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Solved: Laser/Optical mouse questions

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by logan289, Oct 13, 2008.

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  1. logan289

    logan289 Thread Starter

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    I'm looking for a new mouse. The only thing I require is that it is a laser or optical mouse. However, I don't quite understand the difference between the two. I used to have an optical mouse long ago and I use a glass mousepad, but only the old Ball mouse I had worked on that mousepad and the optical mouse had tracking problems. I hear that a laser mouse is stronger and could work on that kind of surface, but I wanted to ask before buying.

    On the same subject, I'm really not sure on what kind of mouse brand/type to get. I never really know what to look for and not every mouse has reviews. Of course, the cheaper, the better since I am on a bit of a budget, but I want a decent quality product.
     
  2. Gulo Luseus

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    In terms of optical/ laser mice, an optical mouse is one that uses light bouncing from the surface its on to determine mouse movement. A laser mouse uses a concentrated light source to do the same thing. The upshot is that a laser mouse might be better at icking up movement, and having a higher DPI rate, as the light SHOULD be more coherent. In real terms, there is buggerall difference as far as I have found.
    For a recomendation, depends what you want it for. As a nice basic mouse, any microsoft mouse will probably do well- for all their faults, they do make good hardware. Get the lowest spec one that does what you wanr- if you want a 3 button scrolly mouse, get one, not a 5 button super duper does everything job, as chances are the extra bits will never get used. :)
     
  3. BG-0

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    Browse buttons on the mouse are quite handy, and if you're a gamer, sensitivity change buttons are a nice thing too, still not that useful as the browse buttons.
    BTW, Gulo, your location is missing a word :eek:
     
  4. logan289

    logan289 Thread Starter

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    Alright. Thanks.
     
  5. jack8

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    I use the MX1000 by Logitech and find it very good.
     
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