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This review is from: HP Mouse - Optical - 3 Button(s) - Wired (Personal Computers)You've seen the films "The Last of the Mohicans" and "The Last Samurai", well this is "The Last Three-Button Mouse" ... not a film, but a soon-to-be extinct pointing device, in fact the last of its kind: a real three button mouse.
For those who think I've gone mad, that mouse you're using right now, that you were told is a three-button mouse ... it isn't, despite what the manufacturers keep saying. It's called a scroll-wheel mouse, where the scroll-wheel also functions as a button. It also functions as a pain in the neck when you're using the middle-button to "jump" in a game, but the scroll-wheel sends you flying off the edge of a cliff instead. It's also a pain in the neck when you're trying to paste text (middle-click to paste is standard in UNIX and Linux, for example), but instead the scroll wheel moves and you end up selecting half the document, thus losing the contents of the clipboard that you were about to paste.
Scroll wheels are an abomination that was forced upon mankind without so much as a do-you-mind, and should be eradicated from planet Earth forever. Did any mouse manufacturer ever actually ask anyone if they really wanted scroll-wheel mice in the first place? Did they ever ask anyone if it'd be OK to make real three button mice extinct? When was that vote taken, exactly?
Anyway, here it is: the last ever proper mouse. It works in modern computers, because it's got a USB connection. And because it's hard-wired it means the battery won't run out - as it doesn't have one, and there's no infrared/bluetooth signal to lose, causing endless frustration as your mouse keeps sticking, because it doesn't have one of those either. It also uses a laser tracker (optical), which means it's smooth and accurate, even on surfaces that "ball" mice tend to stick on, and of course there's no ball to clog up with fluff and need cleaning twenty times a day. It's made by HP, which means it isn't junk. It's black, which means it's cool, because black is the new black (again). And last but definitely not least, it has three buttons ... three REAL buttons, just like a REAL mouse is supposed to have. A middle button that actually works like a middle button is supposed to, and not like a mental torture device.
When they're gone they're gone ... forever, so get yours now, and pray it lasts you the rest of your life.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2013 21:06:36 GMT
I wholeheartedly agree with every word.
I'm neither a Linux nor a CAD user and I still can't for the life of me understand why anyone would want a scroll mouse over a proper three button one...
...I do hope HP realise they have the world of three button mice all to themselves and so keep manufacturing this example of sanity in a world gone wholly mad.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2013 15:32:01 GMT
Thank God I'm not the only one who thinks so.
If these proper mice were more common, I bet more people would buy them. Everyone I know wishes they'd come back. Why manufacturers have essentially boycotted them is one of life's great mysteries.
Posted on 26 Feb 2013 16:27:59 GMT
Don't you have problems browsing webpages? Can you program it to at least click and float the page like typical scroll wheels?
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2013 07:48:32 GMT
No, I don't need a scroll wheel to scroll Web pages. That's why we have scroll bars, cursor keys, and the home, end, page up and page down buttons. People managed to browse the Web perfectly well for years before we became afflicted with this scroll-wheel thing.
I wouldn't program the middle button to scroll pages even if it were possible, because that would completely defeat the point of my getting rid of that abomination called the scroll-wheel mouse in the first place.
I need the middle button to be a proper middle-button, like it's supposed to be, not a redundant and meddlesome substitute for the scroll-bar.
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