Wired vs Wireless Mice
Computer Mouse: Wireless versus Wired Debate
The wireless vs wired mouse debate is an old one and is especially popular among gamers. Cordless mice are getting better and better these days, so you don't have to worry about issues like slower response time or unreliable signal. However, there's no getting around the fact that you still need to recharge the batteries every now and then - just as there's no getting around the fact that corded mice are limited by the cable.
Now it's your turn to tell everyone whether wired or wireless computer mice are better, and why!
Advantages of Wired Mice
- A wired mouse is more reliable. Unlike a wireless one it will usually work even without any special drivers, and you won't need to worry about signal interference. Just plug it into USB, and it'll work.
- These mice theoretically have faster response times than cordless ones (although the issue is practically non-existent when it comes to modern hardware).
- There's no need to replace batteries all the time, or worry about them running out in the middle of an intense gaming session.
- Wired mice can be made lighter than wireless ones because they don't contain heavy batteries. Lack of built-in batteries and a receiver also means that the device is cheaper to make.
Classic Wired Gaming Mouse from Logitech
G400s is an affordable gaming mouse from Logitech, and the successor of the MX518 which I had been using for nearly 6 years. I like the precision it gives me in Counter Strike: Source, and the extra buttons come in handy for easier back/forward web page navigation. The only thing I haven't found use for is the sensitivity changing on-the-fly (I always use the same one), but I'm sure some people will like the feature. This mouse is asymmetrical (for right hand use only), and as a result, fits into your palm nicely.
Pros of Wireless Mice
- Wireless mice are, well, wireless. There's no cord, meaning you don't have to worry about it getting twisted or stuck. It'll also look nicer and help reduce all the cable clutter under your desk.
- You don't need to "drag" the cable all the time when you are using a wireless mouse (although it's not really an issue with a wired mouse if the cable is positioned correctly).
- You are not limited to the cable length - depending on the model, it's usually possible to use a wireless mouse several meters away from the computer.
Good Wireless Gaming Mouse
This is really great gaming mouse and the top model Logitech can offer for gamers in the wireless area. It uses a 2.4 GHz connection to avoid interference, and 1,000 Hz USB polling rate for maximum responsiveness. When it's time to recharge the batteries, you can just plug in the micro USB cable and continue using the mouse while it charges. Again, gotta love the fact that it's not ambidextrous, but designed to be used with right hand only - classic Logitech design inherited from the previous models.