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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Re: Lets Talk Mice - 02-02-2009, 02:20 AM
I just bought a Logitech v450 Nano wireless mouse from Staples for $29.99 (on sale) which has the tiny USB receiver.
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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Italy / EU
Re: Lets Talk Mice - 02-08-2009, 09:36 AM
Yesterday, I bought a simple hama AM-5000 USB optical mouse (http://compraonline.mediaworld.it/webap ... ry_rn=1547) at Mediaworld.
It works great with my Ubuntu 8.04. No installation. Simply connect to the USB and works. Not too big. Not too small.
Price: 4.99 â‚¬.
Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: Lets Talk Mice - 02-09-2009, 09:31 PM
It looks really really nice. It's a dark grey metallic and it is extremely glossy. It is a beautiful finish. As far as build it actually has a solid feel for such a small mouse. There is a nice weight to it before putting in AAA batteries. The buttons feel nice with a solid click and the scroll wheel has a nice click to it. when I say click on the scroll wheel I don't mean an audible sound but you can feel little clicks on it when scrolling. The wheel is a nice rubber type wheel so it feels nice on the finger. It also comes with a nice little pouch, which keeps it protected if you would throw it in a coat pocket or something. The connection was immediate via bluetooth (I am using os X but I would assume there won't be any problems for windows based mini's either, since that is what the specs are on the box. It runs really smooth and so far has had no problems running on "granite" style counter tops, hardwood floor, microfiber recliner and even thick carpet. It is a little bigger than the previous mouse I was using that I purchased from target in the eee pc section and is the smallest mouse available that I know of, so it's still pretty tiny compared to any bluetooth mouse I have been able to find at any stores. However, even though it is small, I feel that it is extremely usable and feels very comfortable on my hand. It may not be for everyone, but for anyone looking for the smallest bluetooth mouse (or at least that I know of) available in order to stay compact while on the go then I would suggest this mouse. If I run into any problems within the first few weeks I will let you know.
I like the fact that the pouch says bluetooth on it in case you forget it's bluetooth. :mrgreen:
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Re: Lets Talk Mice - 02-13-2009, 10:05 PM
Since we're on the topic of mice, I thought I'd post my 2 cents worth of experience...
I was a business traveler at my prior employer and so weight and bulk (or lack thereof) meant more to me than a fast CPU. I was issued a heavy Dell Latitude and then later a Dell Precision to lug with me 24x7 through airports, terminals, etc. I wish the Dell Mini was out back then as it would have made my business travel lifestyle MUCH easier!
Tip #1 - Avoid corded mice with chrome paint!
Although a USB travel mouse was usable, it made my hand cramp up after extended periods of time because it was so small. Here's a tip I learned based on my own personal experience: if you go with a small USB "travel" mouse with a retractable cord, make sure that it doesn't have any chrome paint on it. I was in Calgary, Canada in the winter of 2006 and it was very dry. I was walking across my hotel room floor and then when I went to touch the mouse, a static SPARK lept from my fingers to the chrome paint and then my notebook immediately powered off! Upon reboot, all of the USB ports were fried and no longer showed up in Device Manager which really sucked because I heavily depended on them for transferring files via USB flash drive! So lesson learned.
Tip #2 - If space is critical, consider using a graphics tablet
At home and at the office, I do not use a mouse at all. I use a USB Wacom Intuos 2 graphics tablet instead. Then one day, while packing for a trip I was trying to avoid packing a travel mouse since they are bulky. Then a light bulb went on over my head. I thought, "Why not bring the graphics tablet!?" So I did and it worked out great! The Intuos line is pretty pricey, but thankfully the Bamboo line is much more affordable. I would place the tablet in my laptop bag right in there on top of my notebook and then place the Wacom pen into one of my bags' built-in pen holders. So if a 1.5" tall mouse is still too much bulk for ya, try a graphics tablet at just 1/4" (7mm) thick. It also made "on-site Photoshop jobs" (where I had to edit company logos) much easier to accomplish (versus using a mouse).
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Vienna, Austria
Re: Lets Talk Mice - 02-22-2009, 07:58 PM
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