Anyone who's owned a laptop or notebook will know just how irritating the touch-pad can be. They're usually incredibly slow compared to a mouse, you need flexible hands to use both the pad and the left/right buttons efficiently, and on modern laptops you can accidentally zoom in/out if a second finger hits the pad, due to them being multi-touch enabled! An obvious solution to this, in my opinion, is a separate mouse - a wireless mouse, to avoid more wires. The question is, which mouse do you get? There are so many different computer mice on the market, it's sometimes impossible to decide which to buy. It's difficult to judge their sensitivity, or whether or not it'll be comfortable to use. My advice would be to acquire a Logitech V220 Cordless Optical Mouse...
The V220 Mouse is smaller than conventional mice, but only by a little. This surprisingly makes for a much more comfortable experience. Although, those with bigger hands may find it less comfortable, and would prefer a larger mouse. But for me (my hands are average) the wrist is comfortably positioned with a small amount of the palm touching the table lightly, allowing for better control. The left and right buttons are curved inwards, to the shape of your fingers so your fingers fit much more naturally than flat buttons.
The buttons are very quiet and easy to press, as is the scroll wheel (which goes left and right, as well as the usual forward/back). So far it's the easiest, most comfortable mouse I've used to date..
Of course, this partly depends on your laptop's settings. But in general, the laser on this mouse is very sensitive. It doesn't show any lag at all, and the cursor can be moved very accurately.
Installation is easy. Simply plug in the USB receiver, wait for your laptop to install the software (10 seconds-ish), and voila! That's all there is to it! I currently run Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) and have had no problems. I've also tried this on my old Vista PC, and also found no issues.
When you're done with the mouse, and take the USB out, you probably get worried about losing it, right? Well, the mouse itself has a 'slider' on the bottom of it, allowing for the USB to fit in snugly, making the mouse and USB one unit. You will never have to worry about them being separate again!
I've only had this product for 2 months, but I've noticed no difference since buying it. It runs just as smoothly, and there's been no issues with either the mouse or the USB. I'll update this again in a few weeks, if there has been any changes. Also, the battery I received with the mouse (A duracell battery) is still going strong. Apparently it can last up to 6 months... I'll keep you updated on that one!
Overall, I couldn't recommend this mouse enough. At the price tag of around £10-15, depending on where you get it, it's definitely worth the money! I've paid £25 and above for mice before now, but easily prefer this lower-budget one. I've always known Logitech to be a high-quality company, and this product emphasises that for me.
When I bought this from Play.com, I also received a 15.4" Logitech laptop case. I'm not overly sure if this is standard with every product, but I thought it would be worth a mention. This case is also of a high quality, which surprised me - it has a main compartment for the laptop, and 2 reasonably sized compartments on the front for your charger and mouse.
£15 for both a mouse AND a laptop cover/case? You should have seen my face when I realised! This mouse made me one happy customer. :)
I bought this mouse well over a year ago now for use with my laptop, and it has not failed me yet! I payed under £10 for it and I must say it is WELL worth that price. It is a standard wireless optical mini-mouse, but despite its modest specifications, it is pretty sensitive and suitable for any regular tasks, except perhaps gaming.
When they say plug-and-play they really mean that! All is takes is to pop the standard USB dongle into your laptop and within a second or so it is ready to go. I have also found it to be highly receptive on a number of surfaces, so you don't necessarily have to carry a mousemat around with you (though I would recommend testing it yourself to work out which surfaces you are likely to be using it on will be suitable).
The receiver could be better over slightly longer distances, but in close proximity it performs perfectly well (and who has their laptop across the room anyway?). A lot of optical/laser peripherals now come with tiny USB-dongles, and obviously that would be ideal, but this is a relatively old mouse, and for the price you can't argue!
It is really comfortable to use and, despite being rather small, fits in my palm pretty well. It is not overflowing with auxilliary buttons, but I uite like this, it is a basic no-nonsense mouse for general use. Logitech are top of the market in my opinion when it comes to peripherals, and even the lower-scale affordable items perform well - this being a good example.
It only requires one AA battery and, with modest use, will last for ages. Even still, it has a low-battery indicator to let you know when the juice is running down.
A highly recommended mouse for the casual laptop user.
This mouse is great for laptop users who don't like using the touchpad. It is very small and compact, easy to carry around. It plugs into your computer via a USB port, and when you're not using it the USB part can be attached to the mouse, turning it off at the same time (which saves the battery, of which only one AA is required), a neat little trick.
The mouse comes with "SetPoint" technology which allows you to change the function of the buttons. I haven't bothered with this myself but some people may find it useful.
The only possible problem I can think of is that the software doesn't come with the mouse, you download it from the Logitech website. Although this is very easy to do and would pose no problem for most people, if you don't have an internet connection, or it is a slow one, it could be an issue.
Overall though, a great little mouse. Logitech seem to be a reliable company - I got my first Logitech mouse when I got my first laptop, and the mouse lasted longer than the laptop! It still works now to be honest, but I fancied an upgrade, and don't regret it.
For laptop and notebook users, using a built-in touchpad can be quite a frustrating experience. Especially when the sensitivity of the pad causes you to unwillingly click on dodgy adverts or make mistakes. It is for this reason that I decided to buy myself a mouse for my notebook. I chose the Logitech V220 cordless optical mouse, which I am more than happy with.
The mouse requires just one AA battery and has a small USB stick which plugs into the computer and sends a wireless signal to the mouse itself. The USB stick looks similar to that of flash memory. A great little feature of this mouse is that the USB stick slots onto the bottom of the mouse when you're not using it. Not only that, but sliding the stick into the clip on the bottom of the mouse automatically causes the mouse to switch off. When removing the stick from the mouse, it automatically causes the mouse to switch on. You can also choose to leave the USB stick in the back of your computer and switch the mouse off yourself.
The range in which the mouse operates really depends on how much battery life you have. Personally, I am using Duracell batteries and I can control my notebook computer from about half way across my living room which, as you can imagine, is great for watching movies from a distance or using the mouse as a remote control to play music.
This is a very satisfying and useful little piece of technology which makes using laptops and notebooks so much easier and without the presence of wires getting in the way. I bought the mouse, with the USB stick, but no batteries, for approximately £10 though it does range up to £30 depending on where you buy it from.
I originally purchased this by accident thinking it was a full size mouse which I wanted to use at my work. When it arrived I realised my error and bought another full sized Logitech cordless mouse. I decided to keep this one too though as it has turned out to be very handy for me.
I normally use this mouse in conjunction with my netbook. It allows for much quicker navigation over a standard glide pad.
For a small mouse it is surprisingly comfortable, and I found it a joy to use and configure (by using the excellent setpoint software available for all logitech mice). The rubber grips at the side give it a quality feel, and the USB dongle is smaller than the average cordless mouse reciever.
If you use any kind of laptop, from desktop replacement to netbook, I would seriously advise purchasing one of these and avoiding the strain of a glide pad. Its plug and play nature makes it very portable and useable on multiple systems easily.