The mouse is a wonderful invention, but every one I've ever bought other than the very most basic has failed me in one way or another.
Hopefully the collective wisdom of the superuser community can help me.
I'm currently using my second MS Intellimouse Explorer. I bought the first one because of the reviews but the mouse-wheel failed me after a year or so (got sticky, took it apart, fundamentally broke it working out how to fix). I naively thought this might be a one-off but it's happened to me again. Now I'm just frankly annoyed, as they're not cheap really for something to regularly replace.
I don't really care about the cost so much - good mice are all in the same relative bracket; I'm not really a gamer, although some get me hooked for a bit -- and I don't want to keep buying batteries.
To keep this question StackExchange-friendly, I'm not going to ask directly for specific recommendations.
What I want to know, categorically, is what to look for.
Build quality is important - what do I look for in a manufacturer or product description that means it probably won't break? Which manufactures generally score highly in this regard?
I generally, now, regard only wireless mice as acceptable - is this a reasonable conclusion? Gradual failure in my mind is total failure!
What have I missed?