Pros:Lightweight, small footprint, retractable to one inch.
Cons:Windows sometimes doesn't recognize it right away.
The Bottom Line: I'd recommend this to anyone who needs a teeny-tiny, portable mouse.
This Mini Optical Mouse has been my primary pointing device for about a week, now. Like all things portable, it's a little awkward to use and doesn't seem to work right all of the time.
Recommend this product?
How I Got It:
I just sort of ended up with this mouse because it was the cheapest of two on-the-rack at the college bookstore. The other was a nifty little Bluetooth mouse that was too pricey for me. I thought this one was only $9.99, but when I got to the register it was $19.99 - a full ten bucks more. Still, it was cheaper than the nifty, little Bluetooth one I really wanted.
Since I have a laptop with a super-duper touchpad, I don't really need an external mouse at all. Unfortunately, I lost the install CD's for my netbook and had to downgrade from Vista to XP. That meant doing away with a lot of mousey error-correction stuff in Vista - making the touchpad waaaay too sensitive.
I use an old, left-over Dell USB mouse and keyboard, but the mouse finally died on me. From time to time, and for no apparent reason, the mouse cursor would just fly off in some random direction. To replace it, I decided to just go ahead and get a portable mouse - and I'm glad I did.
Retracts from the Middle?
The mouse's USB cable retracts from both directions into a spring-loaded spool in the middle. That's like a fishing line with the sinker set ten feet away from the hook and bait. It weighs it down in the middle. Fortunately, since the whole USB cable and retractor mechanism is extremely light weight, it doesn't affect my pointer accuracy at all.
Fully extended, the entire cable is about a meter (3 feet) long. You shouldn't extend it that far very often though, because it also puts the maximum strain on the spring-loaded retractor and reducing its useful lifespan the most. Fortunately, although I've been using it a lot and knocking it around a lot, the wires have remained intact and the retractor works as well as it did the first day.
Amount Paid (US$): 19.99