We use our computers every day. Whether we are checking email, browsing the web or chatting with friends, our computers are an important part of our lives. Most of us interact two ways with our computers. We have our keyboard and our mouse. They are both important for different things, but in my opinion, as long as a keyboard has all the right buttons on it, it is good enough for me. With a mouse, I am much more particular.
When you are using a mouse, you want it to have a nice, balanced weight. You need it to be comfortable so your hands do not cramp up or get sore if you are using them for extended periods. You also want it to have some nice features such as no wires, extra buttons and a good scroll wheel. Sure, without these a mouse will still work perfectly fine as an input device, but if you want more than just the minimum; you will love this list of awesome mice available for under $50.
Logitech M305 Wireless Mouse
I use this mouse every day, and I absolutely love it. I have fairly large hands, and even through it is not the biggest mouse on the market, I find it quite comfortable. It has a thumb rest, which allows you to keep your hand well situated on the mouse.
The Logitech M305 has a scroll wheel, which apart from scrolling, also clicks in and side-to-side, giving more options for storing alternate functions, such as forward and back in your web browser.
I use this mouse for everything from regular computing to playing Diablo 3, and it has not let me down yet. The fact that you can get it for less than 25 dollars on Amazon in all kinds of colors makes it a great choice. I would also be remiss if I did not mention the 4.6 customer rating on Amazon as well, so don’t just take my word for it.
Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse
This mouse is very….”interesting looking” and I almost wrote it off based on that fact alone. Upon looking a little closer however, it is actually a very good mouse, especially for anyone looking for portability.
If your everyday mouse usage involves staying at home and never taking it out on the road, there might be better choices out there. However, if you are looking for a good mix of performance, comfort and portability, you will like the Arc Mouse.
The touch part of the name comes from the touch panel on the top, which replaces the standard scroll wheel. It interacts differently with each Microsoft program, and greatly improves the functionality. Not only does this mouse fold flat for extra portability, it also has more functions than some other mice, at least with Microsoft programs.
The Arc Mouse is available for around $40, and has four star customer reviews on Amazon. For someone who is always on the go, this mouse is a great choice.
Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball
Personally, I am not a fan of trackballs, but they certainly have their use. In terms of quality, the Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball seems to be among the best. It has a 4.5 star review from 800 customers on Amazon, and it is quite reasonably priced at just under $46.
It has a comfortable thumb trackball, forward and back buttons, scroll wheel and your standard left and right-click options. It features Logitech’s ultra small USB dongle that allows you to connect up to six compatible devices to just one dongle. If you are a fan of trackballs, this is the way to go.
Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400
If your everyday life consists of mostly gaming, you are going to need a mouse with a little more precision. There are ultra expensive mice out there that perform incredibly, but not everyone is prepared to drop a couple of hundred dollars on a mouse. That is where the Logitech G400 comes in. It offers gamer performance for just under $50.
The G400 has up to a 3600 DPI optical engine, so it provides the performance that a gamer needs. It has a quick DPI switcher, so you can change it to suit your needs without stopping the action. If you are a gamer on a budget, this is the perfect mouse for you.
Depending on your everyday lifestyle, one of these mice will work for you. Whether you like the game, travel, or just perform general computing, you can get a top quality mouse for under 50 bucks.
What is your favorite mouse for under $50? We would love to hear your recommendations in the comments below!