Friday, December 29, 2006

Best and Worse Mice of the Year

The best and worse mice in different categories for 2006 ...

"Results of ExtremeTech’s Ultimate Mouse Smack-Down

Best General Mouse: Logitech MX Revolution

Logitech unloaded a bombshell when it released “the world’s most advanced mouse.” We looked past the marketing jargon, gave it a long test drive, and concluded that Logitech was right, and this is by far the best mouse out there, period. Why? It’s almost too hard to describe in few words.

Aside from its laser sensor, range of up to 30 feet, and longer battery time than most cordless mice, the MX has four distinct, new features that could very well change how we navigate through files and programs. At the top of the list of innovations is the huge upgrade to the scroll wheel, which has two modes of operation—line-by-line scrolling and free-spin scrolling. Free-spin scrolling allows the scroll wheel to become a flywheel capable of traversing thousands of spreadsheet rows or hundreds of word-processing pages with a single flick. Other advanced new features are the document quick flip wheel (or button), one-button search, and a zoom slider. All of these buttons could add up to an overload of options, but with Logitech’s software, SetPoint, customizing them to fit your needs is a snap.

The MX also has a very unique and aggressive shape that allows your thumb to nestle inside the mouse, while your fingers comfortably grip the mouse. In this thumb groove you can access the document flip wheel, as well as access two buttons above.

Best Ergonomic Mouse: The Zero Tension Mouse

The mouse you should give to your mother, or yourself, and a loved one. It positions your hand in the more natural handshake position, qualifying it as a vertical mouse. Buttons on the side are accessible to your fingers, while a scroll wheel is on top for your thumb."    (Continued via Ergonomenon)    [Usability Resources]

Zero Tension Mouse - Usability, User Interface Design

Zero Tension Mouse


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