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Summary. Sometimes the least expensive item in a product category can be the best one available. Such is the case with the Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse.

Cost. At a cost of about $10 to $20 (depending on where you buy it), the Microsoft Basic Mouse offers exceptional function at an economical price.

Testimonial. Below is a testimonial from technology consultant Gregory Johnson.

“Since 1984, when the mouse was first widely introduced to consumers, numerous models and designs have been available. I find that the Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse is the best mouse I’ve used in 25+ years of computing. It’s light weight and ergonomic design make it an ideal choice for reducing fatigue and injury from extended computing work. I find it’s better than mice costing four times as much.” ~ Gregory Johnson

Purchase. For those in the Iowa City area, the mouse is available for about $15 at the locally owned office supply store, Iowa Book and Supply. We encourage you to shop locally. If you’re unable to find this item locally, you can find it in our online store.

Features. The Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse has the following benefits.

  • optimal ergonomic design, shape, and size for most people
  • light weight
  • long cord
  • indexed scroll wheel with control stops (rather than smooth wheel movement)
  • pleasant mechanical clicking sound
  • durable
  • precise tracking
  • works with Apple, Linux, and Windows
  • inexpensive
  • unlike cordless mice, this mouse requires no batteries

Top View. Below is a top view of the mouse.

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Document History. This document was first created on 20080227at1747. It was updated on 20100619sa1216 to include the latest information.

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