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For years, I used standard mice, with the roller ball inside to track the pointer that would inevitably get so dirty with grime that I would have to unscrew the bottom to clean the ball and the interior rollers. Of course, before I reached this point, I would try to "unstick" the ball be trying a number of different tactics, including (but not limited to):

1. Shaking the mouse.
2. Picking the mouse up and repositioning it on a different place on the pad.
3. Cursing the mouse.

For the past five years or so, I've become accustomed to using optical mice, and over the past two or three years, I've come to love my cordless mouse. I no longer have to worry about mousepads, cord limitations, or the interior ball getting dirty, but now I do have to worry about the batteries running out. One of the cordless mice I have (I have one at home and one at work) is a battery glutton, and when the batteries starts dying, the pointer sticks, won't move, etc., just like what used to happen when I used the mice with the balls. So what do I do when this behavior occurs?

1. Shake the mouse.
2. Pick up the mouse and reposition it on a different place on the desk.
3. Curse the mouse.

Of course, shaking the mouse or repositioning it has no effect on an optical mouse, and cursing it is about as effective as doing the same to a standard mouse. So I guess the post isn't really about my cordless optical mouse, but more about stupid human behavior.

Thank you for your time.
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My cordless mouse uses batteries at a truly frightening rate, and the only thing I can figure is that vibrations from the desktop fan induce enough shaking to keep the thing constantly awake, despite its inherent time-out cutoff. If I forget to use the power switch on the mouse's underside I can expect to replace the battery every three or four days. Aside from this minor quibble (how hard is it really to turn off every now and again?) I love the thing.
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Wow - I can't remember the last time I changed the batteries in my work cordless optical mouse. Probably about 3 months ago.
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Ever wondered how your pointer moves around? Here's a tool that seriously magnifies your pointer so you can see.

http://2006.1-click.jp/
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Verkisto wrote:
For years, I used standard mice, with the roller ball inside to track the pointer that would inevitably get so dirty with grime that I would have to unscrew the bottom to clean the ball and the interior rollers. Of course, before I reached this point, I would try to "unstick" the ball be trying a number of different tactics, including (but not limited to):

1. Shaking the mouse.
2. Picking the mouse up and repositioning it on a different place on the pad.
3. Cursing the mouse.

For the past five years or so, I've become accustomed to using optical mice, and over the past two or three years, I've come to love my cordless mouse. I no longer have to worry about mousepads, cord limitations, or the interior ball getting dirty, but now I do have to worry about the batteries running out. One of the cordless mice I have (I have one at home and one at work) is a battery glutton, and when the batteries starts dying, the pointer sticks, won't move, etc., just like what used to happen when I used the mice with the balls. So what do I do when this behavior occurs?

1. Shake the mouse.
2. Pick up the mouse and reposition it on a different place on the desk.
3. Curse the mouse.

Of course, shaking the mouse or repositioning it has no effect on an optical mouse, and cursing it is about as effective as doing the same to a standard mouse. So I guess the post isn't really about my cordless optical mouse, but more about stupid human behavior.

Thank you for your time.


My cat used to play with the mouse, so I needed new batteries at least once a month. Just saying.
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Two words: rechargeable batteries. Duracell makes these new ones that are for high-drain devices. They're working very well at home for me!

Uh, I guess that was more than two words.
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Optical mice = awesome.
Cordless mice = waste of money.
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BoB3K wrote:
Optical mice = awesome.
Cordless mice = waste of money.

Not when your mouse is as far away from the computer as mine is, suspended on a little platform next to the keyboard, which is pulled out from the desk.
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1. The ones that's giving me problems is my work one. So the drain on the batteries is definitely NOT the cat. But I was thinking earlier that I do need to get in the habit of turning it off when I leave. That would definitely help.

2. I've tried the rechargeable battery route, and it just doesn't seem to work. The power drains in about 1/10th the time.

3. I once had a corded mouse on this 'puter, and I had -- literally -- about two inches of cord to spare for moving it around. I got tired of the move-and-lift routine, and decided to get a cordless mouse for it. Best. Solution. EVAR. Plus, it makes it a lot easier to circle-strafe these damned newbs without having to worry about the cord.

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amwiles wrote:
BoB3K wrote:
Optical mice = awesome.
Cordless mice = waste of money.

Not when your mouse is as far away from the computer as mine is, suspended on a little platform next to the keyboard, which is pulled out from the desk.


Sure, they are not wasteful in all situations, but try to go to a local store to buy anything other than the most basic mouse with a wire. My wife had to go online to find a decent mouse that still had a wire!
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Verkisto wrote:
the drain on the batteries is definitely NOT the cat


That's what you think.

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hibikir wrote:
amwiles wrote:
BoB3K wrote:
Optical mice = awesome.
Cordless mice = waste of money.

Not when your mouse is as far away from the computer as mine is, suspended on a little platform next to the keyboard, which is pulled out from the desk.


Sure, they are not wasteful in all situations, but try to go to a local store to buy anything other than the most basic mouse with a wire. My wife had to go online to find a decent mouse that still had a wire!


And they're often like $20! You should be able to go into any store and get a corded optical 3-button with the scrolly mouse for like 5 bucks.
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I have a cordless "trackball" that is rechargable. Works awesome!

I hate mice in any form. They suck.
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I'm thinking that when the battery starts to die that it doesn't produce consistent voltage any more, thereby creating intermittent connectivity.

Weak batteries cause all kinds of wonky inconsistent behaviors in electrical devices.

So what do you do? Replace the friggin batteries! yuk

Logitech makes a rechargeable that you stick in a cradle. The charge is good for a days work or a few hours of gaming
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MWChapel wrote:
I have a cordless "trackball" that is rechargable. Works awesome!

I hate mice in any form. They suck.


My favorite pointing device from the day was the Kensington trackball. It used a billiard cue ball (nearly) that simply rested in a well with micro-rollers. Unfortunately, the buttons on the damn thing had the world's lowest MTTF microswitches ever made. One of these days I need to get a really good trackball device.
 
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I love my cordless, optical mouse. It's logitech. The nice thing about it is that is has a USB plug into my laptop which plugs into the bottom of the mouse when not using which automatically shuts the mouse off.

2nd, the batteries I use are ones from my digital camera. The power needed on the digital camera is much greater than the power needs on the mouse so when the digital camera can't use them anymore, the mouse sure can. One of these batteries will still last about a month with probably over 60+ hours of use/week. I actually have quite backlog of batteries from my camera so, I'm good for quite awhile.
 
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Verkisto wrote:
2. I've tried the rechargeable battery route, and it just doesn't seem to work. The power drains in about 1/10th the time.


All batteries are not created equal. I've noticed a lot of low prices charger/battery combos for sale usually come with cheaper, low capacity cells. (1200 mah or less)

2500 mah or better AA cells will run $2 or so each, (I have a stock of Kodak 2500 mah cells I use for a digital camera and wireless console controllers, and they've performed excellently.) but they'll last a lot longer.

Some of the newer ones (like the 'Eneloop' brand) even have discharge prevention circuits and won't go flat sitting on the shelf.
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