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This isn't the cheapest optical mouse out there, but i have to say its probably one of the best.
It has a smooth finish on it, so its not uncomfortable on your hand like some mice.
The scrolling wheel is nice and silent, it runs smooth and isn't clunky like some mice are, even new ones.
The rubber pads on the bottom of the mouse have worn away, after about a years use or so, but it doesn't really affect the performance of the mouse.
Hard to say anything else about the mouse, except it hasn't caused us any troubles, the initial price was probably worth it, i haven't found a fault with it yet.
Unlike most of today's mice, it isn't wireless, but i'd rather pay £15 for a good, reliable, wired mouse than pay £15 for an unreliable wireless mouse.
There maybe cheaper mice out there, from enticing brands like Logitech, and although they'll probably do the job well, they don't feel as nice as this mouse, they lack the smooth polished finish and the scrolling wheel tends to be clunky and loud.
If you want to get a mouse that you don't plan on using much, then you'd probably be better off with a cheap Logitech one, but this mouse is great for a general purpose one, that gets used everyday.
Labtec Optical Mouse 800
My choice of mouse has been optical since they first came out - this means that there is no roller ball and instead there is a laser-light that responds to movements and also means that while a mousemat is good it is not essential as the optical light perceives movement across pretty much any surface.
My old Typhoon optical mouse, bought way cheap a few years back, decided to die on me (the scrollwheel broke!) a while back so I decided to spend a little more and chose the Labtec 800.
This mouse has an extremely comfortable fit, being a little narrower than my previous one, and because it has ridged and inward curving sides it makes holding it very easy - especially helpful if you have hands that don't grip so well any more.
The mouse comes with its own little plug adaptor so that its USB plug can, via the adaptor, be plugged in to a regular PC via the mouse socket (i.,e., making it a PS2 mouse). It really is one mouse for all!!
One disadvantage for me was that when I first went to use it, the on-screen pointer was moving too fast - probably fine for younger users or those without tremory hands - and I had to adjust this in the usual way via the mouse settings in Control Panel.
The black/silver finish is elegant and works with most of the colour scheme of most pcs/lappies these days.
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I got given this about three years ago and back then I think alot of people were still using those horrible roller-ball mice, this also included myself. I had been using a roller-ball at the time which was infuriating to use, because mainly dirt would get in it every other day or so and I would have to clean it out.
Well anyway fast forward to today and probably in most places I've been in they use optical based mice. Which of course are a huge improvement.
You don't need to clean out anything as you know, the ball has been replaced with a laser that detects movement when you move the mouse.
I've has this for so long, because it hasn't broken down or become difficult to use.
The actual mouse is quite comfortable when using it and doesn't feel cheap at all.
So, if you are gonna get a mouse I would recommend this, mainly on durability, cost and comfort.
I bought the optical mouse for only £9.99 from Index (also available at the same price in Argos).
When I first used it, it felt weird using the optical mouse instead of the wheel mouse because of how smooth it is and that I got used to the wheel under the mouse I used to use. When I used it, I felt that it is the best mouse that I had. Not only that you do not need to clean the insides no more, but the responsiveness and the durability lasts a lot more than the wheel mouse....in fact, miles ahead of it.
The look matches my Emachines 420 machine, which is silver so I was impressed with the colour I got with it. The colours available are black and silver and silver and black. The colours are swapped around before you ask why I said the same.
The ease of using the mouse was better than the wheel mouse. It is now easier to move the mouse, but due to the limited space on my desktop, I have to keep lifting the mouse to where I want it to be so it isn't the mouse that is at fault here. However, what the problem is with the mouse is that whenever you leave it, it occassionally moves on its own very slowly. it also suddenly moves elsewhere rarely when in use. This is a real shame as optical mouse shouldn't really have this kind of problem. The final downside to it is that the cable is too small if computer is set up on a desktop. This means that it often gets snagged on the edges of the desktop.
Despite the few flaws and downsides to this product, it is a recommendable optical mouse to use if you are on a tight budget so £10 for this optical mouse is a bargain. If your budget is much better or money is no objection, then you may want to look at the Microsoft Optical Mouse either with wires or wireless, both are better than the Labtec Optical Mouse.
Firstly you have to connect the mouse to the PC. Simply plug the mouse in the back, then restart the computer. Then your ready to start. If not then you may have to use the disk you get with the mouse to connect it. However i dont think it would work with a laptop. But am not sure. This is the second mouse i have had and its Excellent. The size of the mouse is average size so nice and easy to handle. The colour is Beige and Blue underneath. It has both left and right hand buttons with a scroll wheel in the middle. The scroll wheel is on top of a little slant so its nice and easy to press if needed. The mouse has a wire which may put some folk off. But even with the wire i find it more better. The wire is a decent size and doesnt get tangled or in the way. The mouse is also infa-red and works with out a mat on all surfaces. Not really sure what to say since i really dont know anything about PC mice. Overall ive never had any trouble with it and find not needing a mat very handy indeed. Ive had it now for a almost a year. I bought this item for £12.99 at Argos. Which i think was a total bargain.
The Labtec Optical Mouse leverages advanced sensor technology (800 dpi). It offers three-button operation and a scrolling wheel for easy document and web browsing. Step up to the power of optics.