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Reliable Wireless Mouse?

Post by Chip » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:29 am

Any recommendations for a reliable wireless mouse? I just had two fail within 4 months of purchase and am a little frustrated with trying to select something on Amazon as there are thousands of choices and many fake reviews. I checked for prior threads here but it seems like most are over 3 years old and may not reflect current choices.

I don't need anything fancy. Two buttons and a scroll wheel are just fine. 2.4 GHz wireless. This isn't for gaming. I don't mind paying for reliability if I actually get what I'm paying for.

I had a previous Logitech that lasted 3 years (which I suppose is "good"?), but Amazon reviews seem to indicate that their quality has declined and customer service is completely unresponsive.

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Post by Youngblood » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:44 am

I just checked my digital notes on purchases which I keep for warranty information and found that I purchased a Microsoft wireless mouse on 05/03/2010. I have used it constantly and am very satisfied with the two buttons and roller wheel.
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Post by Chip » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:57 am

Youngblood wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:44 am
I just checked my digital notes on purchases which I keep for warranty information and found that I purchased a Microsoft wireless mouse on 05/03/2010. I have used it constantly and am very satisfied with the two buttons and roller wheel.
Thanks for the data. I'd be very happy with 9+ year life.

MSFT has several different models. Any idea which of these is close to what you have?

https://www.microsoft.com/accessories/en-us/mice

I'd also thought of buying something from Anker. I have other Anker products and they all seem to be pretty high quality.

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Post by runner3081 » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:13 am

I am on 10 years with my Logitech EX 100 wireless mouse and keyboard combo.

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Post by abner kravitz » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:28 am

I have a Logitech M317 for both computers in the house. They are very basic but mine have worked perfectly for quite a few years. Under $15.

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Post by RootSki » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:48 am

I'm guessing you have a PC, but the Apple Magic Mouse is the best and most feature-rich mouse I've ever used.

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Post by Youngblood » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:57 am

Chip wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:57 am
Youngblood wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:44 am
I just checked my digital notes on purchases which I keep for warranty information and found that I purchased a Microsoft wireless mouse on 05/03/2010. I have used it constantly and am very satisfied with the two buttons and roller wheel.
Thanks for the data. I'd be very happy with 9+ year life.

MSFT has several different models. Any idea which of these is close to what you have?

https://www.microsoft.com/accessories/en-us/mice

I'd also thought of buying something from Anker. I have other Anker products and they all seem to be pretty high quality.
So, mine is MSFT Mobile mouse wireless 3000 model 1359.

From your link the name and picture very much resemble the wireless mobile mouse 4000.

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Post by prudent » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:58 am

I have a Logitech M325 wireless mouse, 3-button (push down on wheel for "middle button"), and the wheel pivots left/right to serve as back/forward when viewing web pages. Owned it for 4-5 years, only replaced batteries twice. If it died tomorrow I'd still be quite satisfied for under $15.

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Post by southerndoc » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:59 am

I use two Logitech Anywhere 2S mice (mouses?, I've heard the pleural of computer mouse is mouses which I think is weird). One I use for travel and the other stays at home attached to my dock. Very reliable, although I've only had them about 2 years. No issues with connectivity and they hold their charge for about 3-4 months at a time. Recharge via USB cable.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:17 am

Not exactly a mouse, but I have been using a Logitech Trackball M570 for years on my PC. Not to mislead OP here, but I have worn 2 or 3 out. I have gotten so accustomed to them that I now use one for my laptop as well. I can't imagine ever going back to a traditional mouse.

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Post by mpnret » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:29 am

Logitech M510. I can't remember the date but it is close to 10 years. Looks like the same one is still being sold. Amazon reviews look good.

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Post by Winston19 » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:32 am

I also have had good luck with the Logitech M510. I have one at home and at work.

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Post by lazydavid » Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:59 am

Very much Logitech. I've been using them almost exclusively for close to 30 years now. I tend to buy the higher-end ones for myself--currently using an MX Master both at work (4 years old) and home (3 years old). But I issue the midrange M705 "marathon mouse" to all my users, probably have about 130 currently in use, oldest ones being 7+ years old at this point. Excluding abuse, we have never had one fail, though we have replaced a few that were nasty when turned in that we didn't want to reissue to someone else. :happy Battery doesn't last the full 3 years they claim, but 18-24 months is probably fair.

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Re: Reliable Wireless Mouse?

Post by Chip » Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:01 pm

Thanks to all for the recommendations. The Logitech mouse that died on me was the M705. It developed a habit of sending a double click when I only single-clicked. It made it unusable. There were quite a few Amazon reviews complaining about the same issue. I looked back at my records and it only lasted 18 months, not the 3 years I mentioned in my first post. But maybe the M510 or one of the other models mentioned would be better.

I may buy one Logitech and one Microsoft and set them up in a cage match. :D

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Post by PrettyCoolWorkshop » Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:05 pm

I think all mice have an good chance of randomly dying. The best way to guarantee reliability is to buy a mouse that is made by the millions. Also, the M310 can be had for <$10, so just grab a couple of them and let them die randomly for the next decade-and-a-half.

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Post by dm200 » Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:16 pm

I used one for a while. It seemed to "eat" batteries - so I went back to regular one - USB port.

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Post by sunny_socal » Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:42 pm

Any Logitech from office supply store. They're frequently on sale for $10 (laptop model.)

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Post by TierArtz » Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:46 pm

I use Logitech M510s on all my computers. They work great. I've found that half-used batteries that will no longer make a kid's race car go fast will power a mouse for months. I use a cheap tester and keep the marginally useful ones in a baggie for my mice to eventually finish off.

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Post by GCD » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:05 pm

Chip wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:29 am
I had a previous Logitech that lasted 3 years (which I suppose is "good"?), but Amazon reviews seem to indicate that their quality has declined and customer service is completely unresponsive.
Sorry to hear about Logitech. I bought a Logitech M510 wireless mouse circa 2012 and it is still going strong. 7 years ish? I was into gaming for maybe about a year, but otherwise "normal" use. I'm on the computer quite a bit. I would say it gets everyday use for several hours. The only thing I have ever had to do is change the batteries. probably 4-5 times in 7 years.

Sorry to hear Logitech quality has declined. I'd probably buy another anyway if it ever fails.

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Post by Laika » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:49 pm

I doubt I'd buy another Logitech. The one I have (not sure which) has an absurdly unbalanced scroll wheel that won't stay put. It almost always scrolls away on its own from the point at which I stop it.

I'm therefore also looking for a new mouse ... but one which has a finely-balanced scroll wheel.

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Post by megabad » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:40 pm

Cost of basic mouse: $10-$20. I am in the buy a bunch of cheap ones and don't think about it camp. If it dies, who cares, just grab your spare.

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Post by cheese_breath » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:55 pm

What kind of websites are you viewing? Maybe you're burning their little mouse eyes out. :twisted:
Chip wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:29 am
...I checked for prior threads here but it seems like most are over 3 years old and may not reflect current choices.
It's hard for us people who've never had any problems with our wireless mice to comment on the new ones since we're still using our old ones. My 7 year old HP mouse is still doing fine, and ditto the Logitech I bought with my first Chromebook. In fact I just switched it to the new Windows 10 system I just bought.
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Post by S&L1940 » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:24 pm

Reluctant to say this, Logitech MK 320 keyboard, been here for at least 7-8 years do not remember last time I changed the batteries
Same with mouse (unknown model #) although battery on mouse goes 1-2 times a year even with turning off the power to the mouse
Cost? Guessing,well?, under $50 for the two
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Post by Nearly A Moose » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:51 pm

Logitech MX Anywhere mouse works well. I'm partial to the Marathon mouse for long computing sessions.
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Post by flyphotoguy » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:12 pm

I'll add the logitech compact mouse I've been using have been reliable and portable. It connects via bluetooth so no need for the usb plug if your machine/laptop/tablet have bluetooth (which it should if it's not too old) already.

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Post by Chip » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:15 am

Thanks to all for the recommendations.

I'm pretty sure I'm not burning out the eyes of my mice, though it was a pretty funny comment. :beer

I'm going to assume I was just unlucky with the Logitech M705 that only lasted 18 months. The 2 others that failed were some unknown Chinese brand name off Amazon.

I've ordered a Logitech M510 and a Microsoft 4000 plus a very small Faraday cage for the death match. :D

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Post by F150HD » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:44 am

+1 on the Logitech trackball. Up and down arrows let you click up and down a page, scroll wheel does as well (all buttons customizeable). Once I got one it's hard to go back to a normal mouse. Also its stationary so no moving right and having hand hit the wall like a normal mouse. Can be found cheaper then at this URL

https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/ ... kball-m570

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Post by michaelingp » Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:30 pm

prudent wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:58 am
I have a Logitech M325 wireless mouse, 3-button (push down on wheel for "middle button"), and the wheel pivots left/right to serve as back/forward when viewing web pages. Owned it for 4-5 years, only replaced batteries twice. If it died tomorrow I'd still be quite satisfied for under $15.
Same here. I have three M325's that have been working for a long time on various computers. Interestingly, I had another Logitech that went to sleep to conserve the batteries. Not only was that a bit annoying, but the mouse failed prematurely and ate batteries faster than the M325 which seems to go a long time on a battery. Also, the M325's come in cute graphics and colors. At this price range, for me, it's not really worth it to spend a lot of time comparing Amazon reviews and such.

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Post by PalmQueen » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:02 pm

Logitech Performance Plus Wireless Mouse from Costco - Normally $27 / Currently $17
https://www.costco.com/Logitech-Perform ... 96338.html

I purchased it on a whim a few months ago to replace an aging corded Microsoft mouse.

So far, so good.

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Post by Quirkz » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:57 am

mpnret wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:29 am
Logitech M510. I can't remember the date but it is close to 10 years. Looks like the same one is still being sold. Amazon reviews look good.
I've got two of these: one at work and one at home. Going on 8 and 11 years, respectively, I think. Always happy, always reliable, wouldn't ever get anything else.

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Post by JohnF » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:13 pm

We've had good luck with Logitech M525 Wireless Mice.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005K ... UTF8&psc=1

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