In this week’s show: Microhoo is back, Bill Gates appeals to lawmakers, Google Earth is used by terrorists, Cyber Monday sees sales, the European Commission pressures online ticket websites, Pirate Bay gets blocked, Logitech hits a milestone, Nintendo introduces a new DS title and Sony celebrates Christmas.
Want to add a little zing to your desktop or traveling gear? Older accessories becoming sluggish or outdated? A new keyboard or mouse may liven up your act, get some wires out of the way, or help you work faster, more accurately, or more comfortably.
Microsoft’s small, attractive Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 is a competent wireless pointing device. If you’re running Windows on your Intel Mac, you might find it to be of more interest.
The affordable RF-7550A is a good mouse—not a great mouse, but a solid five-button RF-wireless unit that at 3.5 ounces is heavy enough to be comfortable but light enough to be portable.
The ProClick Mobile takes Razer’s excellent high-precision 1,200 dpi optical resolution technology, and packages it into a smaller wireless body. The ProClick Mobile is available in four colors.
The Kensington SlimBlade Media Notebook Set is inarguably a stylish group of wireless input devices. Its three-piece matching keyboard, numeric keypad, and scroll-ball mouse would be sleek and attractive additions to any desk. Unfortunately, stylish does not necessarily mean well designed—and in this case, form forgot to follow function.
Targus has unveiled its first line of peripherals specifically for the Mac.
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.