What's an optical mouse and what does it to?

  1. Read about this on another thread....the joy joy thread.

    Maybe I need an optical mouse and don't know it yet !
    The question is "what does it do?"

    Kinda outa my ball park, the $$$ cost of those cameras
    Ted. But they sound great !
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   CashewLPN
    um, ok, optical mice, if I'm not mistaken,
    instead of using a rolly ball, it uses a little lens.... very cool stuff...
  4. by   Danamegg
    Instead of the normal tracking ball the mouse has an optical light in the same spot. It scans your desktop 1 500 times per second. No more balls getting dirty or stuck so that it can't operate properly. No need for a mousepad, will scan on anything, even on your leg. It has no moving parts that can wear out. it works so smoooooooooooothly ....

  5. by   kjseam
    I have one and I LOVE it! It was also pretty cheap. Got it at Walmart. Works great!
  6. by   Tweety
    We had one bought one and replaced the one with the ball on our old computer and loved it. The new comuter we just got came with one as it's mouse. I'm thinking now it's the new standard and the ball is going by the wayside. It's so much better IMO.
  7. by   night owl
    I have one too. See? Cost: $19.95.
    Better than cleaning those balls that get all loaded up with lint. Definately worth the money.
  8. by   probable cause
    I hate lint on my balls.
  9. by   qpooh75
    I have one at work that is optical and cordless. I love it!!
  10. by   Danamegg
    My husband said we better not get a cordless one, because it will always be lost, like the remotes !