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A photo of a Logitech MX Performance Wireless Laser Mouse and wireless dongle

Logitech MX Performance Wireless Laser Mouse

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What is a Mouse?:

The mouse is an input device designed to manipulate objects on the computer screen.

The Mouse is Also Known As:

pointer

Popular Mouse Manufacturers:

Logitech and Microsoft are the most popular manufacturers of mice, but you'll see them from other hardware makers as well.

Mouse Description:

Computer mice come in many shapes and sizes but are all designed to fit either the left or right hand. Anywhere from one to six or more buttons, and usually a scroll wheel, are integrated onto the mouse to provide a wide variety of functions.

Mice communicate with the computer either wirelessly or wired.

If wireless, mice connect to the computer either via RF communication or Bluetooth. An RF-based wireless mouse will require a receiver that will physically connect to the computer. A Bluetooth wireless mouse connects via the computer's Bluetooth hardware.

If wired, mice connect to the computer via USB using a Type A connector. Older mice connect via PS/2 ports. Either way, it's usually a direct connection to the motherboard.

Tablets and other touch-interface computers don't require a mouse but usually support one as an optional attachment.

Even though the mouse sits outside the main computer housing, it is an essential part of most complete computer systems.

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