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Information about macro hardware in mice

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hi, I would like to resolve doubts about the macros in the mouse, in particular the macro hw.

from what I understand macros can be software and hardware:
software if the keys and macros are assigned by the mouse program (whether razer, cyborg, steelseries etc);
hardware if there is memory inside the mouse to save a profile or more, then the macro will go directly to the PC or the assigned key, and will not be processed within the OS

So if that is the case, I can buy a mouse with on-board memory and assign keys on the keyboard and saving macros internally ... and then use the mouse on linux advantage of the profile, right?

a friend told me that the matter is not so simple, because the mice of this type have limits and are sometimes recognized as a basic mouse, so not all mice (I understand) with onboard memory save true macro HW.

How can I, without testing all of these mice in person, see if they offer macro hw or not? confused.gif


thank you very much in advance to all
Edited by Thai 90 - 6/24/13 at 6:41am
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up?
post #3 of 4
Hi,

Thats actually difficult for the user to check/know and this gets also abused by a lot of companies.

As you are mainly talking about mice the USB descriptor can give you a hint, as the device would have to be declared as "composite device" instead of "input device".

Pictures shows a Zowie FK vs. a Roccat Kone Pure Optical.



I used USB deview: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html
Thats a great tool, also allows you to uninstall devices that are not connected anymore.

Meaning if your mouse does not register as well as keyboard it is not going to send keyboard commands to the OS but instead will use a "virtual keyboard" to execute the macro.

Another indication is on-board memory. If there is none you should not expect "real" macro support.

I will check if there is a better way and come back to you.
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Originally Posted by Skar View Post


I will check if there is a better way and come back to you.

thanks for the reply, I downloaded the program and I have to say that is interesting.

manufacturers are always the same... thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
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