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Wired or Wireless Mouse?

A few questions to ask when choosing a wired or wireless mouse solution.

Learn about a few valid reasons to purchase a wired or wireless mouse for your computer.

Episode #4-07 released on October 27, 2013

We have all faced this question before, what type of mouse should I buy, wired or wireless?

This looks like an easy choice, most people choose on preference, some based on other people's point of view. I want to bring my own ideas and experiences to help you choose between the 3 different classes of mice. Coming from both a programming and gaming background, I have had a lot of experience when it comes with human interface devices, such as the mouse.

First, how long do you intend to use your mouse per day?

Wireless mice have batteries. The longer you intend to you use mouse, the more you should lean towards a mouse solution with a cord, whether wireless with direct charging method, or just a wired mouse.

Second, what is the type of device you intend to use your mouse with?

Desktop computers don't really need to have a wireless mouse solution, because there is no movement. However, my personally, I have gotten my mouse cable tangled in my dozens of cables, tripped over my mouse, and have cats and dogs. I therefore have keyboard and mice with braided cables, but I, also, switched to a hybrid wired/wireless mouse to have the best of both worlds.

Laptops are mobile, and tend to have a mouse like solution already integrated, some even have tactile screens, but if those don't meet your requirements, using a wireless mouse over Bluetooth can be a great idea, and most laptops already have Bluetooth support, making the dongles overkill.

Wireless mice need to be charged, or have batteries changed.

You normally get a charger with most wireless mice, however, this means you need to get a plug near your computer. Newer mice, like the Razer Naga Epic, may use a USB port as the charging solution, in which case, you need one that is both powered while the computer is off, and now it becomes dedicated to that task, so you end up with one less usable USB port. Some mice have user replaceable battery solutions, but this can be expensive.

Intended use of your mouse may dedicate which type you want.

Are you a gamer? Do you hate lag? Wired is probably best for you.

Are you writing documents, and doing some minor tasks?

Either wireless or wired is fine.

If you are a gamer, and want a wireless mouse, but also want the option of having a wired mouse. I'd normally say buy two mice, no don't be ridiculous, buy a mouse like the Razer Naga Epic which is both.

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Host : Steve Smith | Music : Jonny Lee Hart | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Productions

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