|Price: $59.99||Reviewed: Apr 13, 2011|
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|Genius Pen Mouse Review
Author: faceless105 -- Posted: 2011-04-13
One thing I always try to keep an eye out for is ergonomic peripherals. Even my current keyboard and mouse aren't the standard ones you'd see on so many other desks. Today I'll be taking the Pen Mouse from Genius for a test drive.
Right out of the box, everything is very much like you'd expect. The Pen Mouse is roughly the size of a sharpy. Included with the Pen is a USB wireless dongle, installation CD, and a nice carrying case for everything.
The USB wireless receiver operates over an RF frequency of 2.4GHz, and the pen is powered by a single AAA battery. The mouse can operate at 400, 800, and 1200 dpi. Additionally, there are three mouse buttons, one located on the tip of the pen, and two on the side.
Now for the first hand experience.
Installing the Pen Mouse wasn't a problem. Once the battery is in, all you actually need to do is plug in the USB receiver. I will caution you, it's a micro sized receiver, so many sure you plug it in somewhere that you have a little room to grab it at its base. Once plugged in, Windows was able to automatically install the mouse.
The mouse was surprisingly comfortable, though it did take a bit of getting used to just because it was a new style. When using it on my desk, I had no problems with the tracking whether it was on the wood laminate.
The only con I felt personally was the mouse buttons. The left click was triggered when you press the tip of the mouse down. This created small annoyances for me here and there. As I'd try and double click, the mouse would move a bit, and either drag an icon, or I'd click onto something new.
Overall, I had a pretty positive user experience; the mouse click was my only concern. Admittedly, I'd still prefer a normal mouse for my desktop, but this might be something convenient for presentations, or mobile computing, especially given that it can be packed up so well for travel.