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Computer Mouse: Wireless versus Wired Debate

The wireless vs wired mouse debate is an old one and is especially popular among gamers. Cordless mice are getting better and better these days, so you don't have to worry about issues like slower response time or unreliable signal. However, there's no getting around the fact that you still need to recharge the batteries every now and then - just as there's no getting around the fact that corded mice are limited by the cable.

Now it's your turn to tell everyone whether wired or wireless computer mice are better, and why!

Advantages of Wired Mice

  • A wired mouse is more reliable. Unlike a wireless one it will usually work even without any special drivers, and you won't need to worry about signal interference. Just plug it into USB, and it'll work.
  • These mice theoretically have faster response times than cordless ones (although the issue is practically non-existent when it comes to modern hardware).
  • There's no need to replace batteries all the time, or worry about them running out in the middle of an intense gaming session.
  • Wired mice can be made lighter than wireless ones because they don't contain heavy batteries. Lack of built-in batteries and a receiver also means that the device is cheaper to make.

Classic Wired Gaming Mouse from Logitech

Pros of Wireless Mice

  • Wireless mice are, well, wireless. There's no cord, meaning you don't have to worry about it getting twisted or stuck. It'll also look nicer and help reduce all the cable clutter under your desk.
  • You don't need to "drag" the cable all the time when you are using a wireless mouse (although it's not really an issue with a wired mouse if the cable is positioned correctly).
  • You are not limited to the cable length - depending on the model, it's usually possible to use a wireless mouse several meters away from the computer.

Good Wireless Gaming Mouse

Mouse Type Poll


CristianStan on October 23, 2012:

Wireless is the best. You just have to make sure you get the one that fits you.

iyandri lm on August 15, 2012:

for gaming mouse i still like wired mouse , because more responsive

anonymous on June 01, 2012:

I use a wireless mouse because I use my 54 inch HD TV as a computer monitor and I like to sit on my couch while computing. I don't play a lot of games though, I'm a computer science student so I mainly use my computer for programming. If there's a lag on my cheapo 11 dollar Targus AMW5701, I certainly don't ever experience it, so basically that's why I use a wireless mouse: I sit more than 2 meters away from my monitor. Oh yeah, and I use rechargeable batteries for everything, so batteries are a not an issue for me.

anonymous on May 19, 2012:

@anonymous: Some gamers, for whom it is very important to have smooth, consisted mouse movement across the surface, don't like the wire because it "drags" and can snag on things. Some even buy those expensive mouse cord holders that companies like Razer make.

Seems silly to me, but there you go.

anonymous on February 06, 2012:

The pros for wireless don't even give you a benefit. Why do you need huge range? Is your keyboard floating and wireless too, and does your monitor follow you everywhere as well? No? You sit in front of the computer in one spot? Then why does your mouse have to have the ability to be further away? Is that wire really limiting your movement? I don't even notice the wire because I'm not at max range, like most people I leave slack so that it has no effect on me.

Just get a good logitech wired mouse and be done with it.

anonymous on July 19, 2011:



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anonymous on June 02, 2011:

Logitech ignores gamers request to manufacture the Logitech 9043530403 Trackman Wheel Optical Trackball

Wireless is subject to interference in some areas, wired is not! Center located trackballs are useless, Gamers like myself need to use our thumbs to move the pointer or charater, fingers to click to use weapons and the left hand free to use the keyboard keys. Logitech poduces a trackman wireless that is exactly the same as the wired but useless due to interference from outside sources. plus Logitech figures they can charge much much more for a wireless version than the wired version, as it does cost more to make the wireless version. Logitech will not even sell the rights for others to produce what was and still could be a hundred thousand unit sale per state in just the U.S alone. Must be a Harvard graduate making Moronic decisions that only servre their visions instead of reality.

anonymous on May 16, 2011:

Good topic and great information, loved reading and participating in the lens.

galant on November 14, 2010:

Interesting Duel. I have used both over the years. I used a wireless mouse at work for a while when the company paid for batteries, but I will not use them for personal use and have even phased out that mouse at work. When I thought about it, I just didn't like that I was sending batteries to the landfills.

irenemaria from Sweden on October 14, 2010:

Interesting debate! I have both a laptop and an ordinary comp. With both I use wireless mice

Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on October 12, 2010:

Good debate! I need a new mouse so I'm thinking this over.

anonymous on October 04, 2010:

Cool lens-love it!

anonymous on October 02, 2010:

wired mouse is the way to go! ;D

Oliversbabycarecouk on September 28, 2010:

Great Lens. I Use Both, Currently A Wireless One, But I Prefer Wires, Less To Go Wrong Then

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on September 20, 2010:

Great debate. I've used both, but much prefer the wireless version.

lasertek lm on May 17, 2010:

Nice debate! I have used both the wired and wireless mouse. Never really had problems with both though; that's why I cannot choose which is much preferred.

anonymous on January 01, 2010:

Nice I got it

DividingLine on October 12, 2009:

It's got to be wired if you want the best gaming mouse with the fastest response and no battery worries, although the new Razer Mamba is really good for a wireless gaming mouse

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on April 15, 2009:

Loving my wireless!


Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on February 04, 2009:

I use my touchpad most of the time on my laptop, but I do like my Logitech bluetooth mouse and keyboard, they perform nicely. Good lens, 5*****

valmont on April 21, 2008:

I've got the #2, #3, #7 mice in my store!

Do visit my store:

KimGiancaterino on April 01, 2008:

My laptop has a touchpad, so I've been mouse-less for many years now. Great debate though. I never had a problem with my old wired mouse.

ols on March 31, 2008:

Nice lens with useful comparisons made between wired and wireless mice.

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