Imagine being able to compute anywhere you want without worrying about difficult hook-ups and cords. For some people hey don’t have to imagine; they are the owners of optical mice. An optical mouse, an advancement from the more traditional older mouses with rollers and balls, uses digital camera technology to narrow down a mouse’s location. These devices are very convenient for conference center tables and during air travel if you get them without cords. Optical mouses are nor more common than their traditional counterparts.
Not only is this method more accurate, the optical mouse doesn’t require the cleaning and maintenance that its older counterpart requires. The first optical mouse was developed by Agilent technologies in 1999. The optical mouse contains a tiny camera that contains more than a thousand pictures a second. A small LED (light emitting diode) lights up the mouse underneath, revealing the terrain of the mouse’s surface. This data is reflected back into the camera, then the digital component of the optical mouse compares the pictures and establishes a speed and direction for the cursor. In the older devices, where the ball rolled determined movement.
The most prevalent reason to go optical is that you don’t have that easily agitated mouse ball, which accumulates grime. There are also no movable parts on the optical mouse, which means it is less likely to break and doesn’t require such involved cleaning or maintenance. Additionally, digital processing means smoother and more accurate mouse performance. In fact, you don’t even really need a mouse pad for the optical mouse, and it can be used on a variety of surfaces — even those that aren’t flat.
Optical mice are now very common in the home or in the office. They used to be pricey, but now that they are more common the price has dropped. Your personal computer doesn’t have to meet any special requirements to be optical mouse compatible, and usually installation is as simple as plugging it in. However, be sure that the mouse is computably with your platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) and make sure the USB or PS/2 plug is compatible with your computer.
Consider these optical mouse options:
The Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse is a reasonable priced model that is available in a wide variety of colors. The Microsoft Wireless is considered easy to install and has a long battery life, however it is criticized for its wordy instructions and absence of a manual. Other features include its flashy design, a unique scroll wheel and the fact that the mouse can be used by either hand. The Microsoft Wireless is considered a great model for everyday use.
The Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse is considered comfortable, with five programmable buttons and a 1,600 dpi optical sensor with sensitive buttons. However, the Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade is designed for right handed users only. Sensitivity is adjustable, buttons can be customized and the grip is considered comfortable.
The Gyration Go 2.4 Cordless Air Optical mouse is easy to use, from desktops to airline passenger seats. This optical has more than 20 commands that you can program into your optical mouse. The precision could be an issue up in the air, and there are extra buttons that may be easily hit. This optical mouse can be used in conference rooms and multimedia computers.
The Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse has a conveniently small size that is easily stored and this device is easy to install. However, its small size makes the device a bit uncomfortable. Either way, the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse is good for travel. The set-up is very easy and it is USB -connected.