Wired vs Wireless Mouse

It’s a question almost as old as Windows 95: is a wired mouse better than a wireless mouse? This real answer is: it’s all up to your personal preference! There is no right or wrong answer, only what suits your life better.


A wired mouse offers you reliability. Unlike a wireless mouse, a wired mouse will almost always work (barring any hardware failures). You plug the mouse in, it works, and you’re off to the races – there are no wireless signals you need to worry about. Unlike a wireless mouse, a wired mouse doesn’t require batteries to operate, since it’s powered by the cable attached to the computer.

On the other hand, a wired moue also restricts you:

Cable length – you’re limited to the length of your USB cable. You can’t go beyond the bounds of that cable, and if it’s too short you may have to end up moving your entire computer just to use your mouse.

Twisted cables – the mouse cable can get in the way of your activities (which can be especially problematic for gamers), which causes you to tug, pull, and reposition the USB cable.


A wireless mouse offers the freedom to use the mouse just about anywhere you want to: you’re not limited by the length of your cable. Plus, you’re not going to get trapped in a mess of USB cables (which can be a godsend to some gamers who often find them tugging on their mouse cable in order to get more slack).

There are some significant disadvantages to a wireless mouse:

Batteries – the mouse has to be powered somehow, which means you’re going to be replacing the batteries every time they run low, which can end up costing you a significant amount of money in the long run.

Wireless signal – since the mouse is wireless it’s susceptible to wireless interference. If you find that you get a lot of wireless interference with your other devices, there’s a good chance your mouse will run into the same problems, causing you to not be able to use your mouse at all!


In the end you’ll have to choose the mouse that’s right for you. If you find that your mouse cable is just getting in the way of your activities you may want to invest in a wireless mouse. On the other hand, if you’re getting annoyed at the amount of times you need to replace the batteries in your wireless mouse you might want to stick with a wired mouse.

Of course, the only way you can know what’s right for you is to go out there and try various devices out for yourself. Since this is all based on personal preference you need to have experience with the difference devices before you can make a judgment call.