Published on Jan 6, 2020

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Most people do not realize how important their computer mouse is until it breaks down and stops working. In the past, the computer keyboard is the only direct access of the user to the computer system. As computers continue to evolve over the years, the mouse is becoming more and more important especially that some features and computer programs are impossible to operate without it.

The mouse is a pointing device that works by detecting the motion that is relative to its supporting surface. Mice used for everyday computing often have 2 or more buttons that are used for other commands and there are also models that have different features to add more dimensional input or control. The mouse’s motion is translated through a cursor that is displayed on the computer screen.

If you are buying a computer mouse, you will find that there are hundreds of mice to choose from. They come in different colors, sizes and shapes that you will be spoilt for choice. Other than the design, there are factors that you need to consider when you are buying a computer mouse.


There are two main types of mice – a trackball and a handheld mouse. The handheld mouse is the type where the user rolls the mouse in order to move the cursor on the screen. The trackball on the other hand is a device which has a huge ball in the middle of the mouse’s housing. Unlike the handheld mouse, only the ball is moveable and used to control the cursor. Trackballs are highly recommended for people with carpal tunnel syndrome or those who have injuries or prone to injuries related to the heavy use of the computer mouse.

Handheld mouse comes in different variations. There are hardwired mice and there are wireless mice. It is the type of mouse that usually comes with the computer and the cord is attached either to the keyboard or the hard drive. Some corded mice have balls on them which have to be rolled to control the movement of the mouse on the screen. These mice are usually bigger and are often used on desktop computers. If you are buying a computer mouse for your notebook or laptop, you might want to consider getting an optical mouse. Since an optical mouse does not have a ball on it and instead uses light to control the cursor, it is considerably smaller. Optical mice are also more popular these days since they are more durable compared to the traditional mice with rolling balls. If you are mostly on the go and are always bringing your notebook with, you could also benefit from buying a computer mouse which is wireless.

Other consideration in buying a computer mouse is choosing which type is suited for your computing requirements. For most people, the standard mouse with right and left click button and scroll is good enough for their everyday computing needs. However, there are also specialized mouse that are designed specifically for hardcore gamers or for people who are working in specialized fields. These specialized mice often have programmable additional buttons.

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