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Desktop Mouse Buyers Guide

Mar 24 2011, 12:15pm CDT | by , in Shopping | Shopping Tips

Desktop Mouse Buyers Guide
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Eight of the Best Desktop Mice Money Can Buy

I have already put together the lists showing some of my favorite gaming mice and some of the best notebook mice you can get your hands on. The reason there are so many different kinds of mice on the market today is that there are so many kinds of users with different needs. The needs of the notebook user and the gamer are completely different from the needs of the guy sitting at a desk using a mouse.

The person sitting at a desk with a normal desktop computer doesn’t want portability, they want a mouse that is comfortable and has the features they want. In this segment, you can get both wired and wireless mice. The choice between wired or wireless comes down to preference. If you work for hours on end and go with a wireless mouse just be sure you keep batteries nearby if the mouse uses AA's since they tend to run down fast. Some are rechargeable so you will want to remember to put the mouse on to charge each day. Some of the cordless desktop mice that have to be put in a cradle to charge only last about a day of use for me.

Forget to put the mouse on to charge the night before and you may be digging around for another mouse the next day so you can work or play. The desktop mouse category also has mouse replacements for those that have carpal tunnel or other injuries that you can move using a ball. These are called trackballs.

When shopping you will also want to be sure, you get a mouse that will work in your preferred mouse hand. Many of the normal mice are ambidextrous, but the ergonomic variety to make work more comfortable are generally only for right-hand users. Different mice will have different number of buttons as well.

After many long years of using mice with button on the right side mapped to forward and back on web pages I can’t live without that function today. Standard mice can be found generally in optical and laser varieties and you can get them in varied sensitivities with many in the 800 to 1200 dpi range. You can use a gaming mouse as your every day mouse without any problems if you are so included, this is what I have always done. For this list of the best desktop mice, I will steer clear of gaming mice though. Check out the best desktop mice below.

1. Logitech Wireless Mouse M510 - This is a nice mouse with basic features for the desktop user that wants no wires. The mouse has the side buttons many prefer and is setup for the right hand user. The wireless receiver is a small nano unit so it won't stick out of your computer. Logitech promises the battery is good for up to two years, but if you use it for eight or more hours each day don't expect that to be accurate. The wireless receiver for this mouse will also work with Logitech wireless keyboards allowing one receiver for both items. You can get this mouse for $31.99.

2. Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 - If you want a mouse that really isn’t a mouse, this is the product for you. The M570 is perfect for the user that has pain from moving the wrist repetitively or works in a very small space where there isn’t enough room for a normal mouse to move around. It has a scroll wheel, two buttons, and a pair of shoulder buttons. The pointer is moved on the screen with the blue ball on the left side. This mouse is made for right-handed users only. It uses a small unifying receiver and sells for $53.56.

3. Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX - This mouse will work with PC and Mac computers and has the cool Logitech free wheel scroll wheel. You can change the wheel between click mode like a normal mouse and a mode where you can flick the wheel and it keeps rolling. That free wheel mode is perfect for long documents and web pages. The mouse is wireless and has three buttons on the side that can be programmed to functions of the users choice. The mouse is available right now for about $75.

4. Microsoft Laser Explorer Mouse - This desktop mouse uses the BlueTrack laser sensor that promises better tracking on any surface. The mouse has a scroll wheel, two main buttons, and two side buttons. It is designed for right hand use and has a 2.4GHz receiver with a 30-foot range. The mouse has a blue glow underneath when in use that some will like and others will hate. You can buy this mouse right now for about $23.

5. Microsoft Wireless Rechargeable Laser Mouse 7000 - This is a more basic wireless mouse offering from Microsoft. It is still made for right hand users and has two main buttons, a scroll wheel, and two shoulder buttons. The mouse is about $60 normally. It uses 2.4GHz technology and has buttons for Windows functions like Flip 3D and more.

6. Kensington K72243 Si300 Wired Laser Mouse - I prefer a normal corded mouse for my computer. If you are the same way this Kensington offer is perfect for you. This mouse uses an ambidextrous and basic design with a scroll wheel and two main buttons. It is a basic and simple mouse that connects via USB and can be purchased for about $10.

7. Gyration Air Mouse - If you want a mouse that you can use at your desk and then pick up when you need to give a presentation or want to control the computer without a desk the Air Mouse is for you. This mouse has a motion control so you can hold it in the air and still control your computer. This is an excellent mouse for users of home theater PCs that need to control the computer from across the room on the couch. The mouse has an ambidextrous design and is wireless. It has three assignable buttons, a scroll wheel, and two main buttons.

8. Smartfish Whirl Mouse - Those with wrist or hand pain from mousing too much might want to check out the Whirl by Smartfish. This mouse sells for $49.99 and has a unique design. You move it around like a normal mouse to control the cursor. It looks like a mouse sitting on a little stand and that stand is actually a pivot that lets you hold your wrist in a more natural position. The mouse has a scroll when and two main buttons with an ambidextrous design.

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