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Cheap can be good

I’ve just bought a new wireless mouse for about £7.50. I’m telling you this because it’s actually quite good.

Normally I’m used to paying a little more for decent computer equipment – I am a Mac user after all – but this mouse was a total bargain. It’s made by ‘Technika’, which is the consumer electronics brand of Tesco, hence you’ll only find this in branches of Tesco. For your £7.50, you get a small USB dongle, and the mouse itself, which is rubberised. You also get a set of 2 AAA alkaline batteries included.

Its rubberised coating means that it is nice to hold and grip, and it’s a nice shape; furthermore it’s useable by both left- and right-handed people. It has a power-saving mode, so that if it’s not used for a couple of minutes it turns off; clicking a button re-activates it. It’s optical and has a 800dpi accuracy, which isn’t perfect but not bad either. And because it uses AAA batteries, rather than AA, it’s about the same weight as a standard corded mouse.

It doesn’t have a charger cradle or a low-battery indicator, but then you have only paid £7.50 for it, not £75.00. All in all, I’m quite pleased with my purchase.


  1. Congratulations on the purchase. Sounds like you found a real bargain there, Neil.
    I’m a Mac user too, and I use a Logitech MX1000 which I picked-up back when I was suffering from PC-itis. It’s a great mouse, has a go-zillion buttons, but it’s leaning on the ugly side.

  2. About tecknika, I bought a CD player (remember those?) over ten years ago in Lanzarote and it’s still going strong. Not a bad brand at all, at the price you pay