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Does anyone make a "noise free" mouse?>>>
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Angelo78
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Feb 25, 2005, 12:23 AM
 
It may be a silly question but I sometimes wonder if there's a mouse that doesn't make a "click" sound when...um, click....pressing the buttons? Not that I need one but just curious.

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Feb 26, 2005, 03:54 PM
 
That's not a silly question at all. Too many engineers don't give much thought to noise reduction in product design.

Unfortunately, I don't know of one off hand. There are some membrane type roll-up keyboards that are pretty silent, but I don't know of any mice that are.
     
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Feb 26, 2005, 05:35 PM
 
I doubt that there are - the click is all part of the fundamental ergonomics of the mouse; a 'click' tells you that you pressed sufficiently hard.

Without the 'click' I imagine you would have less accurate press to select success - very much like what happens with my Wacom pen sometimes.
     
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Feb 26, 2005, 07:37 PM
 
Originally posted by Krypton:
I doubt that there are - the click is all part of the fundamental ergonomics of the mouse; a 'click' tells you that you pressed sufficiently hard.
I recall that the old Sun Sparcstations had optical mice that exhibited a more gentle and silent click. That tactile click, as opposed to a loud audio one, was more than enough feedback for me.
     
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Feb 26, 2005, 08:13 PM
 
I personally do not like the 'plasticky' click sound on most keyboard and mice. I get a very soft tactile click on my powerbook with the iSkin cover on, that I am very thankful for. I also use a Kensington optical mouse at work (sorry, can't remember the model) which clicks softer than the regular Apple optical mouse, but its still quite loud. Let me know if anyone out there knows of a softer clicking mouse.
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Feb 26, 2005, 09:07 PM
 
My dad loves those "clicking" noise. He once told me that if he doesn't hear that "clicking" sound, the mouse is "bad".

AFAIK, the Apple Pro mouse produces the loudest clicking noise compares to two Logitech mice I have, optical wheel mouse and MX700.
     
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Mar 1, 2005, 10:09 PM
 
Thanks for the responses! I guess the search continues. I understand both points made here. On the one hand you've got people who may be uncomfortable not hearing that confirming "click". On the other there are others who would rather have a muted, or silent, click. Granted most probably want the click, I wish an alternative was available.

KidKit I too prefer the softer powerbook sound compared to my mouse. Maybe if Apple ever releases a cool five button mouse they'll make it muted.

Thanks again. If I find anything I'll report back, for those interested.

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