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Microsoft Computer Mice
Choose a highly accurate pointing device for your PC by choosing from several Microsoft mice. The basic design of a computer mouse includes two buttons, a scroll wheel and a tracking sensor at the button. Microsoft and other leading manufacturers of PC accessories have found unique ways to improve this simple design and make mice even more useful. Staples carries a wide selection of these devices in different sizes and shapes.
Choose Between Wired and Wireless Microsoft Mice A wired mouse has a cord connecting it to a computer while a wireless model communicates with a PC via Bluetooth or radio frequency (RF) transmission. A wired unit is more affordable and requires no batteries. Unlike wireless models, it stays connected and never runs out of power. Cordless mice usually run on AA or AAA batteries and save users from unsightly cord clutter and tangled cables. With a wireless range of up to 30 feet, you do not have to sit close to your computer to use them. While an RF mouse needs a nano receiver, a tiny USB dongle, to connect to a PC, Bluetooth mice do not require this additional hardware since most computers have built-in Bluetooth capabilities.
Pick a Laser Mouse for Its High Precision A computer mouse can use an LED light or a laser to illuminate and keep track of the surface it sits on. Optical mice with LED tracking have resolutions around 3000 dpi or dots per inch. Laser mice offer higher precision and can track up to 6000 dpi. Besides resolution, you can use a laser mouse on more surfaces than an optical unit. Laser light penetrates surfaces deeper than LED light. This makes a laser mouse jumpy when using the device on uneven surfaces. The precision of an optical mouse is adequate for everyday computing tasks but gamers and graphic designers can benefit from the extra precision of laser mice.
What Ergonomic Features Should You Look for in Microsoft Mice? The size, shape, weight, surface texture, orientation and button placements of a mouse determine whether it is ergonomic or not. Travel-sized mice are smaller than full-size units and more suitable for those with small hands. They can, however, be uncomfortable for prolonged use. Ambidextrous mice have symmetrical shapes and can orientate well for right-handed and left-handed users. Look for models with comfort grips and thumb rests. These can help prevent wrist injuries.
What Is BlueTrack? BlueTrack is proprietary mouse tracking technology developed by Microsoft. Unlike the red and laser lights used in regular mice, this feature employs a blue light to create high-resolution images of surfaces and a wider beam to illuminate larger areas. The result is more precise navigation and the ability to use a BlueTrack mouse on any surface including high-pile surfaces like carpets as well as shiny and mirrored work desks.
Can You Use a Microsoft Mouse With a Mac Computer? Yes. Mice made by Microsoft are compatible with other operating systems besides Windows. Any regular USB or wireless mouse will work when attached to computers running MacOS and OS X. In most cases, such mice work right out of the box and do not require downloading and installing special drivers.