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Lifespan of a computer mouse 👎

CĂ©drice

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How long do you manage to keep a computer mouse alive ?
It's hell, I feel like I'm going to look for one every four months, the wheel always seems to die before everything else....
I'm thinking of buying a full box 😓
 
Really? The one I have at work, I've had/still have for 10 years, logitech wired, and the one at home is 4 years old logitech and wireless.
 
Same here. Bought around 3 or 4 last year, now the wheel is broken again. It was not even cheap mouses. 20 + Euro always.

Im really tired of this.
 

CĂ©drice

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Without a mouse wheel have understood how the task is less easy...
Thanks Ron, I'll be watching this when the stores open
 

tgibson

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For mine it was the left mouse button - started giving me double clicks. I replaced it (over 10 years old) with a Logitech M90.
 
For mine it was the left mouse button - started giving me double clicks. I replaced it (over 10 years old) with a Logitech M90.
I have a very simple logitech M235 for over 10 years now (wireless)
I'm using rechargeable AA accu - from 2 brands, Varta 2500mAh, and Panasonic 1900mAh, for over 4 year (actually, I have 4 per brand)

Mine also started giving double clicks since 2016, AND, I had scrolling troubles (much slower to scroll in scrolling panels, like a web navigator page or windows explorer, and trouble zooming in compatible applications).
However, after several months of pain and suffer, I discovered it happens when there are power problems :
1) discharged accu
2) dirty/dusty accu contact(s) with mouse metal connector (sorry, I speak french, I'm talking about this flat piece of metal on one side and the spiral on the other where the positive and negative of the accu are in contact with)
3) Crappy/scratched accu nodes (? - the + and - metalic dipoles)

So, when that happens, I take a sanding paper (1000 or 2000 grain) and I clean anything metal, both accu and inside the mouse, and voila ! Doing it every 5-6 months.

Yeah, I slammed my mouse over 30 times on the desk and even thrown it 5 meters away on the ground a couple of time back then during that obscure months period, but it's still working (like a charm when not dirty). I still feel sorry for the innocent mouse which I failed to clean. Not having hands to do it itself, I believe that duty is on me. But people have told me "Logitech is crap", if that is true, I must be the luckiest pseudo geek in the world.

The only thing I miss is the lack of clickable middle button. But here in Madagascar, foreing products are 2 to 3 times more expensive than their actual price. So if you talk about a mouse at 20$, it's 40$ or 55$ here. And with a salary of 10$ a week (45$ a month), I need like one or two year to buy something around 55$. That's why I stick with it as long as possible and try to understand what is actually happenning.
 

CĂ©drice

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The central button, the one that is linked with the wheel, is the one that is used for moving in space with Blender and it is used intensively, it is also the most fragile because the wheel rests on two thin plastic pieces and this is that for all mouse.
I will finally assign another key to this function.
 
The central button, the one that is linked with the wheel, is the one that is used for moving in space with Blender and it is used intensively, it is also the most fragile because the wheel rests on two thin plastic pieces and this is that for all mouse.
I will finally assign another key to this function.
^^ you're right. That's for sure one reason if not the reason why mine is lasting so long.
In GMax, I defined "H" as shortcut for panning (hand), "V" for rotating view (reVolution, because "R" is for rotating selection)

I did had a mouse with a clickable middle button with pan left/right (also a Logitech), between 2003 and 2007, but I lost the usb wireless dongle on a trip, a pity, learned the hard way that tiny piece is everything. Took me month to get used to keyboard shortcuts.
If that may help, I'm just saying, once you get used to it, it doesn't appear to impede your work, like at all, and the bright side is, actually, that way, I feel more comfortable, not stressing my fingers for continuous hours of work, remembering the cramps I had when using that middle button that much (EDIT : well, having both option is better :D )
 

DragonflightDesign

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You do pay for what you get. My main mouse at home is a wired Shogun Bros Commander Ballista Mk 1 (good mouthful that!) which is a full-on gaming mouse and has the quality to match. It cost around ÂŁ70, is now around ten years old and the original non-slip surface is distinctly shiny where it's worn away, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with any of its buttons. Prior to that I had a Microsoft Sidewinder 5 for about eight years which back then cost north of ÂŁ50 and only went out of service because the rubber surface on the wheel wore away. The 'spare' is a wireless Logitech MX Master which cost around ÂŁ45 and I can't really speak for it yet because it hasn't had that much use. I'm not that fond of it because it has a 'hidden' thumb button which is difficult for me to press because of arthritis.

The one I used in the office was a wireless Microsoft Lazer 6000. That also lasted about a decade until the rubber 'tyre' on the wheel wore so thin that it split and fell off. The second one only lasted half that time until the same problem occured. Now I'm at home permanently the Shogun is getting all the abuse and it doesn't seem to care.
 
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How long do you manage to keep a computer mouse alive ?
It's hell, I feel like I'm going to look for one every four months, the wheel always seems to die before everything else....
I'm thinking of buying a full box
In ADE often the wheel won't move the screen around when depressing it. And we think if we press harder it will work (like your car sliding on snow... we grip the steering wheel harder to get more control) hahaha. Ain't workin' lately! I have found that in ADE when the wheel won't work use the arrows on the keyboard. MAYBE this might work in Blender.
 
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