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Can you use this usb mouse on a desktop

By Tha General
Mar 30, 2009
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    Would it work on my dell desktop if i plug it in one of my usb ports?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    What?

    A retractable cord, USB mouse on a Desktop?

    Why?

    I'd say it would get in the way of your keyboard. Actually many (most) users have their Desktop PC under the desk! Therefore it really wouldn't work.

    That mouse is intended for laptops in my view
    Obviously it can be used on Desktops, but it's just not practical
     
  3. cutelz

    cutelz TS Rookie

    Yeah, you could definitely use it...but why would you want to?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Actually Tha General, I removed your link, and replaced it with a pic I found on Google image search.

    Well it looked like, well it looked, well, like spam :confused:
     
  5. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 991   +90

    Yep, should be no problem.
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Thanks Tekkaraiden, maybe that's all Tha General wanted to know :confused:

    To avoid further questions Tha General, yes any USB mouse can be used on any new Desktop :rolleyes:
     
  7. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    Wait, why is everyone saying why would i want too lol?

    I need a new mouse, a cheap one, so that mouse at that best buy location says its a Laptop mouse, so i figure its works on laptops. But kimsland, what do you mean it will get in the way? get in the way of what, my keyboard?
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Obviously it depends on the location of your Desktop situated on your desk (not to mention the issue of the USB connection getting pulled out, being on some obscure angle)

    But to answer your question (even though it's blatantly obvious)
    Just go buy a normal every day optical USB mouse, from anywhere
    To tell you the truth I prefer to buy them down at the local shop, I couldn't see someone purchasing a mouse online, unless it was one of those fangdangle gaming mice (that are way over-kill, in my opinion)
     
  9. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    one added note:
    Make sure your BIOS is set to enable USB compatibilty mode. This is required in order that your BIOS provides the USB interface until Windows actually starts up. Once Windows is started, it provides the USB interface.
     
  10. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    I have my setup like this:

    Long wide white table ( 17inch CRT monitor in the middle of the table, keyboard is in front of the monitor ) to the right-> mouse pad and mouse . To the right of the mouse on the floor, my dell optiplex 210L desktop, its the book edition looking one so its on 2 phone books , so if buy this mouse, it should work out just fine, i just hope the cord is long.

    Um yes i am. Buying it tomorrow :)

    Yep :)
     
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    From the layout you have described, I would not recommend a retractable mouse cord (which are generally short in length)

    These "retractable" mice are ideal on a laptop that is sitting flush on the desk.
    And as I stated earlier can also pop out of the USB connection on the computer, due to being consistently pulled.

    Just buy a standard every day mouse (stated a few times now)
     
  12. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    Ok, thanks for the info. I plan to look around in best buy tomorrow to see what they have, so i will let you know what i bought sometime tomorrow.
    peace :)
     
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    ok

    I have about 10 mice sitting around (I really should get rid of them all, one day :D)

    Anyway, after using so many mice over the years, my favorite is the Microsoft USB optical mouse. This is a genuine one, that's a bit heavier than the copied ones that you might find floating about in shops.

    Anyway my real point is, when it comes down to it any mouse (that feels reasonably comfortable) will do. ;)
     
  14. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 TS Rookie Posts: 498

    Lol, if your still going to buy one, don't buy that one. Buy one without a retractable cord. Yes, this one will work, but use it on a desktop only if it's the only mouse you have lying around.

    Spyder_1386 :)
     
  15. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    Oh.. on THAT note.. i'd advise: get a laser mouse (rather then optical mouse)
     
  16. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    I seen those laser mouses, looks cool. But i just a normal red glowing compaq mouse for 9.99 :)
     
  17. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    What ever works for you! (and your budget!)

    btw.. periodically (like every few months, go in there with a Q-tip and get any dust out of the optical red beam) to keep mouse response at its best
     
  18. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    I have a compaq mouse for my secondary Pentium III which i have been using for about 5 years now, works great. However, the one i just bought, i plan to replace that for my p3 and i am buying this tomorrow for my new rig now:

    Dynex® - Optical Mouse

    Best buy has one , black one, looks good too., price is 20 bucks!
     
  19. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    $20 bucks is good.

    And not that you need it if you don't want it... but, fyi, Best Buy has a wireless laser mouse on sale for $29.99
     
  20. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    That looks awesome, thanks. I will make sure to buy that for my secondary rig later this year. Should be interesting to use. :)
     
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