anywhere mouse

So writing about the mouse may seem like an odd thing but since it’s pretty integral to most computing environments and it does make a difference in that environment if you happen to have a crappy mouse, I thought I would add my opinion on several different mice and a track pad I’ve tried.

Here are the devices I’ve tried and will cover in no particular order:

  • Logitech Anywhere Mouse
  • Logitech G700s
  • Logitech Ultrathin Mouse
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • Apple Magic Trackpad

Logitech Anywhere Mouse

  • Solid build
  • Fits the hand nicely
  • Small enough for travel, but still has the wheel and a few programmable buttons
  • Wireless with a USB connection device
  • Works on just about any surface, including glass
  • Powered by two AA batteries

Logitech G700s

  • Solid build
  • Fits the hand nicely
  • Large full size gaming mouse with wheel and multiple programmable buttons
  • Not really small enough for travel
  • Wireless with a USB connection device
  • Seems to work best with a gaming mouse pad
  • Powered by one rechargeable AA battery
  • Recharged via USB cable
  • Last about a day before recharge required

Logitech Ultrathin Mouse

  • Solid build
  • Requires a bit of an unnatural grasp of the mouse because it’s so small
  • Ultra portable, no wheel and uses gestures
  • Works well on different surface types except glass
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Rechargeable via USB cable
  • Last for several days on a single charge

Apple Magic Mouse

  • Solid build
  • Fits the hands nicely
  • Like the Anywhere Mouse, in between ultra portable and full size
  • Gestures, no buttons or a wheel
  • Good for travel
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Seems to work best on a mouse pad
  • Powered by two AA batteries

Apple Magic Trackpad

  • Usual Apple quality
  • Gestures
  • Not something I would travel with
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Powered by two AA batteries

Conclusion

  • The G700s is a gaming mouse and works best in that scenario.
  • The ultra thin, ultra portable mouse is nice, but gets a little tiring after extended use because of its small size.
  • The Apple Magic Mouse is nice and works well with gestures, but I had issues with it working well on some surfaces and had some issues with movement lag for some reason. I tried it on multiple Macs and experienced the same lag.
  • I really liked using the Apple Magic Trackpad, however I noticed something going on with my wrist after a couple weeks of use. I was experience some aching in my wrist and I think it’s due to the way your wrist is the only pivot point as you use your fingers to make gestures. When using a mouse, you tend to pivot at multiple joints during use instead of just pivoting the wrist during trackpad use.
  • The mouse I discovered several years ago and have used quite heavily seems to be the best of most worlds, solid, portable and works on most surfaces including glass without any lag.

Note: I just bought a third Logitech Anywhere Mouse because I basically wore out the left and right clicking mechanism on the original Anywhere mouse I purchased several years ago.

Anyway, the Logitech Anywhere Mouse seems to be my mouse of choice.