Built in mice are fine for a lot of functions but drag and drop can be a bit tricky since you've got to hold down one button with your thumb whilst using your finger to make the move...requiring the hand to do fairly awkward stuff since the index finger and thumb are so close.
I use a Toshiba bought from e-buyer.
It works fine but the battery life is very short.
Sometimes its not worth the hassle for a half hours work and easier to stick your stuff on a memory stick and take it home.
Yep, but that requires a flat surface to roll on....and when you're lying back on the sofa, or sitting on the train with laptop on your knees playing Spider Solitaire..erm I mean working, where d'you put the little crittur?
I've got a Packard Bell optical mouse plugged into my PS2 port - cant have it in the USB port because then the fingermouse thing still works and causes me all sorts of "oops I didnt mean to sell that" problems. Works like a charm, anyway.
Thank you to everyone for letting me have your views and comments.
at the moment the count is 13 externals out of 17.
Can I conclude that the "on board" mouse is therefore not ideal ?
My existing and somewhat antique laptop does not have an on board mouse and , in view of the reponse, I think I would prefer a new system without one.
I prefer a keyboard that comes up to the edge of the case.
Are such systems available anymore ? Or do we all have to succumb to the modern fashion?