Product Type: Dell mice & trackballs
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Dell Optical USB Mouse with Wheel
Member Name: jj1977
Dell Optical USB Mouse with Wheel
Advantages: Cheap and simple, easy to setup
Disadvantages: Easily broken
I have used the Dell Optical USB mouse previously, but unfortunately no longer. I recieved it as part of the Dell Inspiron package purchased about four years ago.
The mouse is made from a black plastic which is coloured in the traditional Dell colour scheme, the body is matte black with the buttons a metallic grey. Measuring approximately 6cm x 3cm, a standard size for devices of this nature it conforms to the traditional layout with two buttons placed at the top, splitting the top third into left and right. Mounted inbetween these is a scroll wheel, which doubles as a third button when clicked.
The size is comfortable for my hand which is a little larger than the norm. The movement is effortless due to the lightweight construction of the mouse and the scroll wheel moves smoothly. When clicked the buttons are crisp. Of course all of these features and their responsiveness can be customised to personal tastes via the computer control panel option.
Connection is hard wired with a 1.5 metre lead that plugs into the tower. Like must plug and play devices, installation is simply achieved by plugging in and the drivers are located automatically. No difficulties here.
In my introduction, you may have noticed I said I used to use this but no longer. Why you ask? Simple, it broke. The left button to be exact, clicked once too often and the sensor inside gave up. I'm not heavy handed and after only about three years, I believe that is a sign of poor workmanship.
Honestly though I have to say I was not too disappointed. The Dell mouse was a free item and as such the quality was average. It did what you needed but that was it. The wire was not long enough for the setup. Also, I was forever cleaning the device as it constantly seemed to have a discoloured shade too it.
It was free with the Dell Inspiron package I reviewed a few months back, and this mouse seems to have maintained my disappoinments with the whole package. It didn't cost me anything really, but I still think you have a right to expect a certain level of quality and this device fails to deliver.
Summary: A standard mouse with a disappointing tale.
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