Don't-Miss Input device Stories
The V550 Nano Cordless Laser Mouse is a fine notebook mouse and well worth its mildly pricey admission fee.
With the Wireless Laser Desktop 7000, Microsoft has designed a wireless keyboard and mouse that work well on the Mac, both in an aesthetic sense (especially with the aluminum iMac) and in terms of practical hands-on experience.
Logitech’s new MX 1100 Cordless Laser Mouse isn’t as feature-filled as the MX Revolution, but it does measure up—it’s one of the better mice I’ve ever used.
Road warriors who pack a mouse into a laptop bag want something small and durable, like Microsoft’s Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 Special Edition. Despite its small size, it’s a comfortable mouse that tracks well.
Macally’s Pebble Wireless is a decent mouse that greatly benefits from versatile software. Also, if having the ability to switch tracking speed on-the-fly interests you, this mouse can accomplish that trick, as well.
Despite the advantages conferred to it by its talented software, we do not recommend Macally's portable AccuGlide. It’s too small for comfort, inelegantly built, and lumbered by its wired USB connection. Macally makes some fine input devices, but the AccuGlide isn’t one of them.
If you’re willing to put up with a long USB tail to gain battery-free convenience, then Macally’s inexpensive, talented Pebble mouse is a good choice.
At first glance, the Macally Turtle appears to be simply an attractive wireless mouse—perhaps a bit small and light (at 2.5 ounces) for desktop use, but a good size for a welcome traveling companion for your laptop.
The Kensington Ci75m Wireless Notebook Mouse is a great traveling companion. Solid, comfortable, accurate, and attractive—it’s available in orange, grey, white, or black.
With the exception of Apple’s now-defunct single-button mouse, input devices don’t get much simpler than the Kensington Ci73 Wired Mouse. It has two buttons and a scroll wheel. That’s it.
Even if you’re not experiencing pain from the unnatural forearm rotation required by traditional mice, the Evoluent VerticalMouse 3 Wireless will provide comfort and control you never anticipated. But it takes some getting used to.
Focus on the Ci70 Wireless Desktop Set's fine feel and convenient function keys and you'll find it's a solid desktop companion for your laptop—and if style matters to you, you can get the Ci70 in black to match your high-end MacBook or titanium to match your MacBook Pro.
The Kensington Ci95m Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver is great if you’re looking for a mouse that is light and easy to carry around. If you crave innovative buttons that facilitate different functions on your computer, you may want to look elsewhere. But as an everyday travel mouse, the modestly priced Ci95m is a great investment.
The Kensington SlimBlade Bluetooth Presenter Mouse is one odd little rodent. It tries to be two different animals—first, a compact traveler’s mouse, and second, a presentation controller—but it ends up doing the first poorly and the second only minimally.
Kensington's SlimBlade Media Mouse is great if you're looking for media control and sleek design in addition to basic mouse functions. The lightweight, slim body is great for travelers.