How to Buy the Right Computer Mouse

Hardly a day goes by when we don’t use a computer mouse and replacing one can be much more difficult than you may think! With a piece of tech that we use so regularly, rely on so much, and hold (literally) in the palms of our hands, it’s important to get it right. Here’s how.

Different Types of Computer Mice

Simple in concept, the humble computer mouse has changed a lot over the years and there are now several different types to choose from.

  • Traditional mouse – This is the classic mouse, with a right and left button as well as a centre scrolling wheel. These are the most basic, everyday type of mice, but some varieties also come with thumb buttons for increased functionality.
  • Gaming mouse – This is the most advanced type of computer mouse, and many can look pretty intimidating. Designed for complex gaming activities, they usually have plenty of high-performance features including laser sensors, light-click buttons, adjustable weighing, programmable commands, and DPI switching for changing the sensitivity of the mouse and pointer speed.
  • Travel mouse – Designed for working on the go, these mice are smaller and more basic than gaming and traditional mice. They are compact for easy packing, and the small size is more suited to necessity rather than everyday use.

Features to Consider When Buying a Computer Mouse

Of course, there are a wide range of features that these mice can have, and it’s best to look for the following when you’re planning to buy one:

  • Ergonomics – Working with a mouse all day is a highly repetitive physical activity that can cause wrist, finger, and forearm strain. Ergonomic mice are designed to support your hand and wrist properly in a neutral position, keeping it more comfortable.
  • Wireless or wired – Your mouse can have a cord or operate wirelessly through a USB receiver or Bluetooth. Cordless models have great range and no messy cords, but they will need charging or battery replacement and tend to be slightly heavier because of the additional tech inside them. Corded models are lighter and need no charging, but many people don’t like the additional clutter they bring to the desk.
  • Sensors – Mice usually have a laser or optical sensor. Optical sensors use an LED light and photosensor to track movement by continuously imaging the surface below them as they move, translating this to the cursor. They are less likely to have issues with surfaces or lifting the mouse because of this technology. Laser sensors use an infrared diode rather than an LED, making them much more sensitive. This makes the mouse pointer more reactive and accurate but does mean you’ll need a flat, uniform surface for the mouse to work on.

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