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    A new mouse?

    Since I have had some problem with my old (main) intellimouse from MS, I am looking around for some alternative.

    The problem: cursor jumping around sometimes, right-click menu comes on with no click at all, sometimes the wheel dies and comes back after some minutes or a reboot. In event viewer, the accompanying error has been three types related to "i8042prt", such as "can not read sampling frequency" etc. It could also be that my motherboard PS/2 port is bad.

    Anyhow, as a replacement I am looking for some laser/optical USB non-wireless. I am not into wireless, and USB is standard nowadays.

    First, I thought how about the new Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, not to complicated with million buttons (though I am not so fond of tilt-wheel). In the optical field, we have the Logitech MX518 Optical. However, to have dedicated buttons for gaming? I do not know if it is so fun.

    Then there is a new laser mouse from Logitech, the Logitech MX400 Performance Laser. A laser mouse, not so many buttons.

    Does anyone have an experience of this new Logitech MX400, or MS 6000? Any other good mouse to recommend.

    I am probably going to look at some tomorrow.

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    Re: A new mouse?

    Argus,
    I have been using the tried and true Microsoft Wheelmouse Optical, USB and PS/2 ( not wireless ) compatible for some time now. No troubles, two buttons and a scroll wheel. Inexpensive and reliable, comfortable fit to the hand.

    Call me old fashioned but it's all I want a mouse to do.
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    Re: A new mouse?

    I have had a wireless MS Laser Mouse 6000 for 5 - 6 months and like it a lot. I think it has a good feel. Seems to work just fine. No battery life problems so far.

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    Re: A new mouse?

    Thanks Bob and Joe.
    Yep, I like them when they have basic functions, no extra. I early got a MS Intellimouse (Oct/Nov -96) and used the wheel in Windows 95, though one sometimes had to use the drivers to add support for the wheel since not all program worked with a wheel. I think Office 97 was the first with built in support; didn

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    Re: A new mouse?

    Can I ask you why you're not into wireless mice? They're getting to the point where most of them now don't even have a cord running to the transmitter that connects to the PC. The Logitech V200 Cordless Notebook Mouse has a small usb-key style transmitter, which when not in use, clicks on to the bottom of the mouse for storage.

    BTW -- don't be confused by the name - the mouse is just slightly smaller than a standard two button plus wheel mouse.
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    Re: A new mouse?

    Chris,
    You may ask me anything. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Then, I at least get a reply. I think it has been a little low activity in the Lounge lately, maybe vacations, world cup who knows.

    When it comes to input devices for desktops, I am a bit old-fashioned. Of course, I know that technology moves forward and what was a problem some year ago is solved and standard technology today.

    As to a wireless mouse; more things that can go wrong, I think. Connection mouse - receiver. If one gets a "jumpy" cursor it could be the result of more things. With a cord, if it is not broken (hardly happen), you can rule out mouse - PC connection as fault.

    Battery change or recharge: Even if I am a good keyboard user, it is not so fun if the mouse suddenly dies because of low battery power.

    I have re-chargers (?) all over the place, wireless phone, mobile phones, toothbrush! Batteries are changed in remote controls, calculators etc. Well, you get the picture.

    Your example, Logitech V200 Cordless Notebook Mouse, looks nice. I do not know but maybe with a laptop if working in a small space. But then, if the space is so small you can not have a cord-mouse, you better only work with the keyboard on the laptop.

    At my desktop, the cord is not a problem. The idea with wireless must be that you gain something. With my phone, I can move around in my home, a wireless mouse does not give me any extra freedom.

    Thanks for your reply, and yes Logitech is interesting (either that or MS).

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    Wireless = battery operated

    The other advantage of a regular mouse is that it's a lot more difficult to lose.

    For what it's worth, I tried the Evoluent vertical mouse and didn't like it. Although I love the idea, the construction felt flimsy.

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    Re: A new mouse?

    Thanks for repsonding Argus.

    It's nice to see the "other point of view" on things. What works for me, doesn't always work for everyone else <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.

    I'll stick with the trackpoint nub on my thinkpad anyways - I don't use a mouse unless I also have a full-size keyboard attached too.
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    Re: A new mouse?

    We can close this thread now; I bought a new mouse yesterday.

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> For the curious, it is a Logitech MX400.

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