I was a bit late to change to change to using a cordless mouse. The cord didn’t really bother me all that much. Of course, like so many things in life, once you try the upgrade, you’re hooked. When I started using a laptop fulltime, I found that I would often leave the wired mouse at the office when I traveled. It was just too big a hassle to unplug the cord from the docking station, wind it up and put it in my laptop bag. When I got a cordless mouse, I still had to remember to get the mouse transmitter unplugged from the USB, but it was a much more easily used travel companion. Of course the main reason to use a cordless mouse is that it is much more comfortable to use in most daily working situations.
When my last cordless mouse gave up the the ghost, I shopped a bit and found reviews of a really nice wireless mouse, the Logitech VX Nano. It is great for the road warrior because the USB transmitter is so tiny you can just leave it in the computer all of the time. Mine even fits in a USB port on my laptop within a half an inch of the docking station that I couldn’t use for anything anyway. It came with a nice traveling case.
Of course as soon as you buy something a newer or better product comes out. In my case it was Jeff Beard, who published "What’s New in Cordless Mice?" on his Law Tech Guru blog in December. Well thankfully for my piece of mind, Jeff liked my new mouse well enough, although it was not his favorite. Read Jeff’s blog post and you will be able to impress all of your friends with your knowledge of the cordless mouse landscape. Well, OK, you may not want to brag about it at cocktail parties, but at least you’ll have a good idea of which cordless mouse you’d like to own. (And, who knows, if I read Jeff’s review often enough I may decide to become a dual cordless mouse owner.)