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Saitek Wireless Optical

Optical Mice: The Fall/Winter Collection
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Like Logitech and Microsoft, Saitek's cordless optical runs via radio transmission. It is extremely conventional in shape, which is a stark contrast to the rest of the products manufactured by this firm. In fact it is quite conservative, and even dreary, but oh well, there's no accounting for taste. Saitek chose an original method of powering it, however. The mouse has two small rechargeable batteries. The problem is that they need recharging, and so you will eventually find yourself with a mouse on the end of a cord again. The charger consists of a miniature plug at the end of the cord, which has to be plugged into the side of the mouse. Not only is this impractical but the connection looks like it has been put together ad hoc.

But that's not all - the base unit needs to be really close by. As soon as you move it more than a foot (30 cm) away, the connection becomes problematic. Add to this a rather cumbersome installation procedure and you will soon realize that I am not exactly enraptured. Furthermore, although the mouse feels fine in the hand, the buttons are much too stiff and you will get a cramp in your fingers if you use it in an action game. Quite honestly, this mouse is not a great buy.

Summary Table & Conclusion

Product Wheel Mouse SE Cordless Optical Mouse MouseMan Dual Optical Intelli Mouse Optical Intelli Mouse Explorer 3.0 Intelli Mouse Wireless Explorer Optical Mouse Pro Touch Force Optical Wireless Optical
Company Logitech Logitech Logitech Microsoft Microsoft Microsoft Saitek Saitek Saitek
Price $26 $40 $49 $20 $47 $65 $40 $54 $60
Specifications
Speed 2000 images/
sec
2000 images/
sec
2x 2000 images/
sec
6000 images/
sec
6000 images/
sec
6000 images/
sec
1500 images/
sec
1500 images/
sec
1500 images/
sec
Reso-
lution
800 cpi 800 cpi 800 cpi 400 cpi 400 cpi 400 cpi 400 cpi 400 cpi 400 cpi
Trans-
mission
cable radio cable cable cable radio cable cable radio
Connec-
tion
USB PS/2 USB PS/2 USB PS/2 USB PS/2 USB PS/2 USB PS/2 USB USB USB
Buttons 2 2 3 4 4 4 2 2 2
Form classic classic ergonomic classic ergonomic ergonomic classic classic classic
Left-handed use yes yes no yes no no yes yes yes

For wealthy right-handers, whether or not they like playing FPS games, I would recommend the Microsoft Explorer 3.0 mouse, which has exceptionally fast response and is absolutely comfortable. Otherwise, the Logitech Dual Optical is also comfortable to use and offers optimal precision and smoothness as well.

For wealthy left-handers and Quake-players, the Intellimouse Optical by Microsoft is the best choice. It has easy contours, an excellent grip and an immediate response. The two extra buttons could be useful for games.

Finally, if you are looking for a simple mouse that is accurate and not too expensive, go for Logitech's WheelMouse Optical SE. It is equally suitable for the right-handed and the left-handed, and its metallic coating gives it a pleasant look and feel.

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