Unlike gaming peripherals, productivity mice tend to be modest in design. The HP 930 Creator Wireless Mouse ($ 89.99), the company’s latest high-end desktop mouse for power users, is about as far as productivity mice, which isn’t far: it has a thumb wing and more side buttons than usual. Its solid shape makes it comfortable for long working days. Competing against elite desktop mice like the Logitech MX Master 3 at $ 99.99, our Editors’ Choice pick in this category, the 930 Creator also boasts powerful customization features and a long lifespan of battery. It’s a great productivity mouse for creative professionals and anyone else.
That’s a lot of Office mice
The HP 930 Creator is inspired by what I consider the modern high-end desktop mouse model. Dressed in silver and gray, it has a tall, wide design – 1.72 x 3.06 x 4.88 inches (HWD) – that looks even wider when you factor in the large wavy-textured thumb rest that protrudes from the left side. It weighs 4.66 ounces, which is quite heavy for a mouse; you might feel the weight when editing precision images and playing games, but otherwise it doesn’t feel heavy or light. The gently angled frame provides plenty of support across the width of your hand, and the thumb wing lets you rest your hand on the mouse without squeezing it tightly.
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The 930 Creator has 10 buttons, seven of which are customizable. At the top is the usual layout: two clicks, a scroll wheel, and a button in the center column. In addition to the usual center click, the scroll wheel can tilt left or right. Tilt actions scroll left and right by default, but I think they’re best suited for app-specific functions like opening a new tab in Chrome or showing and hiding meeting participants in Zoom. I also like to use the tilt inputs for vertical scrolling, as the wheel itself is loose and, at times, a bit imprecise.
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Four additional buttons are lined up along the seam between the top and side mouse plates. The first three are set backward, in view of Windows tasks, and forward; all are customizable. The last button, slightly offset behind these, is a quick select button that lets you switch between the mouse’s three wireless channels. Once you’ve paired the mouse with multiple devices, the Quick Switch lets you switch between them with just a few taps. Having the ability to switch between devices is really helpful if you regularly use both laptop and desktop throughout the day.
Photo: Mike Epstein
Let’s talk a bit about these signals. The 930 Creator has two Bluetooth channels, which will pair with any Bluetooth enabled device, and a low latency 2.4 GHz wireless connection that pairs via a wireless USB dongle. The 2.4 GHz dongle has become the connection of choice in recent years, especially for gamers, as it tends to be more stable and introduces less lag. However, Bluetooth consumes less battery and can connect to a wider range of devices. All three channels worked well for me for general computing, including word processing and web browsing, even in a “crowded” environment with lots of bluetooth signals in the air. A dongle storage slot is hidden under a removable panel covering the bottom of the mouse, so you won’t lose that crucial little piece of hardware.
Whether you use it in Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz mode, the 930 Creator has excellent battery life. According to HP, the mouse should last up to 12 weeks on a single charge. This estimate is most likely based on using it in Bluetooth mode, but I used the mouse for over two weeks in 2.4GHz mode and found that the battery level had only dropped by about 20%. When you need to charge, you can keep using the mouse while plugging it in via its USB-C charging cable. However, unlike many wireless mice, it will not establish a wired connection via cable, so you will need to keep your wireless connection open.
A virtual excess of configuration options
The 930 Creator has a surprisingly robust set of customization features that you access through HP Accessory Center, HP’s configuration application for productivity equipment. The app (which works on both Windows and macOS) looks a bit dark and simple, but it’s very usable. It lets you remap most mouse buttons and define multiple types of custom shortcuts without input, among a host of other features.
As with many productivity mice, you don’t get quite the control. HP Accessory Center allows you to remap seven of the 10 buttons on the 930 Creator; left click, wireless selection, and the button just below the scroll wheel (which toggles between segmented and unhindered scrolling) are locked. It’s not a huge loss – you shouldn’t be remapping one of the first two, at least – but limiting users in this way has always been a little obnoxious.
Still, the set of options you have is impressive. Accessory Center allows you to reset your default entries and create custom profiles for individual applications. For popular apps like Chrome, Microsoft Office, and Zoom, custom input options include app-specific functions like opening new documents or tabs. Some applications also allow you to set a radial menu to access multiple functions. It should be noted that figuring out what some of these features do and how they work can be a bit confusing. As you get deeper into the custom configuration pool, you might need to use trial and error to get the functions to work as expected.
In addition to your inputs, Accessory Center lets you define additional shortcuts using Edge Layout, which triggers actions when you move your cursor to the corners or sides of your screen. Edge Layout works great for some types of shortcuts, but not for others. For example, if you set a corner to mute your system, you will not be able to turn it back on through the same corner, because the function is Mute, not Toggle Mute. Also, if you’re using multiple monitors, Edge Layout shortcuts apply to both monitors individually, which may cause you to accidentally trigger a shortcut when you move your cursor from one screen to another.
A solid choice for designers … and everyone else
The HP 930 Creator is a very nice productivity mouse. The name belies a lack of specifically creative features, but power users of all types will appreciate the plethora of buttons and customization options.
At $ 89.99, the 930 Creator is only $ 10 less than our favorite productivity mouse, the Logitech MX Master 3. Both mice are comparable, but the MX Master 3 looks more refined in a few small but notable ways. , especially its precise electromagnetic scroll wheel. . Don’t give up on the 930 Creator just because there’s something even better out there, though. It’s still one of the best desktop mice you can get.
HP 930 Creator Wireless Mouse
The bottom line
With long battery life and plenty of adjustment options, the HP 930 Creator Wireless Mouse is a great feature-rich productivity mouse.