PDA

View Full Version : New Mouse?



Old Pink
July 3rd, 2007, 04:07 PM
Hi there,

Looking to buy a new mouse for use in Ubuntu. I like my current one, a Packard Bell wireless mini mouse, which cost around 50/$100 at the time, about two years ago. It seems, however that the wireless is failing. It's gotten so weak it constantly needs to be plugged into the mains in order to work more than half a meter away. So it's no longer wireless, really.

I'm looking for either a good wireless mouse, that somebody has had enough experience with to recommend it (must hold it's charge well, work over at least 2 metres from transmitter/receiver), or a good PS/2 mouse, which I'd like due to lack of available USB ports. ;)

Not looking to spend over $20 really. Preferably in the UK. Nice design, small, compact. Just looking for suggestions. :)

I find eBay only offers rip off week lasting imitation mice, and amazon etc. offer high priced yet seemingly featureless mice.

- Matt

Bachstelze
July 3rd, 2007, 04:43 PM
Logitech G3.

Very comfortable to use, KISS-compliant (read : less than 50 buttons) and very cool design. Might be a bit more than 20 bucks but well worth it. It's USB but USB->PS/2 converters are cheap.

Old Pink
July 3rd, 2007, 04:54 PM
Logitech G3.

Very comfortable to use, KISS-compliant (read : less than 50 buttons) and very cool design. Might be a bit more than 20 bucks but well worth it. It's USB but USB->PS/2 converters are cheap.

Amazon UK: 26.90 ($53) - bit steep

What are the benefits of laser over optical? :)

forrestcupp
July 3rd, 2007, 05:19 PM
Why not just replace your rechargeable batteries. I think that would be the cheapest route. When rechargeable batteries won't hold a charge, it means they need to be replaced. Unless it uses some kind of weird built in capacitor or something.

Old Pink
July 3rd, 2007, 05:35 PM
Why not just replace your rechargeable batteries. I think that would be the cheapest route. When rechargeable batteries won't hold a charge, it means they need to be replaced. Unless it uses some kind of weird built in capacitor or something.

Nah, it's old technology now, I'd rather go for a new mouse thanks.

I'm not looking for the cheapest route here, just looking for what's available to me at a fair price. :)

reacocard
July 3rd, 2007, 05:37 PM
I use a logitech mx310. It's usb, but it comes with an adaptor for PS/2 use. Works very well, only slight xorg.conf tweaking to get the extra buttons working (all the core ones work ootb).

Old Pink
July 3rd, 2007, 08:53 PM
Like the look of the Logitech LX5 (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_pointers/mice/devices/150&cl=gb,en) which gives up to 8 months battery life. ;)

Anyone point me to a guide to get extra buttons working? :)

reacocard
July 4th, 2007, 03:14 AM
Like the look of the Logitech LX5 (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_pointers/mice/devices/150&cl=gb,en) which gives up to 8 months battery life. ;)

Anyone point me to a guide to get extra buttons working? :)

Here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=219894
It's a general guide for all Logitech mice. I use it with my mx310 and it works perfectly.

TheRingmaster
July 4th, 2007, 04:05 AM
a trackball may be a good choice. I have a Logitech Marble Mouse (Don't ask me why they call it a mouse even thought it is a trackball). Trackballs are really nice if you have arthritis.

Old Pink
July 4th, 2007, 02:23 PM
Here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=219894
It's a general guide for all Logitech mice. I use it with my mx310 and it works perfectly.

Brilliant, thanks alot. :)


a trackball may be a good choice. I have a Logitech Marble Mouse (Don't ask me why they call it a mouse even thought it is a trackball). Trackballs are really nice if you have arthritis.

I can imagine they are, but I'm not a sufferer (yet) so will stick to what I know. :)