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Review: Engage Wired Optical Mouse

updated 04:05 pm EDT, Tue August 10, 2010

Inexpensive option as backup mouse

MacNN has reviewed the Engage Wired Optical Mouse, a low-cost mouse for Macs and PCs sold by OfficeMax. Ergonomics are said to be strong on the medium-sized controller, even for small and large hands. While sensitivity is estimated to be only 400dpi, the device does have a scrollwheel between the left and right buttons. Three other buttons - one behind the scrollwheel and two on the side -- can be used in Windows, but not on a Mac.

This stems from a lack of specialized drivers for either Windows 7 or Mac OS X, ultimately limiting the useful scope of the hardware. The mouse may also display some jumping or stuttering when held in certain positions.

For as little as $17 the mouse may be worth its price as backup or secondary input, but driver and control problems will likely prevent a full recommendation. A wireless version, with a USB transmitter, is available for $20.

by MacNN Staff





  1. CmdrGampu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    better driver

    Have you tried USB Overdrive? That can handle pretty much every mouse out there. It's shareware and worth the money, but can remain simply nagware (every time you launch it) if you don't want to pay the cost.

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