Notebook Mouse

The growing popularity of notebooks and netbooks has created a market for scores of new accessories. One of the more useful of these is the notebook mouse, which is just a smaller version of the regular desktop mouse. Portable computers do not require a mouse because they have a trackpad built into them. However, many people dislike trackpads and prefer to use a mouse. It works just like a regular mouse but may not be as comfortable, and both wired and wireless models are available.

The main difference between a notebook mouse and a desktop mouse is size. They both have all the usual buttons and perform the same functions, but the smaller size of a notebook mouse means that it is not as ergonomic. Some people experience discomfort and difficulty when they use one for an extended period of time. Some models are so small that people with large hands have to arch their fingers to press the buttons.

The main reasons for buying a notebook mouse are to save space and to avoid using a trackpad. Its smaller size takes up less space inside a carry bag, and the wireless models can even be carried in a pocket. It also requires less room to move, making it ideal for use on small seat tables. A notebook mouse is also easier and faster to use than a trackpad. For some tasks, such as playing video games, a mouse is the only option because a trackpad lacks precision.

When choosing a notebook mouse, the main decision is whether to get a wired or wireless model. A wired mouse does not use a battery and is generally lighter, but not by much. It also uses power from the notebook battery which slightly reduces its life. A wireless mouse has a battery that needs to be changed or recharged every few months. The receiver does not have a battery and gets its power from the notebook, but uses so little power that it makes almost no impact.

Many people find that using a wireless notebook mouse is more convenient than using a wired model. It eliminates the need to untangle and plug in a cable every time the mouse is taken out of the bag, and it fits easily into a pocket or carry bag when it is not required. Many wireless models also have a slot for storing the tiny receiver unit. The cover for the battery holder is normally located on the base of the mouse. Most are easy to remove but some are held down with screws which makes changing the battery difficult.

Other features to look for in a notebook mouse include its sensitivity, grip, and scroll wheel. Sensitivity is a measure of how quickly the mouse responds to hand movements and is given as a value of dots per inch (dpi). Most video games require a highly sensitive mouse, so look for one with a high value. A good mouse will also have non-slip grips made of soft rubber, and a scroll wheel that is firm enough to stop spinning when released. Some new models even have a touch-sensitive pad instead of a scroll wheel.

A notebook mouse can suffer from the same problems that affect a regular mouse. It may have unacceptable lag or a slow wakeup time, and it may be less sensitive than what is claimed on the box. Wireless models may only achieve their stated range and battery life under ideal condition. They can also suffer dropouts due to interference from other wireless devices, such as cordless phones. Unfortunately, the only way to be sure that a notebook mouse it is worth buying is to actually use it beforehand.

This Notebook Mouse Review is Written/Updated on Oct 29th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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