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Corsair Vengeance M90 Performance MMO Gaming Mouse

March 21st, 2012 No comments

5 Stars
Corsair M90 Gaming Mouse

There’s a new player in gaming peripherals. Corsair, the maker of enthusiast memory, enclosures, and other PC components, has two new sets of gaming mice and keyboards for the hard-core gamer. The M90 is Corsair’s corded, MMO and RTS-geared mouse. In general, I’m not a big fan of corded mice and haven’t had one since the Logitech G9, but after spending a couple of weeks with the M90, it’s become my primary mouse.
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How to clean and disinfect your keyboard and mouse

August 18th, 2011 No comments

Clean & disinfect your keyboard and mouse

Dirty keyboard and mouse?  Learn how to clean it the right way.

Read more at CNET.com…

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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

February 2nd, 2011 No comments

4 Stars- techdad

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

Microsoft’s Arc Touch Mouse is a variation of their original Arc Mouse. Though they are similar in name, they are quite different. The original Arc Mouse was reasonably popular so following that up with such a different mouse was risky. I’m not so sure that it will become as well-liked as the original Arc Mouse did but it is sure to find some fans.

PROS

  • Folds flat for easy storage
  • Tiny nano wireless transceiver
  • BlueTrack Technology tracks very well
  • Very stylish
  • Touch scroll works well
  • Battery rated for 6 months

CONS

  • Awkward ergonomics
  • Finding sweet spot for left/right buttons takes practice

When I received the Arc Touch Mouse, I was pretty surprised at how small and thin the box was. When I opened the box, I was further surprised at how thin the mouse was. It was nothing like I’d ever seen or used before. I have several desktop mice and a few mobile mice but the Arc Touch Mouse is definitely the most unique and stylish of them all. But did all that glam translate into a functional, usable mouse?

COMFORT
It took me about an hour to get used to the form of the Arc Touch. As you can see from the photos, the approximately 5″ long flat mouse bends to create a curved surface to support your palm. The part of the mouse that curves is covered in a soft neoprene-like material. I think the reason why it took me so long to get comfortable with this arc form was because I was used to having my ring and pinkie fingers resting on the side of most mice. In the Arc Touch however, I had to find some place else to put those fingers because of the open space. Placing those fingers underneath the mouse helped with the grip so that is where I ended up putting them most of the time. While I did eventually get used to it, I didn’t find it nearly as comfortable as regular-shaped mice. I could see myself using it for a couple of hours a day, but a full work day wouldn’t be very comfortable.

Arc Touch Mouse - curve

TRACKING
Microsoft’s BlueTrack Technology works very well on a variety of surfaces, including those that have historically proved challenging for optical and laser mice. The Arc Touch has two gliding feet at the surface contact points and glide very easily. I’ve read that the sensor’s DPI is 1000, which if true, is quite good for a mobile mouse.

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Config

TOUCH & BUTTONS
The Arc Touch, at first glance, appears to have no physical buttons at all. The left/right button areas are flat, as is the space between them where the scroll wheel is usually found. It turns out that the only surface that has a touch sensitive interface is that gray rectangular strip in between the left/right buttons. And yes, there are physical left/right buttons. The touch surface is primarily a scroll wheel replacement. It does not support gestures but works very well as a scroll wheel replacement. Slide your fingers up and down in order to scroll the page. Additionally, you can tap the very top or the very bottom of the touch surface to scroll more lines at a time. With the Intellipoint software, which you have to download because it’s not included in the box, you can also program the center tap to perform other functions, like Back. I chose to program it for Back because unfortunately, the Arc Touch does not have a physical Back button. I personally cannot stand mice without a back button but in this case, the programmable tap worked pretty well. The two buttons that the Arc Touch does have, left/right click, worked well when you could find the sweet spot. Unfortunately, the actual button doesn’t run up far enough so you have to readjust your grip to move your fingers further down the mouse to find the sweet spot.

Ooh, I almost forgot. You can also turn on the touch “flick” feature which allows you to flick the touch surface to scroll faster. This is functionally similar to how Logitech implemented “free-spin” in their well-designed hyper-scroll wheels. Microsoft’s version of it on the Arc Touch works awesome. I was able to scroll through an entire 72 page PDF document in 4 “flicks.” You can also adjust the vibration feedback from the touch surface to give more or less feedback. I chose to decrease it by a lot from the default setting. I like the touch scroll wheel surface so much, that I am hopeful that Microsoft includes in more products. I would love to have it available on a full-sized desktop mouse.

WIRELESS
The Arc Touch uses a nano transceiver, which is ideal for use with laptops and netbooks. It’s so small that you can leave it plugged in without fear of it breaking. When not in use, the transceiver can be stored magnetically underneath the mouse. I had no problems with the 2.4GHz wireless mode, even though I used it near my wireless router. Range was good as well. I walked 10 feet away from my computer and it worked flawlessly.

BATTERY
The Arc Touch takes 2 AAA batteries, which are included. Microsoft rates battery life at up to 6 months. My past experiences with Microsoft mice make me believe it’ll fall well short of that. I would guess probably closer to 4 months but it obviously will depend on usage. Straightening the mouse automatically turns it off, which will help extend the battery life.

Arc Touch Mouse ON/OFF

MISC
The Arc Touch looks much more stylish than the original Arc mainly because it’s sleeker. This design choice obviously required sacrifices. The original Arc was bigger and felt more comfortable. Additionally, the original Arc had a physical back button. The Arc Touch also does not come with a carrying case, even though the original Arc did. Lastly, the Arc Touch is backed by a 3 year warranty.

SUMMARY
The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is an interesting mouse. The touch strip replacement of the scroll wheel is implemented very well but the overall ergonomics isn’t ideal for long mousing sessions. Fortunately, the unique form factor is useful for travel. I don’t think that the Arc Touch will appeal to a large group of people but it might be a very good solution for frequent travelers who value space over all else. If that’s you, then have at it.

Available from Amazon.com.

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Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX

December 7th, 2010 No comments

5 Stars- techdad

Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX

Logitech’s current top-of-the-line notebook mouse replaces the very popular Logitech VX Nano mouse. The VX Nano, like it’s older brother, the MX Revolution, were very well regarded by experts and enthusiasts alike. Does the Anywhere Mouse MX still hold the torch for best notebook mouse?

PROS

  • Great Darkfield tracking
  • Very comfortable
  • Easy to reach thumb buttons
  • Good weight
  • Uses 1 or 2 AA batteries
  • Hyper-fast scroll wheel
  • Unifying nano receiver
  • Includes travel pouch
  • Programmable buttons
  • Ambidextrous, sort of

CONS

  • Thumb buttons only for right-handed use
  • Only alkaline batteries supported
  • Battery compartment a bit flimsy

The Anywhere Mouse MX is one of only two Logitech mice that currently employs the Darkfield technology developed by Logitech to compete with Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology. They both work well and allow tracking on more surfaces, including the dreaded glass tabletops. If I had to choose between Microsoft’s top mobile mouse (Mobile Mouse 6000) and the Anywhere Mouse MX, I would definitely choose the Anywhere Mouse, even though I own both.

TRACKING
For use in a stationary location, like a desktop, Darkfield tracking isn’t quite as useful because chances are, you’re already using a mouse pad. But if you travel with your mouse, then the Darkfield tracking is extremely useful. Hotel rooms often have desks with glass tops, which the Anywhere Mouse has no problems with. You can even use it on most hotel carpets if you decide you want to sit on the floor.

COMFORT
Before the Anywhere Mouse, I thought that the VX Nano and Microsoft Mobile Mouse 6000 were equally comfortable. With the Anywhere Mouse, Logitech raised the height just a tad and it’s actually made it supremely comfortable. It’s almost comfortable enough to use as my primary desktop mouse. It is actually heavier than the VX Nano or MM6000 because it uses 2 AA batteries. The extra weight actually creates a good balance in my opinion. The thumb buttons on the Anywhere Mouse are easy to use and are in a much better location than the buttons that the VX Nano had on the top, left side. Though the symmetrical design of the mouse lends itself to being used by lefties as well as righties, the thumb buttons can only be effectively used by righties.

BATTERY LIFE
The Anywhere Mouse MX uses 2 AA batteries, as opposed to the single AAA battery of the VX Nano. It is rated at 15 months of life as long as the battery-saving features are active, though I seriously doubt it will last that long. There’s also an on/off switch on the bottom to help conserve the battery for extended down time. As a bonus, a single AA battery can be used either to make the mouse lighter, or should you only have a single battery available. On the bummer side, the Anywhere Mouse MX only supports the use of alkaline batteries. I was rather surprised since Logitech’s top desktop mouse, the Performance Mouse MX, supports and includes a AA rechargeable battery. I much prefer being able to use rechargeables as I’ve mostly gone away from buying alkaline batteries.

WIRELESS PERFORMANCE
I can’t remember the last time I have had a problem with a 2.4GHz wireless peripheral. The Anywhere Mouse MX is no exception. I have zero problems using it with my laptop or my desktop. The unifying nano receiver is itty bitty and stores inside the battery compartment when not in use. You probably won’t need to store it away that often due to the small size of the nano receiver. Which is fortunate, because the battery door is a bit on the flimsy side. If you don’t know what a unifying receiver is, it’s Logitech proprietary technology that allows you to use a single receiver with up to 6 other Logitech unifying products. If you use more than one wireless Logitech product, this will help save USB ports.

SUMMARY
The Logitech Wireless Anywhere Mouse MX is a premium notebook mouse, not just in price. For me, it is well worth the cost. It’s a definite improvement over the VX Nano. If you can’t stomach the cost, then I would highly recommend the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 as an alternative.

Available from Amazon.com.

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Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000

December 5th, 2010 No comments

The Microsoft Mobile Mouse 6000 is my third mobile mouse in two years and I’ve had a mostly positive experience thus far. I used to have the Logitech VX Nano and more recently, the Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000. I loved having a Bluetooth mouse to save a USB slot and not worry about transceivers but I found that when awaking from sleep, there was usually a few second lag to reconnect. I decided to try the MMM 6000 in hopes it would it would be just as good as the MNB 5000, but without the reconnection lag.

PROS

  • BlueTrack tracking as advertised
  • Ambidextrous design
  • 5 total buttons
  • Great battery life RATING
  • Attractive appearance
  • Strong wireless connectivity
  • Tiny nano transceiver
  • Windows XP/Vista/7 & MacOS X 10.2 compatible
  • Great Microsoft hardware support

CONS

  • No auto-off feature
  • Real-life battery life significantly less than rating
  • Glossy plastic hard to keep clean and hard to grip
  • No carry case

The blister pack was actually easy to open and did not require any tools. I inserted the included AA battery, turned the mouse on, then plugged the transceiver into a free USB port on my laptop. Within 15 seconds or so, Windows 7 recognized it and installed the appropriate working driver for the MMM 6000 and I was off and running.

COMFORT
The first thing I noticed about the MMM 6000 was that it was a tad bigger than my MNM5000, which I quite appreciate. I actually do not travel with my laptop that often so I could probably get away with using a normal-sized mouse. As it is, the MMM 6000 is large enough for daily use and small enough for travel as well. I use my laptop probably 3-4 hours/day on a small desk so the size is perfect for me. It’s not contoured for righties specifically so lefties can use it just as comfortably. The thumb button is located almost near the very front of the mouse so it feels unnatural clicking it. I have to actually use the tip of my thumb rather than the base, near the joint. The scroll wheel is free rolling without ratcheting and feels rather good to use. It does not spin the same way as the advanced Logitech scroll wheel does however.

WIRELESS PERFORMANCE
The 2.4GHz wireless performance is perfect without interfering with my other devices. My Droid mobile phone occasionally would cause my Bluetooth mouse to hang for a couple of seconds whenever I received a new e-mail, text, or IM. I notice zero lag and it connects to Windows 7 instantly, even when waking up from sleep mode! The transceiver is so small that it only sticks out a quarter of an inch from the USB port. This is ideal so that I never have to remove it even when placing my laptop into my case.

TRACKING
I have to admit that the tracking technology was the least of my worries. On the other hand, when I took my VX Nano on my travels, it would not track on the glass tabletop in the hotel room and I had to use a USA Today newspaper as a mousepad. I’m happy that I won’t have to do that on my next trip :) It does track significantly better on my textured desk than laser mice so I can attest to BlueTrack’s effectiveness.

BATTERY LIFE
The included Alkaline battery only lasted me just over a month. I use the mouse about 4 hours a day. That is significantly less than the 10 month rating, but I probably use it a lot more than expected. An auto-off feature would’ve probably added at least a couple more weeks of use. At least I get to use my rechargeable AA batteries, which are more plentiful than AAA’s. There is also low battery indicator just below the scroll wheel than blinks red when your battery is low.

MISC
I’m surprised that Microsoft did not include a carry case, like they did with the MNB 5000. The VX Nano also came with a nice case. The package came with Microsoft Intellipoint 6.3 but I did not install it.

SUMMARY
The 6000 is a good overall mobile mouse. The BlueTrack technology and nano transceiver make this an admirable mobile mouse for non-travelers and travelers alike.

* Review sample provided by Microsoft

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