As you well know when using a computer a mouse is a must have. However, the wiring can quickly get annoying as it wraps around things, get caught, and generally gets in the way. A wireless mouse eliminates these issues.
But when looking to buy one you face a very saturated market. With so many knock offs and cheap imports flooding the market it can be hard to narrow down your selection.
Here is a brief examination of the top three mice on the market for Windows and Macintosh computers. Note the following mouse selections are well regarded and their quality voted on in consumer reviews by end users like yourself.
Best Computer Mouse on the Market
Logitech is well known for making all manner of computing addons, peripherals, and things that plug into USB ports. Their Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse is popular with end users for its quality and ease of use. To get into the specifics here are what people liked about the M510:
The Size: the M510 is a full sized computer mouse with a rubber grip. Its not one of those smaller notebook style mice, its exactly what you would expect sizewise from a desktop mouse.
Good Battery Life: the M510 comes with AA batteries pre-installed. Not only does it come with batteries it also makes good use of them. The M510 can get up to 2 years of life off of one set of batteries. End users note that battery life can vary based on use but overall is most impressive.
Good Design: users all seemed to like various design choices Logitech made with how the mouse is put together. Users liked the contours of the device, its grip, the feel of the buttons, and the small size of the transmission dongle you have to plug into your PC/Mac.
Best Wireless Mouse for the Money
Hardly surprising that Logitech would have multiple designs and models of mice that are top sellers. However, no two mice are alike and the Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX for PC and Mac is different the standard stock mouse in several key areas. Here is a brief examination of these differences that users find appealing.
Ergonomic Shape And Layout: the MX has a different shape the most computer mice. Its designed as higher and wider than most mice giving you a handy area to rest your thumb. Also the buttons are well positioned and the grip is good.
Lots Of Buttons: the MX comes with more buttons than a stock two button/scroll wheel mouse. These allow you to control your computer without taking your hand off the mouse. This can prove very useful indeed. Some of the buttons you might find handy include: back, forward, and zoom. These buttons are located a bit above the thumb rest making them easy to get at when you need them.
Ease Of Charging: the MX doesn’t take batteries you plug it in to charge it up. What a lot of people found handy was there are several ways you can do this. You can hook it in through the USB port and charge it that way. Or you can use the included adapter to plug it right into the wall outlet. Variety is useful when you need to charge an electronic device.
Best Mouse for Microsoft PCs
Much maligned as of late with their operating system choices one area where Microsoft has always earned a lot of praise is their peripherals. The good old fashioned wired two button Microsoft mouse is a familiar sight in many offices and homes. This Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse more modern wireless take has also been well received.
Bluetooth: interesting this is the only mouse in the top three that makes use of the Bluetooth standard. What this means for you is that the mouse can connect directly with your computer’s operating system without the need for a USB plugin dongle. Not only does this look nice but its one less thing to get lost or break.
Swipe/Start Button: the Sculpt Comfort mouse has a noticeable blue Windows logo button on the side of it. This button allows you to quickly switch between open programs and bring up your Start Menu. A quick swipe changes what program you’re focused on and pressing it opens your Start Menu. You’ll find this useful if you’re often digging through your open windows bar or Alt+Tabbing through everything.
Pairs With Anything: users with a lot of computers loved this feature. The Sculpt Comfort mouse was reported to work with Windows 7, Windows 8, Macs, Chromebooks, and certain types of tablets. Best part is it can be paired with more than one system at once making for a highly versatile mouse. Plus you don’t have to disconnect anything just turn it on the system you’re using on.
Now the fun part, what to buy. As with a lot of things this depends entirely on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a good old fashioned minimum hassle it just works mouse the M510 is well worth your money. If you’re looking for something a bit easier on your hands with a lot of configurable buttons and increased control choices the MX is a good idea.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a mouse that will work with a multitude of stuff you already own and allow you to jump from program to program the Sculpt Comfort Mouse will likely increase your productivity.
As always mileage does vary and no two buyers are alike. When purchasing a wireless mouse always keep in the front of your mind what you’re looking to accomplish and what do you want to use this mouse for. But as you’ve seen there are a lot of good choices out there for a multitude of tasks. With a little research you can find one to fit yours.