The worst thing about the wireless mouse has got to be that
damn dongle—this tiny little nub hogs up one of the few USB ports on my PC.
What happens if you lose that nubbin or accidentally leave it in another laptop,
though? I’ll tell you the answer: You’re hosed. So when Greta
first told me about the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse we had in development, my exact
words to her were: “Get me one. Now!” And so she has. I’ve been playing with
one of these $50 mice for a couple days and wanted to share my little test
drive with you. And tell you how you can punk your friends with this new mouse
– like I did.
The first thing you should know before shelling out the cash
is that this mouse is made to work with Windows 7 computers that have
integrated WiFi capabilities (like, say, a laptop that’s come out in the past
couple years). So if you have an older OS, wait. But feel free to keep reading.
My original plan: Test the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse for ease of
setup, performance and ergonomics. Y’know, try to get all scientific with it.
Most of that went out the window pretty quick, because, quite frankly, it’s a
no-brainer. Getting it working is pretty straightforward. Pop in the driver
disc and after a minute or so, you’re prompted to toggle on the mouse and press
the blue “connect” button. If you can handle following those complex
instructions, you’re in business. The mouse uses the WiFi signal that your
laptop generates to pair up, no matter where you are or if you are on a
It works fine, no complaints. Beyond the left-right and
mouse wheel controls (the smooth-scrolling wheel also tilts left and right so
that you can shift within windows), you get two side-mounted navigation
buttons. By default, they allow navigating backwards and forwards in a Web
browser, but you can customize those buttons to do other tasks. My fave: “Undo.”
Mouse ergonomics is always tricky to go on because, quite
frankly, my hand is different from yours. (That’s a good thing). I have giant
goon hands with sausage stumps where fingers should be. All that said, this
tiny travel-ready mouse actually felt pretty good in my mitts. Part of the reason
could be the rubberized grip on the lower half of the mouse. And good news for
southpaws: It is designed so that it feels the same whether you’re grabbing it
with your left or right hand.
OK, so the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse looks and feels good, easily
connects to laptops and I should also mention that works up to 30 feet away.
That got me thinking: “I haven’t really messed with my friends in a while.”
At lunch with a buddy, I installed the drivers on his laptop
while he was away for a few minutes waiting for his next coffee. He came back
and I was already set up – with the mouse hidden in my lap. (Prank ProTip: Make
sure that you hide the mouse suite software from the tray tools). I asked him
to show me something on his new computer. I then proceeded to hijack control of
his screen. I made him squirm for a few minutes, wondering if there was
something wrong with the track pad on his new laptop…even suggested that he go
to the company Website and redownload drivers. Honestly, this was a lot funnier
in person – if you’re a nerd like me. I tried to get someone in the coffee shop
to film it, but it didn’t quite work out. (Ashton Kutcher makes it looks so
Oh, and I should also mention that this mouse is said to
last around nine months on two AA batteries. I didn’t have the heart to prank
my buddy for that long.
As I said up top, the Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse will sell for $50,
launching in June. Do you have any specific questions about the mouse?
Thoughts? Ideas for other pranks I should pull? Let’s hear ‘em in the comments!