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So I decided a while back to get a new mouse that would ease my shoulder and hand pain, and I happened upon this.  Well I've been using it for a few weeks now on my Dell 4550 with Windows XP, and I thought I'd share my thoughts on the Perific wireless mouse for anybody considering a new mouse.


  • If your posture is good (or if you start trying harder to straighten your shoulders), it really does seem like it's good for the shoulder and whatnot.
  • It's very easy to use it in your hand rather than on a mousepad, and going from mousing to typing in this situation is a breeze.


  • It's expensive - I paid around US$120.
  • It takes a second or two to respond when you haven't used it for a while.  My old MS wireless mouse never had that problem.
  • The scroll wheel has been randomly losing its ability to scroll in a web browser.  If I switch to another Windows session (i.e. Switch User from Log Off menu in Windows XP) then switch back, the functionality returns.
  • The rechargeable batteries inside the mouse only last about a week.  The good news is that there's a charging cable in the receiver.  The bad news is that the cable is fairly short.
  • The range isn't very good.  I'm lucky if I get a good signal at 3 feet.
  • It feels like it could break at any moment because the plastic is so cheap.
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 8:12 PM all tech stuff , all the other stuff | Back to top

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Hi, I've been using the Perific Wireless Mouse for half a year now, and although I enjoy the freedom the trackball function gives me (no more sitting in the same static position the whole day long!), I am not really satisfied with this products: First the batteries supplied with the Perific Mouse did not charge at all, so we had to buy new ones. The battery cover has refused to stay in place after the third time I have opened it, so now I have fixed it with a piece of tape. But worst of all, the radio communication between mouse and receiver - placed only some 1.5 feet apart - breaks down about every 15 minutes, and I have to press the synchronisation button on the receiver and this very tiny and deep-set button on the bottom of the mouse several times to make the cursor move again. Every second day or so the mouse simply refuses to re-connect with the radio receiver, and I have to either restart my work station or plug in my old Logitec mouse (whose radio connection has never ever broken down so far) in order to go on with my work. Well, either I have been sent a real lemon, or the wireless operation of the Perific Mouse is not as mature as the company claims. I will now complain about this problem with Perific, let's see what they make from it...
Left by Astrid on Feb 15, 2007 9:50 AM

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