN five buttons to be worth changing. My current mouse has left click, right click, middle click, plus two extra buttons (one on each side).
The more buttons the better so long as they are usably arranged and show up as MOUSE CLICKS to whatever customization software, not as key presses.
- Must work on Linux, Mac and Windows.
- Must appear to the computer as a mouse and not as a keyboard.
- Don't care about price if it fits all the above requirements.
(Feel free to educate me on the mouse/keyboard recognition point as I expect there is probably more in play here than just the physical mouse hardware itself.)
Mice with just five buttons (rather than six or more) that fit all the other requirements are also of interest to me, since I just have the one five-button mouse and it's a model that isn't manufactured anymore.