What’s happened to the humble computer mouse? What started off as an oval, scrolling contraption with a metallic rubber ball on the underside has transformed considerably in weight, size and appearance. It is now faster, snappier, a technological mutation of the familiar pointing device. Mouse manufacturers seem to be caught in a veritable race for higher precision and radical design.
We look at five high-end mouses that offer the most precision for your buck.
Targus Wireless Optical Mouse
Launched in India in March, the Targus Wireless Optical Mouse is a sleek, ergonomic device that meets all the basic requirements of a New Age mouse. It is wireless, precise and very smooth. The batteries are supposed to have a life of nearly 12 months. It has a sleek build, and is comfortable to handle. Sure, it’s not powered by any trademarked fancy technology, but with a package this well put together, you’ll hardly notice that.
Microsoft Explorer Mini
Launched in India in January, Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology makes a mouse work smoothly on any surface, be it a carpet, wooden tabletop or your left forearm. It uses a mix of optics (which powers most mouses these days) with laser (seen in high-end mouses), which helps the mouse generate a more accurate picture of the surface it’s being used on. The Mini is a solid mouse otherwise too, sporting a four-way track wheel, customizable buttons that can be used to control, for example, sound volume, and an eerie blue glow on its undercarriage.
Microsoft Arc Mouse
Also launched in January, the Arc Mouse looks the coolest. Its arc design (apart from being extremely comfortable) defines minimalist chic, and it can be folded easily for portability. With changeable colour skins and four customizable buttons, the Arc is the perfect laptop mouse.
Logitech G9x laser mouse
Gamers like buttons. Lots of them. They also like precision—sometimes to a ridiculous degree. Their pickiness is understandable—in an action-packed, multiplayer game of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, for example, the difference between a perfect point and humiliating defeat can be less than a pixel. The G9x laser mouse satisfies such concerns: It has been around for a while, its myriad array of buttons can be customized from game to game, and it offers an incredible range of customization. You can switch grips, make it heavier or lighter, even tweak just how precise you want it to be.
Logitech MX Air Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse
Logitech’s Air Mouse is half mouse, half magic wand. Powered by motion sensing technology similar to Nintendo’s Wii game console, it works even if you simply wave it around in the air (up to 30ft). While air-waving may not produce the precise results that gamers and designers expect, the MX Air works just as fine at ground level. The mouse has a row of buttons between the left and right click areas for easy media control—pause and resume, volume and playlist control are easy clicks away.