Best Computer Mouse of 2018 – Top Computer Mice Reviewed
A computer mouse, as we have studied in the school is an integral peripheral device to the computers. Even with touchscreens and gesture controlled trackpads, the precision that a mouse offers is still unmatchable. But does all mice deliver towering performance over the touchpads? No.
In this article, we have cherry-picked five computer mice for you based on the budget and their respective use cases. The average Indian consumer doesn’t like to spend much on hardware like this, so we have set an imaginary budget of Rs.3,000.
We have subcategorized our findings according to the various use cases that you may find helpful.
As a casual wired mouse, we recommend the Dell MS116. This plug and play mouse is reliable and works best for your daily activities.
For those who hate wires, we found the Logitech B175 to be the best wireless mouse. With its impressive battery life and affordable budget, this product is a compelling purchase.
The Logitech G300s secured a place on our list as the best value for money mouse. It is a great tool for users who require precise control over the mouse. The programmable buttons and DPI switching does that with ease.
Last but not the least, the HP Z3700 enters this list with its minimalistic design and reliability. Available in different colours, this product validates the quote “style with substance”.
Without any further delay, let’s hop on to the article to know more about these products in detail.
1. Dell MS 116
Best Wired Entry Level Mouse
- Best for casual use
- Plug n play mouse
- Long cable
- Cheap and affordable
Dell, as you probably know is a prominent computer hardware manufacturer based in the United States. With their popular laptops and desktop computers, the company also manufactures the related computer peripherals as well. The Dell MS116 is an optical wired mouse that’s one of the cheapest in the Indian market.
The Dell MS116 comes with a contoured design that feels comfy while holding in the palm. The smooth textured finish is a delight to rest your hands upon. The plastics used for the construction feels premium and has no creeks or flexes while in operation.
This optical mouse comes with two buttons for the left and right click and a scroll wheel for navigating the page with ease. The scroll wheel is very smooth to use but develops slight wobble after a while. This doesn’t hamper the usability though. The buttons give precise feedback when clicked that feels oddly satisfying.
The Dell MS116 has a long 1.8m cable that is more than sufficient for a user to plug it into the ports. Speaking about ports, as this is a plug n play device, there isn’t a need for any driver installation for this mouse to work. It can be plugged directly into a USB 2.0/3.0 port.
This product comes with a 1000 DPI (dots per inch). A 1000 DPI is more than enough for an average consumer for his day to day tasks. Dots per inch generally represents the sensitivity of the mouse. On the service front, Dell provides three-years of warranty on this mouse.
2. Logitech B175
Budget Wireless Pick
- Best for travellers
- Compact form factor
- Smart sleep mode
Logitech is a popular Swiss-based computer hardware manufacturer famous for their keyboards and mice. The Logitech B175 is an affordable budget wireless optical mouse packed with some really useful features.
The Logitech B175 has the same conventional mice design that we are familiar with. Two click buttons and a textured scroll wheel. The texture of the scroll wheel is a really welcome addition. It enhances the usability of this product for those with really sweaty fingers.
The overall design, however, is uninspiring. Logitech has made noticeable cost cutting in terms of the build quality by choosing low quality plastic for the construction.
Inside the mouse is a single AA battery that powers the device. The battery life of this product is really impressive and can last up to a year. The On/Off button on the bottom of the mouse lets you switch off the device when not in use. This enhances the battery life significantly.
The Logitech B175 is a wireless optical mouse that makes use of the 2.4GHz frequency to establish the connection with the host device. There is a wireless receiver that comes with this product that has to be plugged into the host for a successful pairing. The mouse has a compartment for storing the wireless receiver inside the chassis itself.
This product has a smart sleep feature that will detect the user inactivity and goes on to ultra low power mode. Also, the optic sensor inside this mouse does not emit any visible light while in operation.
This light less operation makes this device usable at night without any distraction. Logitech provides 3-year warranty if anything unfortunate happens to the device.
Value For Money Pick
- Best for graphic designers
- Precise cursor movements
- Affordable gaming mouse
Logitech G300s is a wired optical mouse that packs a lot of interesting features at an attractive price point. The G300s is an ambidextrous mouse from Logitech that can be used by right handed and left handed people at once.
This mouse is made using quality components and screams premium at the first look itself. The feet of this product is made using Polytetrafluoroethylene material which offers zero friction to the contact surface. This enhances smoother and precise motion on any type of surface.
The Logitech G300s has 9 programmable buttons that can be easily configured for specific use cases with the Logitech configuration software. The addition of such a large number of programmable buttons aids in better control over the functions in a game or an app with significantly less time.
On the aesthetic front, the thin strip of LEDs on the sides can be easily configured according to your choice. The DPI count of 2500 means the sensitivity of this mouse is more than its competitors priced similarly and offer precision movement.
The DPI can be set using the software and can be changed on the fly according to your taste. The DPI profiles can be programmed to the buttons and can be changed with the click of a button based on the app you’re using.
The Logitech G300s comes with a polling rate of 1ms. It means that the response time between your click and the action executed on the screen is near instantaneous. This feature makes this mouse suitable for high-performance gaming as well as designing and modelling software operations.
|Programmable Buttons||Yes, 9|
4. Razer Abyssus 2000
Best Gaming Pick
- Super precise cursor movement
- Minimal response time
- Long tangle free cable
Razer is a gaming hardware manufacturing company based in the US. The company is famous for its stealth series gaming laptops and associated gaming hardware. The Razer Abyssus 2000 is a wired optical mouse that is specifically designed for gamers.
The Razer Abyssus 2000 has an ambidextrous form factor that’s ergonomically designed. The contoured shape of this product makes it fit tightly in the palm and offers grip while holding. There are two programmable buttons on this device that offers great tactile feedback.
The main USP of this mouse is the True 2000dpi optical sensor. The quality of this sensor is at par with others in the market with even higher dpi. Not only the dpi, this device also features a 1000Hz polling rate meaning the response delay on your actions is almost non-existent.
The precise cursor movement will be a delight for executing actions during prolonged intense gaming sessions. Not only does this product suitable for gaming, but also graphic designing professionals can make use of its high accuracy cursor movement efficiency.
A mouse pad comes with the box that is of high quality. The friction between the pad surface and the mouse is so minimal that you might feel the mouse is gliding in the air. The included 2.1m long tangle free wire also adds up to the usability.
The signature glowing Razer logo adds to the ambience of gaming and will make you right at home while gaming. Even though a bit expensive, the Razer Abyssus 2000 is the go-to mouse if you are a gamer, we’d say.
|DPI||True 2000dpi optical sensor|
- Best for home use
- Attractive colour options
- Tactile buttons
HP is an American based Information Technology company which produces consumer electronics devices such as laptops and related computer hardware. The Z3700 is a wireless optical mouse from HP that has a sleek design and suitable for rough use.
The HP Z3700 covers the basics with no flaws. Everything works out of the box so well. The design of this product is very minimalistic at the best. Available in a plethora of colour options, this is one of the best looking mouse available in the Indian market.
The buttons work well and offer decent click response from the buttons. The scroll wheel also works well and offers a frictionless scrolling experience. The optical sensor on this product offers up to 1200 dpi for precise operation across different apps.
This mouse is compatible with almost all the operating systems in use at present. This device communicates with the host via the 2.4GHz frequency and provides a range up to 10m. The receiver hatch is situated on the bottom of the mouse. It can be kept inside the hatch safely without misplacing after its use.
The blue optical sensor offers smooth working over a variety of surfaces. It’s much more efficient than a conventional red sensor. This product is powered by a single AA sized battery that the company claims to last for about 16 months. This is really impressive for a wireless device to achieve.
This concludes our curated list of the best five computer mice in the Indian market. We hope every spectrum of usage from a mouse is covered in this article and if you think we haven’t, do let us know in the comment section below. We’re all ears.
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