Question Getting a New Mouse

Wittmann

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I have an HP 21.5 Inch 4GB 2TB All-in-One Desktop PC , its 3 years old and working fine, but I think my mouse is a bit sick.
Am considering buying a new mouse from Amazon, USB cable mouse.
Question ?
Can I get any mouse shown or must it be a mouse to exactly match my PC model ?
 

Karadjgne

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A mouse is an addition. You can use any mouse, trackball, track pad or other pointer device your heart chooses, whether it's wired, wireless, rechargeable, battery powered or even multiple devices.

However, not all mice are the same. Some are light, some are heavier, some are ergonomic and none are the same fit. I'd strongly suggest you visit some pc stores, office supply stores and anywhere else that sells mice and get your hands on them.

Figure out exactly what feels right to you, what fits your hand, what fits your budget and needs and then shop for some better prices.
 
The only caveat with getting say a fancy mouse is you may need additional software to configure those features. For example, my Logitech G502 X has configurable DPI profiles, but I have to use Logitech's software to set this.

Otherwise the basic functions of the mouse work just fine with or without the software
 

Wittmann

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The only caveat with getting say a fancy mouse is you may need additional software to configure those features. For example, my Logitech G502 X has configurable DPI profiles, but I have to use Logitech's software to set this.

Otherwise the basic functions of the mouse work just fine with or without the software
What factors do I look for to get just an ordinary standard mouse. I don't want a fancy mouse needing special software, I want a mouse that I simply plug into my PC and everything works fine.
 
There's really not a lot to go wrong in an optical mouse.

If tracking gets inconsistent, use fine tweezers to pick any lint or pet hair out of the opening on the bottom for the sensor.

If it's the wheel that's intermittent you usually have to disassemble the mouse to clean out the tumbleweed of lint that's rolling around in it--lint that's stuck firmly in the wheel surprisingly doesn't usually cause issues

If the mouse doesn't work at all unless you hold the cable just so, it's usually possible to shorten the wire to remove the broken part but again you'd have to disassemble the mouse plus probably splice wires in there. Which clearly isn't worth the trouble if a replacement mouse is under $10, so is usually only done for a fancy one.

Sometimes a plastic post that actuates the button mechanism can sort of mushroom around the bottom for the heavy-handed to cause double-clicks, and filing it flat will fix that. The button switches themselves tend to be remarkably reliable and can be rated for over 20 million clicks

It's a preference thing--not only if the shape fits your hand but also if the dpi is suitable for your screen size. For a small 21.5" screen I prefer something in the 600-800dpi range
 
Mice can vary widely in quality, some of it by chance. Most of mine have been either Logitech or Dell.

I've always used ordinary optical wired mice. Some have lasted less than 6 months. They vary in size and cable length too, so you have to consider that.

I'm currently using a Dell MS-116....it is at least 5 years old without issues. Very simple...USB connection; scroll wheel, right and left clicks. I don't think I've ever had another mouse last more than 2 years.