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1. Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless
$40.84 list($39.99)
2. Logitech MX518 Gaming Optical
$41.79 $41.50 list($49.95)
3. Logitech MediaPlay Cordless Mouse
$32.77 $31.00 list($39.95)
4. Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical
$56.28 $42.00 list($69.99)
5. Logitech V500 Cordless Optical
$32.58 $28.55 list($45.99)
6. Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse
$34.87 list($39.95)
7. Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical
$85.99 list($127.95)
8. Kensington Expert Optical Trackball
$37.94 list($49.95)
9. Logitech Cordless TrackMan Wheel
$50.34 $47.99 list($59.99)
10. Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman
$51.29 list($99.99)
11. Logitech 2.4 GHz Cordless Presenter
$82.64 list($99.95)
12. Logitech MX900 Bluetooth Cordless
$167.19 $149.98 list($199.95)
13. Logitech Cordless Presenter
$47.49 $45.39 list($59.00)
14. Keyspan PR-US2 Presentation Remote
$24.79 $22.99 list($34.99)
15. Logitech Trackman Wheel Optical
$36.99 list($54.95)
16. Microsoft Trackball Explorer
$109.75 list($149.99)
17. Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless
$15.33 $10.99 list($24.99)
18. Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical
$55.09 list($79.99)
19. Kensington Wireless Presentation
$52.99 list($49.99)
20. Kensington Mini Pilot Bluetooth

1. Logitech MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse
by Logitech
list price: $79.99
our price: $66.49
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Asin: B0002UM0JW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 318
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

If you thought smooth tracking optical sensors were an advancement over mechanical ball-based mice, let us introduce you to the mouse that takes precision and performance to a whole new level: the Logitech® MX™1000 Laser Cordless Mouse, the world's first laser mouse.

Now optical is obsolete. And your computing experience will never be the same.

Featuring the Logitech MX™ Laser Engine, the MX1000 delivers a new pinnacle of performance no optical mouse can match. With an incredible 20x more sensitivity to surface detailor tracking powerthan optical, laser can track reliably even on tricky polished or wood-grain surfaces. And the MX1000 offers even more advanced features that will make you more productive and more comfortable:

Rechargeable

Rapid-charging base station makes sure the mouse is always ready, and the lithium-ion battery never needs replacing.

Fast RF™ cordless

Cordless performance that equals USB corded connection

Superior grasp

Deep-sculpted thumb support for incredible comfort, and outside finger grips for enhanced control

Illuminated 4-level battery indicator

Precisely monitor battery strength

Powerful scrolling system

Wheel tilts for side-to-side scrolling, Cruise Control™ rocker for speed-scrolling up and down, and zoom with a click of the wheel

New thumb-button controls

Universal page forward and back, plus an application switch that quickly moves between open windows

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Features

  • Cruise Control rocker for speed-scrolling up and down, and zoom with a click of the wheel
  • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, XP, and Macintosh OS X and higher
  • Rapid-charging base station makes sure the mouse is always ready, and the lithium-ion battery never needs replacing
  • Universal page forward and back, plus an application switch that quickly moves between open windows
  • Wheel tilts for side-to-side scrolling

Reviews (110)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome mouse...the few low ratings confound me...
I've had this mouse for nearly four months now and I love everything about it. A HUGE improvement over the MX700 which I'd been using previously for nearly two years. The primary noticeable improvements are 1. how much better it fits the hand over the MX700, like it was custom-made for my hand...2. the battery-level indicator, not to mention the much-improved battery-life w/o charge--about 4hrs for the MX1000 compared to about 2hrs for the MX700...3. the also much-improved charging cradle...and 4. the on/off switch on the bottom of the mouse itself. Personally, I don't use that switch since the battery has such a decent lifetime per charge as it is.

The only minor drawback that's barely worth a mention is the weight of the mouse.It has some weight to it, but that's something you'll get used to very quickly. On a smooth surface it slides like skates on ice, thus rendering the weight of the mouse essentially irrelevant.

This one's worth every penny!

2-0 out of 5 stars Decent product, but highly overrated -- Suffers Lag
I am not sure what's up with everyone's love affair of this mouse.I bought it expecting miracles, but it's just like any other optical mouse.If you use a mousepad, then you probably won't detect a noticeable increase in sensitivity. (I didn't)The charger is very nice and the mouse seats well in it.However, the mouse is heavy (from batteries I presume) and so it makes it cumbersome to use.Additionally, and worst of all -- the mouse suffers lag.This is only detectable to some people I guess, but it drives me nuts.It's not that the "speed" is slow, it's that the reaction time is slow.When I move the mouse, I want it to react instantly -- maybe that's asking too much from a wireless device.After all, radio waves only travel at the speed of light and they do have to traverse nearly 20 inches...

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use...What a wonderful laser mouse!
I have had this mouse for about a month now. I bought it so that I can use it at work. It's a pleasure to use since I hated the cheap mouse I had have at work. It's very comfortable to use, especially for people with long fingers. I love the fast scroller button. I bought this from Amazon because the computer stores cost about $30 more. It was definitely worth the money. I'm almost tempted to buy one for my home laptop but I wouldn't want to travel with a large mouse. I have to try and find a laser logitech for my notebook now. :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful with a few minor caveats
I received my MX1000 this morning and after playing with it for 6 solid hours, I decided I had to write a review.

Installation was fairly simple, but I ran into one little snag. I suggest you download the newest software from Logitech before installing the mouse. 1) Turn of the computer. 2) Remove the old mouse. 3) Plug the MX1000 base station into the computer. 4) Plug the AC adapter into the base station, then into a power socket (preferably a UPS). 5) Turn on the mouse (there's a tiny switch on the bottom of the mouse) and drop it into the base station to check the battery level. Mine came just barely fully charged! 6) Turn on the computer. The new mouse will be detected and you will be asked for drivers (I installed on windows XP SP2). Instead of letting windows use the installation disc (which came at version 2.14b), I cancelled the driver search and used the newest drivers (version 2.31.546 dated 5/5/2005) from Logitech. A reboot was required after installation. Also, the mouse was unusable after first staring the computer, during installation of the drivers and after the reboot. I hit the silver reset button on the base station, a help balloon popped up from the system tray telling me to hit the reset button on the bottom of the mouse. Bingo! The mouse works! I have a sneaking suspicion that if I'd just reset the mouse after first starting the computer, I could have used it during installation. Oh well.

Customizing the buttons is simple, however, there are somewhat less options available than I am used to with MouseWare, such as minimize all. If there were a way to assign windows key commands to buttons, it'd be perfect.

The grip of the mouse is incredibly comfortable! The arch of the mouse and thumb groove is literally the perfect size for my medium sized hands.

Unlike many have complained, the back and forward buttons DO work in Firefox! The issue was likely addressed in the newest version of the drivers. Also, I reassigned the left/right scroll buttons on the wheel to Control+Shift+Tab for the left and Control+Tab for the right. Easy tab switching in firefox!

The scroll wheel is a bit loose, with less pronounced clicks. I don't know if that's good or bad yet, but it seems fine. When clicking down on the scroll wheel, you have to take a bit of care not to hit the left/right scroll actions, though I quickly became used to it. The forward/back/application thumb buttons feel slightly lose, but the clicks are good and solid. The cruise up button is just a little bit of a long reach for the index finger, though it is much more prominent and easy to hit than the little button on the MX500/700/900. The cruise down button is very easy to reach. The left mouse button has a stronger spring and bit longer travel to click than the MX500/700/900. The same goes to a lesser extent for the right button, but that's a good thing as I was accidentally right clicking on my old MX500 quite often.

Some have reported the MX1000 to un-level and wobbly on a hard surface, and that may be true for some, but the unit I received is rock solid.

As far as skipping/stuttering/jumping behavior is concerned, I haven't seen any. Which is amazing considering I placed the base station directly in front of my wireless router which is on top of my steel tower case which is about 6 inches from my monitor! I figured there'd be SOME kind of interference, but I've noticed none whatsoever!

The mouse tracks beautifully on my bare desk surface (highly polished imitation wood grain). The weight of the mouse takes a bit of getting used to if you are used to a light corded mouse, such as I am. My previous mouse was a Logitech MX500. After playing a few hours of CS2, I found my accuracy has noticeably improved because the weight of the MX1000 is damping the natural twitchiness of my "gaming hand". However, I expect that effect to lessen somewhat after I'm completely trained to the mouse.

Overall, I'd give the MX1000 4.5 stars if I could, but since I cannot, I believe it is more deserving of 5 stars than it is of 4.

Happy mousing!

5-0 out of 5 stars A hug for your hand.
I was strolling along in the electronics section of BJ's Wholesale Club when I stopped dead in my tracks. I had a locked gaze on a shiny new MX1000 they had for $60! I wasted no time snatching one and hiding the others so I could feel like I had the last one. I bought it and went immediately home to my computer.I plugged this baby swished it around on the mousepad like a lightsaber. I was in complete shock about how smooth it was. It read my every intentional movement as if it was reading my mind. The deep-sculpted grip was like a hug for my hand. After getting cozy, I really didn't want to let go. The MX1000 really was THAT comfortable. I even considering surgically bonding it to my hand. What I really thought was sweet was the freakin' laser man! No crappy LED optical. Logitech claims that the 800dpi laser is 20x more precise than optical and I cannot argue with that. At first, I was skeptical about wireless mainly because of the battery. However, the lithium ion battery last4EVA!!! figuratively of course. I use my computer for hours at a time and have only seen 1 out of 3 lights go out. The battery life is unbelievable. I was partially concerned about the responsiveness of a wireless mouse, but as you can assume from the first part of this review, I absolutely no lag or unresponsiveness for all the hours upon hours I used it. I would have to say every single penny was worth it for this masterpiece! ... Read more


2. Logitech MX518 Gaming Optical Mouse - Metal
by Logitech
list price: $39.99
our price: $40.84
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Asin: B0007Z1M50
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 171
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

If youre going to play at the highest level, you need a mouse that gives you an edge. The Logitech® MX™ 518 Gaming-Grade™ Optical Mouse does exactly that with its ultra-high resolution, 1600-dpi MX™ Optical Engine that delivers lightning-fast response and mirror-smooth tracking.

The MX™ 518s advantages dont stop there. You get instant, in-game sensitivity adjustment that lets you switch effortlessly from pixel-precise targeting to fast-twitch acceleration, without any software. And the contoured grip ensures peak performance and comfort, even during the most intense gaming sessions.

Play to win dominate the game with the MX™ 518!

Features
  • Award-winning Logitech® MX™ Optical Engine
  • In-game sensitivity switching to 1,600, 800, and 400-dpi resolution
  • 5.8 megapixel/second image processing
  • Up to 15 g of acceleration
  • Expanded 16-bit data format supports blazing fast moves with pure precision System Requirements
  • Advanced gaming software, exclusive to Gaming-Grade™ mice, for up to five custom sensitivity settings
  • Super-slick gaming feet for effortless, precise tracking
  • Contoured grip ensures peak performance and comforteven in the most intense gaming sessions
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Features

  • Sensitivity Adjustment - Dedicated controls to switch “on-the-fly” from pixel-precise targeting to fast-twitch evasive moves.
  • Advanced software - Battle-tune your MX™ 518 with up to five custom sensitivity settings.
  • Superior grasp - Sculpted thumb support and contoured grip for incredible comfort during even the longest gaming sessions.
  • 1,600-dpi resolution - Ultra-high resolution, 1600dpi MX™ Optical Engine delivers pixel precise tracking.

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars This Mouse WORKS with Macs
Please ignore any comments stated that this mouse will not work with Macs.I'm currently running 10.4.1 (Tiger... the latest OS for the Mac) and it is working fine.I have all 6 buttons (I know it says it's an 8 button mouse but 2 of them are for the dpi control) working with expose and dashboard.I ABSOLUTELY love the dpi on the fly.It's nice for sniping in FPS games and just having more control over the sensitivity on the fly.I highly recommend this mice for any Mac gamer.The ONLY thing that doesn't work with the Mac that comes in the box is the software.Other than that it's smooth sailing.Enjoy and have fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gaming mouse goodness
This mouse from Logitech is the best mouse for gaming I have ever used. The ability to change dpi on the fly is a great advantage for many games. Especially first person shooters. Very comfortable, easy setup. Highly recommend this product. Price I received from Amazon was less expensive than several sellers I found. Tim

5-0 out of 5 stars MX 518 Rules!
I have tested a lot of gaming mice over the years. I play FPS games and have been doing so for many years. Over the years have used Razer, Microsoft and Logitech. I have to say that this is the best mouse Logitech has ever produced for gaming. I love the feel of the button clicks, like the fact that you can change the sensitivity levels without any drivers. This seems to be a winner!

5-0 out of 5 stars Superior Gaming mouse and excellent mouse overall
I like this mouse a lot. With the right mouse pad (a Microthin Wow!Pad from Office Depot), this mouse glides beautifully, never seen one better. The main buttons are easy to push (only Microsoft does this right also). The forward and back side buttons are a little small but work fine. The scroll wheel is not as nice as the MS Intellimouse 4 as it still clicks and isharder to roll. Never used the tilt wheel on the MS mouse. It is gaming where this mouse shines. The mouse tracks no matter how fast I move the mouse. The mouse never sleeps so it always responds perfectly. Frankly, I have not yet found any use that I needed to change the mouse resolution (i.e. speed) but in trials that is easy to do.
Feel is good, middleto small sized so fits most of my family. Cord is thin and a little stiff so it does not always lay completely flat (I have not found on that did). Very lightweight. Contoured nicely to fit the cupped hand.
Worked with Win XP as soon as I plugged it in, drivers and program loaded with no hassle.
Nice job, Logitech!

1-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: MX518 is not Mac compatible!!!
As a proud owner of the MX510 (which I love), I wanted to have the latest and greatest edition! I assumed that the MX518 would be Macintosh compatible, but alas it is not and I was sorely disappointed when I bought one! This is the first time I have heard of a Logitech mouse not working with the Mac. Message to Logitech: PLEASE FIX THIS so that Mac users like me can use the MX518! At the very least, PLEASE MARK THE BOX VERY CLEARLY THAT THIS IS NOT MACINTOSH COMPATIBLE. ... Read more


3. Logitech MediaPlay Cordless Mouse
by Logitech
list price: $49.95
our price: $41.79
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Asin: B0002SAF3C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 2024
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Logitech MediaPlay Cordless Mouse is like nothing you've ever seen before. First, it has all the features you need to use it as your everyday mouse: smooth optical tracking, clutter-free cordless freedom, extra navigation buttons, and a powerful scroll/tilt wheel that lets you scroll up and down, left and right, and in and out.

And when you're ready to relax, the MediaPlay mouse relaxes with you. Back-lit extra buttons like play/pause, forward/back, and volume up/down let you control your media player with almost no effort. You can also hold it like a remote control and use it away from your desk thanks to the expanded cordless range. Its wireless mini receiver elininates clutter and installs instantly.And 6 months of battery life mean more music and video with fewer interruptions!

Works Like a Mouse
  • Wheel tilts for side to side scrolling, clicks to zoom
  • Universal page forward/back buttons
  • Comfortable rubber grip for optimum control
Plays Like a Remote
  • Backlit media control buttons, plus one-touch media player access
  • Controls MediaLife™ software, and most other media players
  • Contour shape can be held and used like a remote with an extended cordless range of up to 10 feet (3 meters)2
2When receiver is used in desktop stand on a nonmetallic surface, with no obstructions

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Features

  • Controls MediaLife software, and most other media players
  • Wheel tilts for side to side scrolling, clicks to zoom
  • Universal page forward/back buttons
  • Comfortable rubber grip for optimum control
  • Backlit media control buttons, plus one-touch media player access

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Mouse!
This mouse is great! Not only is it cordless, it has all windows media controls, including volume and forward/backward buttons for internet browsing.

There is a small device that plugs into your usb port and an on/off and reset switch on the bottom of the mouse. And thats all there is to it!

It has decent range and is so easy to use.
It should be your top choice when purchasing a wireless mouse!

5-0 out of 5 stars Man mouse is soo good
Good thing:
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1. People say you have to press hard for Right and left key. Please check Mouse properties (Double Click Speed) under Program/Mouse in Windows.

2. Keys are not hard but perfect (big hand) some mouse has very loose keys which are good either.

3. Shape of the mouse is not bad. Please hold it from back because of bigger in length.

4. Media buttons are too good. I am not great fan of music but they are handy.

5. Battery life is good for 6 months (rather change battery then carry charger with my laptop). Also it has two type of receiver one for your travel and other for your home desktop to get better range.

6. Install latest software from Logitech side and you are good to go.

7. Boy it is best in performance than Laser MX1000 mouse (return due to poor performance as mouse). It works great on mouse pad or no pad (even work on bad and carpet)..What else you want..

Bad things
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1. Some people still prefer larger mouse and soft keys but it is your taste. Nothing else I can say badly about this mouse.

I got it for $29.99 after mail in rebate..not bad for price at all. Enjoy..

3-0 out of 5 stars Great design, but lacks ergonomics
I mainly bought the mouse for the media play buttons, and the right to left tilt functionality is brilliant.Has lots of buttons to customize them the way you like to work.

The features for this mouse are great, but as others have mentioned, it's a heavy mouse.
The right and left click mouse buttons are unusually hard to click.Would not recommend it for working with long hours.Don't overlook the ergonomics in such products as keyboard and mice is what you use the most often.Over time, bad posture will lead to unnecessary problems that can be avoided.

Other than that, I would recommend this mouse for media purposes where you may be using it for short times.The software that comes with it is pretty neat in that the icons and writing is large so you can see it from a distance and use the mouse to traverse the menu.Don't install all the other stuff that comes in the cd besides the drivers and the media software. (In fact don't install the drivers from the cd, it kept crashing the media software whenever I tried to configure the media button). I just downloaded the latest drivers from the website and everything was fine.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome mouse that WORKS FOR MAC
After I bought this mouse, my heart sank when I read that it is not Mac compatible. However, it looked so cool that I decided to keep it anyways. I figured at least the main buttons (left, right, scroll) work, and it's a good price for a cordless anyways.

I love the response on this mouse, and the fact that I can use it smoothly even on my lap. Everything about this mouse was perfect, from the shape to its cool look.

However, after a week, I longed for the extra media buttons that would not work in Mac OS X. After a long search, I came across a program called USB Overdrive (don't bother with LCC for Mac, it didn't detect this mouse). This allowed detection of USB Mice and allowed programming of all the buttons. Now I get all the button functions that PC users get, even though Logitech did not specifically say Mac compatible.

Pros:
- everything nice that everyone else said

Cons:
- maybe I have weak wrists, but it feels a little heavy.

Overall, awesome mouse that works for both platforms.

3-0 out of 5 stars Over all, not that great
I have always used Logitech mouses but this one is driving me insane.After reviewing all the other reviews I am the 3rd person to have the same problem.Erratic mouse behavior and the volume increases spontaneously!Logitech site suggested that I don't connect through usb but even using the traditional mouse plug it still does the same thing. ... Read more


4. Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse - Slate
by Microsoft Input
list price: $39.95
our price: $32.77
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Asin: B0002CPBWI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microsoft Input
Sales Rank: 345
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This practical optical mouse features a tiny snap-in receiver that plugs into your notebook when you’re ready to work, and snaps into your mouse when you’re on the go. Extended battery life lets you work longer without interruption.

Features

Snap-In receiver

A small receiver snaps into the bottom of the mouse when not in use.

Three times the battery life

Work longer without interruption. New optical technology helps extend battery life to as much as three times that of competing products.

Optical technology

An optical sensor tracks mouse movement, giving you greater durability, increased speed, improved accuracy, and more consistent performance.

Comfort for either hand

The latest mouse design makes clicking and scrolling more comfortable and convenientno matter which hand you use.

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Features

  • Connects with tiny snap-in receiver connects that plugs into your notebook
  • Microsoft BX3-00008 Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse (Slate)
  • Scroll wheel optical mouse
  • Customizeable buttons
  • Ambidextrous design makes working more comfortable

Reviews (32)

1-0 out of 5 stars What a piece of crap!
I bought this about 3 months ago an it was great and then it stopped working. Had to change batteries in 2 months and I was not using the mouse that much. Also, after using this mouse for a few hours, your hand tends to get tired. Again, it may be more comfortable for larger hands.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very unreliable - Now unusable!
I am so dissappointed in this mouse. It worked fine for the first several weeks, then it started working intermittently. Now it is not working all together. I am so dissappointed in the quality of this product. The receiver that snaps to the bottom of the mouse has become loose. And the scroll wheel is so deepy embedded in the mouse that it does not give you enough surface area to even move it. A friend of mine also bought this mouse and had similar problems.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stopped working after 3 weeks
I happily used this mouse for 3 weeks. It then stopped working!

It will respond sporadically, still; like if you try to use it, then it will move the cursor around on the screen a little bit. Also, if I click the mouse 5 times, it may register one of those clicks. But in other words, it doesn't work. I tried changing out the battery, but it doesn't affect it. It's still broken.

A co-worker also had the exact same experience. We both recieved our mouse as a company gift, so we don't have a reciept, or anything to be able to take it back...

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful Experience
This Microsoft mouse stopped working after 4 weeks. The wireless connection would drop off. The rubber sides have started to wear off. I had the Logitech Cordless Notebook mouse for 12 months and it still works great. I am going back to Logitech.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stopped working after 2 months
My mouse stoppped working after 2 months. Very poor deisgn for the USB attachment. It sticks outside the notebook and by mistake if you tilt the notebook it damages the reciever. ... Read more


5. Logitech V500 Cordless Optical Notebook Mouse
by Logitech
list price: $69.99
our price: $56.28
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Asin: B0002SAF3M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 640
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

With its exceptional combination of beauty, comfort, and mobility, the Logitech V500 Cordless Notebook Mouse was built from the ground up for mobile professionals. As the new standard in notebook mice, V500 is based on four ground-breaking new technologies you simply won't find in other notebook mice.

4-Way Solid State Scroll Panel
The 4-Way Scroll Panel represents nothing less than a total reinvention of the traditional scroll wheel. Simply slide your finger across the solid-state panel for hyper-responsive vertical and horizontal scrollingperfect for viewing spreadsheets, images, and other large documents.

Expandable Chassis

The patented Expandable Chassis articulates 7 degrees to fit the hand while in use, and folds flat for travelthe perfect balance of comfort and mobility.

2.4GHz Micro-Receiver
The 2.4GHz Micro Receiver is a true enterprise-class wireless solution, providing 30-foot (10m) range with virtually no interference or latency. The Micro Receiver also fits inside the mouse for storage, completing a neat, all-in-one package.

All-Terrain Optical Engine
The all-new All-Terrain Optical Engine is the highest-performance compact tracking solution available, with superior surface coverage compared to lesser notebook mice.
The V500 Cordless Notebook Mouse comes fully equipped for the road. Sculpted finger grips provide precise control. The fused aluminum skin and shock-resistant bodywork are robust yet elegantly detailed. And its integrated power management system includes a battery-saving on-off switch and status indicator.
To complete your mobile experience, just pop the receiver back in the chassis, snap it shut, and put the V500 into its protective carry case for easy transport to your next location.

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Features

  • Supports USB interface
  • Two-button cordless mouse
  • 2D Scroll Panel replaces traditional scrolling wheel
  • Fused aluminum skin
  • 2.4GHz Micro receiver

Reviews (14)

1-0 out of 5 stars A piece of junk
This is one of the worst designed products I've ever bought. It comes packaged in incredibly thick plastic that's virtually impossible to open by any means, including a razor or a knife, and by the time you mangled it enought to manage to get it open, you'll probably never be able to return it. The side scrolling doesn't work at all. The "wheel" is a immobile piece of plasic that if you rest your middle finger against (which is almost impossible not to do) automatically starts scrolling wildly, uncontrollably. Meanwhile it's almost impossible to intentionally scroll in a controlled manner. Buy *any* mouse but this!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome mouse
I am a mouse lover and have a habit of always looking for the next best thing (too expensive a habit!). Anyways, this mouse I got by accident (didn't see much fanfare in the press) but it is by far the most amazing mouse device I've ever seen. I can't seem to get the side-by-side scrolling to work but the touch sensitivity instead of the scroll wheel is the best innovation I could imagine.

Logitech should promote the Hell outta this thing!

Click that BUY button and get this.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you need a wireless notebook mouse, this is it
I have a big notebook computer- the HP Pavilion ZD8000.It's a desktop replacement, and although I have a Mac at home I use quite frequently, it's my laptop that's the workhorse.Before my ZD8000, I had an HP ZD7000 (they are both big 17" display monsters), and although I used 2 different wireless notebook mice with that one, I also wore out the touchpad.Literally.Needless to say, I use my mouse a lot.

Here are my issues with most wireless mice:They tend to be picky on which surfaces they are used.Most have that lag time between the time you start moving it, and the time the receiver registers that it's being moved (damned annoying, that one).Many, in lieu of the previous undesireable effect, have resorted to making the user click the reset buton on the receiver and/or the mouse itself.(I have a co-worker in fact, whose mouse reset button has pen ink all over it as a result of constantly resetting it with his pen because the mouse manufacturer made the reset button inpenetrable by human hands.)Additionally, the USB receiver dongle is so big sometimes, that you can't help but bump things into it, causing it to either break completely, or stop working temporarily.Sometimes, you just lose the thing all together.Quite frequently as well, notebook/travel sized mice are too small to be comfortable.

The Logitech V500 is a winner.The Reciever is housed in the mouse body for storage.Although it's pretty flat when it's turned off or stored in a briefcase, it gets larger, and more "mouse-like" when turned on, thanks to it's built in incline elevator (the mouse uncompresses).The optical tracking is SUPERB.It ALMOST works on glass- quite a feat.It tracks over carpet and shiny surfaces.You don't lose the dongle, because it is stored in the mouse itself, and you never leave the mouse on when stored, because you naturally compress the mouse to make it as small as possible, which also turns it off.There is no lag whatsoever, and I have never had to use the reset button.I have never been more impressed with a notebook mouse before.

One last observation:As I mentioned earlier, I have an HP ZD8000 notebook.On the right side of the notebook is a small bay for a USB flash drive.Turns out that the USB receiver dongle fits neatly inside of it, so now I never have to plug the dongle in, nor do I have anything sticking out onthe side of my laptop- I uncompress the mouse, and I'm instantly on.Highly recommended.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sleek design, but a $5 OEM mouse works better!
In comparison to all other mice I've worked with on the market, the V500 definitely wows in cool factor to date. But does it have both form and function? Absolutely not!This is not an easily pleased, girlie-man reviewer but a road warrior who lives and dies by traveling and working on a laptop daily.I don't compromise on my review, summarized here for your consideration.

PROs:
-Braggin' rights. Especially the price.
-Accuracy: V500 is more accurate than any other Logitech/Microsoft wireless mice I've worked with but a corded mouse is still more precise in cursor movement.
-Surface handling: It's the ONLY optical mouse I have tried to date, that will handle the alternating pattern surfaces I have work on without jumpy cursors.

Cons:
-Discomfort: It's simply too small to be comfortable and I've got small hands. After half an hour of use, I felt noticible discomfort. Even compared to Logitech's own Wireless Optical Mouse for Notebooks at half the price and better ergonomics.
-Scrollpad slow: Simply not as usable as a decent wheel.Cannot scroll thru pages in a flash and stop on a dime to scroll slowly line by line as a decent wheel can.
-Scrollpad inaccurate: horrizontal scrolling and accidental scrolling occurs frequently since the scrollpad is simply a touchpad.Especially given the small size of the mouse, once you take your hand off of it to type, then when your hand comes back to the mouse, your fingers would easily make unintentional contact with the scrollpad, causing to scroll accidentally.
-Scrolling click sound annoyed my co-workers in a quiet environment.CANNOT be turned off.
-No better portability.In its included ugly pouch, V500 is as big as most full-sized optical corded mouse without the cord.Travelling with a laptop and a mouse daily, I find no advantage between a $5 OEM corded optical mouse and V500.
-Scrollpad calibration software affects the settings for your existing touchpad and pointing stick.And calibrating your other pointing devices will also affect the settings of the V500.After calibrating all the devices back and forth, and thanks to the unpolished SetPoint software, I have to settle for a cursor speed too fast for my pointing stick, too slow for the V500, and too inaccurate with my touchpad.Isn't it inronic that the V500 scrollpad, my laptop's touchpad and its pointing stick are all made by the same manufacturer?
-Software bug: I have to recalibrate cursor speed (all other settings are fine) in WinXP's mouse setting after each reboot.
-Value: How much are you willing to pay for potential wrist/hand cramps, low usability plus all the above irritation?

Bottom line: Once again, a decent $5 OEM desktop optical corded mouse is the preferred choice of a real road warrior over the so called "Notebook mice".In fact, this mouse is even less usable, more costly, and immensely more aggrevating than Logitech's previous attempt.If not for such a sleek design, and the fact that V500 are perfect gifts for VPs who are given $4000 laptops to play Minesweeper during board meetings, I'd tell Logitech to shove the V500 up where the mouse keeps its USB receiver because this is nothing more than another attempt to capitalize on the mobile professional trend with yet another high priced, low usability product.

Actual usable alternatives for mobile professionals: Any desktop corded optical mouse with scroll wheel.E.g. Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optial Mouse, Logitech Optical Mouse.

4-0 out of 5 stars I don't know of anything superior yet, it could be better
I wanted a mouse because I need one while I'm Wi-Fing in meetings.I bought the V500 because I like that it's wireless, that it collapses, that it stores the USB receiver in itself, that it has 4-way scrolling, that it's small, and that it works on any surface.

Okay, but, initially I found that it hurt my wrist - less so over time.
I find that in meetings the left/right click noise is so loud it's a bit disruptive.
I'm constantly inadvertently triggering the scroll-up sensor.It usually doesn't effect my work but its repeating click noise is always going off, softly.
I think it's a decent power draw on my battery - so I don't last as long off AC in my meetings.

I didn't like the L/R-scroll response but all I had to do is adjust the setting in its SetPoint utility.

I would have liked having "back" and "forward" side buttons like the other Logitech mice have.

That said, I still use it because I still think it's the best product available - albeit embarrassingly expensive.

It gets a lot of attention and it serves what I bought it for pleasingly enough. ... Read more


6. Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks - Silver
by Logitech
list price: $45.99
our price: $32.58
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Asin: B0000C8Y55
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1442
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Get mobility without compromise with the Logitech Optical Notebook Mouse. Enjoy the convenience and freedom of going cordless and still get the crisp and immediate response of a corded mouse. Features include a streamlined, packable, go-anywhere design; accurate tracking in tight spaces; optical sensor; on/off switch to maximize battery life; PC and Mac compatibility; 3 buttons; left and right hand compatible; compact USB receiver; and handy carrying case. ... Read more

Features

  • No cords, so no hassle
  • Freedom: Logitech's Fast RF technology means cordless without compromise
  • Compact and portable - perfect for travel
  • Convenience: Enjoy smooth operation thanks to the advanced optical sensor that doesn't require a mouse pad

Reviews (72)

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY
I haved tried two of these mouse(both of them from Amazon) and both of them died within two weeks, very unreliable. The mouse needs two AA batteries to operate and this makes the mouse twice heavier than normal mouses, Then what's the point of being a mouse for a notebook? Companies are now producing mouses that take only one AA or two AAAs, so serioulsy consider those, Do not waste your time and money trying these craps.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don'twaste your money with this mouse
We bought 5 of this model for our company executives, and all of them stop working well after 4 month.

Pedro.

3-0 out of 5 stars Better Design than Feel
This mouse offers a lot of reasons to buy: It is cordless, optical, travel-sized, attractive, and works on virtually any smooth surface. Setup and calibration is a straightforward process. It even has a feature that turns the LED intensity from high to low when it doesn't detect motion for a second or two.

All of these features, however, are outweighed by the fact that it is somewhat uncomfortable to use, at least for this righty with larger than usual hands.

The first issue relates to the design, which is steeply raked toward the front corners. While this gives the mouse a sleek, aerodynamic appearance, your index finger wants something to rest on, not slide off. People with smaller hands probably will not notice this "here we go" effect as much.

The second issue relates to the buttons. With mice as with steering wheels, a bit of feedback is a good thing. However, the left mouse button requires distinctly higher than usual effort. An occasional clicker will adapt without complaint, but if you are clicking up a storm, you may find your hand tiring sooner. For some reason the right button is lower-effort; lefties should consider this a 3 1/4 star review.

5-0 out of 5 stars desktop features, notebook portability
i bought this mouse a few months back and it has been great to say the least. the receiver picks up your every movement precisely, it is a sturdy very well made mouse (have dropped it twice already on tile floor). the battery life is great, thanks to the auto-shutoff feature it has. Of course you also get the on/off switch. the case it comes with is also very high quality (although i use it to store my ipod, not the mouse). logitech is a great, reliable company and they have come through once again with this mouse. by the way i did try out the microsoft equivalent and not only did it feel very cheap, but it did not pick up my movement quite as nicely as the logitech. would definitely recommend!

2-0 out of 5 stars very uncomfortable
the mouse looks very nice, and it is compact, at beginning you do not feel too much, but as time going on it feel heavier and heavier, and you have to try to use some strength to click the button.

overall not recommond to buy it. ... Read more


7. Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse (Winter Blue)
by Microsoft Input
list price: $39.95
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Asin: B0002CPBWS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microsoft Input
Sales Rank: 620
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This practical optical mouse features a tiny snap-in receiver that plugs into your notebook when you’re ready to work, and snaps into your mouse when you’re on the go. Extended battery life lets you work longer without interruption.

Features

Snap-In receiver

A small receiver snaps into the bottom of the mouse when not in use.

Three times the battery life

Work longer without interruption. New optical technology helps extend battery life to as much as three times that of competing products.

Optical technology

An optical sensor tracks mouse movement, giving you greater durability, increased speed, improved accuracy, and more consistent performance.

Comfort for either hand

The latest mouse design makes clicking and scrolling more comfortable and convenientno matter which hand you use.

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Features

  • Connects with tiny snap-in receiver connects that plugs into your notebook
  • Microsoft BX3-00001 Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse (Winter Blue)
  • Scroll wheel optical mouse
  • Customizeable buttons
  • Ambidextrous design makes working more comfortable

Reviews (23)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product, except for multiple unit cross-interference
I have absolutely no complaints about this mouse, when I'm using it alone.When I'm sitting at a table with my colleagues, however, several of whom have the same mouse, it can be virtually unusable, because of interference between the units.It behaves like an old trackball mouse in those situations, which can be very frustrating.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Design
The reciever sticks out of notebook. If yo uhave your USB slot on back face, that will break the reciever when you tilt the notebook. Mine just stopped working after 2 months. Bad choice

5-0 out of 5 stars Wireless Is Much Better
I bought this mouse 6 months ago to use with my laptop.It is very responsive and comfortable.The only time it is not responsive is when it's used on a glossy/shiny surface (ex. desk with glass top, glossy book cover)...in those cases, it can be quite unresponsive.However, once I realized the cause, I just grab a piece of paper to place on those surfaces.I've also sed the mouse on other computers and have been able to plug in and use with no other steps required.After 6 months, I'm still on my first battery (I do usually unlug it anytime I'm away from the computer for more than just a few minutes).

5-0 out of 5 stars This wireless notebook mouse work flawlessly
I have just purchased this wireless notebook mouse today and I am very happy with it.

i) installation...what installation? Opening the retail package is the most difficult step. Once you free up the mouse, pop in the included AA battery, and insert the USB adapter to my notebook, it's done!! Simple as that.

ii) My USB ports are in the back of my notebook. However, there is no problem with the mouse. It's very responsive and feel no difference from any other wired mouse.

iii) The feel on this smaller mouse is great. Since my hand is not big, it is just right for me.

Overall, I have no complaint so far but very happy with this microsoft wireless mouse.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great mouse!
I absolutely love this mouse! The location of the USB ports on my laptop made a corded mouse difficult to manuveur, so I decided to try cordless despite the negative things I heard about the Logitech cordless mouse. It is much less jumpy than the other one I used, and I don't have to pick it up constantly to untangle the cord. Windows XP detected it immediately, so there was no installation or driver hassle.

So far I have gone three months on one AA battery, and I love being able to snap the USB connector into the back of the mouse when I travel with my computer. Definitely worth the money! ... Read more


8. Kensington Expert Optical Trackball USB Mouse for Windows or Mac
by Kensington
list price: $127.95
our price: $85.99
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Asin: B00009KH63
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Kensington
Sales Rank: 1701
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Ultimate Trackball!

The best trackball ever made has just gotten better. Designed for PCs and Mac's, the new Expert Mouse® employs Kensington's Diamond Eye™ optical technology for smooth, precise cursor movement.

Surrounding the ball, we have a brand new implementation of our award winning Scroll Ring™ that puts scrolling right at your fingertips. More comfortable than ever, the Expert Mouse® even comes with a soft new wrist rest-right in the box!

You get all of these great new features along with the same, large ball, exceptional control, and ease-of-use that has set the industry standard for more than 15 years.

Features and Benefits

  • DiamondEye™ Optical tracking for superior accuracy
  • Award-winning Scroll Ring™ - precise scrolling at your fingertips
  • Exceptional comfort for ultimate productivity
  • Large ball for maximum precision and control
  • Detachable wrist rest cradles your hand in comfort
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Features

  • Detachable wrist rest cradles your hand in comfort, Windows or Mac compatible
  • Award-winning Scroll Ring around the trackball makes scrolling quick and easy.
  • A user says -One of the most eloquent designs of any input device on the market Largest ball of any of the mainstream, consumer trackballs Trackball has great momentum and virtually frictionless rotation.
  • Largest ball of any of the mainstream, consumer devices
  • Great momentum and virtually frictionless rotation

Reviews (35)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Trackball mouse I've used!
After developing some pain in my wrist and forearm, I began to re-explore using a trackball. I was an avid trackball fan, but when my last trackball (an old MS trackball, since discontinued) gave up the ghost I went back to standard mice, using primarily MS Explorer Mouse.

I checked out the MS Intellipoint trackball, but did not like the layout or the cheap look to it. I did end up purchasing the Logitech Trackman wheel mouse, but after a few days just couldn't get comfortable using a thumb based trackball. So I took the plunge and purchased the Kensington Expert Optical Trackball. It was love at first use!

The trackball is a very decent size, just about the size of a billiard ball. The action of the ball is smooth as silk and easy to control with just the finger tips. Four buttons are on the unit and the right and left click buttons are conveniently assigned to the lower 2 buttons, making a mouse click a thumb press away (although the Kensington software will let you re-assign the buttons to your own preference).

The scroll wheell around the trackball is just brilliant. The wheel seems to have slight detents when scrolled, it think leading the "scratchy" comments that have been made. However, the slight resistance of the scroll wheel isn't that bad and I've found has led to slightly more precise scrolling - instead of encountering a free spinning wheel that's difficult to be accurate with. Concerning some of the comments that you can't turn the scroll wheel without moving the mouse, I've yet to encounter that. I tend to use the scroll wheel from the side so I've not experienced moving the mouse while scrolling.

As for the comments that the unit appears "cheaply" made, well all I can say is my unit has a very solid and satifying appearance, with all buttons working perfectly.

All said, this is probably one of the finest trackball mice I've used and well worth the money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Helped solve mouse pains
I got this trackball in trying to find a solution to hand and wrist pains caused by my mouse. I like its design. I tried the Kensington TurboBall trackball before this, and after absolutely hating it, swapped it in for the Expert Mouse. I was looking for a trackball with a scroll wheel mechanism, and the scroll ring on this trackball is very functional (even though it makes a slight grinding sound, which is really no big deal). The scroll ring rests under my middle finger very naturally, and is easy to use. The buttons are well-placed, and the ball's action is nice. The large ball helps in precise cursor control. This trackball is a bit pricey, however, and the construction quality doesn't seem to match up with its high price tag. I tried the (much cheaper) Logitech Trackman Wheel Optical, and I can honestly say I prefer the usability of the Expert Mouse to the Trackman. The software that comes with mouse is also very nice, as it allows you access to many advanced settings and seems to be designed well. There are also several cool features in the trackball software that have come to be useful.

1-0 out of 5 stars A complete ripoff
First of all, I would like to ask: why does this this trackball cost so much?It is manufactured in China, has a cheap-looking appearance, and it's "award winning" scoll-ring makes a horrible grinding sound.

It is nice that they included a wrist support, but personally I find the incline that it forces my wrist into is almost as painful as using my mouse. (I am in the process of ditching my mouse for a trackball because of wrist/shoulder trouble)I also find the jumbo-sized ball hard on my wrist, as it too forces my wrist into an exaggerated raised position.

Compared to the micro$oft trackball explorer, this thing is a real piece of junk, and it costs twice as much.And no, I am not a fan of micro$oft, but I do believe their product blows the Kensington out of the water.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solved uneasiness in my fingers and forehand
I bought this expert mouse after testing two other products. First one being Logitech Marble Mouse, which was quite small for my hand. My hand felt squeezed using it. Because of how the buttons are arranged, it just shifted the pain to a different area. I liked the way it functioned, though
Second one is the Kensington Orbit mouse. The buttons on this mouse are laid out wider than on the Logitech mouse, but for me they felt little too wide and the buttons are a little bit tighter than the this expert mouse or the Logitech marble mouse. The same thing happened with this, pain has found a new home. The other thing I didn't like about this is the lack of separate scroll button. The Kensington MouseWare software tries to supplement it, but isn't sufficient. It just didn't work for me.

Then I upgraded to this Expert mouse. I should say, the pain is completely gone. The buttons are not very tight. The scroll ring is very nice(except for the scratchy noise and feel). The 4 buttons can be customized to do a variety of things. The wrist rest supplied is quite good. The wrist rest can be hooked up to the mouse so that it moves along with the mouse. The ball rolls quite smoothly. The precision is not very much different from a normal mouse. The ball hold points need to be cleaned once or twice a week else the ball movement feels jumpy/sticky. All in all it is a great mouse. It might take a little bit of getting used to(May be a couple of days).

I do recommend this mouse to anyone experiencing pain in the fingers or fore hand. But, I would suggest to try out couple different options. Depending on the size and shape of the hand, you may need a different mouse. Also how you sit in the chair plays a role in choosing the right product for you.

Do I still miss my regular mouse? Yes, I do. I just like the feel of a regular mouse.

5-0 out of 5 stars great product
I've used Kensington Expert Trackballs for many years, after upgrading from Logitech trackballs. My previous Kensington recently died after 8(?) years of great performance.

On this model, Amazon beat most brick and mortar store prices by about $20+, plus free shipping and no tax. It arrived ontime.

The installation on a Dell desktop running XP took about 2 minutes. I plugged the USB cable into the PC and was immediately recognized. I downloaded current drivers from the Kensington site, adjusted the settings and started using it.I find the feel comparable to my earlier versions, plus it comes with the ergonomic pad. I've read the other reviews and don't really understand the gripes.

One thing to be aware of is that the Mouseworks driver appears to have some incompatibility with the Firefox browser. Not sure which is the culprit. After each Firefox launch I have to reset the pointer acceleration and the snap-to setting.Plus Firefox does not recognize the scroll function; it shows the scroll icon on the screen after chording, but neither the ring nor the ball activate scrolling.I believe the problem is with Firefox since scrolling works in IE and I have no reset problems.Inconvenient, but not sure if this is a Kensington problem per se. I e-mailed them to ask, got a prompt response to install the default driver rather than the newer Beta version, but that didn't work either.(Aside: I wonder if the MS trackball recognizes Firefox?)

Great product, decent price from Amazon versus others.I highly recommend it even with the Firefox issue. ... Read more


9. Logitech Cordless TrackMan Wheel
by Logitech
list price: $49.95
our price: $37.94
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Asin: B00004VUGJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 920
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Logitech Cordless TrackMan Wheel provides you with unprecedented desktop flexibility. Digital radio technology allows it to work without being pointed at the computer, so even on crowded desks, you can use it where and how you want. Work anywhere within a 6-foot radius of the receiver. Optical technology delivers superior precision and performance for detailed work and smooth tracking for longer use. The Logitech cordless wheel boasts long battery life and includes a battery indicator to warn you when the battery is low. ... Read more

Features

  • No line of sight necessary between mouse and receiver
  • 5-year warranty
  • Wheel allows fast and easy scrolling
  • Features digital radio technology
  • Patented optical technology

Reviews (46)

3-0 out of 5 stars Works well but receiver is too big
I had the original TrackMan Wheel mouse (with a cord) and loved it.I regretted letting my mother-in-law have it the very second I agreed to it.

I purchased this one as a replacement once I realised I didnt like a normal mouse any more.Plus I purchased a laptop and thought the cordless would be handy.

This model works excellent and is great for use at home with a desktop computer.Unfortunately, it doesnt mention in the description or photo that the receiver which plugs into the USB port is HUGE, its almsost as big as the mouse itself.The size of the receiver and length of cord that comes with it is the same as having a mouse, completely defeating most of the purpose of a cordless mouse.It is too bulky to carry around and setup on my laptop like I had hoped.The receiver is much larger than the ones that come on the other cordless mice I have seen.

If you like the TrackMan Wheel I highly recomend this one, it is top quality and functions flawlessly, as long as you dont want to rely on portability.If you plan on carrying it with your laptop, I would recomend a different cordless mouse.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ONLY mouse
Back in the early 1990's my mother bought the second version of the original TrackMan Marble because she had a shoulder injury.So I have used this format of mouse for over ten years, having inherited the previous mouse from her.I used that mouse until a few months ago.It took that long to wear out the left-click button.So when I needed a new mouse, I went straight for this one.And I must say that the only improvement that Logitech made to what was a unique and nearly perfect device, was to make it cordless.So now it is perfect.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bluetooth
I've always used a trackball. Never say much point in pushing a mouse around. Just got an iMac G5 with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. Got the Cordless Trackman. Hooked it up, booted the computer, installed the software using the mouse, hit the connect buttons and turned the mouse off. Works like a charm. Bluetooth keyboard still works--which was the big question. I'm using a Logitech cordless keyboard on my Dell. Logitech products generally seem to work.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a Champ, this Mouse is
I picked this up at CompUSA in Reno, because I'd used a trackball a lot a long time ago and it looked pretty nifty. Plus, it was cordless. I rushed home, ripped off the wrapping, put the batteries in the trackball, plugged the dongle goodie into a USB port on my iBook, popped in the CD, installed the software (it was so easy an old dummy could do it, I know, I did). And Bob's your uncle, this baby was working. In fact it was working too good, just a slight roll of the thumb and my cursor sped across the screen. No problem, I went into the System Preferences and slowed it down. It's a champ, this guy is. Bye, bye carpel tunnel syndrome.

Jack Priest, Sailor Home from the Sea

5-0 out of 5 stars A mouse replacement for everyone
Since my first computer in 1992 I have used a mouse and never really had any strong opinions about it.I loved it for gaming, and it worked great for everything else.After I started getting inner elbow pain which appeared to be from placing my hand in the same position as required by a mouse, I decided I would give using a trackball a shot to see if the pain went away.Sure enough it did, and the comfort and ease of this trackball is certainly undeniable.I am not saying your pain will go away, but I know it is a lot smoother and more comfortable to use this rather than a mouse.
And gamers, don't worry.I am using a trackball for FPS games and it works just as well.As one reviewer said, it takes a day or two to use, and then you just feel disappointed whenever you have to use a mouse.
I love this.Buy a trackball.The cordless is nice, it uses batteries quickly.I am probably going to buy a wired one for work soon. ... Read more


10. Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman (USB/PS/2)
by Logitech
list price: $59.99
our price: $50.34
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Asin: B00006B9CR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1322
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Logitech's cordless optical TrackMan lets you work where and how you want with the freedom of a cordless mouse, the comfort of a trackball, and the precision of optical technology. It's Logitech's most advanced trackball finger-operated trackball mouse. Save space and eliminate desktop clutter. Take advantage of extra buttons that help you navigate around Windows and the Web more easily. And with Logitech's patented optical technology, you get virtually maintenance-free precision and smooth tracking.

Logitech's patented Optical Marble technology ensures smooth cursor movement, while 27 MHz cordless digital radio technology gives you reliable cordless freedom. The product offers advanced navigation features in a form-fitting, right-handed design. Its special drag-lock functions let you move text and images with ease, while Cruise Control scrolling lets you scroll rapidly through Web pages and documents by merely pressing a button. With conveniently located thumb-operated forward and back buttons, you can easily move through applications and Web pages without having to move the cursor to the browser's onscreen buttons. Two AA batteries (included) keep you powered for six months or more. ... Read more

Features

  • Digital radio technology requires no line-of-sight; patented optical technology maintains smooth tracking and superior precision
  • No cord, no clutter, no hassle: cordless freedom, optical precision
  • Comfortable, right-handed shape with a large, finger-controlled trackball
  • Advanced buttons for easy navigation, plus a scroll wheel
  • Smart power management keeps battery working for months

Reviews (39)

3-0 out of 5 stars Scroll wheel should be closer to trackball.
I've been using the Logitech Cordless Trackman Wheel ($40) for 2 yrs and got used to using my thumb to roll the ball. This $50 Optical Trackman uses the 2nd and 3rd fingers to roll the ball. It's an adjustment but I think I'll get used to it. I do feel that the scroll wheel buttons should be closer to the trackball, just like the right-click button. I basically need to bend my wrist to get to the scroll wheel, an inconvenience. Drag-and-Drop also need some getting used to.

5-0 out of 5 stars take it or leave it
i love this thing but i have had a lot of users beg to differ.i am a win sysadmin (hey i do my *nix with style) and the need for a good mouse is essential.I love that it is wireless and can move it about.it is unbelievably durable, trust me i have dropped it several times on hard services.the only issue that muck gets trapped in the optical lenses and needs to be cleaned out regularly.all and all it is a great grab...

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Trackball I Have Ever Used
This is an extremely comfortable and accurate trackball.It is very well designed and I like having the left mouse button on the side.

5-0 out of 5 stars YES! The answer for hand discomfort.
I am a psychologist, and an internet hound.I spend a lot of time on my laptop (2-5 hours a day?).A year ago, I began having pain in the tendons along the top of my hand, from my index finger through my wrist.This was not "carpal tunnel" pain (that is on the underside of the wrist) but was apparently tendonitis aggravated by typing and mousing.

Anyway, I decided to make a radical switch, and the relief was instant.I have fairly big hands and this stationary mouse is like laying my hand on a custom recliner.Combined with a small mousepad and raised wrist pad, I literally never have to move my hand or wrist at all...just tracking with my middle/ring finger and clicking with thumb.The index finger is mercifully spared.

Gaming is a downside...especially for high-speed games like shooters.

Rarely does a product do everything you hope it will.This one did.I have had NO pronlems with gummed up wheels from dust...and I've had it for a year.

4-0 out of 5 stars A previous MS Intellimouse trackball user review
When my old mouse died I tried to find something similar.Like the intellimouse this mouse can be controlled by your index finger but it is a lot more sensitive.Two fingers work better unless you slow down the response setting.

I love that I can left click with the thumb still but it will take a bit getting used to doing a right click with the pinky.Still, when I want to do that it reacts easily without strain on the hand.

The best feature of this mouse is being able to 'advance to' or 'retreat from' viewed files without having to search for a back button on my browser.Not only is it faster, but it leaves your cursor just where you expect it to be when you get there. When you are in a database this simplifies the movement back and forth to the same navigation location.It has a couple of other nice features the intelli didn't as well such as 'quick lock and scroll' copying which gives you more control where to stop and start.

Ergonomically the mouse feels good but I wouldn't rank it as high as the Intellimouse for my own small hand.I find the ball bigger than is really necessary and the scroll wheel feels a bit farther away from where my index finger wants to be but that is the only reason for a less than a perfect 5 stars.

No wires makes it a dream as I no longer have to extract my mouse from my telephone cord to take a call.
Software loaded without problems on my ME machine (after I ignored ME concerns about missing drivers that were on the disk still to be loaded) and the install instructions could be followed by a 3 year old, though a two step install (basic mouse first then the trackball)was kinda strange.

All in all, a good mouse that I will be happy with...hopefully as long as my intelli lasted.The real bonus is that visiting relatives take one look at it and say "do you have another computer I can use?" ... Read more


11. Logitech 2.4 GHz Cordless Presenter
by Logitech
list price: $99.99
our price: $51.29
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Asin: B0007KVK8E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 2752
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Product Description

CordlessNotebook-sizePCUSB

Timing is everything. Keep your audience engaged with our new 2.4 GHz Cordless Presenter™, featuring an LCD timer with built-in vibration alerts to help keep your presentations on time.

The Logitech® Cordless 2.4 GHz Presenter™ helps you focus on connecting with your audience, not your computer. Take advantage of its 50-foot range to control your presentations while moving around an auditorium with confidence. A built-in LCD timer with vibration alerts at five and two minutes helps you effectively manage your time.

No software is requiredjust plug it in and it works. The built-in controls for Launch Slideshow, Slide Forward, Slide Back, Black Screen and Volume put the most-needed presentation tools in the palm of your hand. Theres even an integrated laser pointer to help you emphasize your key messages.

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Features

  • Long battery life
  • Launches slide show and allows escape.
  • has volume control and integrated laser.
  • Works with any PC, no software required.
  • 50 foot range.

12. Logitech MX900 Bluetooth Cordless Optical Mouse
by Logitech
list price: $99.95
our price: $82.64
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Asin: B0000CEPDF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1314
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Today's most advanced wireless technology for personal networks is Bluetooth®, which offers up to 10 meters of range for secure data transmission and works with devices like mobile phones, printers, and PDAs. If you've decided to upgrade to Bluetooth, then you need a Bluetooth hub connected to your home PC. But why add yet another device to your already-crowded desktop? The Logitech® MX™900 Bluetooth® Optical Mouse combines our most advanced mouse ever with a Bluetooth wireless hub in a single package.

With the MX900, you can easily transform your PC into a Bluetooth control center: Communicate instantly using your Bluetooth headset, or easily exchange data between your PC and your Bluetooth PDA, cell phone, and printer. Thanks to the power of Bluetooth, you can do it all with no wires. Learn all about the things you can do with Bluetooth and Logitech.

And with this Bluetooth solution, you also get our most advanced optical mouse. Powered by the Logitech MX™ Optical Engine, the rechargeable MX900 delivers high resolution, high frame rates, and expert-level accuracy you can't find anywhere else. It features eight convenient buttons and a Cruise Control™ scrolling system to make pointing, clicking, and navigating more efficient than ever.

To streamline your desktop, the mouse's power charger also doubles as the Bluetooth wireless hub. You won't have to worry about desktop clutter or battery life. It's just another way Logitech makes it easier for you to work, play, and communicate in comfort and style.

  • All you need to put your Bluetooth devices to work for you right now, right at your desktop.
  • Logitech's most advanced rechargeable cordless optical mouse
  • Bluetooth wireless hub built into the mouse's recharging station
  • Works with both Windows® 2000 and XP
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Features

  • Easily transfer pictures and files between your PC and your Bluetooth mobile devices.
  • Synchronize your Bluetooth PDA or cell phone with your PC.
  • Bluetooth® wireless hub is also a mouse recharging base to ensure that your mouse is always ready for work (or play).
  • All you need to put your Bluetooth devices to work for you right now, right at your desktop.
  • Tremendous accuracy with the MX™ Optical Engine

Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
I had purchased a mini vbluetooth mouse from Iogear. And it kept loosing my signal or not charging.So I returned it and got this mouse.AWESOME. I have had no problems. And since my laptop came blue tooth enabled, I don't need to use the hub, except for to charge the mouse, so i conencted the hub to my other computer so that my laptop and "server" could communicate a little easier.Works Great!Never have any problems with it. EXCEPT.If you don't use the hub to connect your mouse, you cannot use the "switch windows" button on the mouse. Or the quick scrolling buttons, but the side forward and back buttons do work. And they even work in window XP windows, not just on the internet.Even in my Microsoft Money account!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but Not Excellent Bluetooth Mouse
Pros: Comfortable, precise, and lots of buttons

Cons: Will not fully work without the hub

Full user opinion
I had no problem conecting to my Dell Inspiron 6000 with built in Bluetooth.

When I installed with the hub connected evertything worked properly. After disconecting the hub you loose some features.

One of the buttons will not work without the hub. You also loose the Mouse properties screen.

It would be nice if everything worked without the hub, but it still works with no wires attached.

I wanted to have a mouse to utilize my bluetooth card, and this does the job.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great with 20" iMac G5!
I bought this mouse because I needed a wireless multi-button bluetooth mouse.This mouse works great right out of the box with my Mac.I didn't need to install any software! I love the form factor.The mouse seems to be made specifically for my hand and that gives it a wonderful feel.
The only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 is because the mouse is a little heavy and will take some getting use too.Other than that the mouse works as advertised.

2-0 out of 5 stars Extremely poor battery life & precision
I've been very pleased with my Logitech wireless mouse (non-bluetooth) on my PC - so thought I'd buy the Bluetooth version for my Mac Powerbook. Physically the mouse is much flimsier than the other wireless version. From a performance standpoint I seldom get more than 1/2 hour of increasingly erratic use before losing my connection and having to recharge.

Looking for an alternative - or may just use the non-bluetooth version on the Mac as well.

3-0 out of 5 stars No MAC support
I ordered the mouse at amazon and it was delivered promptly.
The mouse feels great in your hand and the quality is good. The only problem is, that Logitech does not support this mouse under MAC OSX (Logitech does support their USB-mice under MAC OSX).
Because of the advanced technology from Apple, you will still be able to use this mouse. But other than the two buttons and the scrollwheel you will not be able to use.
I don't understand why Logitech is not able to support MAC for some of their devices. ... Read more


13. Logitech Cordless Presenter
by Logitech
list price: $199.95
our price: $167.19
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Asin: B000066SA5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 5192
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Logitech cordless presenter gives you complete remote control of your onscreen presentation from just about anywhere in the room (up to more than 30 feet from your PC). Gone are the days when you had to remain practically chained to your computer or give hand signals to a partner when you're ready to change slides. The presenter also doubles as a laser pointer and even as a two-button optical mouse, with no need for a mouse pad, no ball, and no sticking.

Employing Bluetooth wireless technology, the presenter doesn't need line of sight with your PC. It's compatible with most presentation applications and comes with Logitech's MouseWare software, which gives you a variety of configurations for customizing your mouse buttons. The device runs on two AA batteries (included); a power-saving switch and smart power management maximize battery power. Logitech covers the cordless presenter with a five-year warranty. System requirements are: Windows 98, Me, 2000, or XP; an available USB port; and a CD-ROM drive. ... Read more

Features

  • Optical mouse capability (with 2-button clicking)
  • No line of sight required (uses Bluetooth wireless technology)
  • Carrying case and 2 AA batteries included
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for reliable range of 30-plus feet
  • Built-in laser pointer lets you highlight specific points

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars Slick Device, Not Supported on Mac OS X, but It Works
This presentation remote fits comfortably in my averaged-sized hands.The control buttons are easily accessible with my thumb.After a bit of practice, using the laser trigger on the underside with my middle finger is also quite comfortable.

Logitech does not offer support for the Cordless Presenter on Mac OS X.Like some others here, I initially could not move backward in Keynote presentations, whether in presentation or mouse mode.Installing the Logitech Control Software did not help in my case.The Cordless Presenter does not show up as a supported device.But after an hour or so of experimentation, everything is working.In fact, I have more control over Keynote than Logitech supports by default for Powerpoint.Here's what I did to get the controller to work with Keynote 2:

1. Install USB Overdrive.
2. Use the USB dongle supplied with the Cordless Presenter instead of your Mac's built-in Bluetooth connection.(This makes the computer think you have a USB mouse instead of a Bluetooth mouse, so USB Overdrive can manage the Cordless Presenter.Once the long awaited Bluetooth version of USB Overdrive is available, this step may not be needed.)
3. In USB Overdrive, set up application-specific settings for Keynote (left-hand pane).Make sure you make the following changes only for Keynote and not for Global Settings.
4. Configure the left mouse button to send the keystroke "Return".(You'll get a dire warning here, but as long as you have a track pad, its button will work for clicking within Keynote))
5. Configure the right mouse button to send the keystroke "[".
6. Configure Wheel Up to send the keystroke "+".
7. Configure Wheel Down to send the keystroke "-".

Now within Keynote you will have to use your trackpad when editing and starting the presentation.But once the presentation is started, you can use the Cordless Presenter (in mouse mode) to move forward and backward through slides.In addition, the up-down arrows on the Cordless Presenter will bring up the slide chooser and let you quickly scroll through your slides--great for answering questions or skipping part of your talk.To leave the slide chooser, just press the left button.

I hope someone finds this useful.I gave this product only 4 stars because of the hoops you have to jump through to use it on a Mac.However, the ergonomics and build quality are great.Windows users won't go wrong getting the Cordless Presenter, and adventuresome Mac users should also find it to be a nice addition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Versatility
I've been using this presenter for about two years now.It functions as a mouse or as a presenter.In the mouse mode, it's a very reliable wireless mounse.As a presenter, it's a great tool.It has a switch at the bottom that switches between presentation mode and mouse-mode.In the presentation mode, the left and right buttons function the same as the 'page up' and 'page down' keys which makes navigating powerpoint a breeze.I give dozens of presentations a year and always take along the cordless presenter.Another plus is that if you have a bluetooth-ready computer you don't have to use the Bluetooth dongle.

Battery consumption is not an issue but you do need to remember to turn it off when you're done.

5-0 out of 5 stars To people who couldn't make it work with Mac
Please make some effort first before writing a review. This works GREAT with Mac OS X. Yes the "Back" button (right) will not work out of the box. You need to:

- Install Logitech software for OS X(comes with it)
- Configure the right button for "Keystroke" and assign "Arrow up" or "Page UP" key to it.
- Be in the mouse mode, not presentation mode.

If you do that left and right buttons will work as supposed in Powerpoint slide show mode.

Excellent product.

4-0 out of 5 stars mostly great
I've used this only on PCs, with Windows XP installed.

The mouse function is terrific!It works just like a regular mouse for me, and for mouse-heavy teaching of a software class, this is a wonderful boon.I love the fact that it has a 5 second restart, no matter how long I've been ignoring it.

One out of the three computers I've installed the software and used it on, had random intervals of either the presentation forward button or presentation back button not working (but the other Powerpoint presentation button worked fine, and the mouse function worked fine).Perhaps it was the age of the computer itself?Perhaps the USB port was not up to current standards.However, it has consistently worked fine on moremodern computers.

I was initially somewhat dubious about the size of the unit itself -- it doesn't fit into a pocket as I walk around the room -- and I have to give up valuable packing space to it asI travel.However, I have decided that its usefulness far outweighs these two minor drawbacks.

5-0 out of 5 stars questions for mac users
UPDATE for mac users:
So mac users should skip this product.It will work with your mac's built-in bluetooth or with the supplied dongle.However, you'll only be able to move fwd in your powerpoint presentations, and not backward (button 2 does not work).I tried manipulating button 2 with the Logitech os x software and 3rd party software as well (gamepad companion and usboverdrive).Nothing gets button 2 to work.Other users have reported the same issue (do a google search).I've emailed Logitech and posted to their User Forums, and have recieved no answer as to whether they ever plan to add Mac support for this device.So unless you want a half functional device, for a premium price, I would skip this product if you're a mac user.

It's a shame since it's the only bluetooth presentationd device, and the RF devices seem mediocre at best.I have switched to using my bluetooth cellphone (Sony Ericsson T610), some free software (Romeo), and the $20 laser pointer attachment for sony ericsson phones.It's much more flexible, and definately has a cool-factor to it.



Original Review:

I would love to purchase this, but cannot find answers to these questions.I have a mac ibook g4 running os x 10.3.5 and built-in bluetooth:

1. Will this device work using my mac's built-in bluetooth, or will I need to use the supplied USB bluetooth reciever?

2. I've read reports of mac users with 1 button not functioning.Is this still the case?

3. Will I get full functionality with Powerpoint 2004 ?

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14. Keyspan PR-US2 Presentation Remote
by Keyspan
list price: $59.00
our price: $47.49
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Asin: B00006BAH2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Keyspan
Sales Rank: 772
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The perfect tool for PowerPoint!

This RF remote works from up to 40 feet away and includes a laser pointer and full mouse control! There is no software to install. Just plug it into a PC or Mac and it works within seconds.

  • Plugs into a USB port on a Windows or Macintosh computer
  • No software required!
  • includes builtin laser pointer
  • Draws its power from the USB connection -- a power adapter is not required
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Features

  • Directly supports PowerPoint, no additional software required
  • Laser pointer with safety guard
  • Ideal for classrooms and larger auditoriums
  • Windows and Mac compatible; USB interface

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Success w/ My Remote
I've tried a number of remotes, some of which are more expensive.This one has worked the best for me.For a point of reference, the last one I used (and returned) was the Logitech Multimedia Presenter w/ trackball; unconventional start procedure and sloooooowwwww trackball that didn't move all that freely.

Anyway, back to the point(er).I think the Keyspan is laid out quite well.Advancing slides can be done using either the wheel or the advance button.The mouse is very responsive w/ good speed and has an automatic slow-down next to buttons (nice for those w/o much dexterity or new to the one-finger operation).

The laser wasn't as tough for me as some of the other reviewers.Just depress one button while depressing another one for 3-4 seconds and voila.The laser option is kinda moot for me though since using a laser on something like a powerpoint presentation will generally not yield good results anyway; the laser will always get overpowered by the slide.If you use a laser on something like a big powerpoint on a screen, you can imagine just how ineffective it would be.That is why I use the mouse pointer when highlighting things I'm talking about on a particular slide.And that is why the nice speed and responsiveness of the mouse pad is a plus.

Bottom line:No complaints from me, has worked like a charm so far, and is a good buy imo.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sleek and Affordable
This remote is excellent for those who spend a lot of time teaching or making presentations, and abhorr the thought of being perched behind a podium.The coverage is excellent, and the size is small enough to almost disappear from view.I actually position mine horizontally, using a rubber band to attach the bottom of the remote against my belt with the top latch hooked to a belt loop.

The only issue I would have, if I were big on laser pointers, is the activiation of the pointer itself.Other than that, this is the best I've used thus far.

2-0 out of 5 stars Flawless... for just three months
Teaching with a presentation remote is a declaration of freedom. No longer having to seat in front of the computer to flip through my Keynote or PowerPoint presentations allows for more participative discussion. The Keyspan's cluttered yet complete interface provides all the functions of the competition at a fraction of the price. Moving the cursor, flipping pages, laser-pointing... It's all there. Regrettably, it only worked for just three months. I even changed the battery (a very expensive and even more difficult to find 3v model) but nothing happened. It turns out the original battery was still fully charged.

In conclusion: I can't recomment this product. I have now ordered the RemotePoint Navigator. Hopefully I'll be luckier next time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tendency to fall apart
This product works pretty well.And have used it fairly often.One thing I noticed, though:I had just been using it for a week, and the battery cover of the remote would no longer lock on.I have had to use masking tape to keep the battery cover on, lest the whole remote will not work.

Oh, yes.One other thing:the remote's battery (CR2450) isn't exactly that easy to find available in stores, either.

But the remote works!

2-0 out of 5 stars 50% failure rate
At a recent conference, two people had this gadget. One worked fine, the other had problems advancing slides properly and with getting the laser pointer to turn on. This led to a lot of embarassment for the poor presenter whose Keyspan malfunctioned. Since computer equipment rarely breaks these days, we all just assumed she was an idiot who can't use her own equipment until someone else had the same problem.

It's a HUGE pity this doesn't work. I used (luckily) the working one, and it was a joy -- you could keep talking and gesturing without the awkward amble back to find the space bar. It made my presentation style more fluid and interesting. I really hope some other company gets their act together to make a competitor.

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15. Logitech Trackman Wheel Optical
by Logitech
list price: $34.99
our price: $24.79
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Asin: B00005NIMJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 495
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Thumb-operated TrackMan Wheel combines reliable optical technology with an innovative scroll wheel that provides easy scrolling access to your favorite web sites.

Get superior precision and reduced wear while eliminating the need for cleaning. TrackMan Wheel also saves desk space. Work with PCs and USB-port Macintosh systems.

Comfortable scrolling and performance

  • High-precision, low-maintenance Marble advantage. Patented optical Marble technology delivers superior precision, reduced wear and smooth tracking, even if the trackball gets dirty. Because it records motion optically instead of with mechanical parts, there's no need for regular cleaning.
  • Precise thumb control
  • Feel the difference. Touch the gentle curves, roll the trackball, and you'll appreciate the comfort and smooth motion.
  • WebWheel™ provides convenient scrolling and fast, easy Internet access
  • Built to last. Made with the quality of Logitech, the world's largest manufacturer of mice and trackballs.
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Features

  • 5-year warranty
  • Patented optical marble technology delivers superior precision, reduced wear and smooth tracking, even if the trackball gets dirty.
  • Precise thumb control
  • WebWheel provides convenient scrolling and fast, easy Internet access
  • Made with the quality of Logitech, the world's largest manufacturer of mice and trackballs

Reviews (40)

5-0 out of 5 stars Have been using this for over two years...
It has worked flawlessly and and efficiently.I would highly recommend it to anyone who has limited space, or anyone for that matter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comfortable alternative to a mouse
I bought a trackball to give myself a more space-efficient alternative to a mouse.After deciding against mostof Kensington's trackballs because of cost and against a Microsft trackball because of my smaller hand size, I settled on the Logitech Trackman.

I had never used a trackball for even a short amount of time, so adjusting to the feel of the Trackman took several days but was definitely worth it.

-Ball movement.The ball glides smoothly on several mini ball bearings and is a comfortable size for me to operate with my thumb.Plus, it is also optical and thus has less parts to clean.

-Familiar mouse-like shape.The Logitech Trackman is more mouse-shaped than many trackballs, and the buttons/scroll wheel can be used with the usual fingers.Unlike a mouse, of course, you don't have to worry much about desktop space and don't need to move the entire device around.

-Simple buttons.If you don't like mice/trackballs that are loaded with buttons, this is for you.This trackball only has the standard left/right buttons, plus a clickable scroll wheel.The main buttons aren't too stiff, and the wheel moves easily and has a muted click when you scroll (pretty much the same as a Logitech optical mouse).

-Curves.The entire device is curved to fit the right hand.There are grooves on the two "mouse" buttons to give your fingers a place to rest, and there are additional grooves for your ring and little fingers to rest on.There's alsoa bit of rubber along the right edge, presumably for comfort reasons.

-Size.One of the reasons I've bought Logitech miceinstead of the equivalent Microsoft products is that the MS mice feel large, chunky and unwieldy in my hand.This trackball is no exception; my palm, thumb, and fingers rest exactly where they should be.If you like the size of Logitech's optical scroll mice, you will probably like this trackball as well; if you have larger hands or generally prefer the larger size of Microsoft's mice, it would be a good idea to try this out in a store before buying.

-Long cord.If your only free USB ports are several feet away, under a desk, etc., hooking the Trackman up shouldn't be a problem.It's a bit more cumbersome if you have it plugged directly into your keyboard and have lots of extra cord left over, but it's nothing a simple twist tie can't fix.

-Construction.The Trackman is available for less than $30, but it has the usual Logitech quality. Three rubber feet keep the Trackman from slipping around.The bottom is held together withfour screws and can easily be opened using a Philips head screwdriver if necessary; the ball can be popped out from above by grabbing it between your thumb/forefinger and giving it a good tug.All in all, much easier to open up and clean than, for instance, an Apple peripheral, but at the same time it won't come apart by accident during regular use.

-OS X compatibility.The two mouse buttons and scroll wheel work fine without any Logitech drivers installed, though the trackball is a bit slow.Installing the Logitech Control Center allows you to bump the tracking speed up further and program the middle (scroll wheel) button, among other things.If you already have installed it (for use with a Logitech keyboard or mouse, for example), the Control Center should detect the Trackman and allow you to program it without installing any trackball-specific software (you can even leave your mouse connected without any real problems).

**If you use OS 10.3, download the latest drivers! Earlier Logitech drivers (such as the one included in the box) caused several kernel panics on my Mac when used under recent versions of OS 10.3.**

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Like it Should
I recently purchased and then returned a couple of Microsoft trackball units similar to this Logitech product (see my review).Thankfully the Logitech model works the right way - the shape fits my hand nicely and the ball rolls smoothly.The cursor responds instantly when you roll the ball and it goes where you want it to go - no sticking, no hesitation, no flying awry all over the screen.I feel like I am in control.Not so when I used the Microsoft version - that one stuck, I would roll the ball and the cursor would stay put, and it felt like the ball had some sort of film on it that prevented it from turning smoothly.This Logitech Trackman is wayyyyyyy better!It's a few dollars more but worth it - the difference in quality and operation is obvious and I'm keeping these two that I bought in place of the Microsoft units.There really is no comparision.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not used to it at first, but like it very much now
I am a heavy computer user and those regular mice, no matter how fancy they look, make my hand/wrist/arm uncomfortable. I read a lot online and decided to try this Logitech trackman. I compared it to the Microsoft competitor in a local store, I believe this matches the size of my hand better.

When I got it from amazon, I didn't like it at first. As someone mentioned earlier, when you click you thumb could move slightly down and drag the pointer off the target. I wanted to send it back but amazon would charge me shipping, so I didn't.

Since I paid 20+ bucks for it, I wouldn't let it sleep there and collect dust. I used it at home while using a mouse at work. After a few days I found that I became more used to it. Now it's been two weeks, and I like this trackball very much. I suggest you alternately use a trackball and a mouse, and exercise your left hand (suppose you are right-handed) occasionally to give your right hand a break. You will suffer less when you become old.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not for the long haul...
I bought this trackball after my Microsoft Explorer Mouse went bad about two months ago. My wife wanted to try a trackball and I had always been curious.

I liked it at first but I found I had trouble clicking on buttons. When I would push the primary button I would almost always pull my thumb over at the same time and roll the cursor off the button.

Then I started noticing the little 'hitches' in the ball movement--especially when moving to the left. Those hitches became more and more obvious, until it became almost a constant drag. Eventually, the ball became too difficult to move without strain.

I ended up hating this mouse and now I love my new Microsoft Explorer Mouse.

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16. Microsoft Trackball Explorer
by Microsoft
list price: $54.95
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Asin: B00005853Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1437
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Unlike the mechanical-trackball "mice of yore" that skip, stick, and need to be cleaned, the Microsoft D68-00007 TrackBall Explorer introduces an entirely new trackball featuring optical sensor technology. Reading through dirt, dust, and fingerprints, the optical sensor tracks the movement of the ball 1,500 times per second, giving you smooth, precise control. The Trackball Explorer comes with two additional buttons located on the side of the device--for a total of five buttons--for moving forward and back quickly in your browser, or you can program them. It also features a wheel for efficient scrolling and zooming and is ergonomically designed to support the natural position of your hand as you use your index finger to control the trackball. ... Read more

Features

  • Designed for use with the right hand
  • Index-finger-controlled precision trackball design
  • IntelliEye optical technology
  • 5 buttons--including 2 programmable buttons
  • Wheel for scrolling and zooming

Reviews (83)

5-0 out of 5 stars Another glowing review with a recommendation on software
I agree with the positive reviews above--this is THE BEST trackball I've ever used.

A "heads up" to users--find and use Microsoft's Intellipoint 4 software instead of the newer v5 as the v4 allows programming the buttons for Forward and Back movements when used with a browser--a WONDERFUL feature.

2-0 out of 5 stars Buttons about 1" too far back - you must bend your thumb!
Microsoft should really take a lesson from Logitech here.I tried the Trackball Explorer as a replacement for my WELL worn Logitech Marble-Man FX (discontinued - though I'll never understand why.) My hands are M/L - totally typical.

After 1 hour of use, my thumb was killing me.You see, you must reach BACK to far to hit the thumb button.If you compare it to logitech, you'll see that they have the buttons in-line with the ball or just under where your thumb falls naturally, meaning you can click on them without bending your thumb at all.

The mouse is accurate, and the ball feels nice, but you have to use those buttons... and they are awful. If they'd move them forward about 1" this would work as well as the Logitech MarbleMan FX does.

It's no wonder those things are going for $150 USED on Ebay... Logitech had it right and nobody has yet repeated it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best in form and function
This trackball is simply the best.Aside from the extreme programmability (five buttons and a scroll wheel, all of which I use often in my line of work), its best feature is its size and shape.I have a large hand and cannot use a "normal" mouse without suffering from what I call "mouse claw".

One word of advise though, the small bearings, which allow the large ball to roll smoothly, will crack their housing if enough pressure is applied to the large trackball and cause "rough" rolling.Remove the large ball when storing or transporting and you will love this trackball for years to come!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet!!!
So much to like about this mouse:

1) It's so smooth, moving and acceleration is better than any wheel mouse, non-optical trackball or even optical mice.Can't explain it but it just feels good!

2) Configurable buttons, those of you who are devoted mouse users will appreciate the ability to set up as something similar to the mice you've used before (the default setup is good for veteran trackballers, lousy for mouse users)

3) Very ergonomic

4) Just looks cool :-)

To sum it up, one awesome trackball!

5-0 out of 5 stars Where's the left-handed version?
This is an excellent trackball - if you happen to be right-handed.But if you are left-handed, it is unusable.11% of the world is left-handed. The arrogance of right-handed people is truly disgusting. ... Read more


17. Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Optical Trackball for Windows or Mac - 64329
by Kensington
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0000YDGSO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Kensington
Sales Rank: 8418
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless TrackballKensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball: Similar in design to the enormously popular cabled Kensington Expert Mouse 7. Designed for PCs and Mac's, the Expert Mouse Wireless employs Kensington's Diamond Eye optical technology for smooth, precise cursor movement. Surrounding the ball, we have a brand new implementation of our award winning Scroll Ring that puts scrolling right at your fingertips. Incredibly comfortable, the Expert Mouse Wireless even comes with a soft detachable wrist rest-right in the box! Plus, you get the largest ball of any mainstream consumer trackball, exceptional control, and ease-of-use that has set the industry standard for more than 15 years. And now it's wireless -- Quick RF Wireless connectivity provides wireless speeds as fast as a cabled mouse, with the freedom and space afforded by a wireless mouse. ... Read more

Features

  • Largest ball of any of the mainstream, consumer trackballs; Windows or Mac compatible; USB/PS2
  • Kensington Edge: Award-winning Scroll Ring puts trackball scrolling at your fingertips.
  • Quick RF¿ Wireless connectivity provides wireless speeds as fast as a cabled mouse or trackball
  • DiamondEye¿ Optical tracking for unrivaled precision and accuracy
  • Detachable wrist rest comfortably cradles hand for increased productivity, sleek black and silver design matches latest PC styles

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars The Worst
I've been a faithful customer of Kensington for years, and I bought one of these because it was pretty and shiny.

While it definitely was aesthetically pleasing, it was the poorest ergonomically engineered trackball/mouse I've ever owned.

My hand pain was worse with this thing, than a regular mouse.

I personally recommend the Kensington 4-Button Expert Mouse USB/PS2 Trackball.It may not be as sexy, but it's easier on the hands (my hand at least.) Kensington Guys: Go back to the drawing board and keep the Ugly White Expert Mouse on the market.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality, Precision Trackball
I was a little skeptical from reading a few reviews attacking the quality of manufacture, but I got a great deal on this mouse and decided to try it out.The Kensington Expert Mouse is now in its seventh edition, and it is an incredible pointing device.It features four symmetrically placed buttons surrounding the huge trackball and the Scroll Ring.The four buttons can be programmed using the Kensington MouseWorks software, which is available on their website for download and also included in the CD.Using the MouseWorks software on Mac OS X 10.3.5, I was pleased to find its ease of use and instant installation.

The mouse is native USB, and it includes an adaptor for those who have PS/2 connectivity.

The scroll ring has somewhat of a cheaper feel to it, but it is quite an interesting and novel approach to the traditional scroll wheel, and it does the job quite well (it's also kind of fun).It does not seem liable to break within normal use.

I am sure that the symmetry makes this mouse ideal for left handed users, who have trouble finding a trackball, as Microsoft and Logitech have slim offerings for left hands (lest you operate the ball with your pinky).

The wheel glides effortlessly with a short break in period, and of course the software allows the user to control the tracking.I have owned two other optical trackballs (Microsoft and Logitech), and this one compares if not exceeds in quality.(Optical trackballs means that the sensors are optical, as opposed to the steel ball-bearing system.)

For those with limited desk space, this is a very large device, but you won't have to move it around your desk like with a standard mouse.

I was surprised to find that I will use the optional wrist rest; it is comfortable and non-encumbering, but many wrist rests seem like annoying novelties instead of functional devices.

Trackballs are incredible, and this one is by far best in class, but I do not think it is worth the 100 USD price tag.I would recommend it for those who frequently use mouse operations - medical and engineering professionals, among others.The home user should think about the Microsoft Trackball Explorer or the Logitech Trackman Wheel, both of which are considerably less expensive and reasonably priced.

2-0 out of 5 stars Unstable
When I first got my Wireless Turbo mouse, I found the transparent blue ball to be a little sticky, so I dropped the putty-colored ball from my old ADB turbomouse into this new one and found it to be smoother . OK. But then my first Wireless Turbo Mouse sucked batteries; I had to change them about once a week. Kensington replaced it, and now I've been using the replacement for about a year and I'm finding that the cursor jumps randomly all over the screen. New batteries helped a little but I can be working and suddenly the cursor will jump to the other side of the screen-or if I'm word-processing, the cursor will just start drifting uncontrollably down the line. It's disastrous in Photoshop. I'm going back to usb. And I'll probably buy a Kensington Turbo Mouse. ... Read more


18. Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical
by Microsoft
list price: $24.99
our price: $15.33
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Asin: B00006B7HB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 627
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Microsoft Optical Technology replaces the old-fashioned mechanical mouse ball and works on virtually any surface.* With a convenient scroll wheel and comfortable design, Wheel Mouse Optical is a great value.

Benefits

  • Reliable Optical Technology. Wheel Mouse Optical brings the precision and accuracy of Microsoft optical technology to an affordable mouse.
  • Faster Wheel Scrolling. Move through documents quickly without clicking on the scroll bar. Accelerated scrolling reacts to how quickly you roll the wheel, saving you time and effort.
  • Designed for Right or Left Hand. Whether you control it with your right hand or your left, you'll appreciate the way Wheel Mouse Optical is shaped and styled for your comfort.
*Microsoft Optical Technology performs best on surfaces with detail to track. It will not function on surfaces without visible detail (e.g. glass) or surfaces where it will see its reflection (e.g. mirrors). The sensor may also have difficulty tracking on highly repetitive patterns (e.g. some printed glossy photographs). ... Read more

Features

  • Connection Type: USB
  • Connection Type: PS/2
  • Scrolling Capability: Yes
  • Device Type: Mouse
  • Tracking Method: Optical

Reviews (82)

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Microswitches
I have one of these mice, but it wasn't purchased here.Like several other Microsoft mice I have purchased it came with a defective microswitch under the left button.Most of the time it works, but sometimes when you single-click you get a double.Microsoft mice used to be great, they are no more.

I have purchased 4 or 5 of the past couple years out of brand loyalty and only 1 of them worked correctly out of the box and it only lasted a few months.

4-0 out of 5 stars Everything A Mouse Should Be..
I purchased this mouse some 2 months back and till date I have wondered why I didnt go out and buy this before. My beloved Logitech Trackball died on me. I wanted to get something which wasnt flashy just plain neat good looks. I purchased this for some $20 and I think I am satisfied with my purchase.

There arent any hotkeys. However I've used this mouse on many surfaces. Since I purchased a laptop recently I needed a mouse that would stay with me. My desktop PC mouse is safely connected to my notebook via the USB port. Its just a breeze. I love Microsoft.

I enjoy playing Age Of Empires with this and at the same time I like scrolling through web pages.Its a simple mouse that has everything a mouse should be. Not "can" be.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great no-frills mouse
I personally like the more full-featured Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical, but if you don't really need all the buttons and still want the benefits of optical technology (enhanced precision, no rollers to clean, etc.), it's hard to go wrong with this. Installation couldn't be simpler--just plug it in and go, and not just with Windows.

The equivalent Logitech Wheel Mouse Optical has all the same features, but is more expensive (here on Amazon at the time of this writing) and not as comfortable after hours of use. And you could easily go for a cheap knock-off, but I've gone through way too many cheap mice in my day. Pay a little extra up-front for quality--this mouse won't let you down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Microsoft Hardware Win!
I purchased at a local retailer, after researching on-line.

It is WONDERFUL...I haven't had any of the jumping problems (like I've had with cheaper optical/ball mice).

I'll continue to purchase Microsoft hardware as long as they keep the quality this high!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great mouse
Great mouse, very responsive, glides well, only objection is the bloody wire its attached to, sometimes it gets in the way, and its hard to clean sometimes, because of its texture.I love this mouse for gaming, never missed a shot =P ... Read more


19. Kensington Wireless Presentation Remote Control with Laser Pointer
by Kensington
list price: $79.99
our price: $55.09
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Asin: B0000DBLMB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Kensington
Sales Rank: 1889
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Interact with your audience instead of your computer

Who needs hand signals when you've got wireless? Add new life to your presentations with the all-in-one Kensington Wireless Presentation Remote. Its intuitive, easy-to-use buttons and built-in laser pointer give you complete presentation control up to 50 feet away, while the wireless USB receiver stores conveniently inside its compact case.

Features and Benefits
  • Slide-out USB receiver stores neatly inside remote - no need to worry about losing the receiver
  • Easy-to-use, intuitive button controls your presentation from up to 50 feet away
  • Compact, lightweight case fits comfortably in the palm of your hand
  • Built-in laser pointer highlights key points in your presentation
  • No extra software or drivers required
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Features

  • Built-in laser pointer to highlight key presentation points
  • 65,000 separate Ids ensure minimal risk of crosstalk
  • Built-in wireless USB receiver stores conveniently inside the remote.
  • Great for running PowerPoint or other presentations from up to 50 feet away
  • Compact, lightweight, with intuitive button controls

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Bought it 7 months ago and it is still kicking
We bought this controller last December for a series of presentations around the world.This puppy has worked perfectly fine, flawlessly for all of our presentations.It has the basiec buttons, operation is super straighforward and is top quality (it has survived the hands of my co-worker, who is a complete animal).Highly recommended!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nifty Device, Easy to Use
Plug and Play works as promised, no problems or conflicts.The remote works to about 50 feet and does not have to be pointed at the receiver which is nice if your computer is inside a desk or wall (as is sometimes the case in presentation halls).The bottons are intuitive (slide forward, backward, and blackout) and the laser pointer works just fine.The remote and receiver store together and easily fit in pants pocket.For $50, this remote has added a great deal of freedom to my presentations.No more standing at the podium next to the mouse!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Unit - Simple Design
This unit provides 4 basic PowerPoint functions:Next Slide, Previous Slide, Hide Slide (which blanks the screen) and a laser pointer.It is simple, intuitive, and works well.One nice feature is that the remote receiver stores in the hand-held remote unit itself; and, once stored, it prevents the laser pointer from being activated.So, no problem with the battery being rundown while the unit is packed in a briefcase.

On the downside, you do need to use a small phillips screwdriver to change the battery.The CR2032 battery is sometimes hard to find, so carry a spare.

As a college instructor, this unit really helps in the classroom. I would recommend it to anyone that needs a simple PowerPoint remote. ... Read more


20. Kensington Mini Pilot Bluetooth Mouse Mac or PC
by Kensington
list price: $49.99
our price: $52.99
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Asin: B0007T27D2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Kensington
Sales Rank: 1155
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

No Wires, No Receive--Complete Wireless Freedom
The Kensington Mini Pilot Bluetooth® Mouse gives you the ultimate in mobile freedom. It quickly and easily connects to your existing Bluetooth®-enabled laptop without wires or an added receiver. Just turn on the mouse's battery-saving power switch and go. With our advanced optical technology, you navigate accurately and easily virtually anywhere. Even up to sixty-five feet away so you can remotely control your presentations. Add programmable buttons, scroll wheel, ergonomic shape, integrated grips, and unrivaled ease of use and the Mini Pilot Bluetooth® sets a new standard for power and portability.

Features

  • Hassle-free connection easily works with any Bluetooth-enabled notebook computer
  • Eliminates wires and an added receiver for the ultimate in portable freedom
  • Superior range lets you control presentations from up to 65 feet away
  • DiamondEye™ optical technology tracks smoothly and accurately on virtually any surface
  • On-off switch helps you conserve battery power for when you really need it
  • Compact size is easy to carry and comfortable to use
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Features

  • Compact size mouse is easy to carry, comfortable to use
  • Eliminates wires AND an added receiver for the ultimate in portable mouse freedom
  • Hassle-free connectino easily works with any Bluetooth-enabled notebook computer
  • Superior range lets you control presentations from up to 65 feet away
  • DiamondEye optical technology tracks smoothly and accurately on virtually any surface

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use and a Solid Little Mouse
This Kensington Pilotmouse Mini Bluetooth is the perfect addition to my laptop.Very easy to set-up and discover if you are using WinXP.I am amazed by how solid the build quality is on this device.This is my first Kensington product and I am very impressed.The mouse runs on two AA batteries and the built-in power saving functions make the batteries last a long time.Using this mouse with your laptop will allow you to eliminate the 'dongle' used by some other mice.Pick up this little mouse and enjoy the benefits of Bluetooth with a solid performer! ... Read more


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