Portable, protected, and almost perfect (March 10th, 2005)
Product Manufacturer: IOGEAR
Price: MSRP $ 69.95
- Solid, built well, and useful on the road.
- Needs more customized software so the third button can be programmed.
Laptop users have long endured less then perfect computer input solutions while they are on the road. People tend to use the built-in trackpads, but they don't feel as natural as they should, especially for prolonged use. USB mice are a good solution, but the cable always tangles or gets caught on things. With the advent of Bluetooth wireless technology, we are finally moving to true portability. Bluetooth offers short-range connectivity (up to 32 feet), secure data transfer, and requires little power. As more and more computers include built-in Bluetooth modules, it seems like we have a winner.
Most of the big peripheral manufacturers selling Bluetooth mice target desktop users, but not the IOGEAR Bluetooth Mini Mouse. This computer rodent is a third the size of a regular mouse and therefore ideal for mobile computer users. This mouse also works up to 66 feet away from your computer. Despite the small size, the IOGEAR Mini Mouse features three buttons and a scroll wheel. Build quality is superb and there is a nice and sturdy feel to the buttons and the scroll wheel. The battery compartment release and door feels a bit flimsy and looks like it can pop off at any time. It takes a little time to adjust to the small size of the mouse and I experienced some pain in my hand and wrist after longer computer sessions.
Easy to Set UpSetup is easy because Bluetooth support is build into Mac OS X. The step by step manual helps customize settings in mere minutes. All mouse settings are done in the System Preferences pane, which prevents assigning a function to the third button. This is a bit disappointing.
Two rechargeable AAA batteries power the IOGEAR Mini Mouse, and it is easily recharged through the computer with an included USB cable. Time between charges is measured in days and with an on/off button you can make sure the batteries don't drain while it is not in use. Another nice detail is the carrying case that prevents it from being crushed in the bottom of your laptop bag.
IOGEAR's Bluetooth Mini Mouse is a solid product and is a must for serious mobile users. Battery compartment issues aside, it is well designed and built. It would benefit from more robust software that allowed more precise settings and added functions Other manufacturers do this and so should IOGEAR.
Edited by Ilene Hoffman, Reviews Editor