Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Genius
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
No drivers are required for installation; just plug in the USB receiver and the OS will take care of the rest. There are no buttons to sync the mouse and receiver – it's all done automatically.
The blue optical sensor allows the mouse to track accurately on a variety of surfaces, according to Genius. And I have to say, it looks pretty cool too.
This completes the walkthrough section of the review, so let's move on to testing and see how the Navigator performs.
The Navigator is much smaller than the average desktop mouse, so keep that in mind if you have large hands. I found it to be relatively comfortable for web surfing, basic photo editing, and simple point and click games. Ergonomically it's not the best, especially for long term use, but for quick on-the-go tasks it's more than adequate. Using it for an hour here and there didn't result in any hand/wrist cramping.
It's not always practical to carry a mouse pad with a laptop and other gear in tow, so I was eager to use the Navigator on a variety of bare surfaces to measure the tracking ability of the blue optical sensor. On a wood desk, cursor movements were precise as could be and the mouse glided with minimal effort. Most modern optical mice don't have trouble tracking on wood though, so I moved on to some more non-conventional surfaces.
Tracking on carpet was almost perfect, with just a couple of erratic cursor movements during a 30 minute session of point and click gaming. Overall, it was definitely usable.
The manual advises against using the mouse on a glass or mirrored surface. I tried it out on a glass coffee table just for kicks and sure enough, it didn't work. The cursor moved erractically at best and sometimes failed to register at all.
Other surfaces I tried the Navigator with were paper, cloth, and metal - tracking on these surface was completely accurate. Ultimately, I would feel confident tossing the mouse in my laptop bag without a mouse pad and using it on whatever flat surface I happen to come across - with the exception of glass or anything reflective.
In terms of durability, the Navigator should easily last for years under normal use. The plastic construction is solid, as is the scroll wheel. No carrying case is included so that may be something frequent travelers might want to invest in, but I wouldn't be overly concerned about damage with general day to day use. The stick-n-go mount is a good option to prevent loss and the mouse stays pretty secure when it's clipped in.