Wireless Optical Mouse

What would we do without mice? No, I don’t mean the small, hairy, cheese nibbling kind. As far as I’m concerned, the world would be perfectly fine without those little guys. No, what would we do without computer mice? First of all, our computers would be a much less interactive place. We would not be able to draw lines across our screens in painter programs, or click bad guys to make them explode (or at least send them running away) in our favorite video games. Without computer mice, the computer would be a much less exciting tool. Luckily for us, computer mice are alive (well, not literally) and well and improving every day. New mouse technology from companies like Microsoft and the mouse specialists, Logitech, have ensured that computer mice get smaller, faster, more ergonomic, and more efficient as the years go by.

One of the newest innovations in the world of the computer mouse is the wireless optical mouse. Unlike its predecessors, like the trackball mouse and the wireless optical mouse, the wireless optical mouse gives users something new – a cordless experience. Computer users are no longer bound by the length of the mouse cord when computing. (If you have ever had a work space where the computer CPU was located very far from the work station you will appreciate that freedom even more.)

So how do these modern marvels give computer users a wireless experience? A wireless optical mouse works via radio frequencies. That’s right, they work using the same frequencies we use to tune into our favorite tunes, only on a much smaller scale. “Radio frequency” is often abbreviated to RF and will be referred to that way for the remainder of the article. A RF wireless optical mouse is a handy invention, and it needs two components to work properly – a radio transmitter and a radio receiver.

The radio frequency (RF) transmitter is usually inside the mouse itself. While you are moving the mouse and clicking buttons (perhaps killing your favorite bad guy) the wireless optical mouse is recording all of your actions. It then sends this information, via radio signals, to the aforementioned receiver.

The radio frequency (RF) receiver, usually connects to the computers peripheral mouse input, or in other words, the place where, if your mouse had a cord, that cord would plug in to your computer. The RF receiver takes the signals sent by the wireless optical mouse and decodes them. It then sends the signals directly to the computer, and thus you have successfully used the mouse (and killed the bad guy.) RF receivers come in various styles, with a plug in style being just one example. RF receivers for wireless optical mice are also sometimes in the form of a separate card that needs to be installed in one of a computer’s expansion slots. This can be prohibitively complicated to install, because it involves cracking open the computer’s case. If you are not computer savvy, it is best to leave any external hardware installation to a trained professional. A third possible type of RF receiver is a separate unit that then connects to a computer’s peripheral input.

The first type of RF receiver descried, the type with a receiver that plugs directly in to your computers peripheral unit, represents the peak of the technology. Due to the fact that it is the easiest to hide and the most out of the way, more wireless optical mouse users prefer that type of RF receiver.

Some might be skeptical of wireless optical mice due to the fact that they rely on radio waves, but they are actually just as, if not more, reliable than so-called regular mice.

This Wireless Optical Mouse Review is Written/Updated on Aug 21st, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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