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A Duo of SlimBlade Kensington Mice
SlimBlade Media Mouse
This is a USB wireless mouse but amazingly ‘slim’ so certainly for mouse anyway SlimBlade is a good name.
The Kensington SlimBlade media mouse measures 10.5x6x2.5cm, shiny black with grey rubberised sides. The face looks almost conventional with the left and right buttons but instead of the conventional wheel in between you have a tiny solid ball that is less than a centimetre across.
Turn it over and there are slide bars front and back but the difference is a grey rubberised circle with + in the top (north) position, forward in the right, - in the bottom (south) position and back in the left position and to make the ubiquitous joystick the play/pause button, according to the guide its called a D-Pad.
There is a eleven language Instruction Guide and this might be required to find the USB receiver that sits inside the back of the battery bay when not in use.
It runs on a pair of ‘AA’ batteries. Plug the 3x1.5x.5cm USB receiver into a USB port this is stated to work up to 10metres away (with the proviso of line of sight) it certainly worked from the far side of my office. Just at the back of the scroll wheel there is a battery indicator.
All the normal mouse actions work out of the box as soon as you have inserted the batteries. To use the ‘out of office’ extras you need to install the software (works for XP and Vista) on the provided CD and this allows use of the ‘four way tilt scroll control. According to the manual they should also work on a MAC to control iTunes’
The Kensington SlimBlade Media Mouse is available from the link below at a best price of £32.90.
SlimBlade Trackball Mouse
This is a Bluetooth mouse and almost as slim as the wireless mouse above.
It is 10x6x3cm metallic grey in colour with a rubberised sides and front in darker ridged rubber.
The slightly thinner eleven language Quick Start Guide covers how to link this rodent to your notebook or PC. However only buy this unit if you already have a Bluetooth dongle or your PC or notebook has Bluetooth built in as no dongle is supplied.
The fairly normal face of the mouse has the left and right buttons with a ball in between that is 1.2cm across and protrudes a little more than the rodent above. There is a small silvered area surrounding the ball and a three second touch in the area behind the ball turns the mouse off to save the pair of ‘AA’ batteries, this is called the Mode button. There is a slider switch on the base of the mouse that also disconnects the batteries.
Like the first unit it performs basic functions without installing the software but extra functions require it to be installed.
Doing my Internet searches found the Kensington SlimBlade Trackball Mouse at a best price of £41.06 including free delivery.
For more information on all Kensington items go to the link below.
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