What is a cheap but durable mouse? [Ask dotTechies]

Hey dotTechies,

I have gone through roughly three mice in the past three years. Each time the issue is the same: after roughly a year of use, the mouse starts doing double-clicks when I click on something instead of the normal single-click. All three mice have been those cheap $10 ones (because I’ve never been one to spend $50 on a mouse that I don’t need) and I’ve always wondered why people spend so much money on mice. Now I know why.

My question is: does anyone know of a cheap but good and durable mouse, preferably one that doesn’t start double-clicking after a few months of use? When I say “cheap”, I mean relative to durability. I am more than willing to spend $20-30 on a mouse that doesn’t break after a few months of use. So, please, share your thoughts in the comments below regarding mice suggestions.

Thank you!

-Mr. Boss

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  1. AFPhy6

    [@Ashraf]

    I believe you may have found the only bad LogiTech mouse. Congratulations is in order, I think.

    I have three USB/Logitech mouse(s) … Two are different style trackballs. I have used each of them for many many years – the one I use most, and sitting here beside me, over ten years, and is a four-button (and another is a five) with nifty programming available (I usually have one button set to send CTRL-Z)

    I do not ever, ever recall one doing a double-click when I was not asking that.

    I believe that I answered some months ago, a dottechie question about double clicking: this is a “normal” situation for all switches(like buttons). Most electronic devices where timing is critical have built in “debounce” circuitry. I have seen utilities somewhere or another which accomplish this “debounce” (eg.:””Ignore any signals on/off from this device if it changes state in under 20 microseconds””) for mouse applications. I suspect that my logitech drivers have that built in. It would be a worthwhile item for you to root around for and obtain if you are having bounce problems.

  2. Louis

    I prefer a large mouse, that form a good backstop against the palm of the hand, and no movement forwards and backwards between palm and finger. This has let me to ignore many a mouse that otherwise seems good.

    The following fits the bill :

    For wired mouse : Genius Wired Optical / Laser (Sorry, forget the model name, but it’s distinctive looking, with the left side raised quite a bit, eliminating hand cramp).

    As for wireless mouse : Here the search takes longer, since obviously the range available not as large as with wired mice, but nevertheless : I’ve only found one brand (relatively cheap) with a large enough size , and the right shape (actually they come in 3 shapes, I take the largest) :

    Prestigio Wireless Laser

    I’ve had it for more than 3 years, best mouse I’ve ever used.

  3. Mags

    [@Mags] Again a PS to my above comment. (Ashraf, I really need the edit function back.)

    As for batteries, I’ve never had an issue with batteries draining quickly. Doesn’t matter whether they are the cheap ones or expensive ones.

    BTW, I don’t always remember to turn off the batteries when not in use, and I’ve found that it really doesn’t make much of a difference in battery life when using a mouse.

  4. Mags

    [@mukhi] I have to agree with you on this. Ashraf needs to stop the hatred for those bad mouses/mice (LOL.)

    Anyway, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. A cheap mouse just ain’t gonna cut it!

    As for your wireless problem. There was a time when I didn’t want a wireless mouse as they really didn’t work that well. However, that is in the past and the technology has improved. A wireless mouse these days is far superior than what they were in the past.

    Just give someone else’s wireless mouse a try before you buy.

    And again look for the sales/bargains. But for heavens sake don’t buy a refurbished one. You never know what was wrong in the first place and was it properly fixed. I’ve heard far to many complaints from others who have purchased refurbished technology and regretted it big time.

  5. mukhi

    [@Ashraf] you need to stop hatred for wireless mouse as well as no-excitement for logitech since i am telling you a great solution. buy something like M510 (as Teejerman suggested), buy rechargeable eneloop (huge standby time) batteries, and keep the mouse turned off when not in use; and you are good to go. i have kicked myself enough for not doing this so far (planned before i purchased the hell of a sony BT mouse).

  6. Teejerman

    Been using a Logitech M510 wireless (laser) mouse for over 2 years without a single problem. It works on virtually any surface and can be paired with several devices. Firmware updates available, and although normally priced between $34.99 – $39.99 from most retailers (online or not), it’s available online at Amazon and BestBuy for $24.99. Uses 2 AA batteries that can be changed in less than 60 seconds (sliding cover) and need to be changed once to twice a year as long as the sliding power switch (on the bottom) is turned off when not in use. Really great mouse/features IMHO.

  7. Horrabin

    I don’t remember about how cheap but I have several Microsoft wireless Intellimouse Explorer mice that are at least 3 years old. I know for a fact one is over 6 and still works perfectly (as does the keyboard that it came with as a package. Wireless Desktop Explorer- something). I’m not sure offhand if they still make Intellimouse versions but if the rest of their mice are this quality you can’t lose. I have a Logitech G400 wired mouse I use on my main personal computer now for probably 10 months or so with no problems at all. It was around $35. Responsive, tracks well, decent tweaking software. Newegg has it as a refurb currently for $20 if you don’t mind refurbs.

  8. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Okay, I just realized: the mouse I am currently using, the one that broke after less than a year’s use, is a Logitech… M100 to be exact. I think it cost me $10 (not on sale, so normal price is $10).

    Now I’m not so excited about Logitech. The one before this Logitech was a Microsoft. The two (three?) before that were HP.

    [@Mario] I hate wireless mouse. I had one in the past. Too many issues with battery drain.

  9. Mario

    Ashraf
    I think you already have your answer, I only use Logitech or Microsoft mouses since ever. They are very very durable. And the most important thing : MUST BE WIRELESS, with those small dongles that I never take out of my Laptop’s USB port, and must have an on/off button to save batteries when not in use.

  10. mukhi

    i have spent $90 for a damn sony BT mouse, and it disconnects in win7pro64 time to time, the same story goes for $10 BT mouse; will never buy BT mouse again. medium expensive wireless USB mouses are the best, IMO.

  11. RogueBase

    I’ve got a generic optical mouse that I’ve had for about 4/5 years now & I’m a pc gamer. My mouse gets a seriously good workout daily………………..for hours lol So for 8£, I am so NOT bitchin.

  12. Joe Hone

    $13 Gear Head wireless mouse at Big Lots. I’ve been using mine for hours every day for over a year, no issues. I bought one for a family member in September, no issues with that one either.

  13. Seamus McSeamus

    I have large hands, and the most comfortable mouse I’ve found is the MS Wireless 5000. It fits my hand perfectly, and although a bit pricey (around $70 when I bought it several years ago) I would buy another one as a replacement.

    As for inexpensive, there are some nice Logitechs for under $30. Before I found the MS mouse I use now, I only used Logitech.

  14. bunnynv

    i love my logitech trackman marble. i had carpal tunnel around 10 yrs ago so had to use my mouse with my left hand. i bought the trackman marble. i switch hands now when one gets tired. it’s easy to “swap buttons” with their software. i also love that it’s stationary – you don’t move it around to move the cursor. logitech has it for $30.. i’m sure you can get it for less elsewhere.

  15. CJCotter

    Wow! I’m blown away by all of the Logitech fans! Well, add me to it: For the past two years, I’ve been using a Logitech M-BZ96C (810-000207) optical mouse. Still works great!

  16. BearPup

    Some of us have smallish hands, and as such I use a “child’s” mouse. I’ve used the KM100 by Califone (califone.com). Its $18 + shipping and guaranteed for at least 1 million clicks. Given that its designed for kid’s usage, its very sturdy….I’ve had mine for years and it keeps on clicking. Don’t know what else to say about it.

  17. Henry Wood

    I’ve been using an A4 Tech OP-620D mouse for the last four years and it’s never let me down nor shown any signs of weakness. Perhaps this is because it has the A4 Tech “Double Click” button situated alongside the mousewheel and perhaps this saves somewhat on left button clicks? (It also helps with old, arthritic fingers and thumbs.)

  18. Prema

    Logitech Performance Mouse MX

    Logitech Marathon Mouse M705

    like mentioned above, hold out if you can. Maybe buy a really cheap mouse as a temp. filler or something. This was maybe last year, but I got my marathon mouse for ~$10-15 at staples… I also got a bunch of logitech notebook mice (like m525) for pennies but that’s another story

    Logitech M510 Wireless Laser Mouse
    you can get these for ~$18 bucks on ebay i think

  19. Jeanjean

    I use a mouse of Medion since 2005 (the PC of Medion too), but :
    - i probably don’t click as much as you;
    - i don’t know if this brand is known in your country;
    - I don’t put it in my mouth when I’m pissed (lol).

  20. Alen

    My first optical mouse was a Microsoft, was quite large but lasted me about 8 years and cost about £24/$36. My second and the one I still use is again Microsoft optical but much smaller and that was only around £6/$10 both from Amazon. The second one I’ve had for about 2 years and is still very good. I use it a lot to play games and am very pleased with it. Give it a try…

  21. Paul

    I’ve been very happy with the Logitech wireless keyboard + mouse combination too. I’ve had two sets of them over the past 10 years and they are rugged. There are lots of sales on these type of products too.

  22. Rob (Down Under)

    Logitech now sell wireless keyboard + mouse combination.
    In Australia they are priced between $23 to $28
    I have 3 sets for different PCs (Avoids me having to move the USB dongle).
    Rob
    I love them.

  23. Coyote

    Definitely Logitech, if there’s one company that has been consistent with making the best mice it’s them. I’ve got a Logitech V220 that’s 3~4 years old and still works like new. Plus the speed-scroll toggle the mouse wheel has is something I’d never thought of but now can’t live without. Also the receiver docks inside the mouse so that’s a plus.

  24. AT

    I have always been a fan of Logitech. From serial mice to PS/2 to USB. Even the basic mice had a very good comfort level. The buttons however seems to gum up or wear out faster than other mice.

    Lately I’ve been getting more MS mice. M100 I believe. A very basic mouse. Quite comfortable. Seems to be more durable than Logitech. The buttons are definitely more durable and the optical sensor seems to track better than Logitech mice.

    I should point out all my mice are wired because I use KVM switchers.

  25. Mags

    My suggestion…. watch for sales and get a more expensive mouse. I bought a Logitech wireless mouse over 6 yrs ago and it is still going strong.

    I don’t remember what the original price was but I bought it on sale for $10.

    That was through Staples, don’t know if you will find a comparable deal now, but check out your local tech shop flyers for deals. You can find most flyers on line.

  26. Enrique
    Staff

    I was gonna suggest a gaming mouse from Razer but I think the cheapest may be around $70. A gaming mouse might be something you should look into though since they’re supposed to withstand a ridiculous amount of clicks.