Targus Rechargeable Wireless Mouse With 3-port USB Hub
You don't have to listen to too many MacBook Air users moan about their paltry, single USB port to see where Targus are coming from with its combined mouse and USB hub. Rather than labour the problem, Targus has opted for simplicity. This basic but perfectly serviceable mouse connects wirelessly to the USB hub, which, in turn, plugs into the USB port of the computer. To charge the removable AA battery while in use, simply hook up the mouse to the hub using the second USB cable Targus thoughtfully provides. When not in use the USB hub and mouse slot together to form one easily pocketable item. Not rocket science, but still a well thought out device that should find more customers as slimline laptops with fewer USB ports become more common.
Raptor Gaming M3 Platinum
Ah, gaming mice. We've never been wholly convinced that mice optimised for gaming have to be quite so highly specified, but if needs must, then the Raptor M3 is one of the best. With four variable DPI laser settings, weight adjustment between 110g and 155g, six separate exit channels for the USB cable to connect to, plus programmable function buttons, and the M3 is already in a different class. Add to that, the detachable wrist wrest and weight cubby hole covers that can be swapped over to change the size of the contact patch between mouse and mat, plus two nylon cases – one for the mouse and one for the weights. Certainly, you get a lot for your money. The matt body is a nice touch – even after long and sweaty nights on the front lines against the Covenant or the Helghast – it stays firmly in your grip as you leap into the mêlée and generally endure. Not the easiest bit of kit to get hold of in the UK, but worth the effort just so you can say your mouse is called a Raptor.
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Five buttons on a Mac
I've got a five-button Microsoft mouse connected to my Mac and all five buttons work without hassle. I've assigned the extra three buttons to activate Exposé - it's the future!
Also, "Window's users"?
Euroffice sell 3M mouse for 30 quid!
I got one of the 3M joystick-like mice today. I hurt my wrist ages ago and it still gets sore on the odd occassion, so a RSI-reducing mouse like this is a Godsend.
First impressions? I thought "WTF!" on first using it, I couldn't select anything, errant clicks, there's no mousewheel button, and it tended to move itself now and again (my hasty wiring) but after an hour or 2 let me tell you I think it's going to be the best mouse I ever had. FOR WORK.
Don't buy it for games or pixel art, there's no way in hell this is accurate enough for pixel-perfect shooting or Paint.NET/GIMP etc (then again, maybe in a month I'll be a ninja with the mouse and I'll regret saying it, but tbh I can't see how you can get perfect lateral movement with this guy due to the way you hold it)
But if you spend 8 hours a day in an office typing and working with the mouse most of the time, like me (lots of Visual Studio windows to swap through) then I would recommend this bad boy.
PS: it also looks extremely cool. My wife likes it! (the mouse I mean.)
What happened to Logitech G9??
My favourite, it turned out that gamer mice solved my RSI problems... :)
The G5 is fantastic, especially when combined with a good pad. The biggest advantage for me over the MX mice is the non-teflon feet which are still gliding perfectly after two years of use. There are 3 possible dpi switch levels controlled by a button above the scroll wheel, but they're programmable with SetPoint, as is the sensitivity on each axis. The scroll wheel has nice subtle notching, not stupidly heavy clicks on it, but nice gentle scrolling that lets you know when you hit the next notch. This makes it difficult for me to use the middle button but I've always found that difficult since they started putting scroll wheels on them. Other than that, the rock function of the scroll wheel (you can move it left and right to move pages left and right) is a welcome addition, and if you're into gaming and can be arsed spending a little time on it, the weighting system can actually make a difference. Mine's a little tuned, but to be honest, I just set it up to be the same weight as my MX500 was and went from there. Buttons still click perfectly after a couple years use, and it's also incredibly comfy.
Mogo point of order
The MOGO is an excellent mouse, but mine has started acting up. The left mouse button has semi died and is almost unusable. The cause? Gaming. I have taken the mouse around-the-world with me, through jungles, across deserts and the only thing that damaged it was playing Mount & Blade in the evenings!