Getting a new mouse

A few weeks ago, I started shopping around for a new mouse to replace the Kensington USB PocketMouse Pro that I gave away. I had a few requirements, though:

  1. It had to be ambidextrous
    • I frequently switch back and forth between using my left and right hands
  2. It had to be cordless
    • I didn’t want any messy wires
  3. It had to connect without having to use a dongle
    • I didn’t want block an extra USB port just to use the mouse, and I didn’t want to have to connect and disconnect every time I wanted to use it
  4. It had to run on batteries
    • I didn’t want an extra charging station on my desk or taking up a USB port
  5. It had to be somewhat quiet
    • I hate mice that have a really loud “click”
  6. It had to have at least three buttons
    • You can’t do much with one or two buttons nowadays
  7. It had to be simple
    • I have no real use for fancy frills
  8. It had to match, or in some way complement, the design of my Aluminum G4 PowerBook
    • What can I say? I like for things to match!

After extensive online research (and many trips to brick-and-mortar stores) I came upon a few contenders: Microsoft Notebook Mouse for Mac (aka Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000), Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000, Logitech V470 Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks, and Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse.

I really liked the look of the Microsoft 8000 mouse, but after reading many reviews, I quickly discovered that Microsoft mice have trouble using a Mac’s built in Bluetooth forcing users to use the included Bluetooth dongle. Besides that, it comes with a charging station. The buttons on the Microsoft Notebook Mouse for Mac (or 5000 mouse) are not customizable or do not work correctly on the Mac (Go figure!), meaning that the scroll button could only be used to access Expos√©. Logitech has some really nice mice, but their design department really failed with the V470; it’s a little too homely for my taste.

That only left me with one option, the Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse. Despite all the scathing reviews by disgruntled users and respected tech gurus, I thought I’d give it a chance. After about two weeks of use, I’ve come to find that it’s actually a really good mouse! Of my requirements above, it only really doesn’t fit one of them: the click is a little louder than I would have liked. However, there is no noticeable “Bluetooth lag” that everyone spoke of, the right-click “problem” is more of a triviality (you just need to make sure you only have one finger on the mouse), and the “dirty scroll ball” can be avoided. I am very picky. If there were anything really wrong with this mouse, I would return it.

Now that I had my choice, I needed a nice surface to use it on so that I didn’t scratch either my desk or the mouse. Again, I had a few options, but the top two were SteelSeries (formerly known as Ice Mat) surfaces and Ulti-Mat mouse pads. Both are geared towards gamers, which I am not, and were a little too big and too expensive for my purposes. After a bit more searching, I settled on a little mouse pad from Office Depot that works really well.

I decided I also needed some sort of case to store the mouse in, being that it didn’t come with one. I really wanted a hard case for added protection, but I couldn’t find one big enough (or small enough) that fit. I remembered that I had a Case Logic camera case stored away somewhere in which I used to store a Canon PowerShot A400 (my first digital camera) before it broke. Sure enough, the Mighty Mouse fit nicely in the camera case, and now my ensemble was complete.

I’m really going to enjoy using this new setup!

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