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The computer mouse has come a long way since the first mouse was created in 1964 by Douglas Englebart of Stanford University. Over the decades the design has been improved, made more accurate, and made much more ergonomic for daily use. During this time, the role of the computer mouse has also evolved from simply moving a cursor around the screen to being able to control almost every aspect of our computer's operation. With that much responsibility, it makes sense to know what we are buying when we invest in a new mouse.
Hence, below mentioned are the things to be considered before buying a computer mouse are:


The USB and PS/2 ports are the two most used interfaces on modern mice. Most desktop computers provide both ports, but older motherboards or computers may require us to go with the PS/2 port in the absence of the USB port. On the contrary, most notebooks are not equipped with the PS/2 port. This requires a mouse equipped with a USB connector (notebook computers usually include at least one USB port). One of the benefits of the USB port is hot swapping - this allows us to plug or unplug a mouse any time when the computer is running.


Most mice will have at least two buttons and one wheel for scrolling (except certain mice designed for Mac computers). A mouse with more buttons offers better functionality. For example, the addition of the back and forward buttons aids in the navigation of the web. Many mice with more than 2 buttons also provide software that allows us to program the additional buttons to our liking. For example, we can map buttons to perform the copy and paste function.


Wheels are by now considered standard features in modern mice. A wheel can be used for vertical scrolling in lots of applications for a more delightful usage experience and greater efficiency. These applications include Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, and Microsoft Word among others. In certain high-end mice, the wheel may come in the form of a 'Tilt wheel', which allows tilting from side to side for horizontal scrolling (by default - some can also be programmed). Certain mice are also offered with two wheels - one for vertical scrolling and other for horizontal scrolling.

Wireless Support

There are about two main connection mode with mouse, wired and wireless. Needless to say, there are many benefits to wireless mice including no tangled wires and some freedom of movement, but the drawback is limited battery life.

  • Wired mice

    Wired mice utilize electric cables to connect to the computer and feature either the PS/2 or USB interface. The length of the cable is typically about 6 feet, but notebook mice may feature shorter cables of about 2-3 feet in length.

  • Wireless mice

    Wireless mice connect wirelessly - all that is needed is a wireless receiver connected to the computer.
There are two major wireless technologies in use at the moment:

  • Bluetooth Wireless

    The benefits of Bluetooth wireless technology is long range operability and higher protection against interference. Bluetooth generally provides an operating range of up to 30 feet, but some special models are able to provide an extended range of up to 60 feet.

  • RF Wireless

    RF is short for Radio Frequency. RF wireless will typically provide an operating range of 15 feet, but the new 2.4GHz RF standard can provide an extended range of up to 30 feet.
Hand Orientation

Left-handed users are encouraged to pay close attention to the hand orientation of the mouse they are considering as there are many mice that are designed specifically for right hand use and comfort. Symmetrically designed mice are recommended.

Hence, by addressing the given knowledge, we can find the best mouse for our computer and make it our best buy from the market.