Thursday, May 31, 2012
A Mouse is a Mouse: Types of Mice
Do you know the differences between computer mice? Did you know there were a number of different kinds? Well, today let's look at some of the choices.
An optical mouse uses an LED to detect movement relative to a surface. The laser mouse uses an infrared laser diode instead of a LED to illuminate the surface beneath their sensor. These mice generally cannot track on glossy and transparent surfaces. These are powered by the computer.
A trackball mouse is almost an upside down mechanical mouse. It can be manual or have laser tracking. This works well if you don't have a lot of space and you will never have tangled cords or never need to readjust the mouse for scrolling.
Of course, you won't have tangled cords if you use a wireless mouse, often utilizing a small USB Wireless receiver plugged into your computer. Wireless mice have batteries that will need to be replaced occasionally.
So now you know that not all mice are built the same! ☺