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I have been using a good portable wireless mouse for a long time.  The ThinkOutside Bluetooth Travel Mouse has been a good workhorse for me but more and more recently I have been thinking of replacing it.  While it’s nice to have a wireless Bluetooth mouse […]

I have been using a good portable wireless mouse for a long time.  The ThinkOutside Bluetooth Travel Mouse has been a good workhorse for me but more and more recently I have been thinking of replacing it.  While it’s nice to have a wireless Bluetooth mouse since I use so many different mobile devices it’s quite a pain to have to re-pair the mouse all the time when I switch gadgets.  It slows me down to be sure.  I also have been thinking that it would be good to have a mouse that was thinner since I use so many thin gadget bags with narrow pockets and the ThinkOutside, while small, is too thick to fit in a lot of these pockets.  The MoGo mouse I use fits the thin test but I still have the Bluetooth pairing problem.

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Today I was in the local Circuit City and thought about my mouse dilemma and figured I’d check out what’s available today since I haven’t checked for a good while.  One mouse in particular caught my eye, the Kensington Slimblade Presenter Mouse.  The Slimblade is small and more importantly very thin so it will stow pretty much anywhere I need to put it.  It runs on two AAA batteries with a quoted life of 6 months which is pretty darn good.  It’s not a Bluetooth mouse, rather it used a little USB wireless dongle that stores inside the mouse for transport.  When the dongle is stowed it turns off the mouse to save battery which is pretty cool.

I plugged in the mouse to the Lenovo U110 and it was recognized immediately and works very well.  It’s responsive and fits well in the hand and no driver installation was required.  Now the Slimblade also works as a Presenter control which requires a utility installation but I really don’t need that so I probably won’t install it right away.  Right now I’m just using it as a standard mouse and it’s cool that I can easily move it from device to device with no hassles and no mess.  The USB dongle is less than an inch long so it’s like it’s not even there.  I am happy with the purchase so far and I’ll report back if that changes.

  1. According to the Kensington manual, the presenter mouse also works with OS X — added value for those of us where the novelty has waned from friction cleaning the track ball on the Mighty Mouse!

    I suspect based on previous experience with a Logitech micro-USB transmitter and VX Nano laser mouse, that the Kensington Presenter mouse is a simple plug and play Mac OS X solution. In my case, no additional vendor software was installed for functionality.

    The low power draw of these micro-USB transmitters allows them to work in the Apple aluminum keyboard USB ports, and their minimal size streamlines access to adjacent laptop USB ports.

    It would appear that the Kensington Presenter mouse is a most pragmatic purchase for its design functionality and low profile portability benefit. It will be my next mouse purchase.

    /ckh

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  2. Why does the MoGo have to be re-paired with devices? Shouldn’t it stay as a recognized but unconnected mouse until you start to use it with whichever computer you’re using?

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  3. James,

    What are the dimensions of the Kensington mouse? How big/small is it?

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  4. Kendrick, what are you doing slacking?!!? You know I’ll want a totable mouse for my e900 or MSI Wind! Why haven’t you yet put up a video showing this thing working with the Lenovo AND HTC Advantage?!

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  5. Mike, I just got it today and have been busy. I don’t think it will work with WM though as there are no drivers.

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  6. Kevin, BT mice can only be paired with one device at a time. Once I switch to another device I then have to repair them to switch back which is a pain. On Vista I actually have to tell them to Add a new BT device to get to repair as there are no options to just repair. It reinstalls the HID drivers every single time as a result which is just plain silly.

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  7. I will be doing a little video of the Slimblade, hopefully tomorrow to show it off. The way the USB dongle pops into the mouse for storage is cool as there is a button which ejects it when you want to remove it. It’s a mouse that’s actually fun to use. :)

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  8. The mouse is about 1.5 inches wide, about 3 inches long and only >.5 inches thick, maybe a tad thicker.

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  9. Is it just me, or did other people get thrown off by “repair” (vs. re-pair)? For a minute, I thought “what the heck is JK doing that he’s constantly in need of fixing it.”

    Anyway, having never really used a BT mouse, it’s good to know that BT mice are so closely “attached” to their device. I think I’ll stick with non-BT mice; the little dongle doesn’t really bother me. Also allows me to flick the “off” switch for the radios when I am on EVDO to conserve a few minutes of battery life, I guess.

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  10. Something about it, I think the flatness and blue color, reminded me of Sony’s mouse-phone (this thing: http://www.engadget.com/2006/01/06/the-sony-mouse-phone/ )… and that made me want one of these that combined a slim mouse with 3g radio modem. Surely it’s possible, right? That’s the killer combination that might draw me away from bluetooth mice (and bluetooth DUN). :)

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