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      01.12.2011 14:18
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      A tool rather than a hindrance for computer needs!

      A Mouse is in my opinion one of the most essential bits of kit that you can have on your computer. Not only does it aid in clicking and selecting items on screen but it also saves all the delicate finger movement required for a touch pad or even worse one of those tiny little red keys that you get on the majority of laptops. I use my Dell USB optical mouse on both my work laptop and on my home PC and it has served me well as a useful tool to save time.

      The Mouse ~

      This mouse is made entirely of plastic which is black all over with a transparent base, two silver keys and a silver 'DELL' logo on top. The mouse is curved in shape, meaning that it slots easily into your hand with the left key for your index finger and the right key for your middle finger. It also features a black wheel on top of the mouse for easy scrolling through web pages or documents. This mouse is controlled by a red LED on the base of the mouse which means that you can move it over a majority of hard surfaces and still move the sensor. This LED omits a red glow when the mouse is being moved which is visible through the transparent base.

      Installation ~

      This mouse is connected to the computer via a USB connection which means that it can be plugged into either a laptop or computer. It comes with a long cable which is sufficient in my case to run the mouse from underneath my desk to my worktop, a distance of approximately 1.5 metres. Once plugged in to the computer it should be instantly recognised on the toolbar menu and therefore should be instantly useable.

      Price and Availability ~

      I purchased my Dell USB Optical Mouse quite a while ago and I believe that it the design has since changed slightly, now being entirely black in colour. However it can be bought from Amazon currently for £5.00 new.

      My Experience ~

      This mouse quite simply saves me a lot of time in my day job as it takes away the reliance on a touch pad provided by my laptop. The mouse is easy to use and plugs easily into all computer ports. Although it looks slightly plain and simple in design, the red LED light adds a touch of colour to what would otherwise be quite a boring looking mouse. In addition this mouse is made by a reputable brand and since buying mine a couple of years ago I have had no problems with it.

      I have therefore scored this mouse an easy 5 stars out of 5.

      Thanks for taking the time to read my review!!

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        16.11.2010 08:30
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        A great mouse

        When my husband and I split up I inherited the PC as he had a laptop. The PC was a decent set up though as my husband works in IT and is pretty much a computer geek. The mouse that I inherited was the Dell optical usb mouse and I am guessing that this was included in the package my husband created on the dell website when he ordered the PC.

        The Dell optical usb mouse is nothing particularly special to look at compared to some of these really funky designs that seem to be around now. It is a silvery grey in colour with silver right and left buttons. The mouse features the Dell logo so you are in no doubt as to where the product is from! The mouse also features a scroller wheel between the two buttons at the top.

        The mouse was very easy to install to the computer as you literally just plug it into the usb drive on your computer and you are ready to go. The mouse features quite a long wire which is great for me as the usb drive I use for the mouse is on the back of the computer tower and the mouse then needs to come from behind there, through my computer desk and still allow me to move it around. I have plenty of space to move the mouse around and I can use it on my pull out keyboard drawer or even lift it out and put it on the top of the desk and still be able to move it around.

        I have quite small hands and this particular mouse fits my hand perfectly so I am not sure how useful a man with big hands would find this mouse; he may find that it is too small. For me though it really is perfect, I can click the buttons with ease and can also use the scroller wheel as well. I have had this mouse for a few years now and haven't had any problems with it at all. The buttons respond well to touch and I have also found that the scroller wheel responds well and makes it easy for me to read long documents on the computer.

        The mouse moves well around the screen as you move it on your desk and you do not need to have a mouse mat with this one which is nice as I am quite limited for space on my small desk and I am not sure I could fit a mouse mat on there! One thing I would note is that my desk does get quite "powdery" where I move the mouse around, but I think this is more to do with my desk not being that great, and of course if I did have a mouse mat this wouldn't happen!

        All in all I am really pleased with this mouse and I cannot fault it at all. It has lasted really well and is not showing any signs that it may break any time soon despite the fact that I use my computer every single day for significant periods of time. I would certainly recommend this mouse and would give it a full five stars.

        Thank you for reading my review!

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          13.10.2010 16:00
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          My 9-5 mouse

          I use computers on a daily basis and have a nice neat Dell desktop package in my office at work. This mouse came with my computer package, but you can buy them separately from most electrical outlet stores.

          Looks wise the Dell USB mouse is nothing special. It has the standard curved shape and fits nicely into the underside of my hand. It's made from plastic components and the main section is black, along with silver coloured buttons at the top. It plugs into the computer by means of a USB connection, and has a generously long cable that allows you to position the mouse in a suitable location. This is good for me as I like to have the mouse quite close to me, but the USB port is right round at the back of my computer and it needs a good long cable to reach around. For those with smaller desk set ups the long cable could get in the way, but it's nothing a cable tidy wouldn't sort out.

          I am glued to my computer throughout the day and spend a lot of time using this mouse. It fits nicely into my hand and the curved shape gives me something to grip onto. The tracker wheel is located in the centre of the two click buttons, and because they're all so close together it's very easy to flick between clicking and scrolling.

          I've had this mouse for several years now and it has performed consistently well. Visually it is in mostly good condition, other than two patches on the right and left buttons where the silver finish has worn away and the white base colour is showing through.

          This mouse has an infra-red sensor underneath which allows you to track your movements quickly and accurately. It works well on most flat surfaces without requiring a mouse mat, and most of my colleagues with the same item use this directly on the surface of their work desk. I prefer to use mine with a cushioned mouse mat as I need the extra wrist support, and the mouse works just as well on the small area of mat without sticking or jumping.

          Over the years that I have been using this mouse it has worked well and I have never had any major problems with it at all. It seems to accurately track my movements, although there are rare occasions where I will 'lose' the cursor and then have to wiggle the mouse around until it comes back again. For basic functions such as pointing and clicking it works exceedingly well and as it is so simple it would be suitable for most computer users.

          The only issue that I have with this mouse is that the tracker wheel sometimes lets me down. I have to scan read through a lot of PDF documents and the wheel seems to vary the speed at which it scrolls. Sometimes I will nudge it a tiny bit and it jumps down several pages, and other times it will appear not to have registered and then suddenly catch up with itself and then takes me too far. With the centred position of the tracker wheel it can become a little uncomfortable if you use it for prolonged periods of time. I do occasionally get a stiff or numb feeling in my index finger from using this function, but it is the most logical place for the wheel to be located, and moderating use reduces the level of strain.

          This is a good basic mouse that accomplishes everything I need it to do throughout my working day, and I have no need to look at replacing or upgrading it even after several years. I would recommend for anyone who wants a reliable and hard wearing mouse that is easy to use and has a 'no frills' sort of look.

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            27.08.2010 00:39
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            Dell Boy every now and then prancing round the screen as if Anton DuBeke

            DELL OPTICAL MOUSE AND WHEEL

            Moulded for palm comfort, soft to touch, equipped with an optical navigational wheel centred on the top of the Mouse. I feel at one with the Mouse. It's a user device that interacts as you wish a slight glide of movement, helped by an infra-red light under the plastic carriage. This will take you on your journey through the labyrinth of 'Graphic User Interfaces.' Icons change at a whim regarding what type of details are present on the screen: 'text cursor,' 'arrow pointer,' and 'finger pointer.' The interactive content triggers the 'Mouse' sensors into whatever type of cursor is appropriate. Switching 'icon properties' is as swift as a blink of an eye; it's hardly noticeable, yet without its device functions any form of computer usage will be difficult; this in-turn will divert us back to MS-Dos, where computer <prompts> via the 'Return' key, the hyper sensitive abbreviations to access programs and when accessed many of them would be obsolete, all because of this wondrous pointer. We would have to go back two generations, when computer productivity was as slow as Rodney Trotter's (Only Fools and Horses) brain, if the pointing device had not materialised, as an invention.


            Fact: The term 'Mouse Click,' was marketed via 'Apples Macintosh's' advertising in 1984.


            Thankfully the device is in good health thanks to the pioneering excellence of Douglas Englebart (1925 - ) When an original contraption was twice as big, made of a clump of wood, rolled on two wheels, and had 'Blue Peter' styled bleeping lights lobbed on the front, to help with interactive guidance. Englebart called the process 'User-friendly Information Access.' The device we now take for granted. Believe me he has yet to be knighted for his remarkable invention in 1968. Back then the device would resemble a wooden toy with some wires, unrecognisable in today's market, whereby many trends of moulded models have frequented the computer shop allowing for different patents, in which Englebart has two dozen of. The main one being: the 'Position Indicator.' This patent has single-handedly changed computing, in what we view interactively today.


            The Dell Optical Mouse and Wheel is relatively elderly when it comes to the fast pace of modern device technology. Dell's product simplicity exhumes interactive ease, comfort and lightness. Controlling the 'pointer tool' depending on amount of usage can be distracting while the cursor gets a stream of static energy that offsets it's position and whizzes into different screen positions. Even with the 'Infra-red light' as a navigational tool the function hasn't stopped the static surges, although the frequency is far less with any other 'ball-baring' navigational functioned Mouse, which I don't think is in the current market-place as an option any longer.


            Dell's Optical Mouse USB (Universal Serial Bus) cable connects to a USB Port on all workstations, Dell's Mouse driver 'dll' (file-name) is automatically installed in the workstations navigation 'pointer' properties, on its CPU system. Delving into the 'Mouse, 'property settings are self-explanatory, several 'tabs' to view and what I deem as most important is the 'Mouse Pointer: sensitive setting.' I've set mine as 'medium,' recommended if like me; you're rather robust with the hand movement. In comparison, I've worked on other workstations and have found the cursor overly sensitive, this has given me headaches; so regulate the cursor speed, to what suits your needs. It'll make a huge difference, to your productivity and health.


            Surprisingly the most used facility on the 'Mouse' is the 'centre wheel' for scrolling; it is smooth and has precision slots while scrolling up or down. If you press on top of the wheel an optical logo appears on the screen and it will scroll automatically at whatever pace you require, depending where you put the 'arrow pointer' on the interface. The 'left main button' activates menus and programs, as the 'right main button,' accesses information based on what program you are using at the time. The 'Mouse' properties are so integrated into the main-frame computer system, it can be completely overseen. Perhaps even synchronised with the computer itself, yet in practice the software does differ with each brand of 'Pointer Device.' However, we as consumers wouldn't necessarily be aware of the software deviances. So long the main functions meet our expectations, the number of mild deviances in regard to sub-headings while 'right clicking,' certainly wouldn't decipher on a buying decision. For me the main factor is 'palm comfort;' the Dell gets full marks.


            I must add that I do not advise this 'Mouse' for gaming purposes, because of the lack of directional features and lack of extra side buttons. This is a 'two buttoned, pointer device, including a centre optical wheel.' Functionally it is only suited for 'general work and internet use.' The Dell logo is in light grey on the summit of the device, unfazed by the amount of usage. No signs of deterioration cosmetic wise or functionally after five years of constant use. Not bad, for a piece of equipment that has travelled to the deep and murky depths of the internet and come out the other end unscathed.

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              17.08.2010 21:10
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              Must have at a bargain price.

              I got this mouse with my computer so I didn't pay retail price but a quick look on amazon tells me you can get this product from as little as £3.99. Now that wireless mice are in common use, the price of these has dropped so it's a good option.

              Optical mice are a lot better than the old style with a roller ball on the bottom for the simple reason that you don't need to clean them out all the time. The old roller ball would pick up everything and get gungy very quickly. No such problem with an optical mouse which makes using it a much nicer experience.

              Installing the mouse couldn't be easier, you plug it in and that is it. No drivers to install or anything; it plugs in through the USB port. Most new computers/laptops will have quite a few USB ports as more and more computer accessories are becoming standardised to plug in via the USB so you shouldn't have a problem connecting it to your computer.

              The wire length is good, it is long enough so you can use the mouse either side of the computer depending on whether you're left or right handed. Freedom of movement is very important when it comes to a wired mouse.

              The mouse is a great fit in my hand, I would say it is a perfect fit for most peoples hands. It measures approximately 7cm by 4cm. The buttons don't stick and are a good size so you can click them without having to put too much effort in. The scroll wheel is smooth and makes internet browsing so much easier. The mouse is black with silver buttons and a black wheel with Dell branded on. It also has little rubber pads on the bottom to stop it rubbing.

              I find it moves well over the desk, if you have a rough desk you might get a better performance using it in conjunction with a mouse mat. Sensitivity wise it is fantastic, it responds well to my hand movement but doesn't zoom off like some mice do.

              I've never had a problem with any Dell product, for me they are always my go to when I need something for my computer. They offer great customer service and low prices. I'd definitely recommend them and this mouse, it is fantastic especially for £4!


              Also posted on ciao under the username shabbating.

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                31.07.2010 10:32
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                A standard mouse with a disappointing tale.

                I have used the Dell Optical USB mouse previously, but unfortunately no longer. I recieved it as part of the Dell Inspiron package purchased about four years ago.

                The mouse is made from a black plastic which is coloured in the traditional Dell colour scheme, the body is matte black with the buttons a metallic grey. Measuring approximately 6cm x 3cm, a standard size for devices of this nature it conforms to the traditional layout with two buttons placed at the top, splitting the top third into left and right. Mounted inbetween these is a scroll wheel, which doubles as a third button when clicked.

                The size is comfortable for my hand which is a little larger than the norm. The movement is effortless due to the lightweight construction of the mouse and the scroll wheel moves smoothly. When clicked the buttons are crisp. Of course all of these features and their responsiveness can be customised to personal tastes via the computer control panel option.

                Connection is hard wired with a 1.5 metre lead that plugs into the tower. Like must plug and play devices, installation is simply achieved by plugging in and the drivers are located automatically. No difficulties here.

                In my introduction, you may have noticed I said I used to use this but no longer. Why you ask? Simple, it broke. The left button to be exact, clicked once too often and the sensor inside gave up. I'm not heavy handed and after only about three years, I believe that is a sign of poor workmanship.

                Honestly though I have to say I was not too disappointed. The Dell mouse was a free item and as such the quality was average. It did what you needed but that was it. The wire was not long enough for the setup. Also, I was forever cleaning the device as it constantly seemed to have a discoloured shade too it.

                It was free with the Dell Inspiron package I reviewed a few months back, and this mouse seems to have maintained my disappoinments with the whole package. It didn't cost me anything really, but I still think you have a right to expect a certain level of quality and this device fails to deliver.

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                10.06.2010 18:11
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                When I first started dating my boyfriend, one of the first things he complained about when staying at my house was my old and decrepit PC set up, in particular my ancient trackball mouse. It was forever getting gunked up and sticking, and needed frequent cleaning, and although I got along with it quite nicely, having become used to its occasional misbehaviour, it irritated my boyfriend no end, and one day he came to my house bearing a gift - the Dell Optical USB Mouse.

                Installing this was easy - it really was as simple as plugging this into one of the USB ports on my computer, and it was ready to go . No drivers to install, nothing to do at all really but plug and play . It was nice to see that the wire was a decent length leaving plenty of room for movement. This is handy as I'm right handed whilst my boyfriend is left handed, and we can move this about the desk to suit each of our needs when using the PC.

                I find this mouse the perfect size for my hand, sitting comfortably in my palm and comfortable even after long hours of use gaming . The buttons are perfectly placed for ease of use, and the scroll wheel is smooth and moves easily. The buttons and wheel have never been stiff . The mouse itself is about 12 by 6 cm's, and is mainly black, with the buttons being an attractive silver colour. It's sleek and smart looking. It has some rubberised parts on the bottom, and a red sensor . I find it moves smoothly across my desk, although as my desk is a smooth surface with no visible markers, the mouse does work better used on a mouse mat .

                I particularly like the scroll wheel function, something that my old mouse lacked, that enables me to effortlessly move up and down in a text, and zoom in and out on images. It's a small simple feature common to many mice, but I still find it something of a novelty.

                My mouse was already a couple of years old when my boyfriend gave it to me, as it was from his old PC set up . I've now had it 2 years myself, so it's at least four years old and still going strong . The only negative is that this mouse does occasionally become a little over-sensitive, leaping about the page at the smallest touch.. This has only started to happen recently though, and I put this down to the age of the mouse .

                I've seen prices varying online from £4 to £9 for this mouse . I think it's great value, as it's lasted a long time, including being used by my daughters sticky heavy hands. It's been dropped, bashed about in frustration, and plugged in and out of the PC several times, and still works really well apart from the recent sensitivity issues which as mentioned, I'm simply putting down to age . I am going to replace this mouse with the exact same one, and if that's not a recommendation, I don't know what is!

                5 stars .

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                  14.02.2009 19:20
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                  Plain mouse

                  Welcome to this review on my mouse. I got it free with my computer so I don't know how much it retails for on the market. It has basic functions such as 2 buttons and an added scroll feature. I love the scroll and hate using a mouse without it.

                  -The box-

                  I don't know if there is a retail box for this mouse but when I got it with my computer it was in a plain cardboard box inside the larger box.

                  -Connectivity-

                  This is a wired USB mouse that will work with most computers and if the USB driver isn't installed there is a disk with the drivers on it that is easily installed. It just "plug and play"

                  -Feel-

                  The mouse is very comfortable and fits most peoples hand easily. In-fact I am using this mouse as I speak to correct spelling mistakes and it feels perfect on my hand. It is easy to scroll with your index finger and you can have control of both buttons easily.

                  -Scroll-

                  The scroll can be used for many different things, Like browsing web pages, word documents and other stuff without having to click on the arrows in the corner. Also if you press the scroll button down you can move the mouse to control the page either up or down. A Great feature on a mouse.

                  -Appearance-

                  The mouse fits well with my dell computer as it looks the same as the front panel and the keyboard. It has dell written on the front in silver. It is nicely shaped and has pads on the bottom so it doesn't scratch surfaces.

                  - The ball-

                  Ok so it's a ball mouse. This means it will need cleaned of dust every so often so it doesn't slow or become unresponsive. To do this is easy as there are arrows on the bottom panel showing what way to turn the thingy (no idea what to call it) to get the ball out. Then you just have to scrap the dust off with your nail or something.

                  -Response-

                  It is quite responsive when it is completely clean so that is quite good. It isn't the ideal mouse for gamers as it isn't responsive enough and could stick and lose you a game. It should work well if you have it on a nice clean mouse mat.

                  -Customer service-

                  Dell has a good reputation for customer service and that is a good thing. You can buy this mouse with confidence that if anything does happen (probably wont) then you will be in good hands.

                  -Other notes-

                  If it isn't used with a mouse mat not only will it not work as well but it will scratch the surface it is on.

                  -Conclusion-

                  I love my mouse even though it isn't the best in the world. It is great for what I need it for. I use it every day and it hasn't failed me yet.
                  4 stars

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                    07.07.2007 00:13
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                    Have a mouse problem? No cat required!

                    I use the Dell Optical USB Mouse at work. I am a fan of mice with scrolling wheels and certainly I feel lost when using a mouse without one. And so it was for this reason that when my last mouse finally gave up the ghost, that I requested that our IT department provide me with an optical mouse with a scroll wheel.

                    The mouse itself is silver and a weird kind of blacky blue colour which fits in well with my pc itself. Whereas I find that a lot of mice can be difficult to hold for long periods, due to their cumbersome size, the Dell optical mouse is different. Maybe it is just conveniently sized for my hands, but I find this mouse extremely comfortable to use for long periods during the day at work.

                    The size
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                    The mouse itself measures 12cm x 6cm with two large sized buttons at the front and one smooth scroll wheel. The length of cable provided with the mouse should be perfectly adequate for most users, even long enough to allow for the inevitable tangles that occur in the spaghetti junction of wiring under most peoples desks.

                    Ease of install
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                    The mouse is very easy to install, simply plug it in to the computer (via USB socket) and go. Simple. No need to spend time tediously installing drivers, no faffing around with complicated processing software. This mouse is about as easy as they come to install and use.

                    Ease of Use
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                    The Dell USB Optical Mouse is very easy to use, perfectly sized and shaped according to the contours of the average persons hand, you become almost unaware that you are holding it. With its lightweight design, it is really easy to move about a desk or mose mat and because it is an optical mouse there is no ball dragging along the desk. Hence, these type of mice are least likely to become "sticky" due to build of of dust and fluff on the internal rollers. The only problem is that it seems to pick up all the grime from my desk, which accumulates around the "feet" of the mouse. This however, appears to be a standard problem with mice and i'm sure if somebody could invent a "grimeless" mouse, they would be very rich indeed.

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                    As the name suggests, the Dell Optical mouse connects via USB to your computer. This is very handy as USB is so expandable, it is always possible to add more USB sockets to your computer in the form of an external hub.

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                    The main reason why I like this type of mouse. The scroll wheel enables you to effortlessly scroll down through documents and web pages, easily enabling you to find the information that you want, very quickly. I have had a problem with a couple of other mice in that the scroll wheel suddenly stops working, however, I have had this mouse attached to my computer for over a year now and so far this has not materialised. I can only assume this is because the Dell USB Optical mouse may have a better quality of build.


                    In summary I would most definitely recommend this mouse to anybody, especially those who are still using an older ball mouse. You will certainly notice the difference. Gone are the days of banging the mouse on the desk in frustration, and in are the days of relaxation, increased productivity and less stressful computing!

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