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The Best Computer Mice In Every Category

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the do-these-mice-work-frozen-with-no-power-screw-you-dte dept.

Input Devices 246

ThinSkin writes "Now that the folks at ExtremeTech have finished writing about the best keyboards for every occasion, they conclude their roundup of input devices with the best computer mice in every category, which includes ergonomic mice, gaming mice, notebook mice, and so on. While this year's crop of gaming mice didn't impress much, there were advancements in non-gaming mice and tracking, as demonstrated by Microsoft's Explorer Mouse with BlueTrack technology — which is considered more precise than optical and laser. Even ergonomic mice saw little growth in the year — prompting the reviewer to rely on the older Zero Tension Mouse as a favorite."

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from the do-these-mice-work-frozen-with-no-power-s (4, Funny)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281631)

Bitter much?

data backups (1)

zogger (617870) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282003)

Are widely recognized as a good idea. I think electricity and heat backups should be the same. A generator and woodstove are not *that* expensive, and sure come in handy sometimes.....

Re:from the do-these-mice-work-frozen-with-no-powe (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26282157)

Yeah Taco needs to stop crying. Maybe he can spend his time in the cold and dark thinking about why there is so much bullshit javascript on the site.

Re:from the do-these-mice-work-frozen-with-no-powe (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26282967)

If i'm offtopic then Taco is offtopic too with his crying in the dept caption.

Re:from the do-these-mice-work-frozen-with-no-powe (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26282159)

He's bitter because in Dexter, Michigan, they have no power, along with 200,000 other south eastern Michiganders. Take it from a fellow Dexter native, Michigan Winters suck enough already without loosing power.

Re:from the do-these-mice-work-frozen-with-no-powe (1)

Clay Pigeon -TPF-VS- (624050) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282431)


I neither live in Holland nor am I poultry.

Print version (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26281635)

A link to the printable version: here []

TrackPoint (1)

gmf (810466) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281717)

Best mouse for any work that isn't intrinsically mouse-centric: none []

Re:TrackPoint (3, Insightful)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282095)

I disagree in that I like the precision of my mouse. I've used pointing sticks before, and I prefer a trackpad if I'm going mouse-less. However, if I've got the room for it I'll take a mouse every time.

The biggest problem with articles like this is that there's a very wide range of tastes when it comes to input devices. I prefer a simple, wide and long [] mouse for my uses. If given the choice between the linked mouse and a wireless, decked out, beautiful logitech laser mouse that costs hundreds of dollars, I'd take the simple one every time.

Re:TrackPoint (3, Interesting)

Thalagyrt (851883) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282303)

Back in 1999 or so I used to absolutely slay in Tribes 1 on an old ThinkPad with a TrackPoint. Oddly, I couldn't play at all with a regular mouse.

Re:TrackPoint (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26283295)

This article fails even worse than the first!

The fist didn't mention the model M keyboards, maltron keyboards or anything else worth mentioning.

This one doesn't mention trackballs, graphic tablets, trackpads or anything else.

Happily mouse-free for 10+ years. Logitech Trackman Wheel + Intuos tablet FTW.

The Best Computer Mice in Every Category (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26281773)

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The Best Computer Mice in Every Category
December 30, 2008
By Jeremy Atkinson

Oh, the lowly mouse. Sometimes it doesn't get as much credit as it deserves. It is, you know, just as important to a computer user as a steering wheel is to a motorist. And, just like the steering wheel has evolved throughout the years, the mouse has grown up quite a bit too, even segmenting itself into several categories to meet the needs of the 21st century computer user.

That's exactly why we've assembled our "best of" list for several mouse categories:

        * Best General Mice
        * Best Gaming Mice
        * Best Ergonomic Mice
        * Best Notebook Mice

These aren't just mice reviewed in the last year. There are plenty of great mice out there that are just as good as or better than this year's crop. That's why we're here to help you decide which mouse is best for your needs.

A Note about Pricing
We'll present the list price for each mouse--not the street price. Our reason is to keep the playing field fair between the new and old mice, and to give you an idea how much the keyboard was worth on its debut. If you find something you like, feel free to click the "check prices" link next to each list price. Let's start with our non-gaming, general mice. Continued...

We place an even greater emphasis on comfort when judging regular mice--more than any other type of mouse. Next to that we like to factor in cursor precision, extra buttons, software, scroll wheel (clicky vs. non-clicky), and so forth.

1. Logitech MX1100 Cordless Laser Mouse

Pros: Wireless; programmable buttons; comfy shape; multiple scrolling modes; fast-enough sensor.

Cons: Size and weight may be too much mouse in small hands; no charging deck.

Summary: Unlike Logitech's G-series brand of gaming mice, the MX line is tailored more for general purpose-computing, though with the versatility, not expertise, for gaming. The MX1100 might be too much mouse for the person looking for an ordinary, two-buttons-and-a-scroll-wheel mouse, but that doesn't make it the best darned general mouse out there, period. Why? Two scrolling modes (clicky and non-clicky), on-the-fly dpi switching (for Photoshop or other tasks requiring a delicate touch), and button remapping. With its amount of customization options, it's hard to exclude users who have different tastes.

List Price: $79.99 (Check Price)
2. Microsoft Explorer Mouse

Pros: Best tracking around; comfy shape for righties; two side buttons; wireless and includes charger.

Cons: Not designed for lefties; scroll wheel might upset users who prefer clicky detents.

Summary: As for as customization and additional features go, the Explorer Mouse doesn't come close to the MX1100, but it does have the best tracking engine around. What this means is that you can use it on virtually any surface (granite kitchen-tops, carpet, etc.) without fail. Its pudgy design fits the hand nicely and its two side buttons are there for those who crave a little extra horsepower.

List Price: $99.99 (Check Price)

3. Logitech MX Revolution

Pros: Cordless; dual-mode scroll wheel; stylish and comfortable design; search button; document flip wheel; SetPoint software; great range and battery life.

Cons: Bit of a learning curve to adjust to the scroll wheel; no lefty version available.

Summary: We were big fans of the MX Revolution when it debuted. Its shape and extra buttons were intriguing, but that may have been a bit overwhelming for some folk. In fact, the MX1100 may very well be Logitech's scaled back version of the MX Revolution in an attempt to provide a more user-friendly experience. The MX Revolution is also the only mouse that exists (and perhaps the only that ever will) that has Logitech's SmartShift technology, which detects and automatically fine-tunes the wheel's scrolling mode depending on the application currently active and also on how hard you flick the wheel. We like this feature, but its absence in more recent mice leads us to believe that consumers weren't too thrilled with it.

List Price: $99.99 (Check Price)

4. Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 and Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 7000

Pros: Wireless; long battery life; comfy and stylish design; great set of software with plenty of options.

Cons: Non-clicky scroll wheel may upset some users.

Summary: This is a tie since both wireless mice are essentially the same minus one thing: the 6000 doesn't include a charging base. Aside from that, you can enjoy the comfort of these mice in your hand with two thumb buttons. Sorry lefties, but this is designed for righties.

List Price: 49.99 (6000); 69.99 (7000)

5. Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000

Pros: Smooth, symmetrical design perfect for righties and lefties; wireless; comes with charger; laser sensor; precision booster; Magnifier software.

Cons: No-click scroll wheel; middle (scroll wheel) button tough to press.

Summary: Ok lefties, we didn't completely forget you. The 8000 offers users a 100% symmetrical design that works equally well in both right and left hands. We still stand by our claim that this is probably the most comfortable ambidextrous mouse we've used. Though there are few outstanding features, the 8000 gets the job done. Use it with the software to adjust one or both of the side buttons (one on each side).

List Price: $89.95 (Check Price) Continued...

This year's crop of gaming mice were, well, a yawn. In fact, very little has shifted in terms of our rankings for the best gaming mice over last year. Let's just say that this year was more of a success for generic mice and notebook mice more than any other. What does that mean? Well, 2009 will probably be the year of awesome gaming mice.

So what do we like when we judge gaming mice? We look at things like comfort, a fast and precise sensor, a clicky scroll wheel, extra buttons, and customization options.

1. Logitech G9 Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: A full range of hardware customization; custom color LED for dpi, on-the-fly dpi and profile switching; plenty of macro recording options; more polished, edgier software.

Cons: Tilt wheel could use more tactile feedback when pressed to the right or left; not wireless; SmartShift would be nice; not fully symmetrical.

Summary: The G9's versatility and customization options are impressive. Users can swap out interchangeable grips for different sizes, adjust the weight, switch profiles on the fly (up to 3200dpi), and even record macros. There are nine buttons to get started, so its macro capabilities can really come in handy with games like World of Warcraft . Also, users can adjust the scroll wheel to spin freely and seamlessly, or with those clicky detents for weapon selection.

List Price: $99.99 (Check Price)

2. Microsoft SideWinder Mouse

Pros: On-the-fly dpi switching; good customization options; comfy scroll wheel; macro capabilities; first ever LCD.

Cons: May be too large for some users; number of programmable buttons limiting.

Summary: Like the G9, the SideWinder has plenty of customization options, not to mention plenty of laser horsepower to whip that cursor from one side of the screen to the other. The first-ever built-in LCD displays useful data like dpi setting and macro recording icons. Unlike its newer cousin, the SideWinder X5, this model has more to play with, and can be had for about the same price since it's been around longer.

List Price: $79.95 (Check Price)

3. Logitech G5 Second Edition

Pros: Same great shape as the original; two side buttons; on-the-fly dpi switching; weight adjustment.

Cons: Light on features compared to the G9 and SideWinder.

Summary: Logitech's oldie-but-goodie is still up to pace with the demands of today's gamers: fast sensor, comfy shape, on-the-fly dpi switching, software, and weight tuning. The first-gen G5 is still a great mouse too, and can probably be had for a bargain if found online.

List Price: $59.99 (Check Price)

4. Razer DeathAdder

Pros: Excellent ergonomics; great drivers; lights can be turned off, fantastic tracking precision and sensitivity.

Cons: Little customization options.

Summary: No "top gaming mouse" list is complete without some representation from Razer. The DeathAdder earned a perfect 10 score a couple of years ago, and we haven't forgotten that. A comfortable shape and great tracking make this beast worth a second look. Problem is that compared to the previous mice, it lacks a lot of customization and tuning options that many gamers have grown to love.

List Price: $59.99 (Check Price)

5. Ideazon Reaper Edge

Pros: Comfy design; on-the-fly dpi switching; vertical side buttons; great clicky feedback.

Cons: Software still not on-par with other gaming mice; only one dpi button; not ideal for lefties.

Summary: The Reaper Edge stacks up pretty well with the big boys, but it is not without its faults. The best things going for it are a super comfy G5-like design and a smooth laser sensor. It has an on-the-fly dpi switching button and a solid rubber thumb grip.

List Price: $69.99 (Check Price) Continued...

Ergonomic mice come in all shapes and sizes--and they're not designed to look pretty. Their benefit is to alleviate pain, or simply prevent it. These mice are also subjective and often times a topic of debate, as some of them work wonders for some people, but do nothing for others. Regardless, we've taken a hard look at several of these mice to give you the scoop.

1. The Zero Tension Mouse

Pros: Shape conforms to the hand; hand position more ergonomic; requires no wrist movement; scroll wheel conveniently placed and detents easy to click.

Cons: No lefty version; plastic feels cheap; bulky size takes up plenty of desk real estate.

Summary: The mouse you should give to your mother, or yourself, and a loved one. It places your hand in the more natural handshake position, qualifying it as a vertical mouse. Buttons on the side are accessible to your fingers, while a scroll wheel is on top for your thumb. A lip on the edge of the mouse is designed to catch your hand as it moves away from the mouse to reduce any grip. Of all the ergonomic mice we've reviewed, none have quite impressed us as much as the Zero Tension Mouse. Currently the ZTM is not offered on the company's Web site. But search elsewhere to see if there are any deals.

List Price: $79.95

2. Evoluent VerticalMouse 3

Pros: Ergonomic and familiar shape; five buttons; four dpi levels; helpful software.

Cons: Still requires slight grip and turn of the hand; thumb and bottom-right button easy to press by accident; no lefty version available.

Summary: The VM3 offers the benefits of an ergonomic mouse and the features of a gaming mouse. It has four dpi levels, something that is very uncharacteristic for an ergonomic mouse. But when you think of it, wouldn't you want a fast cursor to minimize movement? Evoluent has continually updated their VerticalMouse line and this is by far their best yet.

List Price: $79.99 (Check Price)

3. Quill Mouse

Pros: Very easy to become accustomed to; comfy.

Cons: Odd looking; lacks features seen in the above mice.

Summary: The Quill Mouse is very much like the Zero Tension Mouse. You place your hand in the handshake position and move back and forth without any grip. We prefer the ZTM over the Quill just a bit because of the ZTM's design and shape. Both are excellent choices.

List Price: $99.95 (Check Price)

4. Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000

Pros: Shape and hand orientation more ergonomic; many software features; side-to-side scrolling; firm, grippable thumb area; wireless.

Cons: Requires batteries; side buttons a bit far from thumb; no clicky scroll wheel; slight wrist bend; lefties need not apply.

Summary: Ok so the 6000 isn't classified as an ergonomic mouse, but its design is out there enough to be considered one. That said, it's super easy to get used to, and it's very comfortable. Give it to anyone and they will likely get the hang of it. Our advice, plop a gel pad or wrist rest to prop your hand up a bit; this way you'll avoid any excessive wrist bend when you use the mouse.

List Price: $79.95 (Check Price)

5. 3M Ergonomic Optical Mouse

Pros: Vertical hand orientation considered more ergonomic; comfortable left- and right-click buttons.

Cons: No scroll wheel; learning curve required.

Summary: The 3M Ergonomic Optical Mouse has made its rounds for a few years, meaning that the price is cheap online. It is shaped like a joystick while keeping your hand in the vertical position. Usability isn't quite as comfortable as the other mice already mentioned, but it's inexpensive for a mouse that's more ergonomic than your ordinary mouse.

List Price: $49.99 (Check Price) Continued...

Notebooks are selling faster than desktop PCs, so it's only fitting to see a market of peripherals tailored for notebook users. Notebook mice are great alternatives to a touchpad or trackball (don't get us started on that silly red button either on some notebooks).

Characteristics of a great notebook mouse are small size, lightweight, easy portability options like snap-in receivers, and of course, comfort. Additional features are handy too, but we're willing to sacrifice bells and whistles for a smaller, lighter mouse.

1. The Arc Mouse

Pros: Cool and creative design; snap-in mini receiver adds to portability; laser sensor; ambidextrous design.

Cons: Clunky software affects scrolling.

Summary: Ok, we know we gave the Arc Mouse a 3.5 out of a possible 5, and we recommended the Mini Mouse over it in our review. But the Arc Mouse typifies what the notebook mouse should be. Super small (it can be folded like a flip phone), includes mini-transceiver, and has reliable laser tracking. The non-slip surface keeps your hand planted on it at all times. It sacrifices comfort a bit to achieve its small size, but we'd rather have this in our bag than something bigger, like the next mouse in our list.

List Price: 59.95 (Check Price)

2. Microsoft Mini Mouse

Pros: Small with snap-in receiver; great tracking system; decent battery life.

Cons: Not ideal for lefties.

Summary: A smaller version of the Explorer Mouse (runner-up in our general mouse category), the Mini Mouse has the same reliable tracking system that can roll over anything short of reflective surfaces. It has a comfortable shape and a snap-in receiver for easier portability. The only kicker is the price.

List Price: $79.95 (Check Price)

3. Logitech V550 Nano Laser Mouse for Notebooks

Pros: Fits righties/lefties equally; long battery life; Nano receiver saves trouble; laser sensor; helpful instructions; wireless.

Cons: Horizontal scrolling could use more tactile feel.

Summary: This symmetrical mouse from Logitech is short on extra buttons, but its small size and clip-and-go dock makes it a helpful notebook companion. It has a clicky scroll wheel, so you can fire up a game and play on for hours and hours.

List Price: $59.99 (Check Price)

4. VX Revolution

Pros: Cordless; big shape comfortable to handle; three-way scroll wheel; search button; document flip button; software; great range; zoom button; compartment to store the USB receiver; long battery life.

Cons: Big size might be a nuisance to the traveler on the go; no lefty version available; some users might miss that third click button.

Summary: It's time to pull out an oldie-but-goodie from the Logitech catalog because this one is still an impressive notebook mouse. Problem is: it's a bit big for a notebook mouse, so expect to lug around the extra weight. But what that also means is that there's extra space to play with its special features--plenty of them.

List Price: $79.99 (Check Price)
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Best Keyboard (1, Offtopic)

mfh (56) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281777)

Best keyboard of all time is the old version of the G15 from Logitech, which has functionally been replaced with the new G11 [] . You don't get the display but I barely used it anyway. I love all the macro keys on the left side for World of Warcraft, which make a really nice comp for pvp and pve in that you can easily combine them with the CTRL button, the CTRL SHIFT or SHIFT (which is a little more awkward than the ctrl and ctrl shift for some reason).

As for mice, I have to say that my Sidewinder from Microsoft [] represents some irony in the fact that it works nicely and does not impede me in any way.

Again, fail (1)

Seth Kriticos (1227934) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281789)

None of them has a normal middle button which is nice for select/pasting in X11. Have to stay with emulation..

But seriously, is Slashdot morphing to primary advertising site now?

Re:Again, fail (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282019)

Agreed, and the ability to even use that emulation with X11 on anything besides Windows Vista with Cygwin is an unknown. With stupid reviews [] talking more about functions maybe 1% of the user base ever will use more than just basic 3-button and a scroll wheel functionality I wonder how much of these poor design decisions are due to a self-feedback loop of more features is better = higher reviews. The Wireless Laser Mouse Series from Microsoft for instance has a horrible time at clicking the middle mouse button so to open new tabs and close old tabs you have to map it to one of the side buttons which you will hit by mistake. It was so useless as an actual interface to the computer I just took out the laser diode assembly and played with it and plugged in my old LX3 from Logitech.

Re:Again, fail (1)

sdsucks (1161899) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282273)

Whether your running windows or linux, any button can be mapped to the middle button. (For the logitech mice). Unfortunately, under windows, the Logitech setpoint software is IMO a nightmare.

I don't care what category (5, Interesting)

yoyhed (651244) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281791)

I don't care what category it is - best mice are: Logitech MX518, Logitech G5 (1st edition has a less annoying texture, 2nd edition has 2 side buttons, but no perfect edition like MX518), and G7 (wireless G5 basically).

Re:I don't care what category (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26281927)

rx1500 is better than the mx518. it has the same metal wheel used in the revolution and is corded.

Re:I don't care what category (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26282145)

"rx1500 is better than the mx518."

Definitely going to disagree with you there. The RX1500 has a tilt scroll wheel, which makes middle clicks fail ~30% of the time, and you never get used to it.

The MX518 is, sadly, the best mouse you can get with a normal, clean middle-click.

The G3 was close; but it's too tiny and the buttons on the left give it an annoying feel if you grip the mouse (as most people do.)

Re:I don't care what category (2)

j_sp_r (656354) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283375)

MX518 is a great mouse and also the one I can use the longest without my arm hurting.

Laptop Mouse? (2, Interesting)

AndGodSed (968378) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281795)

My best laptop mouse is the built in touchpad.

I usually sit leaned back in my office chair with my laptop on my lap and a mouse is a waste for me.

A touchpad is also more intuitive to me, the best option that gives me all the advantages of a touchscreen and a mouse.

And those ultra tiny portable mice drive me up the walls, and besides I spend most of my day writing mails and tooling through logs on the command line... no mouse needed for vi, grep or tail thanks a lot.

only if they allow delay while typing... (2, Interesting)

howardd21 (1001567) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281945)

I like the touchpads, but only if the drivers allow a "delay while typing" setting. Otherwise, my thumbs inevitably tap the touch pad while half way through an email, deleting half, or sending half... :(

I have a Fujitsu tablet now, which has a trackpoint/touch stick. That works fine once calibrated, and saves some space which allows for a bigger keyboard with a smaller screen.

Re:only if they allow delay while typing... (1)

biggahed (951897) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283011)

syndaemon does just that, you should take a look.

Re:only if they allow delay while typing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26283083)

thumbs should be on the space bar

Re:only if they allow delay while typing... (1)

j_sp_r (656354) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283401)

Why not disable tapping?

Keyboard trackpad! (1)

FranTaylor (164577) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282287)

I love the keyboard trackpad on laptops. I use an IBM/Lenovo UltraNav keyboard with trackpad on my desktop. It's identical to a Thinkpad keyboard, including trackpad, but it also includes a numeric keypad.

What I really like about the UltraNav is that it has three mouse buttons, most only have two.

My problem with all mice is that that they require moving your hand away from the keyboard.

Re:Laptop Mouse? (1)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282603)

Funny. I hate trackpads. I guess it's just personal taste.

I have trouble with click/drag, chording (middle-button functionality), etc....

Departments (4, Funny)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281797)

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Best "mouse": Logitech Trackman (2, Informative)

kbrasee (1379057) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281819),EN []

This thing is fantastic -- imagine not having to move your arm and wrist in order to move the cursor. I'm kind of surprised that I haven't seen more people using them, although they do take a couple of days to get used to. However, once you're accustomed to it there is no going back.

Re:Best "mouse": Logitech Trackman (1)

Sinistar2k (225578) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281875)

Trackballs in general got shafted. I love my Kensington Expert Mouse trackball. Horrible name, though.

Re:Best "mouse": Logitech Trackman (1)

kbrasee (1379057) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281923)

I've tried the regular style trackballs as well, and don't like them as much as the Trackman because they require more hand movement (unless I was just using them wrong).

Re:Best "mouse": Logitech Trackman (1)

geeper (883542) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281895)

I've used this for several years at work and home and love it. Surprisingly, it's not on the list. I'd never go back to a regular mouse but I don't use a PC for gaming so that may make a difference.

Re:Best "mouse": Logitech Trackman (1)

kbrasee (1379057) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281961)

It's only slightly less accurate than a mouse for FPS games, at least for me (I am no fatal1ty but can usually get a ktd >= 1 in most games). In CS:S I make up for it by using shotgun, LOL.

Re:Best "mouse": Logitech Trackman (1)

The Salamander (56587) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281933)

Yep, I have a Logitech Trackman Wheel on all my computers.. Have never found anything even close. The thumb-action is ideal.

I do wish they'd come out with a bluetooth version for laptops, though... Their wireless dongle is too big for portable use...

Re:Best "mouse": Logitech Trackman (2, Interesting)

phayes (202222) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282317)

My major beef with all the mice presented & with the article is that NONE of the mice shown are bluetooth models.

Every laptop I have bought over the past 5 years has had Bluetooth pre-installed to be able to sync/transfer files to/from my cellphone. I will NOT condemn a USB port just to communicate with some mouse's non-standard RF when my PC already has a usable means of communicating with my mouse.

Bluetooth royalty (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283127)

I will NOT condemn a USB port just to communicate with some mouse's non-standard RF when my PC already has a usable means of communicating with my mouse.

Then get a hub. As I understand it, Bluetooth mice cost more because Bluetooth is patented with a nonzero royalty.

Re:Best "mouse": Logitech Trackman (1)

thedonger (1317951) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282465)

I have one at work and one at home. The best solution for a cluttered desk, but also fantastic for nearly every kind of use, and a very ergonomic design. While I like it better than a mouse for photo editing/image designing, the thumb-orientation of the trackball makes a straight line more challenging than it should be.

Re:Best "mouse": Logitech Trackman (2, Interesting)

drharris (1100127) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283005)

Damn right! I've been using thumb wheel trackmen for 14 years now and I freaking love it. No mouse shoulder, easy to click.. And as a bonus, you can kick serious ass with FPS with our ability to head look or spin ridiculously fast. This feature does take a while to get used to, however..

Re:Best "mouse": Logitech Trackman (1)

Denjiro (55957) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283589)

The Trackman Wheel is ok. I much prefer the older Trackman Marble. I find the flatter shape of the Marble more comfortable. The Wheel is more rounded and forces more of a bend in the fingers. Other than that they're very similar.

Touchpad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26281833)

Amazingly, even the slight tap of a touchpad still strains my wrist a little. However I'm not nearly in the pain I was from clicking a mouse all day long.

WARNING: DON'T simply switch to your other hand when the pain gets too much! That hand will go bad even faster, I found out.

Re:Touchpad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26282593)

WARNING: DON'T simply switch to your other hand when the pain gets too much!

This tip also applies when masturbating with a cheese grater.

What about Best Cheapass Mouse (3, Insightful)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281883)

For all of us who buy in the bargain bins of your favorite computer retailer.

Which mouse under $10 is the best mouse?

Which mouse under $20 is the best mouse?

Which mouse under $30 is the best mouse?

This is what most of us who are cheapskates really want to know.

Re:What about Best Cheapass Mouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26281983)

For all of us who buy in the bargain bins of your favorite computer retailer.

Which mouse under $10 is the best mouse?

This is what most of us who are cheapskates really want to know.

$10: The Microsoft USB Optical mice. Microsoft doesn't often do things right... but their mice and other human interface devices are superb. You can find these new and shipped for less than $10 on eBay.

For reference, I use a G5 that I bought on eBay. It's pretty much the best mouse I've ever used.

Re:What about Best Cheapass Mouse (1)

Mprx (82435) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282001)

Under $10 - no good mice exist Under $20 - MS Intellimouse Optical 1.1 Under $30 - MS Intellimouse Optical 1.1

Re:What about Best Cheapass Mouse (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282177)

You can probably find an OK mouse from under $10.00 It will probably be mechanical (mouse ball moves a 2 wheel where there are 2 contacts per wheel and its pattern of contact 1 and 2 makes it decide where the mouse is going) and last 4 years. Or the Mouse that works great except for at 4:00pm in the afternoon where the afternoon Sun goes threw the windows at the correct angle threw the mouse buttons and floods the optical sensors. Or you can find a simple 2 button mouse no wheel, that glides nicely with the ball, and is just a work horse, you just need to clean the junk out every 3 months.

Re:What about Best Cheapass Mouse (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283343)

Those baseline MS and logitech opticals should run you about 9.99 -- 14.99 at your local office supply store. They're light, and most importantly, simple.

No crappy side-buttons to force you to handle the thing gingerly and give yourself a strain injury. What's good for gaming is not necessarily good for regular use.

Or for gaming. You've got the whole rest of the keyboard on your left hand. Do you really need two extra buttons on the mouse? Fire, scroll weapons, engage jump-pack. That's like three buttons. And jump should be on a different hand from jump-pack anyway, for timing reasons.

Re:What about Best Cheapass Mouse (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282079)

Depends on what you want.

Microsoft makes nice cheap intellimouse's for normal wireless use. Like 20-30$ range.

Gaming = Logitech G5 or a cheap Razer (older gen razer's are cheap, redundant poster is redundant).

For a cheaper gaming mouse that works well with high resolution I suggest a4tech's wireless battery free NB30. It's like 10$, no batteries, no wires, just has to be on the pad it comes with.

Ergonomic = get the trackball and avoid that Evoluent mouse at all costs or you will induce carpal tunnel, especially under longterm use. Plenty of people have been complaining about the same. Short term use = [] (trust xpertclick tk4300)....great for general use and not too expensive, can find online around 30$.

Solution to ergonomic problems = beanbag wrist wrests such as IMAK ergobeads. Most of what they preach is BS but this thing seems to work for mice for people pretty well.

Re:What about Best Cheapass Mouse (1)

Penguin Follower (576525) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282385)

Logitec G5 FTW! (I own one and I love it.)

Re:What about Best Cheapass Mouse (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282759)

I pity anyone who's never had one.

I got the creative equivalent and the laser isn't protected so even the slightest dirt makes the thing unusable.

I really need another g5.

Re:What about Best Cheapass Mouse (1)

Penguin Follower (576525) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283581)

A friend of mine has had one for a year now with no probs. I've only had mine for 4 months, so hopefully I won't have a problem with mine. I try to keep my precision mousing surface meticulously clean though. cuts down on having to wipe dirt of he nylon pads. :)

Re:What about Best Cheapass Mouse (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26282289)

the best cheap mouse is the one that you took home from work.

Weasel words (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26281903)

Microsoft's Explorer Mouse with BlueTrack technology--which is considered more precise than optical and laser.

If you don't actually know whether it is more precise (and I guess if you did know then you would have come straight out and said it) then at least give us some clues as to WHO it is who "considers" it to be more precise. The people selling them? An independent study? Some guy you met on the bus? Without that rather fundamental detail, the statement is completely worthless.

Re:Weasel words (1)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282425)

It would be worthless even with that.

  • laser is optical (they use infrared LEDs instead visible light ones)
  • bluetrack is optical (they use a blue light LED and 'better quality optics')

The only benefits to bluetrack are that they use a custom CMOS chip instead of off the shelf items and use (supposidly) better optics. They also claim that the blue LED allows a better contrast image for their sensors, likening it to the blue lights used by CSI teams. But that sound more like market talk than actual reality.

Ugly Gaming Mice. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281921)

I am not sure why a Gaming Mouse has to be Butt Ugly. It is like the Ax Body spry for mice. Anyone under the age of 16 will think it looks so cool, however anyone over that age wouldn't be caught dead with it, unless it is hidden in a dark basement.

Re:Ugly Gaming Mice. (1)

Jimmy King (828214) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282083)

I am not sure why a Gaming Mouse has to be Butt Ugly. It is like the Ax Body spry for mice. Anyone under the age of 16 will think it looks so cool, however anyone over that age wouldn't be caught dead with it, unless it is hidden in a dark basement.

So, how are these a problem for us slashdotters?

Re:Ugly Gaming Mice. (1)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282451)

And of the two, which do you think "gaming mice" are targeted for?

And of the two, which do you think actually worry enough about their gaming that they'd put down hard cash for a "gaming mouse"?

Are you sensing a trend?

Re:Ugly Gaming Mice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26283529)

And of the two, which do you think actually worry enough about their gaming that they'd put down hard cash for a "gaming mouse"?

30-something slashdotters with no prospects on the horizon?

Re:Ugly Gaming Mice. (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283541)

And they're always cagey about the only important metric for mice wrt. gaming: dpi.

There are "high resolution mice" but they almost never say what the dpi is on the box, so you're stuck trolling Internet forums and review sites to even know what their resolution is higher than.

Wireless Mice Suck (1)

Toreo asesino (951231) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281937)

...for gaming at least.

I've got a BlueTooth mouse, and even that has a noticeable delay that would just kill me mid frantic quake session.

2 mice FTW!

Tablet PC? (1)

howardd21 (1001567) | more than 5 years ago | (#26281967)

I use a tablet PC, having 4 of them, and find the ability to simply touch the screen, or use a Wacom pen on it is as convenient as a mouse in a lot if situations, especially reading and reviewing document, browsing, etc.

Intellimouse (1)

Miffe (592354) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282015)

I miss my old Microsoft Intellimouse, I used that one til the rollers where worn down. Now I use this shitty Logitech MX518.

Anyone have a recomendation for a mouse that is like the old Intellimouse but USB?

Mice vs. Mouses (1)

BenFenner (981342) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282029)

Pick one only:
-Be perceived an ignorant IT guy by users when talking about multiple computer mouses
-Contribute to the ignorance of said users []

Software (5, Insightful)

Al Dimond (792444) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282051)

It's amusing that these guys seem to count slick mouse software as a plus. I bet most of us would rather have a mouse that doesn't need any additional software. Wireless devices don't make any sense to me either, unless you're talking about a media PC. Isn't a mouse/KB that can run out of batteries just additional complication with no benefit? And isn't a charging pad a waste of desk space?

Re:Software (0)

Mouldy (1322581) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282417)

It's amusing that these guys seem to count slick mouse software as a plus. I bet most of us would rather have a mouse that doesn't need any additional software. Wireless devices don't make any sense to me either, unless you're talking about a media PC. Isn't a mouse/KB that can run out of batteries just additional complication with no benefit? And isn't a charging pad a waste of desk space?

I quite like having a wireless mouse and keyboard. Fortunately, my mouse has a docking-station-type charger, so it never goes flat because I just pop it in that whenever I leave my computer. The keyboard's battery life is phenomenally long so that is also a non-issue. The keyboard not having a wire is more useful than the mouse not having a wire. If I'm leaning back in my chair with the keyboard on my lap, a wired one will probably end up getting tangled around my legs (knowing my clumsy self) so having it wireless avoids this. It just means, there isn't a cable that'll stop it smashing into the floor when it inevitably slides off my lap.

Re:Software (1, Insightful)

RJFerret (1279530) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282477)

I guess they considered software as part of the functionality? I was astonished recently switching from a Kensington mouse (buttons wore out in just a year or two, how can they not have long lasting buttons in this day and age?) to Logitech, the latter's software was nearly 50 MB and doesn't even offer an ability to constrain movement to one axis.

But I am SO glad to use wireless, even though my mouse never moves more than a few inches from the receiver. Having used wired mice for over twenty years now, the way the wire can get hung up, cause drag, need pulling/management, or otherwise interfere with simple movements, seemingly always (of course) at the most inopportune times (trying to precisely trace an outline of a drawing).

(I remember there was even a product sold to try to help with that problem, a mousepad with vertical "fork" to raise the wire up into the clear...)

It's no big deal to swap out a pair of rechargeable batteries every few months and drop the former in the charger.

So for some, the benefit is huge.

Re:Software (1, Insightful)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282601)

I have a wired mouse and keyboard and I would love to upgrade to wireless.

However, since most of the 'acceptable' mice and keyboards I've found either have no wireless counterpart or their wireless version has custom battery packs instead of a spot for rechargable AA's. So I'm still wired.

Wireless means I no longer get frustrated by having a long FPS session interupted by the mouse wire getting caught on something and I'm suddenly trying to jerk it loose instead of aiming.

Wireless means I'm that much closer to having a computer desk that doesn't look like Chthulu and a mutated octopus have crawled behind it and are attempting to swap spit.

Wireless means that I can actually move the keyboard and the mouse around based on where it would be convienent and comfortable to place them as oppose to "where their wires aren't in the way".

There are plenty of reasons to go wireless, I'm just not interested in doing it in a way that ensures that I have to take a step down in quality or that I have to keep buying new equipment every year to replace the ones with dead batteries.

Re:Software (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282725)


Logitech makes really good mice and I like my diNovo keyboard. But, the Setpoint software I had to install is full of fail. I have a 16 meg process running right now in XP to supposedly manage my keyboard and mouse (Logitech MX Laser). To make things worse, although they are bluetooth devices and my laptop has perfectly functional bluetooth, the damn things only work if I plug in Logitech's bluetooth USB key. This combination of bloated software and redundant dongle result in an interruption in typing too often, or a keypress will get "stuck" and the BT dongle will keep feeding my computer the same keypress until I unplug it.

This is inexcusable for something that cost close to $200.

I really wish there was alternative, lightweight software that would let me use these devices with my built-in bluetooth without the driver bloat.

Re:Software (1)

basicio (1316109) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282903)

This is why I like my Logitech G9. You install the software once to configure it, and all of your settings are stored on the mouse itself. So it works the same no matter what computer you're plugging it into, and requires no software running.

Re:Software (1)

db10 (740174) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283559)

G9 ftmfw, pretty close to perfect for me.

Re:Software (1, Interesting)

orielbean (936271) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283071)

the mouse wires drive me insane. period.

OK, that's just cool (1)

wilhelm (5091) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282067)

That Quill mouse, on the ergonomic page, just looks cool. Seems like it would be very restful to use - you just hold your hand in it, and don't have to grab anything. Pricy, but seems awfully neat.

Trackballs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26282073)

No love for the trackballs!


Mice? (1, Redundant)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282091)

Mice? I use emacs as my OS you insensitive clod!

Re:Mice? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26282729)

Hey, can you recommend a good text editor for that OS?

What about PROGRAMMING? (1)

furry_wookie (8361) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282099)

Not EVERY category.... that Keyboard article about 'every category' didn't even bother to include say where a keyboard is actually important!!?

It was just a 'best keyboard for gaming' article.

Re:What about PROGRAMMING? (1)

yashachan (1422227) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283607)

Agreed. I was hoping for an 'ergonomic' category for the keyboard, which a 'programming' category would fit neatly into. The best was that a few of the 'generic' category keyboards were listed as being ergonomic.

Best mouse? thats easy. (1)

indy_Muad'Dib (869913) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282113)

Microsoft Trackball explorer, best mouse ever made.

IBM Model M had quite the following... (1)

MrMage (1240674) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282129)

But the mouse equivalent = []

Gets next to no love? I think this is the BEST mouse for EVERY occasion (Though it seems to be best suited for matching that god awfully huge clicky keyboard).

'Best' is a subjective term (1)

Mouldy (1322581) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282151)

Actually, my mouse is the best mouse in the world ever. Simply because, it's wireless, rechargable, has a scroll wheel that acts like a 3rd button. Also, I only paid 13 quid for it, and that was about 8 years ago. I challenge any of those mice listed to beat mine in value for money. Of course, I'm sure those mice have extra 'worthwhile' exactly is there on those mice that actually has substance? I mean the rubbish like "UBER LAZOR IS SO REALLY REALLY PRECISE" is utter marketing drivel and I'm very sure that 99.9% of the entire technically literate world would not be able to notice the difference in 'precision' of a $90 laser mouse compared with my 8 year old £13 mouse. Is there actually any features on those mice that actually justify their price tags? I mean, sure, some of them have a couple of extra buttons, but from past experience of using mice with extra buttons stuck on the side - they're really rather pointless and didn't really catch on (like the Welsh language [reference to a show Rob Brydon did recently, I can't remember what it's called, but I'm not being racist]). Ok, so it makes skipping forwards and backwards in your browser that little bit quicker. But hitting the buttons on your browser's navigation bar doesn't exactly take much time. Neither does hitting backspace for going back or hitting whatever the button is for going forward, for going forward.

Re:'Best' is a subjective term (1)

Mprx (82435) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282721)

It doesn't take long to move the mouse to the navigation buttons, but it's still an additional task getting in the way of what you want to do. With side buttons you can instantly go forward or back without any disruption to your train of thought.

Logitech... (1)

trum4n (982031) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282189)

G7 is the only mouse I use.

Why only cordless mice in general category ? (4, Insightful)

marmoute (1400855) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282215)

Coordless offer a pleasant versatility in particular when you work with someone else on the same computer or if you use a laptop. I use a cordless one for my laptop and I really don't miss those annoying cables. But cord mice are usually lighter than cordless which need they battery included. Because of this weight difference I prefer good old cordful mice for pure desktop machine.

Additional but lesser arguments again using cord everywhere are than you need to pay the additional circuit plus to recharge and recycle additional battery.

The worst trackball is better then the best mouse (2, Insightful)

Mycroft_514 (701676) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282435)

I still have a functioning CH Products trackball at home. Still works after 15+ YEARS as a tool. Sure, I had to open it up and clean it inside a couple of times, but I have to do that more often with mice at work, so that shouldn't matter. I also had to get a PS/2 to USB convertor for the one I have (cheaper then buying a new trackball).

I like Logitech Marble Trackballs (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282443)

They don't take up much desk real estate, you don't have to constantly be picking up and moving them, they don't get gunked up as easily as mice do and you can be just as precise if not more so with them.

Bring back the wired mice! (1)

British (51765) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282643)

That's what bugs me about 99% of the mice out there these days: the good ones(ie 5-buttoners) just have to be wireless. I simply don't want a wireless mouse. I like it permanently connected without having to sync, or charge batteries or have dongles to worry about. Sadly, all i could find was this okay Logitech 5-button corded mouse with smaller side buttons. My all-time fave mouse of yesteryear was the MS Explorer mice that had a whopping 5 buttons on them. I had one for work & home & wore them out(the paint flaked off where my finger rested). I used the side buttons for Forwards/backwards navigation, PLUS I could use it as undo/redo in any editor app. The driver software was quite handy. You could customize it on a per-app basis.

Sadly, that wasn't the best driver software out there. Many moons ago, I remember the Logitech mouse drivers let you use the scroll wheel WITHOUT having to click to focus on the window to scroll. You just moved your mouse to the zone even if it wasn't in focus. Sadly, I can't find that nowadays. In additinon to that, you could properly assign the often awkward middle mouse button to do a bona-fide double-click. Wheel mice back then actually had a wheel button that you wanted to use. Nowadays they are a bit less recessed & stiffer. Trying to click with it often makes your finger zip up or down, making that button not very useful.

Re:Bring back the wired mice! (3, Informative)

A Friendly Troll (1017492) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282925)

Sadly, that wasn't the best driver software out there. Many moons ago, I remember the Logitech mouse drivers let you use the scroll wheel WITHOUT having to click to focus on the window to scroll. You just moved your mouse to the zone even if it wasn't in focus. Sadly, I can't find that nowadays.

It was very buggy, so they removed it.

Try KatMouse: []

Re:Bring back the wired mice! (1)

Tweenk (1274968) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282947)

I remember the Logitech mouse drivers let you use the scroll wheel WITHOUT having to click to focus on the window to scroll.

X11 does that without any additional software... Additionally, you don't need a 10MB+ resident process just to have working horizontal scroll (Logitech does this at least on XP).

22 years later and still.... (1)

kenp2002 (545495) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282661)

I've been working with computers for over 22 years now and when I was young I had a dishwasher safe mouse and keyboard. I never knew the manufacturer of it and since the house fire back then I have never found one since.

They were heavy and all you did was pop the bottom off (two thumb screws on the sides unlocked it) and you put the upper part in the top shelf of the dishwasher. Same with the keyboard and mouse.

Now with that new marine waterproofing stuff can we PLEASE GET A DISHWASHER SAFE KEYBOARD AND MOUSE COMBO!? I mean seriously I am more grossed out by keyboards and mice then I am toilets and Lysol is expensive.

o.g. gaming mouse (1)

SpiLL (68948) | more than 5 years ago | (#26282813)

I've owned a number of logimice (G5 v1 and a 518 at the moment) as well as the razer products, but nothing will ever beat the old school 3 button Wingman for me. Probably still have a bag of "spare parts" for the 4 or so I had over the years (they tended to explode when my quake dm's weren't going so well).

If only they'd re-release that design with an optical sensor instead of a ball... I'd buy another pile of them.

Not a trackball in the mix (1)

Seraphim_72 (622457) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283089)

Such ... a ...waste

Finger 1.0 (2, Insightful)

SrWebDeveloper (1419361) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283163)

The whole concept of a mouse driven GUI has lost its appeal and significance over time. The touch screen, meaning the ability for users to interact directly with a display and objects embedded within that display, is the next technological leap. Many such devices exist now, we see the intelligent sensitivity of the classic iPhone and other PDA's were no stylus is involved. It's just the desktop computer and high definition screens need to evolve and be priced accordingly so it becomes commonplace.

After Finger 10.5 we might see screens picking up retinal and eyeball movement, hand motions and gestures without gloves, wires or hookups of any type that allows a user to interact with their desktop displays much like the primitive but highly popular Wii interface allows right now.

The future looks bright for dynamic, kinetic based desktop GUIs. And some of us older folks might see our beloved mice behind the glass at the Smithsonian along with all the other deprecated computer interfaces that lived and died over a whirlwind of fast moving generations.

Lefty or symmetrical mice (2, Interesting)

trevdak (797540) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283227)

Do other lefties feel a bit left out? Only two of the mice listed were symmetrical. As a left-handed PC gamer, it seems impossible for me to find a high-quality mouse that comfortably fits my hand. Especially mice with 5+ buttons.

This problem is often exacerbated by games like Fallout 3, in which bethesda felt the need to perma-bind numpad 7 (strafe left for us southpaws) to the 'Stop the game and open windows live' command. Is there no money in making a mirror version for those of us with a recessive gene or two?

Re:Lefty or symmetrical mice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26283477)

I was looking for a nice laser mouse that fits left-handed people too, and I found the Logitech G3. Perfect mouse, even for gaming, and you can find it for $30 or so.

The best mouse ever... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26283257)

is also the best product Microsoft have ever made: the Intellimouse Optical.


* optical (duh)
* scrollwheel
* large side buttons
* symmetrical design
* no funny drivers needed

$100? Are we really all this insane? (3, Insightful)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283261)

Who spends $80 to $100 on a mouse? Is there honestly that much "value" going into it, regardless how fancy it is? I'm calling bullshit. Geeks need to reign in their enthusiasm and just say "no" once in while to ridiculous pricing; greedy pricing only works if we're stupid enough to agree to it.

Re:$100? Are we really all this insane? (1)

Zarquil (187770) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283599)

I'm 40. I've been using a mouse for 20 years now.

I've noticeably developed pain in my right wrist, arm and shoulder over the past ten years. It's only my mousing arm, I rarely get pains on the keyboard, but mousing causes huge grief. Most of my pain seems to relate to the act of clicking a mouse button with my fingers.

I prefer my Model M for typing, but for mice I rotate through them. My favourite is the 3m Ergonomic (especially when I click with my thumb and not my fingers). I'm dissatisfied with it on my Mac, though, and primarily use a Mighty Mouse with it. I plugged in a cheap-o Logitech RX300 that came bundled with a new system we got because it feels comfortable to use for a while.

ANYTHING that keeps me productive for a few extra years is worth it. I doubled my salary when I started working professionally in IT - you're damned right that $100 on a mouse is worth it to me.

Logitech Marblemouse (1)

azmeith (705329) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283423),en []

Probably the most underrated ergonomic mouse in my opinion. Inexpensive, reasonably sturdy, large trackball, can be used with both hands. I have tried quite a few of the mice mentioned there, but nothing comes close to the comfort and accuracy of this. Also I find that my control is better when I manipulate the trackball with my index and middle finger rather than my thumb.

Poor trackballs :( (1)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283485)

I still use a track ball - I love saving desk space and not having to pick-up the mouse when playing FPS games (or anything else where your movement is not confined to the range of a screen).

There is still a market for track balls. When my Microsoft Trackball Explorer [] died, and I actually lost the eBay bid for one at $200.

Contour Mice - best for Unix, ergo, general (1)

hirschma (187820) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283525)

See: []


+ USB or PS/2
+ 3 buttons, like the creator intended
+ Multiple sizes
+ Lefty, righty models
+ Great thumb action scrollwheel and scroll-slider


+ BIG - especially the larger sizes
+ Not 100% ergo IMO - still can have a bit of discomfort
+ Optical pickup only, no more ball model (I prefer a ball)

Definitely worth trying out.

MX518 (1)

Caboosian (1096069) | more than 5 years ago | (#26283639)

I've loved the MX series of mice since I first found them, and I will continue to love them, especially the 518 - it's essentially weightless. The buttons are placed perfectly, and it contours to my hand extremely well. It's probably a gamer mouse, but I'd recommend it for everyone.
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