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My mouse is dead

Need suggestions for a replacement

     
2:26 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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This morning my M$ Intellimouse optical died. The light just came out in a burnt silicon smell, while booting Frankenstein. Almost 3 years of loyal services. I temporarly replaced it with a generic 2 buttons mouse. I can bet I miss the wheel and 2 buttons.

I have gorilla hands (fits me well) and really like optical technology. I wont go for wireless.

Any suggestion for a replacement?

2:31 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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What sort of mouse are you after? My perso fav is the basic Logitech, in Thailand it is around 400 Baht around US$ 9.

It has a wire and the two buttons with a wheel, and for me works and fits very well.

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Never had a problem with my current mouse, and I love it:

[logitech.com...]

My brother recently got this one

[logitech.com...]

He loves it! Apparently from the reviews I've read it is a "wireless mouse for people who hate wireless mice" so you may want to consider it.

Enjoy picking out a new mouse, its not something you do very often heh :)

2:33 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I got used to 4 buttons wheeled optical mouse. I need a large one. Logitech do make that? Last time I checked, they where too small.
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Sorry about your loss..maybe you should take a little time before adopting a new mouse, out of respect I suggest a day or two.

This one looks pretty fancy. [myshops.gr]

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I've got the older version of this mouse: [logitech.com...]

I own a USB one and a PS2. They use to have 3 real buttons, but now it's only the wheel. That really stinks. More is better.

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It seems everyone here loves logitech! This page has some new designs www.logitech.com/index.cfm?languageid=1&countryid=19&page=products/productlist_action&CRID=832&selectfeature=6177 I have not seen before, the normal logitech are for smaller hands, with hands like a gorilla you will need to look at their larger options which they do have.
2:42 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the kind word SlyGuy. Since I know your 6'5", what do you use? I also noticed some wireless mouses come with a charger. New for me! I thought we had to replace the batteries manually. I reconsider not going for wireless.

Thanks Visit_Thailand, I will get my hands on them for a feel.

3:14 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I've been using the logitect optical mice for some time now. No mouse pad needed, they always work, never seem to wear out, no mouse pad is needed. They could be a little small for really big hands though.
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Yes, 6'5" and the big hands to match. I've been using the Logitech MX500 [logitech.com]. I like the size since, I too, need a large mouse to feel comfortable. SlyGal recently purchased the Logitech Traveler [logitech.com] for our laptop and man, is it small! It feels like I'm pushing a peanut around the mousepad.

Mind you, as Celerityfm pointed out, I've had my eye on the Logitech MX700 [logitech.com]. Even though I don't like cordless mice, it has the two thumb buttons, which I find quite handy.

Cheers Mac,

- Chad

3:31 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thank you all for the informations. Since I could not find this simple info on logitech site, I have this simple question :

How many buttons the 500 and 700 have? (yes, more is better)

3:36 pm on Dec 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I've been using the Kensington Pro Trackball for years and switched the the wireless version last year. But, battery comsumption is high for users like us and I also wanted a smaller footprint so that it fit in my articulating keyboard tray. Some months ago, while seeking recommendations here re outfitting my mother's laptop someone suggested the Kensington Orbit [kensington.com]. Worked great for her and I was comfortable with it, too. I just bought 4 of them a couple of weeks ago in order to standardize across the machines I use regularly.
6:32 pm on Dec 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I finally picked the Logitech MX500. I am glad I did! Without your valuable input, I would have probably replaced it with another M$ Intellimouse.

The logitech mouse actually have 7 buttons. You cant see the 'normal' buttons because they are 'hidden' under flexible plastic, but they are still there. It was my main worry.

The 'previous' and 'next' buttons are a dream come true. They work with any browser I tried and will save me a lot of mousing around on WebmasterWorld's active list.

Why didn't I pick the MX700?

The MX700 is a wireless optical rechargeable mouse. It is true I didn't know about rechargeable mouses before this thread. I worried about having to manually change the batteries right in the middle of a work session. Of course, a rechargeable mouse solves the problem, right? Right. But what about if the mouse rechargeable batteries go dead in the middle of the day? Can I afford waiting 30 minutes before I can use the mouse again? Obviously not.

Also, there is that rechargeable battery 'memory' thing. I believe we all know it is preferable to recharge a battery at the end of cycle. Recharging a half full rechargeable or recharging it to half of it's potential capacity will limit it's autonomy and longevity. For it to be a viable option, you have to use it moderatly and recharge it regularly. I just pictured myself in the scenario of having to wait before I could use the mouse again once. It was a defenite NOGO.

I believe wireless optical rechargeable mouse are a viable option for the moderate and disciplined mouse users. Are the average WebmasterWorld members moderate and disciplined mouse users? Obviously not. :)

Thanks to all for your input. With the MX500, I rediscover the new joys in mousing around with the excitement of first using it in 1984.

This message was sponsered by Logitech Inc. ;)

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Excellent! Enjoy your new mouse, Mac..

Cheers,

- Chad

(Sorry I didn't get back to this thread, but I'm glad everything worked out for you...)

7:34 pm on Dec 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Too late for Macguru, but others might benefit:

Logitech has a contest thing going on today for a free keyboard & mouse combo ... apparently they're giving away 20K sets today.

[logitechcordless.com...]

7:37 pm on Dec 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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:D I messaged him that earlier. Question is, did you win? (:
7:42 pm on Dec 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It will be everlate for Macguru...

Quebec is not in the eligible "State or province" list. Maybe the keyboard is in English only?

Anyways, like I sayd to EliteWeb in sticky, (thanks again for the heads up) I wont fuss about it since the keyboard is black. Who on earth is using black keyboards? ;)

5:26 pm on Dec 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Cordless mice rock! But rechargables can be a problem and non-recharables eat batteries. Powerex (Maha) and others make killer NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) batteries with higher capacity and without the "memory" problems of NiCD (Nickel Cadmium) batteries. A kit (MH-CR3- 4AA160, charger and 4 batteries) lists for $22.95, two batteries for mousing and two more standing by... Found the kit on sale for $15.90 here [bills2way.com].

Sore forearms and wrists are a fact of life for me. I'm convinced this [evoluent.biz] is the cause and plan to try this [evoluent.biz] as a possible solution. Hopefully, soon!