Mice (3)

Mouse - today a normal computer peripheral, used every day to point different widgets on screen, click buttons or scroll webpages. This sub-page shows different mice from different manufacturers and years. You can see how a PC mouse evolved and when they got wheels, as well as how the buttons disappeared and re-appeared in mice development.

Tracer mouse Port: PS/2
Manufactured by: Tracer

Type: Ball mouse, 3 buttons
Approx. year: 2000
Information: A low-end mouse from 2000 or around. These times Tracer made a low-end peripherals, and this is an example of such mouse. The quality is relatively poor and contacts are prone to double-clicking.


HP Wheel mouse Port: PS/2
Manufactured by: HP / Logitech

Type: Ball mouse, 2 buttons + scroll with 3rd
Approx. year: 2000
This is in fact a Logitech 20123 mouse re-branded for HP OEM distribution - with new HP computers. It has 2 typical buttons and one button, for scrolling, in a scroll wheel which moves in steps. The earliest mice with scrolling wheels had smooth movement. As in most Logitechs, quality is good.


Genius NetScroll + Port: PS/2
Manufactured by: Genius

Type: Ball mouse, 2 buttons, wheel, button in wheel
Approx. year: 2001
Information: Typical scroll mouse from early 2000s. After connecting, it was needed to configure drivers and scrolling was easier. So if there was a money, users went for Logitech. For smaller funds you could get Genius or A4Tech, the cheapest were like Tracer or totally non-branded mice like this one shown on the last pictures - "M370" is a Taiwanese clone.


A4Tech SWW-23 Port: PS/2 (RS232 possible with adapter)
Manufactured by: A4Tech

Type: Ball mouse, 2 buttons, wheel, button in wheel
Approx. year: 2002
Cheaper A4Tech equivalent of Genius. This mouse can operate both in PS/2 connector and, with help of adapter, with serial port.
Inside, the quality is relatively nice and, if not counting ball stabilization, better than Genius. The ball is mounted the same way as in most A4Techs, with shafts and wheel mounted on spring. Optical transducers are located on PCB, so they may get blocked with dust.
I've used this mouse and after a year of good operation one axis suddenly stopped working.
Warranty service said is was my fault and I finally bought WWW-35 mouse described much below. After opening I found that the problem is in dust blocking one of optical barriers.
Driver disk


Dexxa Light Mouse Port: PS/2
Manufactured by: Dexxa

Type: Ball mouse, 2 buttons + wheel, button in wheel
Approx. year: 2001
The history of this mouse model is funny and interesting. In early 2000s optical mice were slowly introduced. The technology was far from maturity - optical mice required a special pad with grid matrix printed on it and the earliest models required calibration if a new pad (e.g. a well-known "cow" pattern) had to be used. In the same time these optical mice were expensive and quickly became s clear sign of futile luxury.
So someone in Dexxa said: Let's make a mouse which looks like optical one, but is a normal mouse! And they made it. It is a normal, ball mouse...
... with a red LED iluminating underside and upper part of its case. It was made totally to give "bling" to users and it was used this way. Unfortunately it was not so good in quality - it was made of semi-transparent, fragile plastic which easily broke off, especially near ball ring.

Archived copany's web page about this mouse



Sunny HTM-50W Port:PS/2
Manufactured by: Sunny Line

Type: Ball mouse, 2 buttons with scroll
Approx. year: 2002
A typical, but quite comfortable mouse. SunnyLine was a manufacturer of different PC accessories like document holders or disk boxes, but they rarely made a complete peripherals.




A4Tech WWW-35 Port:
Manufactured by: A4Tech

Type: Ball mouse, 4 buttons, 2 wheels + wheel button
Approx. year: 2004
This is an interesting mouse sold under different brands, as A4Tech WWW-35, FastNet 5 or "Trool" which was probably a computer company related to Polish Compact Computers shop.
This mouse has two standard buttons, two scroll wheels for horizontal and vertical scrolling, button under scroll wheel and additional two buttons behind main ones, pressed usually with thumb and little finger, to navitage back and forward directory structures and websites.
The disk supplied with this mouse was a typical A4Tech wheel mouse driver and in fact I never installed anything from it - it was working from the beginning.
I used this mouse for a very long time (until 2015) and I found its additional buttons alignment very comfirtable.
 Driver ana disk cover. Additionally earlier A4Tech wheel drivers.



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