Penclic Mouse – Review

On April 4, 2014, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

Penclic Mouse
Company: Penclic
Price: $73 – $99 depending on wired, wireless, or Bluetooth model

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The Penclic mouse is a mouse that looks like a pen. When I first heard about it I wasn’t sure what to expect. A mouse that is in the shape of a pen? I had to try one and see how it worked. Would it be better than a traditional mouse? Would it be better than a drawing tablet for drawing? Read on to learn more.

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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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NX-ECO Battery-Free Wireless Notebook Mouse—Review

On August 19, 2013, in Mouse, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

NX-ECO Battery-Free Wireless Notebook Mouse
Company: Genius
Price: $39.99

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I find it easier to use a mouse with my laptop rather than use the trackpad. I’ve tried a few different mice over the years with varying degrees of success. I was excited to try the NX-ECO Battery-Free Wireless Notebook Mouse, mostly because I wouldn’t have to worry about having spare batteries on hand. Was my excitement justified? Read on.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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iPazzport Fly/Air Mouse Keyboard
Review

On May 31, 2012, in Review, by Curt Blanchard

iPazzport Fly/Air Mouse Keyboard
Manufacturer: Pazzport
Model: KP-810-16
MSRP: $40.00
iPazzport Fly/Air Mouse Keyboard

Despite its unconventional name and odd concept, this Air Mouse actually works. Plug the included USB dongle into your Mac (or Windows, Android, Linux machine), turn it on, and your cursor moves around the screen following the movement of your hand courtesy of the built-in “3 axial Gyro-sensor.”

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse
Review

On March 1, 2012, in Mouse, Review, by Vicki Stokes

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Studio Series – Artist Edition
Company: Microsoft
Price: $29.99

Microsoft’s Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500  is a stylish mouse that is a comfortable fit for most hands and perfect for the mobile user. The mouse features Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology and USB transceiver for wireless connectivity.

 

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About Vicki Stokes

Vicki is a IT professional working in the Silicon Valley. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co-hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Elisa Pacelli.

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Developer: Genius
OS Support: Mac OSX 10.6+, WIndows 7/Vista/XP
Price: US$69.99

The Ring Presenter is a clever wireless, multi-function, five button mouse and laser pointer, all packaged into a small, light-weight, soft natural rubber finger ring. Powered by a thin, built-in Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the 2.4 GHz wireless mouse has an operating range of more than thirty feet. There is even a built-in blue LED that flashes when the battery needs to be recharged. A three position slide switch on the side of the mouse controls the modes and power on/off. The device is available in seven colors.

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About David Acklam

I'm a retired professional engineer actively involved in community outreach working with our local educators to help engage our youth in the sciences and mathematics. I enjoy sharing our night sky as an amateur astronomer and volunteer with the Project ASTRO program, the Flandrau Science Center, the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Kuiper Circle and as a docent with the Planetary Science Institute. I've been a Mac user since 2007.

Arctic Cooling P531 headset, Arctic Cooling M571 mouse
Company: Arctic Cooling
Price: headphones $66.55, mouse $29.95

The Arctic Cooling P531 headset and M571 mouse are both designed for gamers, the aim being to support features common to modern games at a price only somewhat above that of generic headsets and mice. Starting with the Arctic Cooling P531 headset, this includes headphones, a microphone, and a controller that provides on-the-fly adjustment of 5.1-channel surround-sound output. The headphones have soft fabric ear cups and flexible connections to the headband, and the microphone is mounted on a flexible arm that can be folded out of the way when not in use.

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About Neale Monks

Neale Monks has used Macs since 1990, when he was won over by the simplicity of printing from a networked Mac compared to doing the same thing with networked PCs. Since that time he's written for several Macintosh magazines including Macworld and Macformat as well as MyMac.com, InformIT, Peachpit, TidBITs, and the now-defunct AppleLust web site. Besides using Macs to make his living every day of the week, he likes to tinker about with vintage Macs, and a few years back wrote an e-book called 'Buying Used Macs' published through MyMac.com. Neale has a degree in zoology and a PhD in palaeontology. He lives in the market town of Berkhamsted on the edge of the Chiltern Hills.

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2.4G Wireless Motormouse – Review

On June 2, 2010, in Review, by Owen Rubin

2.4G Wireless Motormouse
Company: Motormouse

Price: $49.95
http://www.motor-mouse.net/

Every once in a while, I see a product that just makes me smile, and this is one of those products. Computer mice have become so boring and predictable, and admit it, they are just not very much fun. Sure, Apple has created some new, novel, and very cool mice, and Microsoft has some great multifunction devices as well, but they are still boring mice in the end.

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About Owen Rubin

Owen Rubin was one of the first people to program arcade video games for Atari a long time ago, and designed arcade video games for almost 15 years. He later joined Apple where he worked on both hardware and software projects, and was the key player on the MacLC, bootable CD, several pieces of Mac system software, as well as a contributor to many other CPU projects. He later worked for Pacific Bell to lead the design of services for the first commercial broadband system in the US, and then went on to be the lead researcher of broadband for Paul Allen's Interval Research. Since then, he has been an executive at a number of startups in security and semiconductors, and is currently the CTO of Edison Labs, a startup focusing on helping commercial clients write and develop mobile apps, especially for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

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Kensington Expert Mouse – Review

On January 21, 2010, in Macintosh, Mouse, Review, by Mark Rudd

Kensington Expert Mouse
Company: Kensington
Price: $99.99
kensington.com

TO BALL OR NOT TO BALL
While Apple was not the first to develop and implement pointing devices within the personal computing environment, they were certainly the company that brought the technology to its fruition. First introducing the mouse pointing device within the Lisa platform, Apple would refine the devices themselves and the graphical user interface which supported the mouse, within the Macintosh platform circa 1984.

Over time, it became clear that the over usage of a mouse could contribute to a Repetitive Strain Injury. Many companies developed different solutions to combat this problem. As a graphic designer in the late 80’s, I was forced to look for an alternative to the standard mouse. Enter the Kensington Turbo Mouse.

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Verbatim Bluetooth Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse – Review

On February 4, 2009, in Review, by Russ Walkowich

Verbatim Bluetooth Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse
Company: Verbatim

Price: $39.99
http://www.verbatim.com

I’ve been using Verbatim products, primarily their recording media, for many years. I’d always found their products to be reliable and priced well. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Verbatim also produces other items, such as the Bluetooth Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse. Most people still have had a tendency to use a USB mouse, plugging a wireless receiver into one of the USB ports. Well, when you’re using a MacBook, having only two ports can be a bit of a hindrance.

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About Russ Walkowich

Russ Walkowich is the longest contributing member of MyMac, starting back in 1995. He has served as writer, author, editor, and spiritual guide to a tribe of MyMac Founders in all that time.

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Arc Mouse – Review

On December 31, 2008, in Mouse, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Arc Mouse
Company: Microsoft

Price: $59.99
http://www.microsoft.com

It takes a lot to innovate in the world of computer mice these days. After all, seen one mouse seen them all, right? Wrong. Microsoft has figured out a way to innovate the mouse with their Arc Mouse.

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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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Microsoft Laser Wireless Desktop Keyboard and Mouse for Mac
Company: Microsoft

Price: $99.99
www.Microsoft.com

First Impressions
The first thing I noticed upon unpacking the Microsoft Laser Wireless Desktop Keyboard and Mouse for the Mac was that the keyboard and mouse are both finished with an aluminum-like finish to match the G5. The keys were clear plastic, and I was hoping they would light up for low light use (they don’t). The mouse has a nice ergonomic fit, but is designed for right-handed use only. Both keyboard and mouse require batteries, and Microsoft included four Energizer batteries to power the hardware. Finally, I noticed that the documentation provided was awful thin, consisting of a few pamphlets with visual instructions for installing the wireless transmitter, the MS keyboard and mouse drivers on CD (universal binary), and explicit instructions to install the software before installing the wireless transmitter into one of your USB ports.

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MacAlly Portable Bluetooth Optical Mouse – Review

On April 1, 2005, in Mouse, Review, by John Nemerovski


MacAlly Portable Bluetooth Optical Mouse
Company: MacAlly

Price: $50
http://www.macally.com

I have mixed feelings regarding Bluetooth (BT), based on varying rates of success with devices that use this new wireless technology. But when BT works correctly, the results are impressive, although sometimes requiring a bit of fiddling.

Such is the case with MacAlly’s attractive, versatile Portable Bluetooth Optical Mouse (PBOM). You should use rechargeable AAA batteries, like the pair that is included in the package (or throwaway non-rechargeables when charging is not an option). Then you need to recharge PBOM in its custom cradle for several hours until its green light goes away. Then you have to use OS X’s BT Setup Assistant to get the mouse to communicate with your Macintosh, and press a little button on the bottom of PBOM to activate the connection. Fortunately, everything works as advertised, and, battery-charging time aside; the process is straightforward, if not intuitive.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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