A Concise Guide to Computer Mice

Since its invention, the computer mouse has continued to evolve in many different ways like mechanism, connection option, and ergonomics. In this article, we’ll look at the different types of computer mice, as well as the pros and cons of each one.

Mechanical Mouse

The mechanical or ball mouse was probably the most known mouse among the older generation. Its main attribute is that it has a rubber or metal ball in it. The good thing about the ball mouse is that it’s cheap, and it works on glossy surfaces. But it does require regular cleaning to operate smoothly.

Optical mouse

Instead of a ball, this mouse uses LED lights reflected by the surface under it. Because of the lack of parts, this mouse is hard to break, which is the best upside to it. However, unlike the mechanical mouse, this optical one doesn’t work on all the surfaces.

Wireless Mouse

As the name suggests, this mouse has no wire. There are 2 types of wireless mice:

  • RF mouse, which uses radio frequency to send signals to the computer;
  • Bluetooth mouse, which uses the Bluetooth technology most modern devices have.

Their only downside might be the lag in latency and delay.

An honorable mention, the gaming mouse

A gaming mouse is an enhanced version of a regular mouse. It has added functionalities like programmable buttons, faster response times, improved sensitivity, and adjustable weight that make gaming and high-intensity programming go much smoother. They also look sporty, often coming with cool designs and lighting. Gaming mice, however, are more expensive than traditional mice.

There are also mouse types that are made for special needs, such as vertical mice and trackball mice. These mice have a unique designs, that help people with motor difficulties use computers more comfortably.

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