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Old 11-21-2019, 09:07 AM
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mouse button clicks


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How many times does the left mouse button get clicked during the lifespan (projected, i guess) of a computer mouse?

(I would imagine companies that produce these items must have some idea of this...)

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Old 11-21-2019, 09:16 AM
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The switches in a typical mouse button are rated for somewhere around a million clicks. A cheapie mouse will be less than that. A mouse specifically advertised for gaming might have a rating more in the 10 million to 50 million click range.

That rating is just for the switch. Environmental factors like dust, cigarette smoke and ashes, animal hair, etc. might cause the mouse to get clogged up and stop working long before the switch actually breaks.
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Old 11-21-2019, 09:24 AM
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I used to replace the microswitches in Apple’s original mouse, because people would wear them out.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:43 AM
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jeez 50 million clicks. how on earth would they calculate that?

cheers guys
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:50 AM
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Button key lifetime test machine
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Old 12-03-2019, 07:51 PM
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Do they make the left click button more robust, because they expect it to be used more?

I mouse left handed, so the right click button on my mouse gets more usage than the left click button.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:36 PM
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Do they make the left click button more robust, because they expect it to be used more?

I mouse left handed, so the right click button on my mouse gets more usage than the left click button.
I use a Logitech trackball mouse (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and after a while, the left button does indeed quit working reliably - most commonly, it will register a double click when a single one was intended. I've learned that I can use the mouse's software to switch the buttons.... and my brain switches between the two configurations relatively quickly. They still only last about 2 years. I don't know if that's a typical lifespan for a 1-million-click mouse or not.
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Old 12-04-2019, 01:10 PM
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"Funny" stuff with mouse buttons happens to me often enough.

I just unplug it, open it up, clean it out and put it back together. I can make a mouse last 10 years or more.
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