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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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