Wired mouse review

06/2019

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Asus UX300 Cord Blue-ray Mouse
USB Wired Mouse

Beside the keyboard the mouse is the input device of the PC. No matter if at work or at home, it is an indispensable tool for a comfortable use of the computer. The device must not only enable precise input, but also has to be comfortable to hold. We tested 6 wired mouses and paid special attention to the handling, the volume while clicking and the precision. Our test winner is the Asus UX300 Cord Blue-ray Mouse: The device is highly processed and lies comfortable in the hand. In addition, the precision can be adjusted according to the application. Our favourite with a test score of 9,5/10!

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last modified: 30.10.2019, 13:28
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Our winner: Asus UX300 Cord Blue-ray Mouse CSL-Computer HPM130 wired mouse Review SZMDLX Mouse K1019 Review Logitech G203 wired mouse Review CSL-Computer Vertical Ergonomic Right Hander Review Logitech B100 wired mouse Review

Asus
UX300 Cord Blue-ray Mouse

CSL-Computer
HPM130 wired mouse

SZMDLX
Mouse K1019

Logitech
G203 wired mouse

CSL-Computer
Vertical Ergonomic Right Hander

Logitech
B100 wired mouse

  • Good workmanship
  • Quiet to operate
  • High user-friendliness
  • Wide range of functions
  • High precision
  • For gaming and office work
  • Wide range of functions
  • Good handling
  • High precision
  • Pleasant ergonomics
  • Suitable for gaming
  • Atmsopheric illumination
  • Braided cable sheathing
  • High range of functions
  • Weight can be varied manually
  • Wide range of functions
  • Quiet application
  • Can be operated with both hands
  • Suitable as a gaming and office mouse
  • RGB lighting
  • Ergonomic shape
  • Wide range of functions
  • Low volume
  • High precision
  • Accurate application
  • Pleasant ergonomics
  • Can be operated with both hands
  • Low number of DPI switch stages
  • Susceptible to grease marks
  • Precision
  • Precision
  • It takes practice to work with this mouse
  • High susceptibility to grease stains
  • Only suitable for right-handed users
  • Low number of DPI switch stages
  • Small range of functions
  • Noisy in application
  • No DPI regulation possible
  • Bulky during scrolling

The mouse does a very good job. The only disadvantage: only a few DPI switch steps.

Highly precise and easy to handle, suitable for gaming and working environments.

High range of functions and pleasant operation with variable weight.

High quality workmanship, but low precision over a longer period of time.

Precise, versatile and quiet mouse, only with a couple of limitations.

Precise, pleasant working, but with a bulky scroll wheel.

Volume
Precision
Ergonomics
Range of functions
Handling
Scope of delivery Asus warranty form, instruction manual Instruction Manual Instruction Manual Instruction Manual Instruction Manual Instruction Manual
Packaging stable, informative, lots of plastic Product information, stable simple, stable stable, informative Little informative, stable, stable, informative
Additional warranty - - - - - -
Quality of instructions Satisfactory Good Satisfactory Satisfactory Good Satisfactory
Manual language CHN, JPN, FR, DE, IT, RUS, CZE, EST, HUN, POL, PRT, ROU, SVK, SVN, ESP, TUR, GRC DE, EN EN, DE, JP EN, FR, DE, I, ES, POR, NL, SW, NW, FI, RUS, T, AE, DE, EN EN, DE, FR, I, ES, POR, NL, SWE, D, NOR, FI, RUS, CZE, HU, POL, EE, LVA, LTU, HR, SRB, SVN, ROU, GRC, UKR, TUR, ISR, AE
Width 6,6 cm 7,9 cm 8,5 cm 6,5 cm 6 cm 5,5 cm
Height 10 cm 12,3 cm 13,8 cm 11,8 cm 12,2 cm 11,3 cm
Depth 4 cm 4 cm 4,3 cm 3,3 cm 7,5 cm 3,5 cm
Weight 92 g 126 g 152 g 112 g 145 g 88 g
Scroll wheel
Volume scroll wheel 40,1 dB 43,2 dB 37,5 dB 40,2 dB 35,4 dB 53,7 dB
Number of keys 6 9 7 6 6 3
dots per inch (dpi) 1000/1600 max. 3200 max. 4800 200- 8000 1000/1600 Unknown
DPI switch -
Volume buttons 51,4 dB 56,9 dB 55,2 dB 57, dB 57,2 dB 51,4 dB
Suitable for right-handed users
Suitable for left-handed users -
Lighting - -
Programmable keys
Plug & Play
Browser quick navigation keys -
Rubber Pad - -
Braided textile cable - - - - -
plastic cable sheathing -
Laser - - - - -
Red light emitting diode (LED) - -
blue-ray - - - -
Test seal: Asus UX300 Cord Blue-ray Mouse, Rating 1.4
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Test seal: CSL-Computer HPM130 wired mouse, Rating 1.6
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Test seal: SZMDLX Mouse K1019, Rating 1.6
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Test seal: Logitech G203 wired mouse, Rating 1.6
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Test seal: CSL-Computer Vertical Ergonomic Right Hander, Rating 1.8
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Test seal: Logitech B100 wired mouse, Rating 2.4
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Tested products

1st place: Asus UX300 Cord Blue-ray Mouse

Test seal: Asus UX300 Cord Blue-ray Mouse, Rating excellent

The Asus UX300 Optical Mouse (5 Keys, USB) black is our winner! It impresses with its versatility and can be used for left- and right-handers. You can work precisely and quietly with it. You can also play some games if you like. Further strengths are its advantageous ergonomics and its wide range of functions.

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CSL-Computer HPM130 wired mouse - thumbnail Test seal: CSL-Computer HPM130 wired mouse, Rating good

2nd place: CSL-Computer HPM130 wired mouse

The mouse is very suitable for gaming, but also for office work. It is very well processed and offers a wide range of functions. An additional plus is the high number of DPIs and the possibility to adjust them comfortably. This mouse can be operated precisely and flexibly. In addition, it lies comfortable in the hand. The few disadvantages are the high noise level and the fast formation of fat marks.

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SZMDLX Mouse K1019 - thumbnail Test seal: SZMDLX Mouse K1019, Rating good

3rd place: SZMDLX Mouse K1019

The SZMDLX K1019 is a solid gaming mouse. It has extensive functions, is ergonomically shaped and is also suitable for office work. Its weight is variable and it has atmospheric illuminiation. It can be used with both hands. The only disadvantage is that it is more difficult to work with it precisely compared to other mouses.

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Logitech G203 wired mouse - thumbnail Test seal: Logitech G203 wired mouse, Rating good

4th place: Logitech G203 wired mouse

The Logitech G203 is a reliable, versatile and two-handed gaming mouse, but also a good companion for the daily office routine. Its wide range of functions and ergonomics make it special and it is easy to work with.

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CSL-Computer Vertical Ergonomic Right Hander - thumbnail Test seal: CSL-Computer Vertical Ergonomic Right Hander, Rating good

5th place: CSL-Computer Vertical Ergonomic Right Hander

The ASUS mouse is characterized by its good workmanship, ergonomic shape, precision and low volume. It can be used on many surfaces (mousepad, wood, glass, fabric and stone) and its wide range of functions makes working easier. Nevertheless, due to their special shape, it takes practice to handle it.

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Logitech B100 wired mouse - thumbnail Test seal: Logitech B100 wired mouse, Rating good

6th place: Logitech B100 wired mouse

The Logitech B100 Optical Business Mouse can be used on many surfaces and is precisely to use. It lies comfortable in the hand and can be used with both hands. It has a small range of functions but all necessary functions can be done with it.

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Asus - UX300 Cord Blue-ray Mouse

Winner: read review
  • Pay attention to the correct hand position: The wrist should not be bent nor should the mouse be operated from the wrist. Ergonomic mouse design offers good conditions for a healthy handling.
  • If you are left-handed, check that the mouse is also easy for you to use. This does not apply to all devices.
    How light or heavy a mouse should be is up to you. It is remarkable, however, that high weight mouses can be moved more smoothly but low weight devices can be moved faster. And: A higher weight means a higher effort and therefore a higher strain on the wrist: Therefore devices with a weight of less than 100g are recommended.
  • The mouse buttons should be easy to use. However, a certain amount of pressure should be applied to perform a keystroke.
  • You should decide the number of keys yourself. However, the so-called "Internet Forward" keys and the "Internet Backward" keys make sense. This allows you to turn the pages quickly and easily while surfing. It is also recommended to use a mouse with a "DPI-Switch" button. This allows you to adjust the dots per inch and thus the speed of the mouse. Depending on the task, this can be very useful.
  • You should also pay attention to the technology with which the mouse scans the background. We recommend a mouse with laser technology, as this can be used on glass surfaces without any problems, which is often not the case with mice with a red light emitting diode (LED).
  • Use a mousepad. Many mousepads have structures that optimize the friction of the mouse. This ensures that commands are implemented precisely, even during fast movements. The size of the mouse pad is decisive here: If it is too small, the mouse must be lifted again and again, which is very annoying during the work process.
 

Test procedure

We have defined practical requirements and the following test criteria in the preparation for the test:

  • Handling
  • Functional range
  • Volume
  • Precision
  • Ergonomics

In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for wired mouse. First, the scope of delivery and range of functions is checked. During the test runs we worked with the devices on different surfaces such as mousepads, wood, glass, stone and cloth.

Later on, we check whether left- and right-handed people can work with the mouse. As these tests take several hours, the ergonomics are assessed during and after the test. In addition, the volume is measured during the use.

To test the precision, a crosshair has to be traced with the cursor.

A computer mouse in our test laboratory
We are testing the computer mouse in stress of everyday use

In order to eliminate mistakes and to ensure the stress of everyday use, each test takes place in several rounds.

The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.

Product selection

Our product selection is based on observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).

The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Retailers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.

As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by them. The new products pass through the same test as the already tested devices.

There is no computer in the world that can survive without them: Input devices. If the user cannot give instructions to the computer, it will do nothing. The two main input devices are the computer mouse and the keyboard. The first prototype of a computer mouse was built by William English in 1963 and the first keyboard in 1969. Several years have passed since then and the technology has developed dramatically.

It wasn't too long ago that computers received their data only from keyboards. Computer mouses were simply not necessary at the beginning of the development of the computer, because they had no graphical user interface. As computers evolved, more input devices became interesting. The inventor of the mouse is Douglas C. Engelbart, who drew the prototype of the first mouse in 1963. Engelbart's goal was to transform the computer from a complex machine that could only be operated by selected scientists into an everyday object of use. In any case, the American inventor succeeded in doing this, almost every computer today is operated with a computer mouse. However, today's computer mouses are not comparable to the prototype of Engelbart: The prototype had a circuit board that was built into a wooden shell and moved by two metal wheels. Even then, this model did not arouse much enthusiasm and the scientists continued to operate the PC via buttons.


Eight years later, the design of the mouse was improved by Bill English, who was already building the first prototype of the mouse. The metal wheels were replaced by a ball and the popular model of the ball mouse was created. Bill English worked for Xerox Parc (Palo Alto Research Centre), which had set itself the goal of shaping the future of computers. However, the mouse hardly found a buyer, as it cost about 400 US dollars.


In the 90s, Apple was able to produce and market an affordable version of the ball mouse. 1988 it came to another big development. "Xerox" developed the first optical mouse, so that the ball under the mouse was no longer needed. The ball was no longer necessary to mechanically detect the movement. An optical sensor under the mouse was now able to perform this task. This had the advantage that the balls could no longer get dirty. However, it took until 1998 for the optical mouse to become a real alternative to the ball mouse. The laser mouse, which also works on smooth surfaces, came on the market in 2004.
Nowadays, laser mice and mice with an optical sensor are sold in large quantities.

The difference between a mouse with an optical sensor and a laser mouse is the type of the sensor used. The laser mouse works with a laser diode and an optical sensor uses a light emitting diode. The different techniques offer advantages and disadvantages.
Optical sensors do not work on every surface, for example if it is too smooth. On the other hand, the LEDs do not react sensitively to rough surfaces. Laser mouses, on the other hand, work on any surface, but small elevations in the mouse pad affect the precision. In addition, the mouse speed cannot be turned off with laser mice because the technology does not allow this. This is a particular problem for professional e-athletes. For gaming, it would be optimal if a certain mouse movement were always translated into the same movement on the screen and not dependent on the speed. Only optical mouses can do that.

Other technical parameters you should pay attention to are:

DPI value

DPI is an English abbreviation and stands for "dots per inch". DPI is the unit of measurement for the sensitivity of the mouse, the higher the DPI value, the higher the sensitivity of the mouse. Many manufacturers advertise with very high DPI values, but these are never used in practice. For the average user, a DPI value between 1,600 and 800 DPI feels good.

With or without cable?

Wireless mice have one obvious advantage: the annoying cable no longer disturbs when you are moving the mouse. And there's no risk of a cable breaking. However, the added comfort is accompanied by a small reduction in the performance. The response time of cordless mice is higher because the mouse first has to send the signal to the receiver. The latency time varies and depends on the quality of the signal and possible interference from other wireless connections. If your mouse should have a cable depends on how you use it. A cordless mouse would not be suitable for gaming, but it is a convenient alternative in the home office.

Configurable buttons

Many mouses have additional buttons on which the user can place various functions. This also includes shortcuts for programs or macros. This means that the user no longer has to press long key combinations and can perform the desired action by pressing just one key. A disadvantage of configurable keys is that they often interfere with the design and sometimes with ergonomics. If and how many configurable keys you need also depends on how you use the mouse.

Polling rate

The polling rate indicates how often the mouse sends signals to the PC. If the polling rate is 500 Hertz, the mouse sends 500 signals per second to the PC. The polling rate is especially interesting for gamers and should be at least 1000 Hertz in the gaming range. The polling rate of the keyboard should not be less than 1000 Hertz.

The ergonomics of the mouse

The ergonomics of the mouse influences the performance and health. If the mouse shape does not fit to the user's application or grip, this could have health consequences. This includes muscle tension and pain. Tension in the shoulder and neck muscles is often the result of an inappropriate mouse and the wrong posture when working with the computer. There are three different grip types.


Palm-Grip: The Palm-Grip is most commonly used. The hand encloses the mouse, which is why the Palm-Grip ("palm of the hand") is also called Palm-Grip. Since the hand rests completely on the mouse, it is controlled with the forearm and wrist. Especially large, heavy mice are suitable for this type of grip. In smaller models, part of the palm of the hand would slow down the movements.


Claw-Grip: The user claws his hand together so that only the palm and fingertips are touching the mouse. The fingers, on the other hand, do not touch the mouse. As a result, the fingertips touch the mouse keys almost vertically. The Claw-Grip is only rarely practiced in its pure form, as it quickly leads to tension. With this type of grip, the mouse is usually moved from the wrist. Therefore small, symmetrical devices are especially suitable for users with the Claw-Grip.


Finger-Grip: In this type, the hand floats over the mouse and only the fingers touch the mouse buttons. The mouse movement is coming from the finger joints, which makes very precise, slow movements possible. Most gamers use a mixture of claw and finger grip. Very small, light and symmetrical mouses are suitable for the finger grip.


Ergonomic: Ergonomic devices are used to prevent typical strain on the body when working with a PC. Ergonomic mice are often shaped so that the wrist is turned slightly outwards. This means that less pressure is put on the arteries in the arm and on the nerves. The blood flow is not disturbed and the nerves are not squeezed.

In addition to ergonomic mice, ergonomic keyboards are also a big issue for people who work a lot on their PC. Ergonomic designed keyboards that prevent forearm pain must fulfil three criteria:


1. Split keypad: The keypad is divided into two areas. In the left area the keys lean slightly to the left and in the right area to the right. This prevents the wrists from bending, which would block the blood supply and can lead to tendosynovitis.


2. Wrist-rest: The keyboard should have a wrist-rest so that the wrists do not bend and block the blood supply or the tendons rub against the tendon sheaths. In the best case, the keyboard is even slightly tilted backwards.


3. Curved keypad: This prevents the arms from twisting in.

In addition, there are narrow keyboards that are used to prevent shoulder pain. With normal keyboards, the right arm must be pushed far outwards. In addition, the user must reach out to operate the mouse. With a narrow keyboard, it is possible to move the keyboard as well as the mouse closer to the body.

Certain applications have produced different mouse variants. These include the trackball, where the mouse is not moved and the cursor is controlled by a ball on top of the mouse. Mice that do not use the typical scroll wheel and replace it with a scroll ball follow a similar principle.
An alternative to the mouse is control via the keyboard. A constant change between mouse and keyboard is particularly time-consuming in routine tasks, such as filling out an Excel table.


The best known alternative to the computer mouse are touch-sensitive touchpads. These are in most cases not only mouse, but also keyboard replacement. The advantage and disadvantage of touchpads is that they are integrated into the device. If it is broken, in many cases the device can no longer be used and a repair is costly. On the other hand, a defective mouse or keyboard can be easily replaced. An advantage of touchpads is the sensitivity of the screen. This allows designers and graphic artists to draw on so-called graphics tablets much more precisely than would be possible with a mouse.

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