A regular mouse has wires connecting the device to a CPU to use it with a computer unit, while a wireless mouse, as it implies, has no cables attached. A wireless mouse makes use of radio signals or infrared signals sent to a base receiver. Making use of a wireless mouse increases mobility and is more flexible to use with laptops or desktops.
Before buying a wireless mouse, look into the following:
1. Put aside a budget you can spend for the purchase.
2. Find out what type of wireless mouse is compatible with your laptop or desktop. Check the features that would match:
- Wireless: There are several kinds of wireless mouse. Choose one that can match your computer if it has Bluetooth, infrared, WLAN facilities or RF wireless technology.
- Compatibility to your OS: Look at models that are compatible with a MAC, or Windows.
- Scroll wheel: Most wireless mice have a scroll wheel that allows you to scroll the monitor up and down without the need to move your hand down or up. It is recommended to get a mouse with a scroll wheel.
- Tilt wheel: The tilt wheel is another feature in the mouse that allows you to scroll the screen sideways without having to move your hand left to right.
- Shortcut features: There are wireless mice that have buttons that can be used for short cuts like page down and page up, sleep mode or have a touch sensor.
- Performance level: Check the precision level model to see if it can match the mouse you are looking for.
- Size: The size of the mouse should be comfortable to use and at least match your computer design.
- Styles: With the wide range of wireless mouse available in the market, you can choose the color, graphic design, texture, and pattern that will match your computer.
- Price: Consider a price range that is within your budget as an accessory to your computer. Wireless mice usually cost between $50 to around $100.
3. Browse online, look in computer shops or office supplies stores what brands, models and features are available. List the prices offered that you could compare. Look for bargains that fit your specifications.
4. Read buyers' guides like those provide by MySimon and Epinions, and other comparative reviews of various brands and take note of the listed prices.
5. If possible try using the mouse before you buy it. Trying it out will give you a feel of how easy it is to use and how comfortable you are in handling it. Checkout dealer’s comments and instructions for use.
6. Order online or buy in store the wireless mouse you feel best matches your computer, fits your budget and will answer your need.
Make sure you buy a wireless mouse that is within your budget, is user friendly, of good quality and is useful to you. Make sure you carefully choose the right type and model of wireless mouse, so you need not return the device.
Aside from a wireless mouse, you can also buy an optical mouse, or a mouse specifically designed for special needs.