I received the opportunity to review the Whirl Mini Notebook Mouse with ErgoMotion from Smartfish Technologies. I was interested since I use our laptop almost exclusively now. It's not easy to go in the computer room and sit at my desk with baby girl. She's not content enough to allow that to happen! With the laptop, I can be more mobile (floor, chair, couch, bed, car, etc.) and it often balances nicely on the arm of my chair. My (living room) throne.
But I hate the little touch mouse on the laptop. It'll randomly “click” in weird places while I'm typing. It's either too touchy or not responsive enough. I need a “real” mouse!
Since I'm often mothering simultaneously, I'm usually surfing the web and doing bloggy things one-handed. Yeah, that can make things more difficult when I need to highlight – copy – paste. The worst is when I'm trying to select multiple images. Oh goodness and scrolling. Blah.
When the Whirl Mini showed up, I popped the batteries in right away. There is a receiver/adapter that I plugged into a USB port on the laptop. It's wireless, which is good for being mobile and portable.. and for keeping away from baby girl! (And don't you hate when your mouse movement is restricted because the wire is caught on something? Or the cats trip over it and pull the mouse right off your desk?)
The bottom of the mouse has an on/off switch, so it makes it easy to turn it off if need be. Hubby had taken the laptop for some reason, but I had the mini mouse still by me – on. I knocked it off the table and he was confused why the cursor was going all crazy on the screen. At least we knew it worked across the room!
This mouse is unlike any other laser mice I've used. (I'm old school, I still remember mice with balls!) It was awkward at first sliding it around on the pedestal. The mouse pivots with your hand and is up higher so your wrist is in a more proper position. I wish something could be done about the middle scroll wheel. That can really make my middle finger hurt. It slides quite well and I didn't motice a delay with the wireless. Mind you, I didn't game with it. I only did activities that wouldn't be very affected by lag anyway. The tilting didn't do much different for me – just rested my hand differently. When going up/forward I found myself accidentally clicking more, but I liked it for moving down/backward.
The perfectly portable Whirl™ Mini Notebook Mouse with ErgoMotion™combines the remarkably natural comfort of the patented ErgoMotion™ pivot system with the three most sought-after computer mouse features: Up to 800-dpi hi-def laser sensitivity, 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity and extra long battery life.
It works, but it's not practical for laptop use if you are actually using it on your lap. If you are at a desk or a table, that would be ideal. It's a nice option for those who travel a lot so they aren't stuck with the annoying small touch mouse though. For a lot of one-handed work like I do, it just doesn't help that much.
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