Onn Optical Mouse: Cheap But It Works .. For Now
Jan 16, 2013
Review by Freak369
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Scroll wheel, not jumpy, instantly recognized by laptop.
Cons:Feels extremely light, kinked cord, made in China.
The Bottom Line: A cheap replacement mouse but I give it a month before I kill it.
Recommend this product?
I'm not sure what actually killed my wireless mouse; it could have been repeatedly slamming it off the desk when it would start to act up or the hundreds of thousands of clicks that it endured. Whatever the case, I was in the middle of an email and the left button stopped working. It didn't just work intermittently, it simply died. I tried unplugging it, pressing the reset button and even talking nicely to it but nothing worked. With most of the computer stores already closed for the night I made my way to Wal-Mart. The choices are slim there unless you hit one of the 24 hour mega centers and even then you are looking at spending at least $30.00 for something that you may or may not like. I grabbed the cheapest wireless mouse I saw and made my way home. If you know anything about me then you know that no shopping experience could ever be that simple. The package reads "optical mouse" which my caffeine-free brain must have translated as "wireless". For $8.00? No.
My former mouse used batteries so there was some weight to it; it was wireless and worked for a couple years. I guess I was lucky to get that much from it considering the abuse that it saw. The Onn Optical Mouse is bare bones; you have the right and left click buttons as well as a center scroll wheel. It is light and you have to make sure the cord is not kinked when you plug it in or the mouse will start to move on its own. No, it's not magic. The cord is wrapped tightly so you need to remove the twist tie and let the cord relax. I am not used to a corded mouse and having the cord running behind the laptop is a huge con for me. I could have sprung for the sweet $60.00 wireless mouse [that actually said wireless on the package] but I want to make sure that I am going to like the feel of it before I buy it. For now this is going to have to do.
As soon as I plugged it in the laptop recognized it and it took about fifteen seconds before it started to work. The device comes with no software and nothing to install so if it doesn't work when you plug it in you are screwed. You could go to look to see if there is a driver update for the mouse but seriously, it was eight dollars. It's carded with a plastic clamshell that was amazingly easy to cut through. Usually you end up with cuts on your hands from the plastic but this was pretty easy to get open. It's a USB connection so if you are getting this for an older laptop or desktop that has the round connector you are going to need to have an adapter to be able to use it. I am in the reverse boat; I have older corded mice that are made for older computers so I need to find the reverse adapter that will let me plug the female into the male. The mouse is all black with no color at all to it outside of the Onn name that is in a dark gray at the rear of it. There is a thin piece of plastic across the bottom of the mouse, make sure you remove that before you try to use it or you aren't going to get accurate clicking.
There is no warranty with this. There is a small piece of paper packaged in the bottom of it that says "To use this product correctly, read the user's guide before installing". User's guide? The only thing you are getting is the piece of paper and the cardboard insert inside the clamshell. There are no instructions but it is rather simple; plug it in and see if it works. I got in to the habit of unplugging my wireless mouse when I put the laptop to sleep so it wouldn't kill the batteries and I still find myself unplugging this even though there are no batteries to it. I am hoping to replace this with something more substantial before I get out of the habit of doing that. For the price this was something that I couldn't pass up but it is not something that I am going to be using for more than a couple of weeks until I find a replacement mouse that I love. I got this for $8.00 at Wal-Mart and that's pretty much the cheapest you are going to find a non-trackball mouse selling for that doesn't fall apart in two weeks.
As far as using it, it moves a little faster than my older mouse. It isn't as accurate so I had to get used to it not being a precise movement when I was trying to move something on the screen, cut and paste, play a game or use the right button to highlight and translate things. When I first started using it the buttons made loud clicks and that was a little annoying but after about five days they got a little quieter; you can still hear them but it is less annoying. The scroll wheel works like all others and allows you to actually scroll without using the wheel by clicking down on it then moving the mouse up and down. Most of the mice with scroll wheels have this function but people rarely make use of it. This can be used with a PC or Mac but the only indications the package makes is that it will work with anything Windows 98SE or newer. There's also a little square on the back that has the lettering "RoHS" and since there's no explanation of it I had to look it up online. It stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances but outside of that there is no further explanation of it on the packaging.
One of the perks of this is that it can be used with either hand; I someone game with my left hand when I need to use a keypad with my right hand so even if it only gets used for that kind of an application it will be money well spent. This will make a good backup mouse but I could never see me using this for more than a couple of weeks until I find one that I simply love.
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