English Amiga Board


Go Back   English Amiga Board > Main > Amiga scene

 
 
Thread Tools
Old 15 June 2021, 17:26   #1
YouKnowWho
Registered User

 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Toronto
Posts: 131
Which TANK Mouse is better?

Which tank mouse do you guys think is better in terms of quality, reliability and design?

The original A1000 internals or the A500/A2000 version?

I want to keep it original, no laser upgrades for now.
YouKnowWho is offline  
Old 15 June 2021, 17:38   #2
Gorf
Registered User

Gorf's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Munich/Bavaria
Posts: 1,327
Both are rubbish - the best original is the A3000 "pregnant mouse".
Gorf is online now  
Old 15 June 2021, 19:21   #3
Thomas Richter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Germany
Posts: 1,224
Quote:
Originally Posted by YouKnowWho View Post
Which tank mouse do you guys think is better in terms of quality, reliability and design?

The original A1000 internals or the A500/A2000 version?
There are far more versions. For the A2000/A500, I am aware of at least two versions. One with a door opened by linear slide, and one where you have to rotate the door to get access to the ball. The first version had membrane keys that died quickly (I had my mouse replaced about 10 times because the keys died away), and the later edition had more durable micro switches. The second edition with micro switches was more durable, but, frankly, neither of these were great. Iconic, probably.
Thomas Richter is offline  
Old 17 June 2021, 03:55   #4
Warty
Registered User

 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Minneapolis, USA
Posts: 205
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gorf View Post
Both are rubbish - the best original is the A3000 "pregnant mouse".
Uh, really? I'm super surprised by that. The pregnant mouse is very light, and feels pretty small to me. I much prefer my tank mice.

Thinking about making a 3D printed cover for a tank mouse, with a slot for a wheel though. Need to find a good donor mouse.
Warty is offline  
Old 17 June 2021, 04:15   #5
Gorf
Registered User

Gorf's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Munich/Bavaria
Posts: 1,327
Quote:
Originally Posted by Warty View Post
Uh, really? I'm super surprised by that. The pregnant mouse is very light, and feels pretty small to me. I much prefer my tank mice.

Thinking about making a 3D printed cover for a tank mouse, with a slot for a wheel though. Need to find a good donor mouse.
Light? Like all ball-mice there is more then enough weight to it … for my taste - but if someone needs more one could probably glue some coin on the inside …

I absolutely can not stand the buttons of the tank mouse - even the micro-switch ones are terrible. Every single click is annoying…. and double clicks are even worse.

And the shape of the tank mouse … well it’s simply not ergonomic at all - it probably wasn’t even intended to be.
Gorf is online now  
Old 17 June 2021, 16:19   #6
YouKnowWho
Registered User

 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Toronto
Posts: 131
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thomas Richter View Post
There are far more versions. For the A2000/A500, I am aware of at least two versions. One with a door opened by linear slide, and one where you have to rotate the door to get access to the ball. The first version had membrane keys that died quickly (I had my mouse replaced about 10 times because the keys died away), and the later edition had more durable micro switches. The second edition with micro switches was more durable, but, frankly, neither of these were great. Iconic, probably.
Thank you Thomas. I want to keep the retro experience genuine, and am out there looking for the best of these for that reason. I know it's not the best mouse by any means, but it is iconic in shape and we've spent a lot of time with that mouse, didn't we?

So of the A2000/A500 you recommend the rotating one? Are we just talking micro switches? Those can be replaced with better in worse case, right?
YouKnowWho is offline  
Old 17 June 2021, 16:44   #7
Thomas Richter
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Germany
Posts: 1,224
Quote:
Originally Posted by YouKnowWho View Post
So of the A2000/A500 you recommend the rotating one? Are we just talking micro switches? Those can be replaced with better in worse case, right?
That is the best one I know. Yes, it includes micro switches, and those work fine. Avoid the earlier revisions with the membrane-type switches, they wear out *very* quickly. I went through a mouse within two month or so.
Thomas Richter is offline  
Old 18 June 2021, 00:04   #8
Arne
Hobby/Indie gamedev

Arne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Southern Sweden
Posts: 44
I soldered in new expensive-ish micro switches in my old wounded mice.
Panasonic... regular 6x6 tact switches are way too clacky. The Panasonics are a bit taller and with different legs but it's not a showstopper. The big rectangular switches sometimes seen in modern nice might be a tough fit however.
Round
Tank

I have some five Amiga mice as back in the day I went and bought new ones when they stopped working, not knowing how to open up (the round C= ones) to clean the optos, or how to do button repair. They're all functional now, in pointless abundance, a few decades late...

I actually use my Naksha (branded) Atari/Amiga mouse the most as it somehow handles nicely and never broke. Not sure if there's actually any DPI difference between it and the old tank mouse.

Last edited by Arne; 18 June 2021 at 00:16.
Arne is offline  
 


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anything better than the tank mouse? cbmeeks support.Hardware 5 16 January 2020 03:42
WTB: Amiga tank mouse webmany MarketPlace 1 29 December 2018 11:57
Amiga Mouse Original Tank Mouse Optical sensor Faulty Help please. Audronic support.Hardware 5 01 February 2017 09:42
Anyone knows where to get tank mouse microswitches? amigasith support.Hardware 14 20 February 2014 20:17
Looking for a tank mouse... AmigaUser2010 MarketPlace 0 01 March 2011 23:43

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 02:39.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Page generated in 0.08013 seconds with 15 queries