Mouse 101

If you are working from home, there is a high chance that you are working from a computer and using a mouse. Having a proper mouse to work can help you benefits from an increase on productivity. We will go through the main types of mices, the connectivity options and learn more about the different sensors.

Types of Mice

There are 3 main types of mices to pick from: Desktop, travel and gaming. Desktop mices are usually used at a desk or table, these are the most typical and standard uses. Travel mices are pretty similar to desktop mices but differs in sizes, designed for travelling they easily fit into a pocket. They also usually work on many surfaces since they are designed to be used at different places. The drawback of portability is that they tend to be too small for most hand and become uncomfortable after a couple of hours. Personally I have no issue traveling with my desktop mouse and a mousepad. Gaming mices are optimized for gamers, depending of the type of games the mouses will have a different sets of features and buttons, most of them in a regular day of work are overkill and unecessary, but for gamers working from home out there, this might be the ideal type.

Connectivity Options

There are different ways your mouse can connect to your computer, either it will be wired and wireless. Most of the time when it is wired, it will be with a USB cable. If it is wireless, it will be most likely with a Receiver that you will connect to a USB port or a Bluetooth that avoid using your ports. The main differences between these 3 options is the response time.

Wired mices will have a better response time, making it ideal for gaming mouse as they help gamers react without any fuss to situations. They also don’t use any batteries as they draw power from the computer.

For wireless options, in my experience, having a dongle and giving up a USB port for this is ideal as it reduce the possible bluetooth bugs that could come up while working, it is more convenient and easier to set up, you simply connect the dongle and voila! They also have increased battery life due to the fact that they aren’t using bluetooth.

Bluetooth options are ideal if you have a machine doesn’t support USB. Tablets, Macbook Pro Touchbar and Tablet PC’s are a few example of this.

Sensors and Sensivity

Gone are the days where we our mices had balls, now they are light-based. Most of the mices will be either optical (LED) or laser. The main difference is that lasers are more accurate and have a greater sensivity, making them ideal for gaming mouses. The drawback is that since they have better senssivity, they tend to flicker and have problem on uneven surface. Having a mousepad easily fix that issue.

Hopes this will help you guys be more informed when you’re making your next mouse purchase!

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