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$70 Cordless Notebook Mouse with No Scroll Wheel

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the interesting-new-design-concepts dept.

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superfloungmous writes "CoolTechZone.com has reviewed Logitech's latest V500 Cordless Notebook Mouse that uses 2.4GHz wireless technology to transmit signal and has a scroll panel instead of a scroll wheel. The concept behind a scroll wheel is you simply move your finger in up, down, left and right directions to use the function. The mouse has a whopping $70.00 price tag as well. Could this be the end of scroll wheels? Here's a quote from the review, "One of the unique things about the V500 is its scroll panel, and this is the very first mouse to actually use this concept. Throughout our testing, we are nothing but impressed with Logitech's new idea. It worked perfectly, and it's actually better than a scroll wheel in many instances. It looks like the era of scroll wheels is short-lived if Logitech applies the same design to its desktop equivalent products."

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Pictures? (1, Funny)

ebh (116526) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824008)

Anyone?

Re:Pictures? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824028)

RTFA anyone? [cooltechzone.com]

Re:Pictures? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824086)

i tried to, it is \.'d

Re:Pictures? (1)

ruxxell (819349) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824029)

i dunno, maybe the one from the article, perhaps? [cooltechzone.com]

Re:Pictures? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824046)

you read the article? you must be new here

USE GOOGLE! (0, Offtopic)

caffeinex36 (608768) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824051)

What the!!!! (4, Funny)

kaje103 (828985) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824092)

I was on google searching for dicks and assholes and I get linked to this stupid /. site!

Re:Pictures? (0, Redundant)

slughead (592713) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824095)

Try Logitech's site [logitech.com] if you want a mirror/pictures.

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FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824014)

I loved my daughter

2.4 GHz (5, Funny)

bigtallmofo (695287) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824020)

"Hmm.. That's weird. Every time I move my mouse, I get disconnected from my 802.11g network."

WORKING MIRROR (1)

dsginter (104154) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824102)

Here! [logitech.com]

Re:2.4 GHz (3, Funny)

cybersaga (451046) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824104)

"Hmm.. That's weird. Every time I move my mouse while talking on the phone, the person on the other end sounds like Satan."

Re:2.4 GHz (3, Funny)

magefile (776388) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824176)

That happens to me a lot, and I'm not even using a wireless mouse! ...

Oh. SHIT.

Re:2.4 GHz (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824208)

... and every time I talk on my cordless phone, my mouse cursor flips out.

small nit to pick (5, Insightful)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824026)

One of the unique things about the V500 is its scroll panel, and this is the very first mouse to actually use this concept.

Kensington's been making a mouse with a touch panel in place of a scroll wheel for well over 2 years now. Admittedly it only does the up/down thing (no side to side action). Either way, 70 bucks is still way too much for a mouse of any kind as far as I'm concerned...

Re:small nit to pick (1)

boobert (7652) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824071)

I've been using the kensington since it came out. I love it but do sometimes miss the click of the scroll wheel. I have the wireless and the wired but don't use the wired because it just doesn't seem to respond as quickly. This may have been improved but I haven't tried updating the drivers since i bought it.

How come kensington never gets any press? I've been using some sort of kensington mouse for almost 10 years now.

Re:small nit to pick (1)

mlk (18543) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824206)

I can only guess that most people just think of the Kensington Smart-Price RSI-inducing Evil Mouse Of Doom?[1]

[1] I'm sure Kensington do sell good mice, but my hand still hurts from using that pile of shit, I just don't get why anyone would make a mouse in such a stupid shape? Or more to the point, why the company I worked for kept on buying them!?

Re:small nit to pick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824076)

Cheap ass. I bet you didn't mind paying $2000+ for your first 755Mhz machine when they came out.

k6-III 500 's pleny for trolling slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824297)

I haven't upgraded to a 755MHz machine yet, you insensitive clod!

Re:small nit to pick (1)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824328)

My first machine was a whopping 60MHz. And 2grand for it did hurt...

Re:small nit to pick (2, Insightful)

theantipop (803016) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824144)

My theory has always been that you spend the most time interacting with you monitor, keyboard and mouse so why not get an exceptional product that meets all your needs in those area? What good is a $600 video card if you can't see the image or interact with them in a meaningful way?

Re:small nit to pick (1)

-acksaw (537013) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824162)

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that this [cnet.com] has been sitting on my desk for four years now.

Re:small nit to pick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824271)

Afirmmative, I have one in my drawer as we speak. And what is this mouse gesture stuff. Everytime I try to untangle the mouse cord, shit happens!!!!!

Re:small nit to pick (2, Funny)

IdleByte (879930) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824308)

I got the kensington mouse with the touch panel for free from CDW when I puchased something a long time ago. (years) So this definately isn't something new, but it's nice to see it developed a little further. I'll miss that ever so soft click my mouse gives me when I Rub it's Wheel :)

Re:small nit to pick (5, Insightful)

dustbin (765846) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824326)

In addition to Kensington's product that came out in '02, there was at least a prototype displayed at CES a few years before that by Fujitsu. Never saw it for sale in the states, but it looked like production plastics, so it was probably available in Japan.

The interesting point about the Logitech design is their best ergonomic feature isn't being noticed - it isn't even called out by Logitech. The very small sensor they're using lets them push the sensor way up to the front of the mouse. It's long been known that the mice "feel" more responsive the closer you get the sensor to a point midway between the fingertips that are guiding the mouse. Most sensors have been too big to fit up there, so they're positioned farther back, where they don't move as far as the fingertips do.

Real ergonomics is too subtle for marketing, I guess. Maybe it's because the "ball forward" concept was originally used to promote the Microsoft Dove Bar mouse http://www.ideo.com/portfolio/re.asp?x=12328 [ideo.com] and the standard Apple ergonomic mouse of the ~90s.

whooping! (1)

dark-br (473115) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824027)

So "whooping" goes not only for supercomputer processing power description but also to wheeless mouse prices! :)

Re:whooping! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824091)

whopping, not whooping.

Re:whooping! (1, Funny)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824100)

I think the word you're looking for is "whopping", unless you have whooping cough, or are getting your ass whooped.

-Jesse

Damn english :) (1)

dark-br (473115) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824219)

Damn language when a double "o" or a double "p" can make the diff between my ass being whooped or my comment being funny :)

keep reading (1)

soupdevil (587476) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824038)

I read just the first line of the title and thought 'Wow! $70 for a cordless notebook! That's cheap.' But I guess that's not quite so cheap for just the mouse.

This is ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824042)

... old hat!

My boss has had one of these for at least two months.

Stupid Taco, /. is for new news.

Re:This is ... (1)

madaxe42 (690151) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824136)

As opposed to 'olds' :)

sounds like the iPod interface (5, Interesting)

binarstu (720435) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824048)

This sounds remarkably like the interface that Apple has devised to allow scrolling through menus, volume control, etc. on their iPod line of products. This isn't surprising, because the interface works extremely well and is very intuitive.

Re:sounds like the iPod interface (1)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824126)

The iPod wheel is linear like a scroll wheel, even though its layed out in a circle - this sounds more like the touchpads that have been on most laptops for the last ten years, but dropped onto the top of a mouse.. pretty good idea actually, I hate using a mouse without a scroll wheel, and the side to side control would be a nice addition. got to get that price down though!

Re:sounds like the iPod interface (2)

dhakbar (783117) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824140)

What?

How are these two interfaces similar at all? I don't see how they're remarkably like each other. One's a panel with four directions, one is a wheel with two directions and four buttons. What the hell is remarkably alike?

Re:sounds like the iPod interface (1)

Thijs van As (826224) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824167)

Well, weren't laptops first with the touchpad mice?
Anyway, it was also Apple who introduced them on the laptop market with their Powerbook series (IIRC).

Re:sounds like the iPod interface (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824230)

Actually, it sounds more like a regular mouse scroll wheel without moving parts.

Laptop touchpads have this as well (3, Informative)

shailesh17 (113955) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824052)

A similar scroll pad exists on the synaptics touchpad that comes on compaq's presario R3000 laptops - but just does the up/down movements. It works nice but I still prefer the wheel on standard mice cause it provides better control over speed.

Re:Laptop touchpads have this as well (1)

m85476585 (884822) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824166)

Dell laptops have that too. It is great so I don't have to click and drag a scroll bar while using a touch pad.

Re:Laptop touchpads have this as well (4, Interesting)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824173)

The latest revision of powerbooks have a scrolling function built into the touch pad as well(and you can go left and right), you just use 2 fingers instead of one when you want to scroll. I use it and it's quite useful IMO.

First??? Im not sure about that. (5, Informative)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824054)

ummm unless I am mistaken there is already a mouse with a scroll pad.

http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop/detail~dpno~46 3024.asp [macmall.com]

been out for at least a year now too.

Re:First??? Im not sure about that. (1)

buttersnout (832768) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824145)

what its first to do is have a scroll panel. it can scroll sideways too. this isn't really all that new as mac powerbooks have been able to do this.

Kinda like this kensington one then? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824055)

But with a 2D touchpad?
http://www.kensington.com/html/4769.html [kensington.com]

Ugh to scroll panels (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824056)

Scroll panels, like all touch pads, just don't seem to work that well for me. They don't always register the touches I intend, and seem too jittery when I do intend to touch them. I'm glad my laptop has a scrollpanel beside the touchpad, but I'm generally much happier when I turn off the touchpad and just use the mouse.

Now if only (2, Interesting)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824057)

They'd put a small scrollwheel within the touchpad on the mouse, then I could scroll around inside of large forms in a window that I'm scrolling around with.

-Jesse

User preference differ (2, Funny)

RealProgrammer (723725) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824058)

I like touchpads, but a lot of people don't. Some people like the Thinkpad nipple, but I don't (there's only one in the middle, and I can't get used to that :-).

I think it would be harder to keep from making mousing mistakes with a scroll pad than a wheel, which requires more effort to engage.

But still, people who like touchpads will probably like the scroll pad. People who make mistakes with touch pads probably will not like the scroll pad, either.

Re:User preference differ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824174)

I love the Thinkpad nipple. I don't ever have to take my hands off the keyboard---it's great. Of course, a mouse is still pretty much required for games and graphics work, but I find the trackpoint (nipple) at least offers better control than the touchpad for day-to-day mousing.

Re:User preference differ (2, Interesting)

TobyWong (168498) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824231)

I bought a Panasonic toughbook W2 and I've absolutely fallen in love with the touchpad.

It differs from your average touchpad in that it's a circle and you can scroll by rotating your finger around the outer edge (think of an ipod volume control mechanism). Since it's a circle you can scroll endlessly without having to lift and reseat your finger like you would have to with other touchpads or with a mouse wheel.

I wouldn't use it for gaming by for scrolling through documents, webpages, etc its fantastic.

Re:User preference differ (2, Informative)

chrismcdirty (677039) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824283)

I've used a few Thinkpads at my previous job, and I didn't like using the nipple as the mouse. But if you were a fan of the nipple for scrolling, I'd suggest an IBM ScrollPoint II mouse. It makes scrolling easy, as all you have to do is lean the little joystick down or upward, left or right. Made viewing web pages real nice to have an analog control for the scrollbar using only a finger. It's too bad it wasn't more widely supported in games. Many I played didn't even recognize it, and most that did recognize it had it calibrated way to sensitively, to the point where the slightest touch would send my weapons into a frenzy.

Miserable editing (4, Insightful)

nganju (821034) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824062)

The concept behind a scroll wheel is you simply move your finger in up, down, left and right directions to use the function.

I think you mean scroll panel, not scroll wheel. Does anyone even read these before posting them?

Re:Miserable editing (1)

Punko (784684) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824089)

state of the art mice have scroll wheels that tilt left and right.

The poster is correct.

Re:Miserable editing (1)

nganju (821034) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824212)

I don't think that was the original intent. The new technology being introduced in this article is the scroll panel; that's what he's trying to explain. Why would the poster want to explain what a scroll wheel is? If that was his original intent, then that's even dumber than the original typo.

Re:Miserable editing (1)

nganju (821034) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824183)


I don't think that was the original intent. The new technology being introduced in this article is the scroll panel; that's what he's trying to explain. Why would the poster want to explain what a scroll wheel is? If that was his original intent, then that's even dumber than the original typo.

Re:Miserable editing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824305)

Does anyone even read these before posting them?
You must be new here.

Tactile feedback (4, Insightful)

guyfromindia (812078) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824063)

One think I like about scroll wheels is the tactile feedback.. (bumps when you roll the wheel)
It gives me a perspective on how much I am scrolling.
without it, I am not sure it will be a good experience..

Re:Tactile feedback (4, Informative)

md81544 (619625) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824193)

I bought a microsoft cordless mouse last year - and the scroll wheel has no "bumps"! I agree with you - it's an odd sensation not having them there. But you do get used to it. It's annoying though when you're playing Counterstrike and you use the scrollwheel to select weapons - you have to be careful not to overshoot the one you wanted.

Re:Tactile feedback (1)

m85476585 (884822) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824204)

The tactile feedback on my mouse is too loud, especially when scrolling up. A touchpad would not have this problem.

Re:Tactile feedback (1)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824277)

that would be audible feedback, not tactile feedback.

Re:Tactile feedback (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824335)

same thing with an otherwise excellent Logitech MX Laser, et perfect mouse but no damn bump on th wheel.

and oh yeah, please logitech do a nice laser mouse ++ features wathever NO_CORDLESS first, it's still a pain to play FPS with a wireless mouse....

scroll-thingy (1)

fanblade (863089) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824067)

They installed a trackpad on top of a mouse. What's next, a mouse on a trackpad?

Re:scroll-thingy (1)

ValentineMSmith (670074) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824211)

We've got one of those [wacom.com] , too.

Mods, before you go modding down, note the mouse towards the bottom of the page. Also note that it is tracked by the pad, not by an LED, laser, or ball.

Doomsday? (1)

myspys (204685) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824073)

what's with the submissions that get accepted?
"Could this be the end of scroll wheels?"

do they always have to ask these kind of questions? "is/could this be the end of [insert product/feature]?"

and am i the only one who prefers the feeling of the wheel? (in a non-sexual context, of course)

Re:Doomsday? (2, Funny)

duguk (589689) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824182)

Could this be the end of rethorical doomsday predictions in /. articles? :D

Ok, ok, I'm sorry.

D

Re:Doomsday? (1)

theantipop (803016) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824287)

I was thinking the same thing about the sensationalist morons who submit that kind of flavor text. "Could this be the end of..." Grow up.

Nothing new (0, Offtopic)

SolidGround (883883) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824075)

"One of the unique things about the V500 is its scroll panel, and this is the very first mouse to actually use this concept"

Yawn. I've been using one of those for ages.

Microsoft calls it tilt wheel, Logitech calls it scroll panel. Potato, potatoe.

Re:Nothing new (1)

m85476585 (884822) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824242)

Logitech also has a tilt wheel. [logitech.com]

Server's down (1)

fanblade (863089) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824105)

Insert jokes about them hosting the site on their new mouse in this thread...

Whopping price tag? (1)

ROFLMAObot (891386) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824121)

I think I paid somewhere in the realm of 80-90 dollars when I got my Logitech MX700 with the two year insurance, and it was probably one of the best peripherals i've ever purchased for my computer. Logitech makes good stuff and it's worth every penny to invest in their durable and reliable products.

I never thought I'd see the day... (1)

InVinoVeritas (781151) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824122)

Where a mouse cost 20% of a new computer.

Can someone answer this question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824135)

I want a trackball with a secondary trackball instead of a scroll wheel/panel.

Does anyone know anyone that makes that?

No middle click! (4, Insightful)

thule (9041) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824152)

Since there is no way to press down on that panel, that means there is no middle click for us X users out there. That middle click turns into the command for left scroll.

Other than that, the mouse is pretty nice. No moving parts except for the right/left buttons. When the mouse is in off mode, the right/left buttons dis-engage.

Re:No middle click! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824278)

There is no reason a double tap on the touch pad of the mouse couldn't be interpreted as a single click or a triple tap as a double click. This is already done on standard touch pads.

Another company that makes no-scroll-wheel mice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824155)

There's another company [apple.com] that makes mice with no scroll wheel! They're better and they just work!

How's this going to work with Windows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824181)

Windows uses a three line scroll when using the wheel, which in most cases is very precise. Imagine playing $FPS and selecting the wrong weapon because that precision isn't there? Now I can blame Logitech for my poor performance instead of teh lag.

I have one (4, Interesting)

radish (98371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824184)

The "wheel" works pretty well, it's certainly nice to scroll up and down with, no complaints there. I also like the other design aspects of the mouse - like the tiny transmitter which fits inside the mouse for safe keeping. What I really don't like (being a Firefox user) is the lack of a middle button (which of course a wheel usually doubles as). It's very irritating to lose my middle-click open new tab function. If I had realised you couldn't use the touch pad as a button, I wouldn't have bought it.

Wow, that's a showstopper (1)

dozer (30790) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824345)

Mice are already cause a lot of RSI pain, and the scroll wheel makes it significantly worse. It sounds like this pad should help a lot. Instead of curling your finger repeatedly, you can just slide it around. Brilliant.

But I *require* a middle mouse button. Here's hoping they release a $40, corded, middle-buttoned version very soon.

Thinkpads (1)

MikeJ9919 (48520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824188)

While I know some people aren't as enthusiastic, I really like the Thinkpad trackpoint. Since most newer models come with both trackpoint and touchpad, the software lets you configure the trackpoint for pointer movement and the touchpad for scrolling. It's glorious...for long web pages, I don't even have to move my hand...just my thumb. My hands can stay on the keyboard.

Re:Thinkpads (2, Funny)

bogie (31020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824313)

"It's glorious...for long web pages"

"My hands can stay on the keyboard"

Yea right. ;)

PowerBooks already have this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12824196)

If you are a PowerBook user, then no doubt you have already become addicted to this feature (and unable to use any other computer as a result).

Just place two fingers on the touchpad and drag in any direction.. it scrolls in the direction you drag. .. of course.. you also end up looking like you are stroking your laptop.

On the Logitech Site (2, Informative)

lapsan (88119) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824213)

Here is a link to the Logitech page about this mouse:

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/details /US/EN,CRID=2146,CONTENTID=9508 [logitech.com]

It doesn't even look like a touchscreen 'scroll' panel as much as a flat button with up, down, left, right capabilities.

They've got a flash online demo of sorts to check out to see how it works. Doesn't even look as "fancy" as the Kensington touchpad mouse people have mentioned.

Whopping? (1)

ottffssent (18387) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824214)

I'm having trouble making an informed buying decision here. Perhaps the collective /. wisdom could assist?

On the one hand, this mouse's $70 price tag (quite reasonable for a quality mouse, I think) is 'whopping'. On the other hand, 90-odd teraflops worth of supercomputer is 'whopping'. I really only have room for one whopping piece of consumer electronics in my home, and I'm torn between the two. Perhaps we could petition the manufacturer to have the mouse's designation changed? Or could we instead express the supercomputer's processing power in terms of the number of LoCs per hour it could perform a simple regexp on? Would that still be a whopping number? Perhaps the only hope for it is to buy the mouse with euros?

Relative costs (1)

Ancient_Hacker (751168) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824218)

A scroll wheel is really cheap, it's just like the roll sensors, only turned upwards. Maybe 50 cents added cost. A scroll panel is a much more comlex device, with a capacitive or resistive transducer, x-y driving and sensing electronics, and a/d converters. Several $ I'd guess. By the time these costs go up the manufactiring and distribution and retail paths, we're up to many $ difference. It's hard to see paying that much more for a solution to a non-problem.

Cute mouse, but it lacks tactile feedback (2, Interesting)

TheRealElbadoo (861484) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824228)

I bought one of these because of its extemely compact usb receiver. My older laptop's USB plug is recessed in the case so that most other wireless receivers would require an extension cable.

This one's small enough that it plugs right in. I'm half-tempted to try and see if I can fit it inside the laptop's case. (BTW, why don't laptop makers include wireless mouse capability? OK, so Bluetooth might count, if there are any good Bluetooth mice...)

Unfortunately, the mouse suffers from a lack of tactile feedback. It has a slightly audible "tick" when you're scrolling, but I really miss the physical "bump" of a real scroll wheel. Perhaps they could accomplish the same thing by adding some little ridges on the scroll surface?

A little center dimple, like you find on calculator and phone "5" keys would also help in positioning your scrolling finger.

It could also use a third button. Two just ain't enough!

This is good enough for a compact laptop mouse, but I'd wait until they refine it some for desktop use.

New advertiser: CoolTechZone.com (1)

DogDude (805747) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824243)

I had never heard of these guys before the other day when Slashdot had another article from them. It looks like their new advertising campaign is going great. Does anybody know what it costs to get Slashdot to start pointing to your own web site as "articles"? I don't personally have a business that would benefit, but I do have a friend who may be interested in doing the same thing that these guys at CoolTechZone.com have obviously done.

Gamers won't be buying them (1)

stuartkahler (569400) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824244)

FPS gamers are used to the scrolling function for switching between weapons. I doubt the scrollpad will be very useful for this function.

Double Slashvertisement: CoolTechZone (1)

Evro (18923) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824257)

Lots of stories pointing to "CoolTechZone" lately. Do they have some kind of deal with Slashdot/OSDN? This post seems to be a Slashvertisement both for the mouse and the site.

http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aslashdot.org +cooltechzone [google.com]

$70 ?!?! (1)

dgos78 (881140) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824267)

My girlfriend just picked up a decent computer for $300, monitor and all. For $70, that mouse had better predict where I want to go.

Yeah but, (1)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824270)

1. Does it work with Linux?

By that I mean can you adjust the sensitivity of the touch pad? I'm sure it will "work" but can you adjust it??

I was using a "natural" type keyboard that had a serial Synaptic touchpad built in. Under M$ I could set a LOT of options on the touchpad, like turning off taps and setting the sensitivity. Under Linux, no adjustments were possible at all. I absolutely despised tap to click and the ultra sensitivity. It was so freaking annoying that I quit using it totally.

I just bought an HP wireless optical USB mouse, 800dpi, 5 buttons, scroll wheel, etc.. Can't set the extra buttons to do anything but besides that it works damn nice. Got it at wallyworld for $30..

Nah... (1)

j0nkatz (315168) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824288)

Didn't like it. I usually rest my middle finger on my mouse which made it hard with this mouse, not to mention the fact that there is no third mouse button.

I've had one for a couple of months... (1)

ralf1 (718128) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824315)

and its absolutely fantastic. I haven't owned a lot of notebook mice, so can't make comparisons to the oft mentioned Kensington or others, but its accurate, comfortable, battery life has been great (still on first set), small enough to put in a pocket (not that I do, just making a point), and looks very cool to boot. And it runs out of the box with SuSE 9.3, so yes it does Linux too.

$70 for a mouse? (1)

ChrisF79 (829953) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824323)

$70 for a mouse?? You sure Apple doesn't make this mouse?

How about a WiFi mouse... (1)

slapout (93640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12824343)

...so I don't have to carry the usb stick around everywhere?
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