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The Best Computer Mice In Every Category 246

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ThinSkin writes "Now that the folks at ExtremeTech have finished writing about the best keyboards for every occasion, they conclude their roundup of input devices with the best computer mice in every category, which includes ergonomic mice, gaming mice, notebook mice, and so on. While this year's crop of gaming mice didn't impress much, there were advancements in non-gaming mice and tracking, as demonstrated by Microsoft's Explorer Mouse with BlueTrack technology — which is considered more precise than optical and laser. Even ergonomic mice saw little growth in the year — prompting the reviewer to rely on the older Zero Tension Mouse as a favorite."
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The Best Computer Mice In Every Category

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  • by yoyhed (651244) on Wednesday December 31, 2008 @12:19PM (#26281791)
    I don't care what category it is - best mice are: Logitech MX518, Logitech G5 (1st edition has a less annoying texture, 2nd edition has 2 side buttons, but no perfect edition like MX518), and G7 (wireless G5 basically).
  • Laptop Mouse? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by AndGodSed (968378) on Wednesday December 31, 2008 @12:19PM (#26281795) Homepage Journal

    My best laptop mouse is the built in touchpad.

    I usually sit leaned back in my office chair with my laptop on my lap and a mouse is a waste for me.

    A touchpad is also more intuitive to me, the best option that gives me all the advantages of a touchscreen and a mouse.

    And those ultra tiny portable mice drive me up the walls, and besides I spend most of my day writing mails and tooling through logs on the command line... no mouse needed for vi, grep or tail thanks a lot.

  • by howardd21 (1001567) on Wednesday December 31, 2008 @12:31PM (#26281945) Homepage
    I like the touchpads, but only if the drivers allow a "delay while typing" setting. Otherwise, my thumbs inevitably tap the touch pad while half way through an email, deleting half, or sending half... :(

    I have a Fujitsu tablet now, which has a trackpoint/touch stick. That works fine once calibrated, and saves some space which allows for a bigger keyboard with a smaller screen.
  • Re:TrackPoint (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Thalagyrt (851883) on Wednesday December 31, 2008 @12:58PM (#26282303)

    Back in 1999 or so I used to absolutely slay in Tribes 1 on an old ThinkPad with a TrackPoint. Oddly, I couldn't play at all with a regular mouse.

  • by phayes (202222) on Wednesday December 31, 2008 @12:59PM (#26282317) Homepage

    My major beef with all the mice presented & with the article is that NONE of the mice shown are bluetooth models.

    Every laptop I have bought over the past 5 years has had Bluetooth pre-installed to be able to sync/transfer files to/from my cellphone. I will NOT condemn a USB port just to communicate with some mouse's non-standard RF when my PC already has a usable means of communicating with my mouse.

  • by drharris (1100127) on Wednesday December 31, 2008 @01:45PM (#26283005)
    Damn right! I've been using thumb wheel trackmen for 14 years now and I freaking love it. No mouse shoulder, easy to click.. And as a bonus, you can kick serious ass with FPS with our ability to head look or spin ridiculously fast. This feature does take a while to get used to, however..
  • Re:Software (Score:2, Interesting)

    by orielbean (936271) on Wednesday December 31, 2008 @01:50PM (#26283071)
    the mouse wires drive me insane. period.
  • Bluetooth royalty (Score:3, Interesting)

    by tepples (727027) <tepples AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday December 31, 2008 @01:53PM (#26283127) Homepage Journal

    I will NOT condemn a USB port just to communicate with some mouse's non-standard RF when my PC already has a usable means of communicating with my mouse.

    Then get a hub. As I understand it, Bluetooth mice cost more because Bluetooth is patented with a nonzero royalty.

  • by trevdak (797540) on Wednesday December 31, 2008 @02:01PM (#26283227) Homepage
    Do other lefties feel a bit left out? Only two of the mice listed were symmetrical. As a left-handed PC gamer, it seems impossible for me to find a high-quality mouse that comfortably fits my hand. Especially mice with 5+ buttons.

    This problem is often exacerbated by games like Fallout 3, in which bethesda felt the need to perma-bind numpad 7 (strafe left for us southpaws) to the 'Stop the game and open windows live' command. Is there no money in making a mirror version for those of us with a recessive gene or two?
  • by cjHopman (810457) on Wednesday December 31, 2008 @06:55PM (#26286629) Homepage
    I've had a logitech wireless from a long time ago, mx700 i think. It's great, but for one thing; it must be put in its dock to recharge. I prefer this to using regular rechargeables as it is actually kind of convenient, but why is it necessary? That is, why can't there just be a wire that I plug into the mouse just where a normal wired mouse's wire would go. Then I could keep using it while it recharged. As it is I have had to have an extra wired mouse connected to my computer for the few times when I need to keep working when the wireless one is low on charge. So, tell me, why can't somebody do this?
  • Re:data backups (Score:3, Interesting)

    by RockDoctor (15477) on Thursday January 01, 2009 @08:27AM (#26290347) Journal

    Are widely recognized as a good idea. I think electricity and heat backups should be the same. A generator and woodstove are not *that* expensive, and sure come in handy sometimes.....

    The expense is not particularly in the capital outlay, but in the logistics of ensuring that you always have fuel laid in, and that your system is always ready to go at a suitably short notice.

    At work, we have to have a separate emergency power system, housed in the opposite corner of the vessel to the main engines, on a separate fuel system, and hooked up to the distribution boards to re-power the vessel's communications, accommodation lighting, control room and certain critical subsystems (principally, the derrick's electrical braking system, and the fuel pump to the cement unit, the hydraulics for the anchoring and/ or DP system), but most importantly it also powers the back-up fire pump. (This is, naturally, housed distant to the main fire pump ; what would you do if you had a fire in the engineering space that housed the main fire pump? Die?) All of which adds considerably to the overall complexity of the system. We normally do a test run of the emergency generator system along with personnel muster drill, abandon vessel drills etc about once a week ; these system are utterly useless if their use is not routinely drilled until every person using the system knows that the system works, and what their roles in the system are.

    Oh, am I making it sound a bit more complex than you'd wanted? well, that's the difference between playing at having a backup system and really having a backup system.

    (Minor sideline : Like everyone else, I'm not best pleased when the alarms go for emergency drills in the middle of my sleep period. But I accept it as necessary, and routinely object to the scheduling of drills at fixed times in the calendar ; I think that they should be at random times, or at routine times plus as many random times. This makes me unpopular. So what?)

    Your generator needs a fuel supply always laid-in sufficient for your anticipated outage ; you need to know where you're going to get additional fuel, and how long that is going to take ; you need to know how you're going to transfer fuel from your bowser [wikipedia.org] (transfer container) to the generator's fuel system without the generator running (and hence, no electrical power ; or, do you select generator hardware which can be re-fuelled while running? P.P.P.P.P.P! [Loath though I am to cite the Torygraph, they come to the top of the list [telegraph.co.uk]).

    What to do about the exhaust fumes is left as an exercise for the student. Will you have power available for a ventilation blower? And have you double-checked on the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning? Static engines are very different beasts to the mobile engines that you're more likely to be familiar with.

    Your wood-burning stove raises fewer issues. But elsewhere on today's Slashdot is a thread about someone who was off-power for 4 days [slashdot.org], so do you have stacking space for (say) a week of wood? Fire-starting equipment? Really, fire-starting equipment that you can use in the dark. Oh, you forgot to put the candles in the same drawer as the matches? And the matches are wet. Aren't you glad that you practiced this in early autumn?

    People have got lost navigating back from the woodshed to the main house. It may sound surprising, but it does happen.

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