Rocketfish Wireless Ergo Mouse - this rocket fails to launch
Mar 30, 2011
Review by Lisa Donley
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Soft rubber grip, customizable buttons
Cons:Buttons not as customizable as I would like, software issues that caused function problems
The Bottom Line: With the software and customizable problems I experienced, I couldn't recommend this mouse.
For several years I used the Logitech VX Nano Wireless Mouse with my laptop. I was very happy with that mouse. Unfortunately my kids were not so gentle with it and eventually they knocked it to the floor one too many times. It began recording many of my clicks as double clicks. It was causing too many problems, so I had to get a new laptop mouse. One important feature for me was the customizable buttons. I used them all the time to page back and refresh while I used the internet. When I got to Best Buy, I had only two mouse choices with customizable buttons. One was a Logitech similar to the one I already had. That was $80. The other mouse with customizable buttons was the Rocketfish 2.4 GHz Ergo Laser Mouse. This one was $30. Before that day I had never heard of Rocketfish. But that day my wallet made the decision for me - I am on a budget and at the time I couldn't justify spending the $80. I bought the Rocketfish wireless mouse.
Recommend this product?
It has three customizable buttons on the left side, a scroll/tilt wheel and a nano USB receiver. The mouse will work up to 10 feet away from the computer. This mouse works on 1 included AA battery. Software is also included for the customizable options.
Rocketfish 2.4 GHz Ergo Laser Mouse
There is a soft rubber scroll wheel. It has left and right tilting however I do not use that function. The scroll wheel does not have an option to toggle to free scrolling. There is only click wheel scrolling.
Size and Ergonomics
This is a full sized mouse - not the smaller, more compact sized mouse you will find designed for a laptop mouse.
This mouse is ergonomically designed for comfort. If you look at the mouse from eye level, you will see that the left button is higher than the right side. The left side of the mouse is curved to meet the shape of the hand. It has a soft rubber grip on the left side. My thumb rests comfortably on the left side of the mouse. Maybe I just got used to the smaller laptop mice, but the overall size is just a bit larger than I would prefer.
The three customizable buttons are located on the left side of the mouse. The buttons are pushed with the thumb. The top of my thumb typically rests below the set of three buttons. I have never had a problem with accidentally pushing any of the buttons. However every time my husband uses my computer he complains about the mouse and the button location. He always manages to accidently push the third of the three buttons.
The three buttons on the side are customizable. Out of the package, the first button (the one farthest from you) is pre-programmed as a page forward button for internet browsing. The middle button is not programmed, and the third (button closest to you) is programmed as the page back button. Since I use the page back button way more frequently than the page forward button, I found the location to be awkward. I also wanted a refresh button. I decided to install the software so I could configure the buttons in a way more comfortable for me...
I wanted to change the first button to be page back, the middle to be a refresh page button, and the third button to be page forward. I had no problem switching the first and third buttons. Unfortunately for me, I was unable to change the middle button to refresh. There were a handful of options, but refresh was no one of them. I was disappointed, but realized I had to accept it. I jumped over to the internet to try out the buttons, only to find that my scroll wheel no longer worked with the internet browser. I was still able to scroll in other programs such as Word, but not when using the internet. Not having use of the scroll wheel was something I could not accept. I uninstalled the software. With that, my buttons went back to the original pre-programmed state.
The bottom of the mouse has an on/off switch, battery compartment and laser sensor. The battery compartment can also hold the nano receiver. Note that this mouse does not have a battery sleep mode. If you want to prolong battery life, you must use the on/off switch. Switching the mouse to "off" is something I have never remembered to do. That has definitely affected the battery life. Like other wireless mice I have used, this mouse is supposed to have a battery life of up to six months. However with other mice, I have had about 5 months battery life. I have had this mouse 2 months and the red low battery indicator is flashing already. The low battery light has been flashing for about a week and I have not had any trouble with the way the mouse functions, so there still seems to be a bit more life left in the battery.
My Opinion of the Rocketfish 2.4 GHz Ergo Laser Mouse
While the size is slightly larger than I would like, I can accept the size of the Rocketfish mouse. However sometimes I feel as if I have trouble moving and controlling the mouse. My kids definitely have trouble with the large size. My husband always has some choice words whenever using the mouse. He has made it clear he does not like this mouse at all. The ergonomic shape is very comfortable and the left side thumb grips are soft.
I was very disappointed to find that I could not program the buttons in a manner that suited me. After all, I bought the mouse specifically for the customizable buttons. My disappointment was worse when I realized I lost my scroll wheel function. I had to return the mouse to its original pre-programmed functions.
I also wish the mouse had a sleep mode to preserve battery life. I typically use rechargeable batteries so I don't have the expense of constantly buying batteries. But a battery life of 2 months as compared to 5 months does make a difference.
I'm not tossing this mouse just yet, but I really don't want to use it much longer. Once I have the spare change, I'll be investing in another Logitech mouse with customizable buttons again.
Amount Paid (US$): 30
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