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Choosing a Mouse or Pointing Device – Part 3

 

In the final post of our series on mice and pointing devices, we focus on size and ergonomics and the choice of wireless or wired devices.

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We’re adding two more points to our list of what to look for when you’re purchasing a new pointing device – the size and ergonomics of it, and whether to buy wired or wireless – and you’ll see why they’re just as important to consider as everything else.

  • Size and Ergonomics

This might not be something that leaps instantly to mind, but the size and ergonomics of a pointing device really do matter, especially if you’re going to be using the device for extended periods. We’ll be looking mainly at mice, but the same rules apply to any device.

Mice come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some small, some large. The most important thing is to buy one that’s going to be suitable for the person who will be using it. A lot of mice available now with more functions are truly huge – making them unsuitable or uncomfortable for people with smaller hands. Similarly, micro mice are incredibly fiddly and almost impossible to use by people with larger hands. The best thing you can do is go and try out a variety of sizes and see how they feel before buying one, then you’ll get an idea of the best overall shape for your hand.

There are shapes that fit left handed and right handed people, or some that can be used by either. Left handed mice are rare, though, and you’ll probably have to purchase online if you want one specifically designed for left handed people.

Whatever you go for, it’s important that it feels comfortable in your hand, doesn’t cause discomfort with prolonged use, and suits the way you prefer to use a mouse.

  • Wired vs Wireless

The main reason to choose a wireless mouse is really to be rid of a wire from the tangled mess that usually goes to the back of our computers. Without a wire, there’s no drag on the mouse, you can’t accidentally pull out the cable, and you can’t snag the cable on something accidentally. It also means you are not restricted by cable length on the positioning of your device. The connections at either end can’t be worn out either, as there are no cable connections to come loose.

There are drawbacks however, one of which is that the devices needs to be powered, usually by batteries. While there are a few mice out there now that can last on a single AAA battery for a whole year, you can probably expect to have to change the batteries every couple of months or so for a device in frequent use. When the batteries in the device are no longer providing enough power, often the device can begin to act strangely or stop working altogether. There are devices now that come with a rechargeable battery inside and a charging dock (plugged into the computer, doubles as a wireless receiver) that you can place it into when not in use. These tend to come at a higher price, but can be worth it in the long run.

If you’re in an office with a lot of electrical equipment trying to use a wireless device, you can also suffer from interference problems. If there’s another device working on a similar frequency nearby, it can cause the wireless device to malfunction or behave strangely. This is unusual in a standard desk setting however, as the device and its connector are usually close enough together that they have a strong enough signal to ignore any interference.

A wired mouse will have greater reliability and no need for batteries, but a wireless mouse offers greater freedom of positioning and no drag or snagging cable.

There’s certainly quite a few considerations to be made for purchasing a new pointing device, (perhaps more than you might think really,) but we’re confident that if you consider all of these points before you purchase, you’ll have a better, more comfortable experience overall. If you’d like to see any other kind of equipment covered in these articles, please do let us know at the address below!

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If you need more information about mice and pointing devices, or guidance on choosing one that’s right for you or your business, or if you’d just like to chat to us about anything else IT-related, get in contact with us!

Call us on 0845 234 0580 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk

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