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Photo of a Logitech Wireless Mouse M310

Logitech Wireless Mouse M310

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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


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 piece of computer hardware in most systems.

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