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Four Types of Computer Mouse Devices You Should Consider Buying

By July 3, 2019 No Comments
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Gone are the days when everything was done manually. This is the era of artificial intelligence, and every work has become 10 times easier. This has been made possible only due to the invention of computers. The first and initially used computers were not efficient enough and had a lot of limitations. But the one which we use these days has a greater list of advantages than disadvantages.

Each and every device used and incorporated in the processing of computer be it hardware or software has its own unique importance. While the software deals with what’s beyond the screen hardware make it easier for us to use them.

Remember the first time you rode a bicycle or bike? What was the first thing you touched or made use of? Accelerator and brakes, right? A mouse is the same thing as that and does the task of operating the computer. You might be a little surprised to know there’s even more to a computer mouse device than just operating.

Since we use computers for different type and amount of work the technology has gifted us different types of mouse devices to work with. So here is a list of four types of computer mouse devices you should consider buying:

  • Mechanical mouse:

Also known as the ball mouse, this is the first type of mouse used during computer operating. It comes with a metal or rubber ball used to scroll down the page. This mouse is connected at a special portal, unlike any USB device. The ball when rolled is detected by the sensors of the mouse, and thus the pointer is directed to move accordingly. The advantage of using a mechanical mouse is that it can work even on a glass surface while the disadvantage is that it cannot work on super smooth surfaces. Also, a mechanical mouse needs to be cleaned regularly in order to maintain the smooth functioning of the computer system.

  • Trackball mouse:

This type of pointing device has a ball as the name suggests. The ball is held by a socket, and the socket senses the rotation of the ball. Also, two buttons are placed in order to allow effective pointing. The usage of this mouse does not allow a whole movement and just the palm of thumb. The user can control the system by using his fingers or the palm. It has been specially designed to provide an easy and hassle-free movement to the user. Also, it is somewhat similar to the mechanical mouse except for the fact that it is not movable but stationary. The trackball mouse is a disable friendly mouse and can be easily used by persons with disability due to its strategic component positioning. A trackball mouse is used for gaming and programming purpose.

  • Optical mouse:

An optical mouse, unlike the previously discussed ones, does not contain a ball. It uses a LED and a light detector which senses the movement relative to the surface. This mouse was invented by Richard Francis Lyon in the year 1980 in the United States. Earlier, the optical mouse was used on pre-printed mousepad surface but as if now they work on almost all opaque surfaces and not on some glass surface. Also, since it has an optical light, there isn’t any fear of mechanical failure or dirt accumulation. The movement and efficiency of the mouse depends on the type of surface you are using. A smooth surface provides more efficiency to the device. A major drawback of the device is that the optical light can be damaged by the rough surfaces.

  • Wireless mouse:

In this era of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless devices are getting extremely popular. One amongst them is the wireless mouse.  As the name says it all, you do not need cables and wires to connect it with your system. Due to the absence of wires, you are able to move your device freely. Also, it is highly sensitive due to the optical nature. They are also known as a cordless mouse and use radio frequency (RF) technology to establish a connection to the network. It has two components- a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter fitted in the mouse sends an electromagnetic radio signal, and the receiver which can be a separate device, card or built-in component accepts the signal and transfers it to the computer’s software.

Now that you know the types of computer mouse devices you can easily go back to your school of thoughts and choose one for you but before you do that have a look on some of the points you need to keep in mind while buying a mouse:

  • Choose wisely:

One cannot emphasize enough on the point that chooses a computer mouse device according to your purpose. The above-listed types of mouse are suitable for different purposes. If you spend most of your time playing video games, invest in a good gaming mouse and in the same way for other purposes as well.

  • The time you spend:

If you wish to buy a mouse for office or work you should go for an ergonomic mouse. These mouse have a better grip and suitable for long working hours. Most of the times, we often overlook the noise produced by the clicks. These clicking sounds can really distract you when in the middle of any important work or following deadlines.

  • Specifications:

Most of the times customers run after high DPI mouse but mice with high DPI are not always better. If you work with computers for the everyday task, you do not need to own a high DPI mouse. High DPI is for those who need high-resolution displays.

  • Polling rate:

Look out for the polling rate in the specification section. This spec is noted in hertz (Hz) and shows how many times each second that the mouse reports its position to the computer. If gaming is your purpose, do not go lower than 500 Hz.

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