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Posted on 2012.03.31 at 00:46
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Its been nearly three years since I posted about mouses. The two mouses I use to date are a black version of the Microsoft mouse in that picture, and a silver version of the Logitech scroll-mouse. Still my two favorite.

But I found myself in Texas and in need of a good mouse. Something formidable since my hand is on it sometimes sixteen hours a day. And since my hotel in near MicroCenter, that's where I went first. But they don't open unitl 1000 and I needed to pick up an overnight FedEx at the front desk pretty early, so I went on to Fry's Electronics.

Fry's had probably 75 varieties. I wanted once which was built as sturdy as a gaming mouse, but didn't want side buttons, which bother me when moving from left to right. I wanted laser, but the last time I spent $75 on a Logitech laser mouse, it didn't hold up well. I like my mice to last me at least a decade, and that one did not. I found my standard marble scroll-mouse, but what I needed this time was a wheel. I finally decided I needed a braided cable, but only the gaming mice came with those - in fact, it was hard to find a non-gaming mouse which wasn't wireless. Unless it was a no-name brand. And of the seven $5 mice I brought home the day I found them that cheap, only three survived the first year. Not good odds.

And while I considered all the price ranges, I was hoping to spend less than $100 on a freaking mouse, and hopefully half that. But I was getting into some pretty slim pickings with my requirements. For awhile, I was going to to with an $80 gaming mouse, until I saw the R.A.T. - by Saitek - the manufacturer of my amazing keyboard.

They also make something unusual; a wireless gaming mouse. It was $149. The full adjustable one was $79. And their "first" R.A.T. was $49 - with an additional 5% off at the register. I'll admit I was skeptical, but I love it! My favorite? The thumb rest. It moves with the mouse. My second favorite? The side buttons are not at striking distance when moving the mouse. Which, with the thumb rest, wouldn't matter.

What an weseome input device! And something I could really do with, given the nature of my work, and my play.


michelle1963 at 2012-03-31 15:17 (UTC) (Link)
What an interesting device! I keep trying to imagine how it would feel in my hand.

There was a time I would have just said a mouse is a mouse. However, on my days off I spend an inordinate amount of time at my computer. For a long time I was using a wireless mouse. Loved it. Then the battery died and as I didn't have the right type in the house, I hooked up my old standard. It's a no frills HP. I've discovered there is something about the button pressure ~ bit firmer than the wireless ~ that tends to rile up arm. Yes, my whole freaking arm. Not sure if it's tendonitis or carpal tunnel. I need to make getting the battery for the wireless mouse a priority, as my arm is fine on my days at work.

What an awesome find! It's so cool when one takes a chance on something to find it's the perfect item.
michelle1963 at 2012-03-31 15:21 (UTC) (Link)
Oh and I believe the proper term is "meeces." *Snicker.
ehowton at 2012-03-31 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
You know me; I actually looked it up prior to posting.
michelle1963 at 2012-03-31 15:37 (UTC) (Link)
Of course you did! And that's why offering "meeces" amused me. ;-)
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ehowton at 2012-04-12 00:03 (UTC) (Link)
You know.
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