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Left mouse click

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Dr.EM, 15 Aug 2006.

  1. Dr.EM


    Joined: 15 Jun 2006

    Posts: 3,903

    Location: Swindon

    How long do you expect your mice to work for? Ours seem to have got progressively shorter life spans, every one with the same problem; the left button wears out. I thought it was the computer playing up but it's happened again and the left click on this mouse is now very unreliable.

    I think our first one lasted well over a year and that was a standard one supplied with the computer. The replacement after the left click on that one failed probably lasted around a year and this current one can't be more than a few months old and it's already pretty unuseable. It gets used pretty continuously and for quake 3, but should last longer I think?

    I tried replacing the switch in the old one for the right switch from the previous mouse, but I think I destroyed the optical sensor doing it, they are very delicate. Don't want to get used to a new mouse already, so will try that again nonetheless. Otherwise, it may be G5 time ;) :D
  2. fatmas


    Joined: 23 May 2006

    Posts: 409

    Location: Swindon

    Unless your forking out over £40 for a mouse, anything between a year and 2 years I feel is reasonable.. A lot of logitech mice have 3-5 year warranties AFAIK.. Does that include wear on the buttons?
  3. Dr.EM


    Joined: 15 Jun 2006

    Posts: 3,903

    Location: Swindon

    Very well, all the mice were under £40, this current one was £25 AFAIK, and is a laser one apparently popular in japan. It's a bit sensitive but were used to it now. This is definately under a year old though (8 months I think), so its a bit annoying.
  4. UKDTweak


    Joined: 2 Dec 2002

    Posts: 6,592

    Location: N.Ireland

    Maybe tell you users to be more gentle when pressing the button, our users here tend to smack the buttons as if it will work better that way ?
  5. Simian


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,117

    Location: Swindoniantown

    My old Logitec Mouseman Optical has lasted me 5 years!... and I use it for AutoCAD, which is very Left (and Right) click intensive!... and its still going strong!...

    Was £40 5 years ago though!...
  6. Mr.Orb


    Joined: 12 Nov 2004

    Posts: 2,523

    Location: Bath

    I am really not surprised due to the amount of time you spend on Quake 3 :rolleyes: :p
  7. Cal_G


    Joined: 29 Feb 2004

    Posts: 354

    Location: Netherton Ghetto

    I have had this mouse for about 5 years, cost me £4.50 at the time :D

    Still use it for gaming and it has never let me down
  8. Emlyn_Dewar


    Joined: 15 Oct 2003

    Posts: 12,837

    Location: Chengdu

    I have an old Compaq mouse from about 8 years ago, it sees regular use and still works fine. :D

    Infact, I can't recall ever having a broken/faulty mouse, they seem to be the only part of a computer that works perfectly for me.
  9. t31os


    Joined: 24 May 2006

    Posts: 3,574

    Location: Surrey - UK

    Always used the MS mouses myself, so far one has died on me, the rest are still going (3 microsoft ones in the house going strong).
  10. Dr.EM


    Joined: 15 Jun 2006

    Posts: 3,903

    Location: Swindon

    Cal_G, thats an interesting point, quite often those cheap mice seem to last better. Like I say, our standard supplied one lasted longest and this new, and most expensive one, has lasted the least. I think my brother is a bit aggresive with it, but he always has been :rolleyes: