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Difference between Optical Mouse and Laser Mouse
  • Last Updated : 17 Nov, 2020

1. Optical Mouse :
Optical mouse illuminates the surface with infrared LED light and works better on mouse pads and non glossy surface. It is first used in 1980 by Mouse Systems Corporation and Xerox and first commercially used by Microsoft in 1999. Its resolution of around 3, 000 DPI.

Pros of Optical Mouse –

  • Generally better price-quality ratio
  • More accurate

Cons of Optical Mouse –

  • Must be used on a non-reflective surface

2. Laser Mouse :
Laser mouse illuminates the surface with a laser beam and it has no such any preferred surface for working. It is first used in 1998 by Sun Microsystems and it is first commercially used by Logitech MX 1000 in 2004. It resolution of 6, 000 to 15, 000 DPI.

Pros of Laser Mouse –



  • Can be used on almost any surface
  • Higher DPI

Cons of Laser Mouse –

  • Over-analyzing on slower movements



Difference between Optical Mouse and Laser Mouse :

S.No.OPTICAL MOUSELASER MOUSE
01.Optical mouse illuminates the surface with infrared LED light.While the Laser mouse illuminates the surface with a laser beam.
02.Optical mouse senses the top of the surface it’s on.Laser mouse senses peaks and valleys in a surface.
03.Optical mouse works better on mouse pads and non glossy surface.Laser mouse has no such preferred surfaces.
04.It is less prone towards acceleration.It is more prone towards acceleration.
05.Optical mouse is less expensive than laser mouse.Laser mouse is more expensive than optical mouse.
06.Optical mouse is best for gaming and home computer settings.Laser mouse is best for business settings.
07.Optical mouse uses LED technology.Laser mouse uses Laser diode technology.
08.It is first commercially used by Microsoft in 1999.It is first commercially used by Logitech MX 1000 in 2004.
09.Its resolution is 3000 dpi.Its resolution is 6000 dpi.
10.It is first used in 1980 by Mouse Systems Corporation and Xerox.It is first used in 1998 by Sun Microsystems.
11.It is Surface illumination.It is deep illumination.
12.Optical mouse provides smooth feel at slow speeds.Laser mouse provides jittery feel at slow speeds.

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