Zalman ZM-M100 Optical Mouse
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The Zalman ZM-M100 optical mouse has a 1000 dpi Avago 2700 sensor, optical technology, USB interface and is comfortable in either hand.
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It is not a cordless mouse but that should not be considered a substantial drawback except on a few occasions.
My main concern is that I find the mouse slightly heavy and uncomfortable to use. I appreciate that such points are matters of taste, but children have found the mouse to be a little larger than they would normally expect. I would go along with that. Also, I have grown used to and quite like the 'rubberised' surface given to parts of such devices and I miss that in the present case.
Further, the mouse wheel, particularly when it first arrived, was very stiff and was close to causing blisters on my fingers being as the wheel has serrated edges and use was very much like having to wind on the time/date of the traditional sprung watch by a few days.
The fact that the wheel has now eased is not necessarily comforting as it may indicate that the wheel might become too loose over a period of time.
Design of a mouse is particularly important, given the nature of the use to which it is put. As will be seen, my own view on such matters was negative.
On the technical aspects, I would not wish to criticise any aspect of the mouse which appears to give accurate results without any of the negative aspects of some of the visually slick but otherwise cheap but far from cheerful offerings.
For me, a good mouse but an uncomfortable one.
The buttons are large enough to rest my fingers along and the scroll wheel looks better engineered than the one on my Genius mouse. It also rotates smoothly.
My only other problem is that it is a USB mouse. A mouse really has to plug in at the back of a desktop to keep the wire out of the way of everything. There are never enough USB ports at the back and to have to sacrifice one for a mouse – when there is a dedicated PS/2 mouse port – is just pointless.
For a laptop it would be perfect and I think this one is going to live in my laptop bag from now on.
It seems well-made and works absolutely fine, I’d just avoid it if you have large hands.
Whilst the trend is to wireless “ mice” these days , competent wired units are still available. Here are my comments from using the above unit on Windows XP and 7 laptops.( I have no Windows 8 or 8.1 unit to test it on).
The unit comes with some 3-4ft of cable and installed OK ( ignore the Windows update of the driver if on Windows 7 as this takes an age and the onboard driver works OK). As suggested in the marketing blurb it is comfortable in the hand ( either) but as far as I can see it has only the standard right click / left click action but there is the option on Windows 7 to switch button action .The central scroll button works as usual.
Summary – similar to original Microsoft type wired mouse at a reasonable price..
If you want a wired mouse – then this is perfectly OK – cannot comment yet on longevity ( there are no batteries to run down anyway – my last one lasted some 5 years plus!) – rate initially as 5 star
On the down side the only obvious bit of low quality is the cable. It feels cheap and is of the moulded plastic variety. I would worry about the strength of it should it catch on anything. It also isn't particularly long. Long enough for general desktop use but if you keep your PC box at a distance from where you work you may struggle.
I do a fair bit of gaming and obviously this probably isn't going to be on any list if you are picking a mouse for serious use. I did give it a whirl around BF4, Arkham Origins and TF2. It did fine but it was noticeably not on a par with my normal gaming mice in terms of accuracy and response. However seeing as the gaming mice cost over 10x what this mouse does that is not a problem. It would definitely do a job if you only did a bit of gaming every now and then.
In summary a decent cheap option to replace a workstation mouse or worth having around as a backup if needed. The price certainly makes it a good value option.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
losing connectivity once in a while after a few months of usePublished 19 months ago by Tunji Adeyeri
Zero complaints. Worked straight out of the packet, no installation required. Well worth the money.Published 24 months ago by Andy G.
I got this mouse to use when I'm working at home - not as a gaming device or for heavy use, simply for clicking through emaails, Word, the web etc. Read morePublished on 15 May 2014 by Atticman
There's not much to say about this device. It's a pretty basic 2 button mouse. The centre scroll wheel acts as a 3rd button.
It's very lightweight... Read more
The main positive of this mouse is its price - for around £5 you're not going to get the best mouse in the world however what you do get is a nice, fairly compact mouse that is... Read morePublished on 13 May 2014 by P. McCauley
In many way this is a very nice mouse, it's very comfortable in the hand, but the constant squeaking of the buttons is driving me crazy, a better mouse by far is:... Read morePublished on 7 May 2014 by Glezza
I normally use a Logitech wireless mouse; this cost around £65 a few years back. I ordered the Zalman mouse to use with a laptop so wasn't that bothered about quality as the use is... Read morePublished on 28 April 2014 by Chris F
Smaller than I had expected when I received it.
It's fairly 'cheap and cheerful' but at the price point, that's fine. Read more