There are many different types of computer mice available on the market today. Words such as optical, laser, glass tracking, gaming and productivity are all banded around when you try to choose the best computer mouse. The variety and choice can cause confusion but by looking for certain things, you can get the best mouse that will suit your needs.

In years gone by the mechanical mouse was the dominant mouse used in the market. They had a ball at the bottom of the mouse and 2 rollers which detected the movement along the X and Y axis. Although they still exist, they won't be considered as optical and laser type mice are far superior types of computer mouse.

Optical mice

Optical mice use a tiny camera or sensor which captures information from the surface several thousand times a second. They are usually found with the classic red LED which combined with clever software and processing allows the mouse to convert the movement of the mouse into the movement of the cursor on the screen.

Optical mice have become much cheaper in the last few years and are now much more widely found than mechanical mice. This has been accelerated by the advantages offered by optical mice such as less dust and no moving parts which has led to an increase in its usable life. This type of computer mouse is very affordable and suitable for everyday use.

Laser mice

Laser mice are the obvious successor to optical mice as they use a laser diode instead of LED. This allows the sensor to capture information at a much higher resolution which allows better accuracy and precision. If you have the choice between deciding between these 2 different types of computer mice, then a laser mouse is probably worth investing in.

Another big advantage of the optical and laser mouse type over mechanical mice is that they don't require a mouse mat and so can be used with laptops in lecture theatres, schools or offices. In these sorts of situations, optical and laser mice are definitely one of the best type of computer mouse you will want to use over mechanical mice.

Mice that track on glass

The latest technology from companies such as Logitech and Microsoft allows your mouse to work on transparent surfaces or very shiny ones such as glass and polished wood. Traditional mice use the smallest imperfections in the surface to track the direction of the mouse, but on these highly polished surfaces there aren't enough of these for this type of mouse to work effectively.

The dark field technology from Logitech uses the same technology which is used in labs to allow you to track on glass. The mouse does this by altering the way the light reflects off the surface which enables them to collect even more detail. This does work very well and enables you to get rid of the mouse mat if you have a glass desk. Mouse which track on glass are some of the best mice that you can choose today.

Trackball mice

Rather than using a laser or optical sensor to record information from the surface, a trackball mouse makes you move a ball with your fingers to move the cursor. They aren't as common as conventional mice but can offer a more convenient setup if you have a small desk or struggle from issues with your wrists or arms as they don't need as much movement.

Wired or wireless

Choosing between a wired or wireless mouse depends on the priorities that you have. A mouse gets moved around a lot and so the wire can hinder that if the cable is not long enough or you wish to move your mouse onto your lap. The problems of wireless mouse include having to recharge the batteries, interference from other wireless signals and not enough effective range. Overall though, I feel the benefits of wireless mice outweigh the negatives.

You should now be able to choose the best type of mouse. Do you like any special type of computer mouse? Any more hints for choosing between different types of computer mouse? Please write a comment below if you have a comment.