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This is a cheap mouse that I suggest replacing as soon as possible. I received this with my new PC, and I'm thankful that I had a real mouse sitting in my closet to hook up.
While the size of the mouse is normal and comfortable, everything about it feels pretty cheap. The casing seems thin, and the buttons don't click as well and consistent as I'd like them to. I used the mouse for about a week, and I was having issues with the button becoming stuck when I press down on it.
One of the worst parts about this mouse is the ps/2 hookup. Really? I though the ps/2 port went out years ago and was replaced by the USB mouse. Well, apparently HP is behind the times or just getting rid of some old mice, but this to me is not acceptable.
Overall, I would only use this mouse as a backup if I didn't have any other mice to use and needed something really quick. It's a very basic mouse, and lacks the abilities and accuracy that I look for.
==Hp Laser Track Ball Mouse==
I use my computer a great deal at work and of course to do this I need a mouse. The mouse I currently have is a Hp roller ball optical mouse and I have to say that I find it totally pants.
The fact that they are cheap is clearly evident when using the mouse as there really is not that much that I can praise on it. Of course they are very basic in their style and fit into most hands easily and comfortably but this is really where the praise will end.
The two buttons either side of the top section of the mouse are coloured different from the main black body of the mouse and the silver effect not only makes the mouse appear cheap but also has started to wear off in places. The buttons themselves will often get stuck and not click on what I want them to click on which of course is rather frustrating.
The roller ball middle looks horrible as the rubbery material seems to attract dust and crumbs making this too rather untrusting in its use and to look at it looks completely filthy (should give it a clean out really as this would probably make it work a little better).
The fact that it is connected to my computer via a long enough cable is of course adequate but it is not a USB cable although for work this makes not a scrap of difference. The mouse itself claims to be PS2 compatible but again for a works mouse this is really not needed.
The red optical area on the bottom, surprisingly stays dust and dirt free and is fairly reliable in its use. However the four little pads on the bottom edges of the mouse need a good clean from time to time (will get around to doing this as they look nasty at the moment!).
Apart from the ever annoying squeak of the rubber roller ball in the centre of the mouse, the old and dated style, the erratic behaviour of the left and right buttons, the mouse is okay! I know that there is only 1 mouse left in the stationary cupboard so I am hoping someone will take this and a new batch will be ordered hopefully of something a little better than these ones!
All in all they do do the job but rather badly and probably hinder my productivity at work (or is that dooyoo?!?) However fair is fair and I think this Hp mouse is worthy of a 2 out of 5 star rating.
I won't recommend it!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
This HP mouse is one that got handed down to me via an old job, and eventually ended up being taken to my parents' house to replace their broken mouse. This mouse was intended as a quick fix but years later, it's still there - I really should buy them a new one because this one is terrible!
Firstly, it's an old-school budget mouse with a scroll ball rather than optic movement. This means that you have to take the moving rubbery ball out of the mouse every so often and give it a good clean to ensure it keeps working. The ball is removed via a small doughnut-shaped piece of plastic which twists securely into place to keep the ball falling out during use.
I have no issues with the shape of the mouse, which fits my hand easily and shouldn't cause a problem for anyone else. The feel of the mouse is quite cheap - you can tell it's only worth a few quid when you touch it, although to look at it you wouldn't think it's too bad. It's black ('carbon black', according to the description) with a small silver 'hp' logo on the top, and comes with two clickable buttons (left and right) plus a scroll wheel for zooming up and down pages.
The mouse is wired and has a PS/2 connector, which basically means you'll need a free PS/2 port on your computer, and if using with a laptop you'll need to buy a PS/2 to USB connector. Personally, if you don't already have one there's no point in buying one, since it's cheaper to buy a USB mouse.
This mouse is quite temperamental, probably because of the scroll ball, and my mum in particular tends to get quite frustrated whilst using it. It's difficult and laggy to move around (both physically and on the screen), and you have to put far more effort into manually pushing it around to get it to do what you want. This in conjunction with a reasonably old computer is a nightmare situation because it makes browsing slow and tedious. You'll almost definitely need a mouse mat to go with it as it doesn't like most surfaces, including that laminate that a lot of desks are made from. Again, it's cheaper to buy a better mouse than to buy a mouse mat for this mouse (unless you're buying an Asda Smart Price one at 53p!).
I believe that this mouse is more of a cheap corporate mouse offered with HP computers as a gesture of goodwill. This is the part of the review where I'd normally list prices and where to buy, but I'm not going to do this because this mouse is extremely outdated and not recommended at all by me.
~~~ Overview and Appearance ~~~
The HP PS2 scroll mouse is as basic as mice come these days. Featuring left and right click buttons and a scroll wheel, this mouse seems to be the basic model shipped with the Proliant ML110 family of entry-level servers. The main body of the mouse is housed in black plastic with a small, tastefully subtle HP logo printed on it in silver, with matching black click buttons. The scroll wheel is a rather boring matte grey, and unlike it's younger optical brother, feels like it rotates far too easily without any proper feedback to the finger.
The underside of the mouse is constructed of the same black plastic with a grey ball mounted in the centre to capture the movements of the device across your desk. In a fit of aesthetics, the grey mouse ball corresponds perfectly with the scroll wheel.
~~~ Use ~~~
Being fitted with a green PS/2 connector, installing the mouse is extremely simple as your computer will also have a matching green port into which the connector plugs. Being a basic mouse, Windows (for this is a PC-only peripheral) automatically detects the device so you should be able to go as soon as your PC has finished booting. However, DO NOT attempt to connect this mouse to a running computer as (a) the operating system will not recognise it and (b) there is a slim chance of destroying your computer innards by doing so.
As with the optical vairant of this mouse I have found the mouse to be comfortable and easy to use, the domed back of the mouse fitting nicely into the palm of my hand. This is due mainly to the fact that the optical mouse has exactly the same form factor and profile as it's be-balled brother (see the picture below - ball mouse on the left, optical on the right). The generous cable attached is thick and strong and also allows for free movement of the mouse across the desk and also free placement on either side of your keyboard dependent on your dexterity.
The device feels sturdy and despite it's relative lightness it seems quite strong, without any sharp edges or other associated aesthetic nastiness.
~~~ Observations ~~~
The ease of use of this unit is also its greatest strength. Despite using older PS/2 technology for connection to your PC, this mouse excels at most basic tasks. Being an entry-level device fitted with a ball for motion detection, gamers or graphic designers will need something far more advanced as the level of motion detection is nowhere near as accurate as with an optical equivalent.
Both right and left buttons have a satisfying "click" sound coupled with a good level of resistance so that you instinctively know that the motion of your fingers have successfully transferred into the button; the size of the buttons provided is also very generous allowing the top two joints of my index and middle fingers to cover them and click with minimal hand movement. Unlike its optical brother however, the scroll wheel supplied with this mouse is shocking; the wheel scrolls up and down the screen well enough, but the scrolling experience is dreadful lacking the delightful clicking provided with the optical mouse.
Being a ball mouse, this unit has a great advantage over optical mice in that it does not run into the common problems of pointer drift and can also be operated on any flat surface (optical mice commonly have to be used with mats to provide adequate light feedback to detect motion). The ball is also a massive flaw in that the user needs a flat area in which to operate the peripheral.
~~~ Conclusion ~~~
In the age of wireless, optical mice, this device is not only aged, but is also easily outperformed in terms of accuracy, response and general experience. The fact that this mouse is wired, mechanical and connected via PS/2 shows that HP have decided to bundle cheap and nasty peripherals with their entry-level server machines to cut costs.
Being PS/2 and full-size, it is unlikely that this device will be compatible with modern laptops (they tend to only have USB connections, not PS/2). As more and more PCs ship without PS/2 connectors onboard, this mouse will have a more limited market, and in all honesty you are much better off seeking out this peripherals optical equivalent (see below for link)
~~~ Links ~~~
Don't forget to remove the spaces from below...
HP Optical mouse equivalent: http://members.dooyoo.co.uk /mice-trackballs/hp-ps-2-2-button-optical-scroll-mouse /1228168/
Matching keyboard: http://members.dooyoo.co.uk /keyboards/hp-2004-standard-keyboard /1228150/
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