Working from home has become the new norm, but most of us are still adjusting to it. While many of us might have a full-fledged home office setup, most of us are working on our laptops. Repeatedly using the laptop trackpad to control the on-screen cursor puts physical strain on your hands. On top of that, if you have been using an office-provided mouse at work but lack one at home, it's even more difficult to adjust. However, you can always get yourself a basic laptop mouse for your home. Here’s how to go about picking one.

Wired or wireless

One of the first questions you need to answer is whether you want a wired mouse or a wireless one. If you’re fine with additional wires on your desk, wired mice offer a very slight speed advantage over wireless alternatives, and don’t require batteries or Bluetooth to work. However, modern wireless mice are comparable to wired alternatives in speed and are highly battery efficient.



Laser or optical

The primary difference between laser and optical mice is the illumination source. While an optical mouse uses an LED light, a laser mouse uses its namesake technology – a laser. This leads to optical mice relying on a mousepad to function, but generally being smoother at lower speeds. While laser mice can work on any surface, due to their higher sensitivity they feel jittery at lower speeds. However, the same high sensitivity makes them better for graphic designers and gamers.



Ergonomics

There’s no way to figure this one out just from what the manufacturers say. However, you can get an estimate of the hand-feel by looking at the dimensions of the mouse. Another great way is to look at reviews online that talk about its size as well as speak to other mouse-users who have a similar hand size to yours. There are also some special ergonomic designs available like the vertical mouse, the trackball mouse and more.



Programmable buttons

Mice with many programmable buttons are usually considered to be for gamers. However, those buttons can be programmed to many shortcuts that can be especially useful if you work with the same program every day. For example, an extra button can be programmed work as the back button on your browser.



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