A Mouse for Charity 

It is not often that I get the opportunity to introduce a new product while promoting a worthy cause. This is one such occasion.
Kensington Si750 mouse

The Si750LE is a wireless laser mouse developed specifically for use with a notebook system.  This small three-button input device is being marketed with the tag line of "Go Pink".  Although the mouse does feature various pink flashes along the sides and around the scroll wheel, this is not the real reason for the Pink reference which I shall return to at a later stage.

Kensington has designed this mouse with women in mind.  While there are a number of smaller mice currently available, the sculptured lines of this device offer a combination of comfort and easy control.  Running along either side of the mouse's body, just under the side-mounted pink flashes, are ridged rubberised grips which help ensure a more pleasant tactile sensation.  The mouse's symmetrical design means that this mouse will be suitable for both left and right handed users.

As mentioned earlier, this mouse features both wireless and laser technology.  The wireless element, using the latest 2.4GHz technology for better signal strength and secure connectivity without undue interference, involves the need for a USB receiver.  There should be no problem in receiving signals at distances up to 30 feet or so. 

Simply slot this mini receiver into an available USB port and a communication link with be established with the mouse.  When the mouse is not in use, the mini receiver can be tucked away in a compartment concealed within the body of the mouse.  This compartment, which also holds the single AA battery required to provide power, can be accessed by pressing the sides of the mouse at the rear. 

The process of inserting the receiver into the compartment will have the effect of automatically turning the power off so saving on battery life.  Power can also be turned off manually.  A LED light on top of the mouse will flash red to indicate when the battery is in need of being replaced.

One immediate difference that is noticeable when using a laser mouse is the lack of the light pulsing feature from the base that is normally associated with an optical device.  You might also notice an improvement with regards to accuracy in positioning the cursor but this will only really apply to precise work required in certain games and drawing applications.

As this mouse is meant to be a travelling companion of your notebook, you should not be surprised to discover that a soft carry pouch is included in the box along with the mouse, mini receiver and single battery.  But what about the Pink connection you may well ask.

While this device might have some pretensions to be regarded as a fashion statement, it has a far more serious side with a commitment to the Breast Cancer Campaign (the only charity that funds independent Breast cancer research throughout the UK).  You may not have personal experience of Breast cancer but the chances are you know somebody who has.  By making this mouse your device of choice, you will be helping the campaign against Breast cancer as Kensington will donate 10% to a local Breast Cancer charity.

The Pink Mouse will work on any Windows 2000/XP/Vista or Mac OS X 10.2.8 machine and later.  Pricing for this mouse has been set at £39.99 with 10% going to charity.

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