I'm looking for computer mouse suggestions: at least 4 button (right, left, forward and backward for internet browsing) plus a scroll wheel, for Windows 7, your best buys for the money. More details inside.
My old Microsoft optical USB mouse was similar to this one
, except molded for right-handed use, featuring two buttons under the thumb instead of one per side like the linked model. The mouse would stop working sporadically, for a moment, complete with the USB disconnect/reconnect sound, and it finally gave up the ghost after this behavior increased to once every minute or so.
I've grown accustomed to the right-handed style, but I could probably get used to a symmetrical design. I would also prefer wired, as I don't need the freedom of a wireless mouse at my desktop. I don't do any gaming that requires quick or accurate response, but I do futz around with Photoshop.
While I'd normally browse a near-by computer shop and pick something up, I've moved to an area without any office supply shops close enough to make the trip really convenient, and I have a back-up mouse, so I figured I can now be a bit pickier. Also, if there are non-traditional mice that you like, I'd like to hear about those, too, though my computer is used by family and friends from time-to-time, who didn't like when I had my mouse on the left-hand side.
I'm frugal, but not cheap, so if you've had a great mouse for the past 5 to 10 years, I'll check it out. And I'm not stuck on USB, as my PC tower has a PS/2 connector for a mouse, though my keyboard does have two USB jacks, where I used to connect my old mouse before it got unreliable and took out the keyboard when it went wonky for a second (they'd return together, so I thought it was a USB issue, but the keyboard was fine once I moved the mouse to another USB port).