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Gypsylady  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 6036)
Thu, 17th May '07 7:26 AM


I am considering getting a new desktop and mouse and would appreciate anyone's input on the brand of desktop they have, and what you like and don't like about it.

Also, the brand and name of mouse you use, whether laser or optical, corded or cordless.

I have only had one computer which is an older Dell, and 2 mice. The mouse I am using now is a mini Logitech optical corded which has a scroll wheel. I like it fairly well, except the wheel makes a clicking sound and doesn't scroll very smoothly and isn't all that old.

Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Thu, 17th May '07 8:00 AM

I definitely recommend optical over the ball-type. I have had a lot of success with Logitech. I have never had a cordless, so someone else will have to speak to the pluses and minuses of cord versus cordless.

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Thu, 17th May '07 8:09 AM

I use a Logitech wireless optical mouse. Best feature: no cord to get tangled. Worst feature: The batteries go dead right in the middle of a good WR.

The rechargeable batteries are the biggest pain. Overall though,I much prefer a wireless mouse.

As to brand of computer, I have had excellent experiences with Dell and HP, bad experience with Gateway and eMachines.

I would most definitely stay away from off brand garage built units that you find in a lot of the smaller shops. The architecture can be rather odd and no one but the original seller will attempt to work on it. If they go under, you're SOL.

Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Thu, 17th May '07 8:29 AM

Get a Mac - computer restarts and the like will be a thing of the past. Plus, no complicated decisions on which level of software you want etc. And viruses - I know they exist for Macs but nothing like with PCs.

I use a Logitech Bluetooth mouse with mine - I love it being cordless.

I also prefer a laptop over a desktop because I can do things like take my computer with me when I go places.


Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Thu, 17th May '07 8:44 AM

I use a Logitech wireless mouse. I agree ... the freedom by going cordless outweighs the occasional aggravation of battery replacement.

For the system, if you have the money and need for the graphics, Mac is a great way to go. We used a Dell desktop with no major complaints, and a Toshiba astllite for the laptop. The battery on it dies too quickly, but beyond that. we've been very happy with it.

If you're going to be playing WPs and such, a Dell with the biggest flat screen you can fit on the desk will be an almighty help.

Best of luck!

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Thu, 17th May '07 9:18 AM

I liked my cordless mouse, but it seemed to take an extra second or so to send the click to the computer. I found I couldn't achieve the same fast times on word rounds or word matches with my cordless as I could with my regular wired mouse. Not sure if it was the brand of cordless (G.E.) or the fact that it was cordless. I didn't seem to find my batteries dying too quickly.


Gypsylady  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 6036)
Tue, 22nd May '07 9:07 AM

Thank you for all of your comments. Since I've only used this one computer, and a couple of different mice, I needed some input as to what works better for others. Thanks, again!


Gypsylady  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 6036)
Tue, 22nd May '07 9:09 AM

Does anyone know the advantages of a laser mouse or are there any?


Berylm  (Level: 153.8 - Posts: 478)
Tue, 22nd May '07 9:18 AM

I use a laser mouse because I got fed up with having to clean the ball and its socket on an ordinary one - my cats wander over my desk all the time so dust, grit and cat hair used to clog it up on a regular basis! The keyboard lives under a polyurethane shelf for the same reason.

On the other hand I definitely *don't* want a wireless one - apart from the problems with batteries (and if it goes wrong you have to connect a wired one to fix it), the same four cats (the baby in particular) would no doubt ensure that it vanished every time I left it for more than five minutes - so I need a wire to ensure it stays attached to the computer!

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Tue, 22nd May '07 12:18 PM

I second the Mac vote.

I have no SPAM, my computer boots in seconds, and the graphics are incredible. I had a very lousy Dell before.

Have fun shopping!

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Tue, 22nd May '07 12:32 PM

I agree. Macs are GREAT playtoys.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Tue, 22nd May '07 1:15 PM

I've a Mac at home - great graphics, no start up delays etc.
But it adds about 3-5 seconds onto WR/WM times because of the mouse.
On the other hand, my work PC has clunky graphics and occasionaly kicks me out of Sploofus - but the Logitech mouse means (on a good day)I can be pretty sure of a top 5 place in WR/WM's.
So: if you can get an up-to-date Mac with a compatible Logitech mouse (with a roller thingy on it), you will be an all-powerful Sploofus wizard, leaving a trail of sploocarnage in your wake and other Sploofusers gibbering in splooterror at your omniscience and ineffability!

(Excuse me whilst I go off and laugh in a Vincent Price/'Thriller' fashion)

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 6036)
Sun, 3rd Jun '07 11:09 AM

Last Tuesday, I bought a Dell Dimension E520 desktop! So far, I love it, and also the Dell mouse which came with it. I purchased a Micro laser wireless, but it was too big and heavy. After trying it, I realized the Dell mouse which came with it was more comfortable to use. The price was $799.00 + tax. Don't know if this was a bargain or not, but about the price I planned on paying. Without ordering on the Internet, Dell was about the only option in this town, other than the brands from Walmart, which I feel are probably fine, but I had just always thought I wanted a Dell unless someone had some negative input about them. Also, the store where I bought it provides technical support, and technicians on call for problems.

Thanks again for all of your opinions which I took into consideration, in helping me make the decision.


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