The RadTech BT600 does most things right. Thanks to a Bluetooth connection, this wireless mouse won’t take up a USB port, and it should be largely free of interference from other wireless devices. It has four buttons and a clickable scroll wheel; you can use the very good mouse software provided by RadTech to configure each button for both global and application-specific settings, including keystroke commands. And, it’s suitable for both right- and left-handed users.
If the batteries die before you charge it, simply attach the included USB cable to use it in wired mode. Plus, thanks to a power switch on the top of the mouse, it’s easy to conserve battery power when the mouse isn’t in use.
However, I encountered a few problems in my testing. When using Photoshop, I found that the mouse sometimes did not detect minute movements, and it would briefly pause when I made detailed selections; this caused me to make errors when I was trying to select parts of images. Also, the mouse has a tendency to go to sleep and disconcertingly lose its Bluetooth connection after periods of inactivity in order to conserve its battery life. Finally, in order to properly charge the mouse, RadTech notes that it should be connected directly to a USB port on a Mac, and not to a USB hub. Although this is a minor inconvenience, users with a paucity of ports should be aware of it.
Macworld’s buying advice
RadTech’s BT600 Wireless Desktop Mouse is a solid contender, and I recommend it for users who don’t need to perform detail-oriented mousing tasks—typically design work. While this is a good mouse with nice software, consumers should be sure to also check out Apple’s similarly priced wireless Mighty Mouse ( ), which has a more stable Bluetooth connection.
[ Mathew Honan is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and photographer. His blog can be found at www.honan.net. ]RadTech BT600 Wireless Desktop Mouse