Date: August 18th, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: G-Cube
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The first order of business for installation is to insert the two AAA batteries. Unlike most mice that have the battery compartment on the bottom, this one is located on the top. The cover is released by pressing the button in the middle of the mouse.
The next step is to plug the receiver into an available USB port on your laptop. The operating system will automatically detect it and install the necessary drivers. Once it is installed, pressing the connect button on both the receiver and the mouse will have it ready to use.
Since this mouse is designed for use with laptops, I paired it with my Asus EEE PC 904HA. I had been using a full size USB mouse with the netbook prior to this so there was a period of adjustment in going to such a small mouse. The size did take some getting used to, but after about 20 minutes of using it any initial awkwardness had gone away. Keep in mind though that I am a woman with average sized hands, so guys, this mouse will probably be way too small for you. Ladies, don't expect the same level of ergonomics you would get out of a full size mouse, but for what it is, it works well and provides a reasonable amount of comfort for short periods of time.
As far as functionality goes, this is a very handy mouse to keep in your laptop bag. Once the receiver is plugged in you're ready to go within a few seconds. It is much more convenient to use a mouse rather than the touchpad, especially on a netbook.
On my netbook I do mostly internet surfing and some word processing, and I might play a flash game here and there also. I didn't notice any lag when using the mouse; it responded instantly to every movement and command I gave it. There is also no on/off button on the mouse, it will power down on its own after a period of no usage. This is probably my favorite feature because the last thing I'm going to think of while traveling is “did I remember to turn the wireless mouse off?” After a long period of not using it, a quick click of one of the buttons will bring it back to life.