Choosing a mouse for your computer needs is nowhere near as simple as it used to be. Gone are the days of a couple of choices with the special ones having a scroll wheel. This is now standard. However, with extra buttons on the sides of your mouse, and special infrared or other sensory movement devices dictating where you go and how reactive your mouse is, or having a marble like ball instead of a scroll wheel, it can often be a bit of a conundrum when choosing.
Enter the simple group of mice: value options. Now, I'm always a bit sceptical when it comes to going for the cheapest options, as you can easily get the wrong thing, it can break easily or just not work very well. Argos have a very well priced £4.99 mouse that does the basics: it has left and right click buttons, a scroll wheel and that's pretty much it. It's wired, which is fine so long as you have a spare USB slot. I find wireless mice are okay but I personally don't feel the benefits of them - the wire doesn't hinder me so it's not a bother. I guess my desk just isn't messy enough for this to be an issue!
Using the mouse is very simple, as once you have plugged it in it functions immediately. It doesn't try and install any software, which is refreshing these days, and the movement needed for controlling the cursor on the screen is not excessive. This is often a big thing for me, and if I'm using the mouse on the sofa, I could really do with not having to move it around a lot. This Argos value mouse is okay, though, and doesn't really cause any issues here.
The buttons are responsive and easy to click. There's no midway point of half clicking like a lot of mice seem to have, as this is a simple click and you're done kind of function. Again, it's a case of click and continue. The buttons are conveniently located so as to be comfortable when placing your fingers. There's nothing worse than having to hold your hand and fingers awkwardly when trying to operate a mouse.
The scroll wheel isn't the best, but it's still decent enough. I find that it doesn't require too much pressure to move down or up the page, and it's not a pressurised one where you have to push down slightly. just scrolling is enough, and this is fine for me. I'm not worried about inadvertently moving the scroll wheel without intent. It's well located so that it only needs a slight shift from your finger to operate it.
Overall then, the design is very simple but works as it should. It sits perfectly in your hand, and the buttons do as they're supposed to. At such a low price, you'd expect something to be wrong, but there really isn't anything to gripe about. I find it's not quite as smooth and singing and dancing as some of my other mice, but it does the job I need it for, and that's good enough for me. Not for gamers and those who want instant all singing and dancing function mice, but if you just want the simple things from a mouse, this is a very good. Recommended
My computer has always had issues from the moment I purchased it but the other day it kept freezing and I was having problems typing. I assumed that the mouse pad on the laptop must be the problem and so decided that buying a USB plug in mouse might hopefully solve my problems. So far, it has seemed to do the trick and when buying a mouse I just wanted something cheap in case it didn't help. I headed off straight to Argos as I know they have a selection of electronics at alright prices.
I looked through the catalogue and then came across their page of mice for computers. I didn't want to pay too much just in case a mouse was not what my computer needed but I also wanted one that wasn't going to be useless to move around. I just decided to go for their Value Mouse as I could bring it back if it didn't work at all.
The mouse just literally came in a turquoise coloured box and had a white technical drawing of it with the Argos Value logo on it. There is literally nothing in the box that says about technical instructions and specifications which is very basic. It had no installation disc either so I assumed that it must literally just be a case of plugging it in and hoping that it works.
I was running out of USB plug in space as I have my memory stick in always and my printer but there was a spare one I found and so I plugged in the mouse. It made the connection noise and then I could see the computer automatically installing the drivers. Once this was done the red sensor light underneath turned on which means it is working. I did find right away the mouse worked perfectly, it moves well but I did have to buy a mouse mat for better performance.
It is easy enough to hold, it is black with two clicking areas, a scroll wheel and two silver edges. The mouse always clicks properly whereas some cheap ones I've had in the past do freeze a lot. I have had this mouse sometimes just go off and not move anymore which means that I have to take it out of the USB and plug it in again and then usually it works ok. It does have quite a long cable on it also which is good if you plug it in the side and want it on the right hand side so it curves round the computer.
The mouse has been with me for a good few months now and still seems to be working well and that is even after suffering a good few drops and hits. It is a sleek little design and even though it was cheap I have to say it has gotten me by until I buy myself a new laptop. I did find it weird at first going back to a mouse after using the laptop pad but now I quite like having it as it does make clicking a lot more accurate. I do think sometimes a cordless mouse might be easier but as I said I don't want any further expense at the minute and this seems to be good for me.
If you are wanting a mouse and don't have a lot of money at the minute then I would fully recommend this little Argos Value Optical Mouse. It only cost me £4.99 which really is a bargain considering it is actually a good mouse. It does come with one year guarantee in case there are any manufacturing faults with it too. The Argos website does list that the mouse is suitable for Windows 98SE onwards but I am running mine on Vista and it works great so that is good. It also states it has comfort grip, 3 buttons, scroll wheel, suitable for left and right hand usage.
If you want to buy this you can just go to http://www.argos.co.uk and then search Argos Value Optical Mouse and this will instantly come up, you will know it by the price. It is item code 675/1308 and you can add 3 year product replacement cover to the order for £1.99 extra if you intend to keep this for that long. It can be ordered in store or you can check availability at your nearest brand online which again is always a very helpful feature.
I think if you need a mouse for your computer that is comfortable and easy to use then this is perfect to get you by. I have bought more expensive Microsoft ones in the past and wouldn't even say some were as good as this reliable bargain which has got me through university for the time being.