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I have the Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse - Black (Business Packaging) as my work mouse.
I have had this mouse for years. It comes out to play every working day of the week and really comes in handy when I am hotdesking at work which is most of the time as I work across three sites.
This mouse features a wheel on the top which is useful for scrolling up and down the page. It comes in handy when navigating long web pages. Which I am often editing at work as part of my job. The wheel can be clicked mid scroll and the page will automatically move upwards or downwards.
Rather than an old fashioned mouse ball this has a red light known to the techie world as optical technology. It helps to navigate with better speed, accuracy and reliability. It also collects less fluff than a mouse ball ... The optical sensor tracks movement on most surfaces and I actually prefer using it directly on a desk (although it can wear away the patina of the desk) rather than a mouse mat. I tried using it on a large notebook and it had limited contact with the book, not sure why but it did not like the smooth page I was mousing about on.
My mouse is listed on Amazon as the Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse - Black (Business Packaging) and is priced £6.64.
I thought this might be a hard review to write but I have totally surprised myself writing about the mouse's undercarriage and my love of hand cream. Back to the mouse though, it's impressive how it still works despite being unplugged and plugged in hundreds of times. It's a small miracle I haven't left it behind or lost it to date. I'd be a bit upset to be parted from it now, it's quite a personal thing, a mouse, and I must admit I don't really like it when other people touch my mouse. (you don't know if they wash their hands for a start)... I also keep hand hygiene gel handy for that reason!!
For the price of this mouse you really can't go wrong. It is also available in a white shade but that is not as attractive as the business package sleek black model. It's a little bit curvy (like me) and fits in to the hand well. I like the mix of shiny and matte material on the mouse too. Sometimes the cable can get in the way but I plug mine in on the left and wrap the cable around the back so it's rare this is a problem for me. Each night I wrap the cable around my hand and tuck the mouse back in to my laptop bag, giving it a little pet as I do until we be reunited for our next day's work together.
The Microsoft mouse is a bog standard 2-button mouse that’s ships with most Dell & other good manufactured PC systems. When these mice first came out they were around the £40 mark now they are around £12 FITS LIKE A GLOVE The Microsoft basic mouse is ergonomically designed to fit nicely in your hand and reduce the pressure and discomfort for long usage. I find that as the plastic is non-shiny and of a dull matt finish makes it more comfortable to use and feels less sweaty in my hand. BUTTON BASHING I have to say that I can get a little heavy handed especially when playing quake and that mouse button gets more fingering every day than any woman I have been with. I have had lots of Microsoft basic mice and the robustness of the button trigger mechanism on this make is I have to say very very good. In 5 years I have never had a malfunction with a click or a right mouse click on the various Microsoft mice I have had unlike most of my joysticks which I break in all of 5 minutes. OPTICAL ENVY Using the mouse all day at work I find the control and accuracy of the mouse cursor tends to degrade and degrade with time. In the end I have to twist the roller ball cover off and take the ball out so I can scrape the dirt and grime that has built up with the rollers. This is something you should not get with a optical mouse as there are no moving parts, you would of thought they would be cheaper than old fashioned mechanical mice like this one. MINE IS BIGGER THAN YOURS At work all day long I move the mouse all over the shop and there is nothing more annoying when the cord is weighing you down and you have to pull it up through the desk gap so you can use it properly. I hate it when I have to do that, and its such a pain when I move my computer to do a demonstration and have unplug the cord, unplug the keyboard. If only Dell supplied cordless peripherals as standard. SOME B%%ARD STOLE ME
WHEELS I have to say I wish I had a wheel on the mouse, everyone else has one and I feel left out on this older model. I am sure the wheel would be useful on this large screen, especially coding as I have lines and lines and lines of code to trawl through. Having to go to the scroll bar all the time and back half way across my 19-inch screen in high-resolution mode its just more effort than my lazy arse can be obliged with. WHICH HOLE CAN I SLOT MY THING IN My basic mouse was a PS/2 mouse port compatible mouse, this requires no drivers and should work as standard on most up to date Microsoft Windows Systems. Even my mum would be able to get this little baby up and running, mmm saying that I do not think she would be able to plug it in. Oh yes she would, as this mouse complies with the latest PC standards and comes fitted with a colour-coded plug that even someone of complete PC illiterate incompetence can actually slot it in the right hole. I do not understand how most mothers can not use a computer, they can read the manual and program the washing machine which I can never figure out yet they can not use something more simpler like a computer.
(If your wondering about the title, inside ball driven mice is the ball, obviously, this ball is made of steel then covered with rubber, so there, I’ve explained it now….and yes, I know I’m a total geek!) The Microsoft Basic mouse is often confused with the larger Intellimouse we see quite often. The intellimouse was shipped with virtually every PC sold to business’s and the likes back in 1998-2000 and you saw them everywhere, they were very reliable mice and you can still buy them now. So why was the Microsoft Basic Mouse needed? Easy answer to this one, whether it’s right or not I don’t know, but it seems to have taken over another series of mice released by Microsoft called the ‘Microsoft Home Mouse’. The Microsoft Home mouse was a little blue funny thing which I quite liked, which is why I now have 2 sat in the loft (don’t ask, over the years I seem to have collected about 10 spare mice from various places!). Now, you older computer geeks will remember the Home mouse as it was really the only coloured mouse at there and extremely reliable at that, mine lasted over 2 years with intense use. So why they felt they needed to discontinue it and introduce the basic mouse I don’t know. However, The Microsoft Basic Mouse seemed to outdo the home version and it did it well. The mouse is indeed very basic. You get your 2 mouse buttons and it’s ball underneath. Basic is good though isn’t it? Well, I suppose it’s what your looking for in a mouse. This mouse doe’s fine for me at work but for home use I think I might go a little crazy without my scrolling ball that I currently have on my mouse at home. If your just using your computer to type a few letters, maybe do the accounts and you don’t want to spend a fortune then this is the mouse for you! If however, your using the net, playing the old games or doing something which requires a bit more out of your fingers, then
this isn’t the mouse for you and I would urge you to spend a bit more on your mouse! So, before I go on, your probably thinking ‘not another cheap mouse, I’ve already had five of them’ or ‘not another one of those crappy mice where I try my hardest to double click but I have to press the button so far down, it get’s stuck and won’t come up again’ (my boss was always saying she could'nt get hers up again and it was really frustrating!!), don’t think it. Just because this mouse is under a tenner, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t getting a quality piece of technological plastic. What your actually getting is a mouse that will probably last longer than your computer will. The button has a very nice click to it, there’s no doubt you have pressed it and it’s better than the click on have on my mouse which cost me £35. The shape is very nice, ok, it may be a little to small for some, but for me it works very nice, it’s not a huge mouse but it doesn’t feel too small if you know what I mean. The four little feet (is that what you call them) on the bottom of the mouse help it smooth very smoothly over practically any surface, however it seems to work better on a good material mouse mat. It’s also pretty like aswell so that aid’s the movement of it. It’s also as robust as any other mouse that I know…so what more could you want!? Well with mice being what they are these day’s you want it to make you a cup of tea and type that 10,000 word report for you….well I’m sorry to tell you it won’t do that, but some uses you could get out of it are: - Anti Burglar Device – Place the ample lead across from one end of the hall to the other so the burglar trips up and bangs his head on the filing cabinet. - Hang it in front of the door along the corridor, when the door is opened, the mouse will hit it and you will
know when your boss is coming so that you can hide what your looking up on the net. - Use the ball inside to play mouse marbles with your colleague across the desk. - Attach a note to it and lower it out of the window to the floor below and pass the nice girl the note. - Or you could, if you got bored use it to get on with your work. I’d like some more suggestions for the above if you have any available! So, all in all as theres not much more I can write on a little bit of plastic. If you want a cheap, but reliable and robust mouse that’s comfortable and won’t give you wrist ache, definitely go for this one, it’s the best mouse on the market for under a tenner. You can also get another version of the mouse for £3 cheaper which is called the ‘trekker’. It’s exactly the same mouse and holds the Microsoft holographic label underneath it, the only difference is that it has ‘trekker’ written where ‘Microsoft’ usually advertises itself. So there you go, aren’t a nice little bloke! I’ve only seen these once though and I don’t know if it was just a one off thing or what, I don’t even know why they did it! It get’s 5 out of 5 from me!
With the present-day selection of mice, that all possible refinements offer. How everything still participates optical scanning, Intellieye, radio-mice and something I it wisely already almost to mark as miracles, that there is still the keen aged Microsoft Mouse. Okay, completely the good old Mouse doesn't participate she/it either, has gotten me the Wheel-Variante I. However everything of the row after. The purchase-decision: I must confess, at the moment as I me this mouse has bought, there was the optical scanning not yet. I will therefore face me a radio-mouse, a Trackball, a normal mouse with the decision or, to buy a Wheelmouse just. Since I had installed a Logitech-Funkmaus already once, this retired from the start. There were transfer-mistakes permanently what led to an impossible handling of course. In the meantime, I, that this didn't care about the mouse, participate however known but at my calculator. I could not befriend with a Trackball either since it doesn't participate jedermanns matter the ball always to steer only with the thumb. The decision fell schlieslich on the Microsoft-Wheelmouse, to the one because she/it lies in my hand optimally, to the other because the radio-ions of the wheel convinced me and to the third because I had done already sufficiently negative experiences with lowcost-mice. The delivery capacity: In the box, that was as always much to big, the following parts were packed. - of course the mouse - a polyglot installation-instruction –a CD with drivers –an adapter of PS/2 on the serial interface. , at that time USB was another foreign word, The installation: since I had a PS/2-port. I infected the mouse at this of course. The serial interface remained free so however. After him/it latest-type the matching driver came discover new hardware the obligatory hint and was installed by WIN 95. The mouse worked optimally.
The mouse: The mouse lies like already mentioned in my hand optimally. The sufficiently long inlet offers an enormous movement-space. The buttons has do a good pressure-point and the Scrollrad. It comes turn this to the inadvertent pressing the Scrollrades during one either. The mouse participates in the inner of the mouse 2 years in my property and until on a few cleaning of the buyer-roles in the meantime, she/it always worked very well. The conversation-behavior participates already as sensational, to mark. Each point of the screen can be hit absolutely precisely. Noteworthy should be as well that I use no Mousepad but on the table-surface with the mouse works. My result: I have approximately 60.- DM payed for the mouse, at that time.And I can only say it was each mark worth. A favorable alternative to this battery eating radio - and optical mices.
Yuck - his mouse had furballs! Teenage son wanted to go on the Internet this morning and, since mine is the only computer with a modem in this household (for obvious reasons!) that meant he was hogging it for over an hour. I really wanted to go over some of my Dooyoo opinions and possibly (if I could find some inspiration) make a start on another one, so I sloped off into his room with my notebook and floppy disk. After all, if he was using my computer then it was only fair that I should use his.... I booted it, inserted my floppy and laid my hand on his Microsoft mouse. What on earth was this? The mouse pointer was all over the screen, jerking and sticking and generally almost unusable. How on earth does he play Unreal Tournament and Midtown Madness with such a sulky rodent? I found myself wondering. In the year or so since we built him this computer, I've managed to get him trained to use utility programs to defrag his hard disk when it gets messy, to optimize his Registry every now and again (since he installs and deletes so many games and demos) and even dust off his keyboard from time to time. But cleaning his mouse? For some reason he much prefers to leave that to Mum.... It's not as if it's a time-consuming or difficult task although it can be a real chore if you let the crud build up on the ball or rollers. A pair of tweezers, a few strips of sellotape and an only just damp cotton bud will soon bring a poorly mouse back to perfect working order without recourse to the vet. So, before I could even start to write, I have to open up the rodent and delve about inside to remove the sticky accumulations on the rollers. I find myself wondering if he'll even notice.. but surely he can't possibly miss the fact that his mouse is suddenly silky-smooth and responsive? But then I remember that I'm talking about a teenager here........ Attitudes to mice can be very puzzling, considerin
g one is such a vital part of a computer. I was talking to a retired friend in the summer and he was lamenting about the fact that mice didn't last that long. It turned out that he'd had three in twelve months! Admittedly, a basic mouse is so cheap that it's almost disposable but he had no idea that it could be opened up and cleaned so easily. When his rodent started to play up, he simply threw it away as worn-out and bought a new one! Perhaps I should think about getting teenage son one of the new Microsoft optical mice for his birthday in March - at least I won't get called upon to scrape the crud off the rollers after that!
There was a time when all a mouse consisted of was box, with two buttons and a cord connecting it to the back of the system unit. This was of course in a time when mice were not being designed with the needs of internet users and gamers in mind and this was all that a person actually needed from a mouse. As far as I am concerned it still is all you need. The Microsoft Basic Mouse, is as it says 'basic'. There are none of the bells and whistles which are found on some of their and others' offerings, just your plain two button rollerball type mouse. Now if for some reason you find you can't live without your central roller, third button, optical sensors etc. then this really isn't going to be the mouse for you. If on the other hand you find all this rather pointless and often annoying (check out the microsoft optical mouse for annoying buttons everywhere and a clunky design) then this is going to be right up your alley. The mouse is extremely comfortable to use, being designed for both left and right handed users as well. The buttons give a satisfying click when depressed and spring right back to where they were as you would hope. My particular version has been going for a number of years now so I would have to say that they are very robust(I am not a light computer user) and will give you many years of service. Installation is also a breeze under windows as it will recognise the mouse on boot-up so there is no need for installation software. If you do have a problem however, then a disk is provided to combat this. Overall then, a very satisfying product at a price which is nice too.
I just purchased a new mouse, I was just looking for a basic mouse which looks good and is comfortable to use? I found the Vivanco mouse, blue, see through with a silvery cord it is a palm length mouse with scroll wheel. Feels very comfortable to use and doesnt seem to skid at all so far, i'm very impressed because at under £10 it is very good value looks good and handles well. Smooth clicking action helps it work quickly. Available from pc world and other stores if you want a good value mouse that looks cool check it out. Having used the shorter mouse before I really have noticed a difference in how comfortable it is to use.