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Three little Microsoft Mice



It may not be for hardware that Microsoft is known for, but for a giant so accomplished at software and web technology, their peripherals deserve a look at. The first piece of hardware Microsoft sold was a mouse. Microsoft’s mice are now quite diverse and feature rich compared to the heavy, single button thing that was awkward to handle back in 1983. In this post, we look at some of Microsoft’s mice worth of the Microsoft name.

The Modern Mouse
The “Modern” in Microsoft’s modern mouse refers to its design resembling minimalist modern art. It is comparatively flat with a well-designed parabolic arc. It features the standard two-button layout with a metal scroll wheel that has a pleasant hepatic feedback. The mouse itself is quite low-profile, and the silent clicks will make you forget it’s even there. 
The Modern Mouse
The Sculpt Comfort
The sculpt as created with design focus on ergonomics. It has a bigger form factor than the modern mouse and easily fills your hand. There is also a dimple for resting the thumb on the side of the mouse. The mouse connects via Bluetooth and would work with most Android phones too. There is also a customisable button which can be used to use common windows functions such as the start menu and switch desktops feature. The customisable features require a companion Windows app and works with Windows only.
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort
The Arc Mouse
The Arc mouse, named after its physical shape, is probably one of the most popular Microsoft peripherals. It became famous for the use of a touchpad on the upper surface of the mouse, instead of the traditional two buttons and scroll wheel. Users can both left and right click by tapping on each side of the touchpad. They could also scroll vertically and horizontal by using their fingers to swipe to in all four directions.
Arc Mouse Photo Credit: hothardware.com
At just 83 grams, it is quite lightweight. It can also be flattened or folded for travel use. It connects via Bluetooth and therefore could theoretically be used with smartphones – however some users seem to have a problem with this. The two AAA batters used in it need only be replaced every six months, which is great for such a functional device.
Microsoft Arc Mouse when flattened
The arc features a minimalist, elegant design and looks good in both black and white. The Bluetooth pairing button is neatly hidden in the underside and will only be seen if you look for it. The physical arc is also quite high which fills the palm and feels comfortable to use. Overall, it is the top choice for a mouse from Microsoft and the touch-based scrolling means you won’t regret buying it.

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Inexpensive but reliable Logitech mice


Mice come in three primary formats; corded mice are connected via a cable; Bluetooth mice connect with any device that has Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz mice have their own receiver which is plugged into a USB port.  A 2.4Ghz receiver has a better response rate than Bluetooth and it has an advantage in areas saturated with Bluetooth devices. Here, we explore some affordable entry-level mice from Logitech.



M100 (Wired)
The M100 is a simple wired mouse that just works. Being wired it has the fastest response time and does not need battery changes. It comes in matte black and is bulged in the sides, designed to fill a palm. This model does not give you anything fancy, but the Logitech brand guarantees reliability and ease of use.

M185 (2.4 Ghz)
The M185 is the most basic of Logitech’s wireless mice. It uses the 2.4Ghz connection system with its own receiver and so cannot be easily used in mobile devices and tablets, unless an OTG cable is used. Response rates can be very snappy – in the range of 1-2ms -- which is great for gaming and situations where precise control of the pointer is required.
It has a simple, ergonomic design with dimples on the sides – designed to be held with fingers – and the Logitech logo on top. Its powered by an AA battery and could get more than a year of constant use with a good alkaline battery.

M500 (Wired) 
The M500 is pitched as a “precision laser-mouse”. It features a free-spinning scroll wheel – the wheel continues to spin for a few cycles once you scroll down fast. It also features two thumb-button, which are usually used to navigate back and forth on a webpage but can be configured to do anything else. We recommend configuring the “Ctrl+Tab” function to move quickly switch back and forth tabs on a web browser.
The contoured twisted design gives ample room for a fat thumb on one side and two fingers on the other.

M557 (Bluetooth)

The M557 has a very simple and elegant design flat design. It connects via Bluetooth and does not require a separate receiver. It could easily work with smartphones and tabs. Logitech however, claims the mouse is designed for Windows. It has a single additional button in between the right and left buttons which is dedicated to launch the Windows Start Menu.
The simple design means it can be suited to both right- and left-handed people. One minor weakness though is response time, it has a 5-6ms delay which could impact hardcore gamers.