Ball roller mouse or Optical mouse ?

optical mouse - good optical mouse
@tim_un (355)
Malaysia
May 29, 2007 2:51am CST
If i want buy a new mouse, Do you think ball roller mouse better or optical mouse better ?
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10 responses
• India
29 May 07
no doubt u shud go for a optical mouse...they are very convenient to work with...they are lighter than those ball mouses....they dont require rubber pads to work on...they dont have any balls so they dont get jammed by acquiring dirt...so go get optical..
@CatVegas (711)
• United States
29 May 07
I use a optical mouse and I love it... No cleaning the ball as it use to get dirt and cat hair and would cause to much problems...I still use a mouse pad as it is more quiet then just using on my desk top and I don't want to mess the desk top up....The optical I have found also seems to last alot longer also...
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@umitcicek (464)
• Turkey
29 May 07
In ball roller type of mouse,there is a possibility of clogginp up with dirt and dust.For accurate tracking,one should clean inside of ball roller mice periodically.This type of mouse operate well in smooth surfaces.If the surface is not smooth enough or inclined to some degree,they may not work well.Working on curved surfaces is not as easy as optical mouse.Optical mouse doesn't need cleaning.Wear and tear in this types are relatively low to mechanical ones.
@suwari (86)
• Malaysia
2 Jun 07
The optical mouse is more suitable for nowaday because if you use the ball roller you will have problem like dirt or dust stuck n the ball.You need to clean up the bal.Sometimes the ball also cannot move coz it stuck.I prefer you choose optical mouse.
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@shakeroo (3991)
• Malaysia
29 May 07
an optical mouse - more expensive but last longer and more accurate
I would suggest that you invest in a good optical or laser mouse. These two have better lifespan and more accurate compared to the roller ball type. Although they are more expensive but they are cheaper in the long run.
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@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
29 May 07
I've worked with both and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Ball roller mice are cheaper, they just require a quick plug in into your computer and can generally work on any surface. The downside is that they become dirty inside and can be difficult to clean, the dirt will hamper the mouse from working properly. Optical mice don't have to be cleaned, but as they usually work on batteries you're either going to use a lot of batteries or need to buy rechargeble batteries just to keep the mouse working. Installing the mouse is easy, but sometimes the link between the computer and mouse can be lost. All wireless things (keyboard too) can lose the link and sometimes it can be really difficult to regain it. It's then always a good idea to keep a ball roller mouse as a back up! Right now I'm back to using a ball roller mouse with my PC (and an optical mouse with my MacBook although I usually just use the touchpad) after several years of using an optical mouse. I don't miss it much actually, even though I did appreciate the sturdyness and never having to clean it. I was always careful not to let it slide off my desk though, but its weight really held it down (and it wasn't even that heavy).
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@santuccie (3377)
• United States
29 May 07
My vote goes to the optical mouse. Some of them will require a mouse pad, and sometimes even a certain type of mouse pad, which is a one-up for the ball roller mouse. But the ball roller mouse accumulates dirt on the wheels, and it's a chore picking this stuff off. But you have to do so, if you want your mouse to work again. Not the case with an optical mouse or a laser mouse.
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@milott (2649)
• India
29 May 07
I feel that optical mouse is far better than the roller mouse because of it is weightless and easy to drag and drop and no need for special mouse pad, etc. It is also good for your wrist compared to roller mouse.
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
7 Jun 07
I previously used a ball mouse, they would clog up and even though I cleaned them often they would continue to give problems and every so often I would replace them. My last option was a optical mouse, that is not wireless, it works on the same system as ball mouse, but I find that it is easier to control and expecially with rapid movements and very broad movements it keeps up. I choose not to get a wireless connection as if you buy a wireless mouse with batteries, even with rechargeable batteries if you miscalculate and they go flat, you either have to rush out to buy some or wait until they recharge. Which is very frustating. In relation to mousepads, you have to have one for an optical mouse, however unless your optical mouse is very sensitive you can use a normal mousepad as long as it has one solid colour and then there are a variety of optical friendly mousepads. Note some optical mousepads may not work with a specific mouse, the ideal is to see if anyone you know has one and test it before you buy it. I suggest a optical mouse, wheither it wireless or not, depends on your needs.
• Philippines
6 Jun 07
I prefer an optical mouse because the ball roller mouse gives me a lot of hassle. Optical mouse is more convenient to use and I dont have to open it up and clean the rollers. It takes so much time. As long as you place it on a pad, the optical mouse can make browsing a lot more enjoyable.