Are you fed up with the pointing options that come with most notebooks? Have you tried a wired mouse with your notebook and found yourself getting too tangled to work? Maybe you need a wireless notebook mouse. DMOS takes a look at the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse, and finds a lot to like.
Today on DevHardware, we're taking a look at the newest member of the Microsoft mousing clan. Instead of a tricked out Explorer though, it's at the opposite end of the spectrum. Instead of opulent, it's minimalist. We'll soon find out that works well for it.
Laptops have traditionally had their inputs from users through devices integrated into the computer itself. Whether this be with the keyboard, touchpad, or thumb pointer, they all have to be shoved into rather small space and profile. This makes doing any kind of screen oriented task difficult, and I at least despise trying to "work" on a laptop. I know every keyboard shortcut in the book, but there's just some things that need to be done with a pointing device.
And for many of them, an "eraser head" as made popular on IBM laptops for example, is a horrible experience that I would never care to deal with again. The touch pads are a step up in general usability, as long as you aren't trying to do anything terribly precise. They suffer from inaccuracy. They also are generally a pain when attempting to type. The number of times they've taken a brush from my thumbs and placed an "enter" on the screen while in the middle of a word or sentence is pretty much around the same count as the last found Mersenne Prime at this point. Some laptops come with a handy "defeat" button that allows you to turn off the touchpad while typing, but all of the ones I have had the dubious pleasure of dealing with lack this feature.
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