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A mouse for your laptop or PC has become such an ordinary and widely distributed item that there must have been millions sold around the world and with each passing year, we see more and more developments in this area. Incessant marketing aimed at the 'must haves' amongst us sees more and more of us parted from more and more of our money to have the latest mouses in our houses (mice in our hice?).
And yet....and yet....why do we do this if all that most of us need is a facility to navigate around our screen, quickly and accurately? The answer is that we do not need anything other than a Basic Mouse of reasonable quality such that it will last and last. We shouldn't really need to replace it at all, if it is well made and well looked after.
To that end, I am the proud owner of a Microsoft Basic Optimal Mouse, Version 1.0A no less and it has met all of my mousy needs ever since I bought this laptop - about 5 years ago.
Now I am not one that goes for features for the sake of features and my needs of a mouse could reasonably be described as basic, so I don't feel I have need for anything other than what I have got. It has been 100% reliable and quite simply, I can easily manipulate the mouse (they can't touch you for it) such that the cursor always goes where I direct it to go, so that just suits me nicely.
So, Mr. Microsoft and others can market away at me to their heart's content. I will not buy another until this one is no longer working! I bet they hate people like me.
How long will it take before Antiques Roadshow starts to feature these early versions of the ubiquitous mouse? Such is life - it will happen, but maybe not in my lifetime.
There are a number of Basic Optimal Mice in existence with umpteen versions and variants brought out by Microsoft to tempt us into unnecessary spending. My particular mouse is the standard light grey mouse colour with the only contrast being the dark grey scrolling wheel and the Microsoft branding at the bottom on the front. The mouse is connected to the laptop via an integrated cable with USB connection. You just plug and play and if I were to take this mouse on holiday, I can plug it into any computer and it will seek and find a means of working. However, my mouse has agoraphobia and is most comfortable permanently installed to the right of the laptop. I did plug in a friend for him lately - a little Ecobutton, but I don't think they get on, They just don't speak (or squeak).
The mouse has a left and right button to click and between the two (like Weed from The Woodentops) is the scrolling wheel. In other words it is laid out like almost all other mice of this type. You can customise the mouse if you want to, but I have never felt the need and having inhabited a right-handed world for what seems like an eternity, my left-handed wife has learnt to adjust to use it as a right-hander does.
If you want to arse around with your Mouse Properties, you can do so within your Control Panel.
As far as I am concerned, I can do whatever I need to do via a left click, a right click or a bit of a scroll. I particularly like the right click and for those who seldom use this, I suggest you give it a go. Depending on what you are doing at the time, a right click can provide a useful shortcut to achieving what you want to achieve.
The mouse (who doesn't have a name) works very well on most flat surfaces, but he spends most of his time operating on the leather top of my desk. He doesn't ask for much. I occasionally give him a wipe if I am cleaning the screen or keyboard and he seems happy with that.
Look no further than this - don't swallow the hype - you just don't need these fancy new ones that will cost you a fortune
Gone are the days of picking fluff from your ball, scrapping the crud from your rollers and banging the mouse of the worktop to make it work. The revolution of the optical mouse is here.
The Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse will track on any surface, even glass. Theres no need for a mouse mat anymore. The optical mouse is ideal for the laptop user who never knows where they will park their computer.
The Microsoft Optical Mouse is wonderful, I used to be plagued with dirt build-up on the rollers of my ball mouse which made things like photo editing and gaming rather annoying where smooth accurate mouse movements were a must.
With the optical mouse there's no need to worry you can edit pictures smoothly without fear of the cursor suddenly juddering or not moving at all.
The Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse has everything you need from a mouse. Three button functions (left button, roller wheel and right button).
The design of the mouse is one of the best I've tried, it's so ergonomically designed it is just such a pleasure to use day in and day out. I've tried a few different mice on my systems over the years and now that I work and playa t the same pc I am glad I have this mouse. Hours of use and no hand cramps, aches or pains.
With the mouse being a Microsoft item, it comes with all the software gimmicks you come to expect, including the cursor pointers and added device settings from Microsoft.
Highly recommend this mouse for anyone who is a serious computer user, its so comfortable to use compared to other mice out there and it doesn't eat as much cheese either lol
If you are looking for a basic mouse will a scroll wheel then look no further.
Optical mice have obvious advantages over the traditional ball ones, dudt and other such stuff cannot get get trapped in the moving parts (there aren't any) anf they can be used on almost any surface.
Now this mouse isn't going to win any style awards, it is what it is; a functional mouse. It has the two main buttons found on any pc mouse, that is the right and left buttons. There is also a scroll wheel which also acts as third button, although seems to have now become the standard.
The software that came with the mouse was easy to install and use on xp, it allows all the usual features such as double click time and also the ability to set the buttons to different functions.
I got this mouse of ebay, it came with a MS natural multimedia keyboard (see my other reviews) and a USB to PS/2 convertor incase you don't want to take up a USB port. This was a brnad new package and cost me £20
I have had no problems with this mouse, and would happily recomend it to anyone, unless you want a mouse with more buttons and functions. This mouse can be used by left or right handed people with no problems.
I recently had to purchase this new mouse from Staples, after I lost the roller ball from my other mouse. It was a rather strange series of events that led to this and isn't something that you could make up. I was fiddling about with the mouse because it would work properly and I removed the cover from over the ball and it then dropped out. It rolled along my desk, off the side and into a large recess in my wall. It then fell to the bottom and there is no way of retrieving it. I was pretty annoyed with myself, but I have been needing to purchase a new mouse for some time now.
The mouse, along with a keyboard, is the way in which humans operate computers. It is the manual input that we put into the computer in order that it undertakes certain actions that we require it do. It is essential tool in getting the maximum possible use out of computers. It was in 1964 that the very first prototype mouse was produced and in 1968 it made its first public appearance in a 90 minute computer demonstration. The mouse is made by computer giants Microsoft and is widely used around the world.
The mouse uses optical technology, an advancement on the traditional mouse ball system. An optical sensor located on the bottom of the mouse, replacing the ball, tracks movement and then relays this to the cursor on the monitor. The sensor appears a bright red colour if you turn the mouse over. This technology, means that you don't need to have mouse mats on your desk, just the flat surface is sufficient. The vast reduction in the number of moving parts in the mouse means that it is much more efficient in terms of durability and life expectancy. There is less of a chance that things will wear out and therefore it will last longer. The last mouse that I had was starting to become difficult to use as a result of the ball being worn down. The only thing that I can see as being a problem with this mouse is that the scroll button may start to wear out after a few years of use.
To get the best use out of your optical mouse, you should make sure that you allow it to work to its full potential. This can be done by choosing a very flat and smooth surface to the use the mouse on. This means that it will give you accurate and efficient cursor movement. The majority of desks are 'slippery' therefore the mouse can glide over the surface with ease. In my experience, it does help to keep your desk clean and the surface free of any dust or other residue. In time, you will get a build up of residue on the four pads, one in each corner, on the base of the mouse. This will impact upon the performance of the mouse and can be very annoying.
The mouse isn't anything special in terms of its aesthetics. It is no more than a normal, standard optical mouse that does the jobs required of it. The top surface is an off-white colour and the base is a matt black. The Microsoft logo appears on the nose and the product details and specifications appear on the underside on a sticker. The mouse feels very comfortable on the hand. The top surface is nice and smooth and the overall shape fits the palm perfectly. It is designed to accommodate both left and right handed users, as the buttons can be changed around to suit the users needs.
The product itself does seem to be of a very high quality. It is after all a Microsoft product and they do have a certain standard of quality that you expect from them and that they try to maintain. It is only the basic model of optical mouse, but it is more than adequate for the general day to day use that it is subjected to. It does feel very compact and the plastic casing seems to be very thick and sturdy. If you are like me and are a bit cramped for space on your desk and you often knock the mouse of the edge, it should more than stand up for a bash against the desk.
The lack of mouse ball really reduces the overall weight of the optical mouse. It also means that the friction between the ball and the surface is removed, adding to the ease of movement. This makes manoeuvring it around the desk much easier and over time it will put an awful lot less of a stress upon your wrist. In my experience, it can be very difficult to move a mouse around for a long period of time without having to rest your wrist and hand for a while.
The set up and installation of the mouse is very simple. It comes with a USB cable and an extension that you can add if you haven't got any spare USB slots. The mouse can be plugged in to the traditional circular mouse space at the back of the computer. The computer has to be turned off when you put the new mouse in. If the computer is on, it won't recognise the mouse and you will only have the use of the keyboard. When you start the computer back up for the first time, a small speech bubble will appear on the bottom right hand side of the screen and it will say that new hardware has been found. That's the end of the process and you are away.
The instruction manual that comes with the mouse is quite thick and extensive, considering it is only a mouse. It contains details on the installation and set up of the mouse and the ways in which the user can get the maximum use out of it. The wording is very clear and the text easy to read. The font is quite small but is more than legible for most. I did have a quick read through and it did seem to cater for the computer amateur and the computer whiz, so if you do have any problems you should be able to solve them.
The optical mouse technology is definitely a step in the right direction as far as making the computer mouse a far more efficient piece of equipment. The mechanical errors that can occur are almost completely removed and the life span is also dramatically increased. I would certainly recommend this to anybody that doesn't already have an optical mouse for their computer. There are wireless optical mice on the market as well as those with a wire but I don't find the wire to be any problem. I managed to pick this mouse up for £20 at my local Staples store. I think that is more than reasonable for a mouse and it is all you need to consider spending on a new mouse.
I have been quite lucky with the mouse that came supplied with my computer. I have had it nearly 4 years now and never needed to replace it. But over the last few months the ball on the bottom of the mouse has started to become quite difficult to control around the screen so I thought maybe it was time to replace it. Whilst I was in WHSmith’s last week I thought I would have a quick look at the mouses (or is that mice?) that they sold. I was not actually going to buy one but when I saw this Microsoft basic optical mouse for £19.99 I thought I might as well just get it then. So I did. This mouse is compatible with Microsoft windows XP, 2000, ME, 98 and windows NT. It has no mouse ball, and wheel scrolling which is comfortable for both right or left handed users. There is an instruction manual included in the box with the new mouse. The beginning of this are the English instructions and the rest of the book is in different languages. Installing This is so easy that even I could do it. Make sure that the computer is turned off. Remove the old mouse from the back of the computer and plug this mouse in. It really is as easy as that. It can be used in a round mouse port using the adapter that is supplied with the mouse to plug it into your PS/2 port or it can be used in a USB connector. Using it The mouse is used in just the same way as you would use any other. It does feel different to my old mouse because I could feel the ball moving around on the last one but this one doesn’t have the ball, so it feels a lot smoother running across the mat. The optical sensor on the bottom is red and this acts in the same way as the ball would. It captures 6,000 frames per second, which is quite high. With this mouse I have found that I have a lot more control over the cursor than I did with my last mouse. It is easily moved around the screen. With there being no ball on the bottom of this mouse it is not lik
ely to get stuck. You can use the right and left click buttons at the top of the mouse, in the manual these are called the primary and secondary buttons. The wheel makes it easy if you are reading a large page on your computer, you can scroll down the page quickly by turning the wheel. Cleaning Cleaning the mouse regularly will prevent dirt accumulation from affecting the precision of the mouse, and cleaning is very easy to do. Making sure that the computer is switched off, dampen a cotton wool bud with mild soap and water and gently wipe the optical sensor clean, being careful not to scratch the surface of the sensor. Overall I brought this mouse from whsmiths but I have seen it available in other stores selling computer equipment. It cost £19.99 which I thought was a good price, and it one of the cheapest mouses around. . I am really pleased with it. It is very simple and easy to use. It will work on most surfaces, so you don’t really need a proper mouse mat. Although they are recommended to stop any scratches to the sensor.
The mouse, the humble little mouse, so often neglected and ignored and taken for granted, and yet so absolutely vital for a decent computing experience. Now, we all know what the mouse is all about, otherwise you wouldn?t be reading this, but just for completeness I?ll give you the basic facts. The mouse (or any kind of pointing device for that matter) is one of the most essential parts of the interface between man and machine. You use the keyboard to enter data and words, but the mouse is the instinctive little tool you use to navigate your way round applications to select and enter and all other good things. In the very early days of PC?s, you could get by without a mouse but they quickly became absolutely vital for a complete computing experience, but they didn?t tend to be very good or user friendly. The wire would get in the way or the roller ball inside the mouse and the wheels it activates would get all gunked up with the debris that seems to so happily collect itself on your workstation. When it gets inside the gubbins of your mouse then things get extremely grubby, clumsy and unworkable and so unresponsive you could cry. It quickly became clear that the open mouse and the loose roller ball inside was the main issue and so lo and behold we were presented with the new breed, the optical mouse. This ingenious little rodent is a sealed tool which works on the basis of sending out light beams to detect the movements and so avoids all that trouble with rubbish getting inside your beastie's guts. It's a marvellous improvement and makes the optical mouse a significant improvement on its more basic standard, naked roller ball version. Microsoft's basic optical mouse is a fine and cheap version of the product which like much of Bill gates' product range does the basics very well indeed. A wireless version is a better option becau
se you can get away with the lead which often gets in the way and restricts movements or gets tangled up underneath in your feet, really getting on your nerves, but in the meantime the wired optical mouse is a good product. It's very easy to install, with either a PS or USB connection and you'll soon be up and running with it and enjoying a new surfing experience. There's a lovely red glow which is very intriguing for dummies and initially conjures up all sorts of impressions of Star Wars characters until you realise people are watching you and get back to business. There's the normal left click and right click buttons, which you can swap over, along with facilities to speed up responsiveness and sensitivity and the scroll wheel in the middle which is a great little advantage when you get used to it. The mouse fits neatly and sweetly into the hands and isn't too heavy. The wiring is a tiny bit of a distraction, and the feet underneath your mouse do still pick up a fair amount of rubbish but that's a fairly minor gripe. The MS mouse is cheap and effective and very user friendly. It might be worth paying quite a bit extra if you want a massive step forward or really need to have wires free or want a load of programmable features or require left right scrolling but for most everyday uses, then this red nosed rodent is just fine. If you have to choose between a wireless mouse with a ball, and a wired mouse with optical navigation, then go for the latter, because you know it makes sense. I LIKE IT.