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Bluetooth stutters? Use wireless!

I prefer Bluetooth keyboards and mice to wireless ones because that’s one less adapter worry about. Most keyboards & mouse I used so far were wireless though as that’s popular but after switching to the Mac I invested in a Bluetooth keyboard, Apple Trackpad, and a mouse. The former two work fine but the latter (mouse) isn’t perfect. It works fine mostly but I guess I am sensitive, I can notice a lag with it at times. Initially I tried increasing the sensitivity, moving away USB 3 devices and hubs so they don’t cause any interference … but nothing helped. The mouse was fine about 80% of the time but the 20% where it would stutter began driving me crazy. The issue could be the mouse, or the Bluetooth, and so I bought a Logitech MX Master 2S mouse (saw some great reviews of it) and tried it out today. 

With Bluetooth this one too was stuttering. I guess it’s the angle of my usage. I tend to keep my wrist slanted away from the MacBook so maybe the range is getting cut off? I don’t know. Good thing about the MX Master 2S (and one of the reasons I bought it) is that it comes with a wireless receiver too so I switched to that to see if it makes a difference. And yup, HUGE difference! Now the mouse works as expected. 

On that note, the MX Master 2S is a great mouse for your Mac. It’s got 7 buttons, and you can download the Logitech Options software to customize these. I already had SteerMouse but I decided to go with the Options software as that’s more customized for Logitech. You can customize these 7 buttons to do gestures etc – show launchpad, move desktop spaces, the works! A good investment. 

When I started off with the Mac I had a keyboard, trackpad, mouse, and headphones paired via Bluetooth. I switched the headphones to wired as the audio would stutter or when playing audio the trackpad or mouse would stutter. Now I moved the mouse to wireless. Hopefully the Bluetooth can handle the trackpad and keyboard, else I’ll have to connect the trackpad via cable. Sucks that Bluetooth can’t handle the large number of devices.