HERTAO ๅคš้”ฎ้ผ ๆ ‡, Mechanical Key Switches Mouse

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Hertao mouse, came out around 2021 or before.

It got an innovation of using computer keyboard's mechanical key switches , as mouse buttons.

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Hertao mouse 20230507 zPrBB
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Hertao mouse and Logitech G502 Mouse
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Hertao mouse 20230507 114635668

Top Buttons Default Functions

The default function of the top buttons are

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Hertao mouse top buttons

Mouse Wheel

The mouse wheel is on the side, and you turn it with your left thumb, by moving it up down. Very awkward. Also, the wheel is slippery.

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hertao mouse wheel
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Hertao mouse 2021-11-05 XQNK

Side Buttons

the side buttons on left are


They are very hard to press. Requires a lot force.

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Hertao mouse side 20230507 BVBWj

Right Side Buttons (DPI and Backlight Color)

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hertao mouse right side
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Logitech MX Master Mouse (2015) vs Hertao mouse

Key Switches

The key switches are hot-swappable. [see Hot-Swappable Key-Switch Socket] By default, they are Kailh BOX Switch

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hertao mouse key switch

Programable Buttons

The buttons can be programed. you need to download their software. But i have not tried.

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Marketing Blurbs

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Good idea. But the mouse wheel is bad. Work around is to program two top keys as page up/down.

Also the left side buttons are too heavy, making them useless.

The top buttons are very nice. You can program them to be browser functions. Example:

Where to Buy

Thanks to jamesni for gifting me this mouse.

Mechanical Key Switches Mouse