Computer Mice Prices. - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HotUKDeals, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HotUKDeals app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit

Computer Mice Prices.

£0.00 @
I've always bought fairly expensive mice but they never last as long as expected, usually failing after three or four years. So I'm looking to try something cheaper. I'm after a full sized wired mouse… Read More
EndlessWaves Avatar
5m, 4d agoPosted 5 months, 4 days ago
I've always bought fairly expensive mice but they never last as long as expected, usually failing after three or four years. So I'm looking to try something cheaper. I'm after a full sized wired mouse for a couple of hours use each day.

But mice look exactly the same between £2.99 and £29.99, with no sign on the outside where the extra money is spent. Can anyone with experience of buying cheap mice help demystify the market? How much do I need to spend to get something that'll last two or three years? As you go cheaper do you lose durability or something else like accuracy or feel?
EndlessWaves Avatar
5m, 4d agoPosted 5 months, 4 days ago
Options

All Responses

(24) Jump to unreadPost an answer
Responses/page:
#1
Just the ergonomics really. Gamers usually want extra buttons
#2
You probably want a brand of some sort but other than that, if you aren't a gamer you don't need any of the effects a high end mouse gives
#3
2005 ish I spent £4 or less on a lazer mouse off ebay. It's well worn but still going. B&M store had some cheap I seen. With very few moving parts mine has lasted ages
#4
gpawan
Just the ergonomics really. Gamers usually want extra buttons
Nah, a mouse is of no interest to a gamer unless it has a lewd design, flashing lights, unfeasibly large numbers associated with CPI & DPI, and greater acceleration than Mr. May could ever tolerate.
#5
The Dell mice delivered with new PCs last for years and have heavy use. Usually come in under £5. Unless you're a gamer I would never spend more than that on a mouse
#6
Think you are right to avoid wireless mouse and keyboard. Nothing but aggro for me. Since changing to a wired keyboard from EBAY for £5 and a separate Chinese cheapo wireless mouse all has been fine. To me the more you pay the more aggro you get. Wireless mouse from £1.81 post paid on EBAY. Comes from CHINA.

YOU MUST CHECK THE WIRED KEYBOARD IS UK layout, check that the £ sign is over the 3, and there is a separate number pad. Full size keyboards are much easier to use for real work. Should be about 42cm wide by 14cm across
#7
There's a lot more to mice than just ergonomics for gamers. Here's a good forum https://geekhack.org/?topic=56240.0
#8
just get a laser mouse full sized under a 5 should be fine I bought one off ebay for a less than a couple quid about 5-6 years ago still fine brand is pc-line but any should be fine maybe dell.
#9
Iv been through many, expensive and cheap and I am most impressed by TeckNet Classic M002, its only £6.99 ebay or £7.99 on amazon and the battery lasts more than any iv had and extremely comfortable to hold
#10
I bought some "gaming" mice off bang good or Gearbest for under £5 they had a few extra buttons & they have withstood being dropped etc by the kids 8 & 10 2 years layer still working 100%, feel nice in the hand and some of the extra buttons are useful day to day for things like forward & back in a browser
#11
Bought my Logitech mouse secondhand for £1 from a carboot about eight years ago and it still works perfectly after heavy use every day.
#12
I always go for Logitech.
#13
Blimey never bought a mouse, always have an old one around but can't recall any breaking either. If I didn't have one I would pop around to the local charity shop as they are always plenty.
#14
Have a zowie fk1 with a 3310 optical. For FPS it's solid. Benq build quality and good laser. No leds or drivers. 400,*800*,1200,1600 DPI.
#15
I don't know how long I've had my A4Tech gaming mouse but it's at least 8 years, possibly 10+. I bought a spare about 5 years ago and still haven't needed to even open it.
#16
pooool
Bought my Logitech mouse secondhand for £1 from a carboot about eight years ago and it still works perfectly after heavy use every day.

I've found logitech mouse to be worth the money.

That said, I did have issue with one of their MX range a couple of years ago. Found it was a common fault, contacted support, even though the mouse was out of warranty they sent out a new mouse to the value of £40, I got to choose which. Never even spent £40 on the faulty mouse in the first place.
#17
I currently use a microsoft sculpture comfort. it is excelllent and bluetooth so I can use it on my FireTV too.

mind you how long it would last with you bashing it around I have no idea. I have never had a mouse break and use one all day whilst at work.
#18
Secondhand Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1. Ergonomically perfect, no driver issues, built to last, and no stuttering or other issues with games. This is the reason why most of the top mouse manufacturers imitate and copy the aesthetics of the Intellimouse, except improve the ageing sensor. Unfortunately when Microsoft were heavily find by the EU, the company shifted away from producing and manufacturing innovate, atheistically pleasing, and market leading hardware such as Joysticks, Mice and Keyboards for gaming and industry.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41S2OGl7UtL._SY300_.jpg

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/67/Microsoft_Precision_Pro.jpg/220px-Microsoft_Precision_Pro.jpg

http://pisces.bbystatic.com/image2/BestBuy_US/images/products/7332/7332059_sa.jpg




Edited By: nemesiz on Feb 13, 2017 21:09: .
#19
Not sure why your mice are breaking. Possibly cable damage or microswitch failure ?
I've got a microsoft x3 mouse which pretty old but still good. I've used mice since the 8bits and replaced a few microswitches and cables but mostly just upgraded due to look or port change. These range from 9 pin D to PS2 to USB, ball to optical/laser. I've not seen any real advancement since the led/laser tech. The technology now is so cheap that you can pick up a good mouse for around £10 and it's just a case of lighting, extra buttons, modification options, higher accuracy/polling.

http://www.howtogeek.com/182702/mouse-dpi-and-polling-rates-explained-do-they-matter-for-gaming/

As it stands now I doubt you will find a truly bad mouse out there so I'd just grab something cheap that has good reviews and the functions you want and doesn't look offensive. I'd recommend atleast a wheel and speed adjustment buttons for doing fine work.
#20
Thanks all.

nemesiz
Secondhand Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1. Ergonomically perfect, no driver issues, built to last, and no stuttering or other issues with games.

I had the higher end Intellimouse Explorer 1.1 when it was new, and while it was a lovely shape I seem to remember it lasted about five years. Since then I've had an Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, the first Sidewinder Mouse and my currently failing Logitech G600.

nemesiz
Unfortunately when Microsoft were heavily find by the EU, the company shifted away from producing and manufacturing innovate, atheistically pleasing, and market leading hardware such as Joysticks, Mice and Keyboards for gaming and industry.

If you mean the 2004 bundled software fine then Microsoft hardware had stopped leading in peripherals before that. If anything the mid-2000s was the height of logitech's popularity, the MX500 was released a year or two before, soon followed by the MX510 and MX518.

Some people blame Xinput and Microsoft's push to make the Xbox controller the standard but the golden era was over by 2001 when Xinput was introduced with Windows XP.

We're just in a time when people aren't interested in novel input devices, there's far more interest in graphics, with high end cards and monitors/headsets being what rich gamers buy.

kester76
Not sure why your mice are breaking. Possibly cable damage or microswitch failure ?

I've no idea. The other desktop in the house, which I don't use, has similar problems. It's an seven year old iMac and it's on it's third mouse.

Maybe it's the local air, I'm near the coast so I guess there's more salt and ozone in the air. Nothing similar suffers from it though, my keyboard is eight years old and works fine as does the iMac's original keyboard. Every TV remote in the house is still fully functional, as are both laptop trackpads.

Usually the fault is with the buttons but the feet tend to be pretty worn by the time the buttons go (I do use a mousepad). I seem to remember the IME 3.0 developed tracking problems and would skip.

This time around I used Mouseotron to count the wear. My G600's left mouse button which is supposed to last 20 million clicks is double clicking and failing to stay down for click and drag after just 4 million.


Back on topic, the consensus seems to be that there's no obvious build or feel differences between cheap mice and expensive ones. I do prefer low sens (hence the worn out feet) and I doubt I'll get a 400dpi mouse these days but I can live with eight hundred or a thousand.
#21
EndlessWaves
Thanks all.
nemesiz
Secondhand Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1. Ergonomically perfect, no driver issues, built to last, and no stuttering or other issues with games.
I had the higher end Intellimouse Explorer 1.1 when it was new, and while it was a lovely shape I seem to remember it lasted about five years. Since then I've had an Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, the first Sidewinder Mouse and my currently failing Logitech G600.
nemesiz
Unfortunately when Microsoft were heavily find by the EU, the company shifted away from producing and manufacturing innovate, atheistically pleasing, and market leading hardware such as Joysticks, Mice and Keyboards for gaming and industry.
If you mean the 2004 bundled software fine then Microsoft hardware had stopped leading in peripherals before that. If anything the mid-2000s was the height of logitech's popularity, the MX500 was released a year or two before, soon followed by the MX510 and MX518.
Some people blame Xinput and Microsoft's push to make the Xbox controller the standard but the golden era was over by 2001 when Xinput was introduced with Windows XP.
We're just in a time when people aren't interested in novel input devices, there's far more interest in graphics, with high end cards and monitors/headsets being what rich gamers buy.
kester76
Not sure why your mice are breaking. Possibly cable damage or microswitch failure ?
I've no idea. The other desktop in the house, which I don't use, has similar problems. It's an seven year old iMac and it's on it's third mouse.
Maybe it's the local air, I'm near the coast so I guess there's more salt and ozone in the air. Nothing similar suffers from it though, my keyboard is eight years old and works fine as does the iMac's original keyboard. Every TV remote in the house is still fully functional, as are both laptop trackpads.
Usually the fault is with the buttons but the feet tend to be pretty worn by the time the buttons go (I do use a mousepad). I seem to remember the IME 3.0 developed tracking problems and would skip.
This time around I used Mouseotron to count the wear. My G600's left mouse button which is supposed to last 20 million clicks is double clicking and failing to stay down for click and drag after just 4 million.
Back on topic, the consensus seems to be that there's no obvious build or feel differences between cheap mice and expensive ones. I do prefer low sens (hence the worn out feet) and I doubt I'll get a 400dpi mouse these days but I can live with eight hundred or a thousand.

I'm pretty stumped unless another family member is heavy handed with the mice. Should be quite easy to desolder and replace mouse buttons but I've not had to do that for about 20 years so it might be a complete nightmare now. Have you thought about giving trackballs another try ?
#22
I had the higher end Intellimouse Explorer 1.1 when it was new, and while it was a lovely shape I seem to remember it lasted about five years. Since then I've had an Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, the first Sidewinder Mouse and my currently failing Logitech G600.

Just a quick reply EW. If you read the comments and reviews of the latest mouses, the current generation of mice have a limited lifespan with most of the peripherals expected to last a few years at best! Yes it's a throwaway society, but our generation the equipment were built to last, especially mice with my Microsoft Intellimouse lasting 16 years! Concerning a replacement which feels and has a similar aesthetic design and shape of the larger mice, Zowie FK1 & EC1 (£55 so too expensive), Razer Deathadder (outside budget), Steelseries Rival 100 (slightly too small but £15-£25) or Rival 300 (Perfect size £35), although the Coolermaster Mastermouse (£15-20) and Asus Strix (£30), maybe even the Gigabyte mice could fit the bill and requirements. All have the latest sensors, large, normal sized mice although their durability (sensor issues) is suspect.


Edited By: nemesiz on Feb 17, 2017 06:50
#23
kester76
Have you thought about giving trackballs another try ?

I've thought about it yeah, but my current desk has a keyboard tray with not much vertical clearance so I'm not sure how well they'd work. They apparently take a bit of adaptation for use in first and third person games too.

I think I'll just try a couple of £10 mice and see how they last. The Dell MS116 looks quite stylish.

nemesiz
I had the higher end Intellimouse Explorer 1.1 when it was new, and while it was a lovely shape I seem to remember it lasted about five years. Since then I've had an Intellimouse Explorer 3.0, the first Sidewinder Mouse and my currently failing Logitech G600.
Just a quick reply EW. If you read the comments and reviews of the latest mouses, the current generation of mice have a limited lifespan with most of the peripherals expected to last a few years at best! Yes it's a throwaway society, but our generation the equipment were built to last, especially mice with my Microsoft Intellimouse lasting 16 years!

I'm trying to remember what happened to the older mice in my life.

The Athlon 1.2 came with an entry level logitech ball mouse that was too small and never got much use because I bought the Intellimouse Explorer. I still have it and it still works but it's never had more than occasional use.

The Pentium III 450 had one of the original comma-shaped Intellimouses (a wheel for scrolling? neat) and I'm pretty sure that one died.

Before that there was a Gateway 486 but I don't remember the mouse on that. Pictures suggest it generally came with a Microsoft mouse in the same shape as the Intellimouse so maybe it got thrown away as obsolete. I've still got the excellent keyboard though, so it could easily have failed.

I don't think mice are particularly less durable than they were a couple of decades ago, they just haven't gotten any better and have added more things that can fail.


Thinking about it a bit more I do have slightly shorter fingers than average so perhaps I'm clicking further away from the switch and that's what's causing them to die more quickly? Hmmm...
#24
I'm trying to remember what happened to the older mice in my life

Started off with the default two button Atari St mouse. Although vaguely remember using a three button mouse for a BBC as a kid in the mid-Eighties, but it was in the early Nineties using standard two button mice for 386 / 486 machines for work. After that purchasing Cyrix system for the home which came with a cheap Logitech two button mouse, finally progressing to a White Microsoft Optical and a Black Intellimouse 1.1. Strangely used a number of gaming and professional mice, through friends, family, hobbies, and work but my personal preference are the Microsoft or earlier Logitech wired mouses due to their weight, shape, design, precision, and infallibility. Maybe I don't like change......

Post an Answer

You don't need an account to leave a response. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!