Updated: May 23, 2015
Laser Mouse vs Optical MouseWhat's the best wireless computer mouse on the market? We find out..
The humble computer mouse has come a long way in the last 20 years. The mouse was critical to the development of modern point and click user interfaces that define our computer use today. Early mice were simple, with just a button or two. And of course they had "tails", or cords that attached them to your computer. Today, the most popular computer mouses (mice?) are usually wireless. A wireless mouse connects via radio waves to a USB receiver that you plug into your computer. Without a cord it has to be battery powered, and most battery powered mice can operate for a week or more before requiring charging (they usually come with a docking station where you can park them overnight..). Wireless mice are nice since they reduce cord clutter and give you more freedom to work the way you want. Having used a cordless/wireless mouse for years, I would never go back. Modern mice also come with a few more features, like optical sensors instead of a lint gathering track ball, scroll wheels for moving though documents and websites, and buttons ---- many, many buttons that you can customize to do all kinds of things. In this guide we will take a look at the most popular wireless computer mice, helping you know what to look for, and how much you should expect to spend.
Since computer reviews can quickly become out of date, we keep a link here to an up-to-the-minute list of the bestselling computer mice at Amazon.
Laser Mouse vs Optical MouseWhat's the difference between an optical mouse and a laser mouse? Both styles use light instead of a moving ball to track the movement of the mouse. Most optical computer mice use LED lights that track about 400dpi, while a laser computer mouse has a more sensitive resolution of 2000dpi+ (5X more sensitive). For most users, the laser mouse is probably overkill -- nothing wrong with it, but it is not going to help you out much. If you are making your decision based upon something else like price or looks or functions, don't feel bad about choosing an optical mouse over a laser mouse.
Logitech Laser Mouse - Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse
When it comes to the best wireless mouse, our favorite hasn't changed in the last 2 years. It is still the Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse. Priced at about $60, it has comes down quite a bit from its original $100 price tag of a few years ago. I use this mouse every day, and I have no problems going a week or more before little green LED battery indicator on the side heads into the red zone, meaning I need to plop it into the charging station overnight to power up the battery. The weighted scroll wheel works great -- it has a nice click to it (when not in free spin mode) as it spins, unlike others I've used before that could get slippery and were harder to negotiate. I feel it fits the hand perfectly. I only use 2 or 3 of the buttons, but they are there if you want to customize them. Overall, an excellent mouse. You can browse all the latest Logitech wireless mouse products here.