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Handy PC bits and bobs to make you more productive- The Mouse

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

A mouse that works well can save time and frustration.

Why I wanted a new mouse for my PC this Christmas:

My colleagues, kids and even the IT chap could not easily use my PC as it had My Logitech wired trackball mouse which I had for years.

Originally, I got it to prevent hand pain and it was reasonably priced. It has worked well for many years but recently I started seeing its shortcomings. It didn't have a scroll wheel and moving around the screen was not very fast. When I broke my wrists, it was difficult to work with.

As I need a major PC upgrade in 2022, I thought that getting a new mouse might be a good place to start.

Decisions to make:

A cheap mouse starts at about £3.50 and can still be funky.

(just sort any amazon searches on price so you don't get presented with the most expensive ones first)

Make sure has got a scroll wheel. Decide if you want it to be wired or wireless and fits your device/pc and connector type.


Do you want a ball at the bottom or an optical tracker?


Speed is also important if you want to move across the screen very fast.


And you want extra buttons.


I decided to go back to a normal mouse (not a trackball mouse) with an optical tracker with scroll wheel and a few extra programmable buttons. The basic El cheapo mouse would not do so I started looking at gaming mice which have more performance and a bit more bling like lighting up like an alien spacecraft. But I wasn't prepared to pay over £40.

I had an old Razor gaming mouse for my work PC many years ago and it was the best as it lasted for years.

I looked at Logitech and some other brands as I didn't want to take a chance with an unknown brand with similar price in mid £20s.

After a lot of research and looking at the reviews I decided to go for the Razer DeathAdder V2 Gaming Mouse because it has 8 programable buttons of which 2 were at the scroll wheel. And it had a good length cord as I didn't want to struggle to get it onto my desk.

And it has:

- Optical sensor with a good tracking speed 20k DPI

- The normal left and right click

- Buttons to go back and forward on the web without having to click on the screen

- And have 6 other buttons for shift and control (Perhaps I will even program one button to share a link or send it by email)

- At a reasonable price

- And any colour light can be chosen which looks cool with a memory for colour chosen

The wireless version was too expensive.

I was scared the Razer DeathAdder v2 Mini Gaming Mouse which was a 5 mm smaller might feel too small. It was a bit cheaper though and with 5 buttons but still the bigger (more ergonomic) than a normal cheap mouse which I still had in the spare cupboard.

I also didn't choose the Razer DeathAdder Essentials as it didn't have the top button next to the scroll wheel.

The Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro - Wireless Gaming Mouse was miles too expensive at £71 (RRP £129) and fell outside my budget ...perhaps one day;)

The Logitech G203 had a few bad reviews which worried me so I didn’t go for a Logitech mouse again.

So, I have chosen the Razer DeathAdder V2 Gaming Mouse

Hope to get it before Xmas and will post here how it looks and works.

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