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Before I had my current laptop I previously had a HP mini 210 netbook which I did love at the time and if not for wanting some extra power I would still have. I bought a HP branded wireless optical mouse to use with the netbook for when I was actually sitting at my desk instead of lounging on the couch. The model I chose was a smaller than average mouse so that it would look in proportion with the netbook.
I also chose to buy it in red so that it would match my netbook as I am a little OCD when it comes to having matching products. It wasn't all that expensive and only cost me £17.99 which I thought was a good price for wireless mouse from such a well-known brand.
The mouse is made from plastic and it did have quite a cheap feel to it which was a surprise because I was expecting it to be extremely sturdy coming from HP.
On the plus side the smaller size didn't make it any less comfortable than a normal sized mouse and it was extremely comfortable even after using it for hours on end.
It was also a lot sturdier than the cheap plastics would have you believe and even though it got dropped by my clumsy self several times it didn't shatter or even crack.
Both the right click and left click buttons had a nice satisfying press to them and it isn't like some of those mouse's where you aren't sure if you have even pressed the click button. The scroll wheel was also really good and was sensitive enough that I could scroll with ease but not so sensitive that the pointer would go wild on screen and start scrolling through entire pages from just a little touch.
I also never really had any problems with the sensitivity of the optical sensor and 99% of the time the pointer on screen would follow my directions. I used the mouse mainly with a mouse mat but it also had no problems with just being used on my desk with nothing under it. The mouse does need an AA battery to work but this lasted quite a long time even with daily use and I knew when it needed changing as the mouse would become sluggish.
The reason for my somewhat low score has nothing to do with the mouse which I really liked and more to do with the dongle that comes with it. Obviously since it isn't Bluetooth it needs something to connect to and that's where the dongle comes in to play. You need to connect the dongle to the USB port on your laptop and this is what controls the mouse. I had no problems with the dongle not being compatible with my netbook and the mouse could always read the dongle, the problem came because it was just so flimsy.
Every time I had to remove the dongle from the USB port I would get nervous and with good reason it seems as after only about 3 or 4 months the dongle ended up getting bent slightly when I was removing it and wouldn't work again after that so it ended up making the mouse unusable. I found this to be extremely frustrating and although the mouse was under a 12 month warranty it took ages for HP to replace my mouse. I had similar problems with the new one and ended up giving the mouse away and going back to using a wired one instead.