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IBM PS/2 Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Mar 23, 2020 at 08:27 am
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Test Methodology v0.8.1
4.5
Mixed Usage
5.0
Office/Multimedia
4.9
Travel
4.9
Video Games (FPS)
2.9
Video Games (MMO)
6.1
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wired
Type
Standard

The IBM PS/2 is an older mouse that we decided to review to be able to see just how much technology has evolved over the years. This mouse is still surprisingly well-built, but a trackball simply doesn't perform as well as a laser or optical sensor. It also only has two main click buttons, without a scroll wheel or side buttons. On the upside, it's fairly lightweight, but you might need to get an adapter as most recent computers don't have a PS/2 port.

Our Verdict

4.5 Mixed Usage

The IBM PS/2 is an overall poor-performing mouse. Its old age shows, and technology has advanced so far that unless you want this mouse as a collector's item, there's no real reason to get it based on its performance.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
5.0 Office/Multimedia

The IBM PS/2 Two Button Combo was designed for the office, but its old design isn't suitable for the modern era. It's not the most comfortable to use and its cable is quite annoying. Also, most recent computers don't have the appropriate port so you might have to buy an adapter. Also, the mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel and navigating the web should be a lot harder.

4.9 Travel

The IBM PS/2 is a wired mouse that isn't suitable for traveling. Its cable is cumbersome and won't be the best option to use in tight spaces like on a plane.

4.9 Video Games (FPS)

The IBM PS/2's performance isn't suitable for video games. Its trackball can't compete with modern sensors and it has high click latency so it won't be the most responsive option.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
2.9 Video Games (MMO)

The IBM PS/2 isn't designed for MMO gaming, as it only has two buttons.

See our Video Games (MMO) recommendations
6.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

Although the IBM PS/2 is fairly lightweight, its trackball performance can't compete with more recent mice that have optical or laser sensors and it shouldn't be used for gaming.

  • 4.5 Mixed Usage
  • 5.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 4.9 Travel
  • 4.9 Video Games (FPS)
  • 2.9 Video Games (MMO)
  • 6.1 Ultra-Light Gaming
Pros
  • Decently well-built.
  • Great for fingertip grip.
Cons
  • Poor performance, can't be customized.
  • Very stiff cable.
  • Requires an adapter on modern computers.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The IBM PS/2 is a pretty dull-looking mouse. There's nothing that really stands out with this mouse. There are only the two main click buttons and the IBM logo is printed on the back of the mouse.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
121 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
89 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
89 g

This mouse isn't too heavy, but it doesn't have any weight customization options.

5.8
Design
Portability
Length 4.5" (11.5 cm)
Height 1.5" (3.7 cm)
Width 2.4" (6.2 cm)
Volume
16.11 Cu. Inch (264 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Due to its wired-only design, this isn't the most portable mouse. Also, since laptops usually don't have a PS/2 port, you'll probably need to travel with an adapter to plug the mouse in.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

Surprisingly enough, even though this mouse is very old, the build quality is quite decent. There's a lot of rattle when shaking the mouse due to the trackball moving around. On the upside, the plastic used feels very thick and solid, which results in very little flex.

6.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Grip Width
62 mm

The mouse's shape isn't the most comfortable to use for long periods. There's no grip on the sides and the ambidextrous design doesn't have any ergonomic curves.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
No
Palm Grip: Large Hand
No
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
No

Only people with smaller hands should be able to use this mouse with a palm grip comfortably. Others' fingers might reach over the edge of the click buttons.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
No
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
No

People with larger hands might not be comfortable using a claw grip with this mouse. Its shape would require you to curl up your fingers a lot, which isn't comfortable during long periods.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

The short body of this mouse is great for a fingertip grip and everyone should be able to use it comfortably.

0
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
No
Battery Type
No Batteries
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
None

This mouse is wired-only and can't be used wirelessly.

5.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 6.0 ft (1.8 m)
Braided
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
PS/2

The cable is quite bad. It's one of the most rigid cables we've tested and it gets caught on desk supplies very easily. It also keeps a lot of kinks from packaging and since most modern computers don't have a PS/2 port, you'll also need to get an adapter.

Design
In The Box

  • IBM PS/2 mouse

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Mechanical Ball
Works On Glass
Yes

This mouse doesn't have a sensor. This old design uses a mechanical ball that tracks movement through mechanical rotation. On the upside, this means it also works on glass, unlike the majority of sensors we've tested so far.

4.1
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
39 ms

The click latency of this mouse is pretty bad, but it had to be tested with a PS/2 to USB converter adapter, so some latency might be attributed to that. The results might be lower without an adapter, but we can't confirm. Nevertheless, this mouse shouldn't be used for gaming, but you might not notice any delay in day-to-day use.

4.9
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
440 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
440 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
0 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
N/A
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
1.2 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
90 Hz

The performance of this mouse is bad, which isn't surprising considering how technology has improved over the years. Due to its mechanical trackball, there's only one sensitivity available, which seemed to be around 440 CPI. The polling rate can't be customized, and the lift-off distance is how far down the ball goes past the body of the mouse to still be able to rotate.

2.5
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
No

This mouse only has the two main click buttons, and they can't be remapped to something else.

0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
None
Vertical Wheel Incremented
No
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

This mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel.

Operating System And Software
0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name No software
Software Windows Compatibility
No
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No Software
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
No
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
No

This mouse doesn't have compatible software.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

This mouse works fully on both Windows and macOS, but you might require a USB adapter.

Compared to other mice

The IBM PS/2 is a very old model that shows how greatly mice technology has evolved over the past years. This trackball mouse is near irrelevant now unless you're looking for a collector's item. For modern recommendations, check out our picks for the best mice, the best wireless mice, and the best ergonomic mice for the office.

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