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A mouse with no tail...
on 23 April 2012
There are two main types of cordless 'mouses', radio-connected (like this AmazonBasics one) and Bluetooth-connected, and before you buy one maybe the first thing to check is if your computer or device already has Bluetooth onboard. If it does, then consider choosing a Bluetooth-connected wireless mouse instead, they do cost a bit more than the radio-connected versions but they won't need a separate USB dongle hanging out of the side of your laptop and that leaves the USB port free for something else.
For the price the build quality of the AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse is fine with a particularly smooth wheel action (the wheel also works as the third mouse button) and a nice non-slip 'suede-effect' texture on the top. It's a small mouse but with quite a bulbous shape, this makes it comfortable to use but slightly awkward to pack into a slim laptop case or bag. It needs two AAA batteries and your first set are included in the box, hidden in a fold of the cardboard, but they're not rechargeable which is a pity. Note that there's no option to use this mouse with a cable when the batteries die, you'll have to source a new set of batteries to get things moving again. The separate USB dongle is very small and helpfully stows into the battery compartment of the mouse, meaning you're less likely to lose it - but don't forget to unplug it before packing your laptop away in case of damage and remember to switch off the mouse (an ON/OFF switch is on the bottom) to save battery life.
It works without fuss on both Windows 7 and Mac OS X computers - on Windows the drivers get installed automatically as soon as you plug in the USB dongle and you're off. On OSX you're asked if you just connected a keyboard - you confirm it isn't a keyboard and you're done. In use the mouse itself is fine, although it seems to be quite low-resolution (meaning the movement sensor on the bottom isn't all that sensitive) so cursor movements onscreen can be a bit jerky. For general use, like web and emailing, it's a non-issue and if necessary you can tweak the tracking speed in your computer's control panel, but for high-precision tasks like graphics or gaming it might not be the best choice. As ever you get what you pay for and in this case that means a perfectly decent, though unexceptional, cordless mouse - compared to the many others available at this price it doesn't seem to offer anything special but it keeps up the good value standard of the AmazonBasics range.