This hello kitty optical mouse design is just hello kitty's head and it the tradition design of the red bow rather than the other colours but I have seen this available with he light pink bow as well, the USB wire is also red and the pink mouse's wire in a light pink too. Although this does have a useful use of course there isn't a real need to buy one of these for anyone who isn't a big hello kitty lover you'll simply find this tacky however. The looks to me are endearing and very cute and this was close to the top of my list of HK items to purchase. This has no features except for the scroll wheel and the buttons, the scroll wheel in in the middle of the bow and each side of the bow are the buttons.
This is made of plastic and it does feel like it was cheaply made and that it could break at any time but the durability is really good I am extremely clumsy I don't know how I manage it but I always knock this off the computer desk and I always spill crumbs and drinks all over the place and this hasn't broken yet or had any chips, dents or cracks. The cable wire is rather generous considering it was only cheap, I don't know the measurements but it's around 120cm from my tower to my computer desk top and there is still a lot of length left over which does sometimes get in the way so I'm thinking of putting it behind the desk. There's no installation required for this it's USB and you just plug it into your computer.
I'm not sure if this is officially Sanrio because I bought this from Ebay but there is no sanrio logo, tags or packaging. This came from Hong Kong so chances are it is just a knock off as it came in a cardboard parcel box (of course) and just in a clear plastic bag, this was only £5 and I couldn't resist buying it.
Overall even if this isn't officially sanrio it's well made, cheap to buy. It looks amazing on your computer desk, I have lots of other accessories so it all looks great together, because it's an optical mouse it means that it doesn't lag as it's tracks the movements quickly. It works bets on a flat surface like all mouses and works best with a mouse mat, and looks even better if you have a HK mouse mat!
I finally made the big purchase and bought myself a nice laptop to use at home. After only a couple of weeks of owning and using it I realised that I was not particularly happy with the integrated mouse buttons as it was a bit clunky and made my hand sore if I was using the computer for any longer than around 30 minutes at a stretch. I decided to buy a plug-in mouse seeing as I use the laptop at home this would still be practical and I could make myself a bit more comfortable. Being a Hello Kitty fan I was on the lookout for a Kitty mouse, and managed to find this Hello Kitty Optical Mouse on ebay.co.uk for the ridiculously low Buy-it-Now price of £2.30 with free shipping! The only downside was that it had to be shipped from China and this took a couple of weeks, but for the bargain price I was more than happy to wait.
Because there are such a vast number of rip-offs and fake Hello Kitty items, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you are buying a genuine authentic piece. The easy way to tell is to check the item you are buying and see if there is a Sanrio mark on it. Sanrio is the company behind Hello Kitty and pals, so if you're looking at the real thing it should have their mark on there somewhere. When my mouse arrived it did not come in any packaging and I have not been able to locate any official marking on the product, so either this mouse was never a licensed product, or I have ended up with a rather decent knock-off version.
This mouse is moulded into the shape of Hello Kitty's head, with her traditional appearance and trademark bow over one ear. The bow is actually where the buttons are located, and each side of the bow is a separate button. Between the buttons there is a small, neat scroller wheel and because they're all so close together it's very easy to flick between clicking and scrolling. My mouse looks identical to the one pictured here, except for the colour of the bow on mine is a shade of pale pink rather than red. It plugs into the computer by means of a USB connection, and the cable is a matching shade of pink which adds to the cute factor.
The cable is a reasonable length but not too long to allow an excess trailing around all over the place. The cable reaches around to the back of my laptop as the USB ports are on the opposite side to where I position the mouse so I can use it in my right hand. There is still a bit of loose cable so this could also be used with a larger setup with a big desk space. As it is, I use mine on a Belkin Cushtop desk which provides enough space for me to position my laptop and mouse and still allows enough room to move the mouse around. I was really pleased with the simple set up, as all I had to do was plug the mouse in and it started working straight away without requiring any installation.
I spend a fair amount of time using this mouse, and it has definitely made a real difference to my level of comfort as it is much easier to use the scroll wheel for scanning through long pages and documents, and I'm used to holding my hand in position over a mouse as I work at a computer through the day, and then moving on to a laptop tracker pad feels quite unnatural and less efficient. The Hello Kitty mouse is quite small in size and does not fit into the palm of my hand, so it may be better suited to children or people with smaller hands than me. I hold this under my fingers and as it is so lightweight I can use my fingertips to push the mouse around to get it to move where I need the cursor placed.
This is an optical mouse so it has a sensor underneath which allows you to track your movements quickly and accurately. It works well on most flat surfaces without requiring a mouse mat, and registers movements smoothly which is perfect for using the mouse in a small area. The buttons and scroll wheel are just as easy to use and this is a really reliable mouse. There are a couple of little lights inside, one red and one blue, which come on to show that the mouse is plugged in, and also to track when you are moving it. These shine through the white plastic casing of the mouse which gives a pretty cool effect that adds to the fun factor of this mouse.
I am really impressed with the Hello Kitty Optical Mouse. It is a great quality piece of equipment that has been well worth the meagre sum that I spent on it. For something that looks like a novelty item, I can assure you that it performs just as well as any other computer manufacturer branded mouse that I've used, and it functions perfectly and easily which is exactly what I wanted as a newbie laptop user. The mouse looks cute and does the job so what more could I ask for? A definite recommendation for Hello Kitty fans.
I have a netbook which I love but I find the trackpad on it to be annoyed and a little bit too resposnsive for my liking so I was looking for an external mouse to use with it.
Most of them were boring black and grey with very few colours but as it was something that was more practical I wasn't bothered what it looked like until I got my eye on this Hello Kitty mouse. Being a sucker for all things kitch and Japanese especially Hello Kitty I knew I had to have it.
It is basically a lump of solid plastic that is shaped like Hello Kitty's head. The buttons on it are placed a little differently than a normal mouse with the left and right click buttons both being placed on the bow on top of Kitty's head. The track pad is placed inbetween the right and left click and all of them are placed very close together so it does take a little getting used to using it but it doesn't take long until you have mastered the hang of it and are scrolling away with ease.
Unfortunately it isn't wireless and you do need to plug the mouse into the computers USB port to be able to use it but as I am always next to the computer when using it this isn't a problem. It doesn't have one of those little balls on the bottom either but instead relies on an optical light to send your commands to the computer. I personally find that this is much more responsive than the traditional ball one's and it never gets stuck either which is a bonus.
There is nothing complicated about this little mouse either as it is simply a case of plugging the USB port in and away you go. My little netbook instantly recognized it and I didn't have to faff about installing programmes or finding locations on the hard drive with it. All I had to do was take it from it's packaging and use it straight away which is what I want from an electronic product.
I bought this little mouse from a specialist shop that sells kitch Japanese products and I paid £9.99 for it which I personally didn't think was a bad price as the mouse not only works extremely well but it is also just so darn adorable.
My daughter is a big Hello Kitty fan, and she had already persuaded us to buy her some Hello Kitty USB speakers, so it only made sense that she had a Hello Kitty mouse to control the cursor on our home PC with. We bought this mouse from eBay and paid around £7 including delivery, which I thought was a reasonable price as I hadn't personally seen these in shops before.
This optical mouse is smaller than your average mouse, which makes it easier for kids to use as reaching the buttons is simpler and it fits into the shape of their smaller hands better.
In terms of design, it's a very cute mouse, looking basically like a Hello Kitty head/face, with a red bow on it, and it's the two sides of the bow which act as the buttons. This was initially a bit strange for me as the buttons are off to the side, instead of at the very front of the mouse, but my daughter didn't mind and I suppose it's kids that this is aimed at anyway! There is also a scoll wheel in the middle of the bow, so all in all, this has all of the buttons of a standard, decent quality mouse.
This mouse is optical, meaning it doesn't has a rollerball underneath to pick up movements, instead it picks up movements from a light shining underneath it. You can use it with or without a mouse mat, as long as there's something visual underneath for the mouse to pick up movement from.
The mouse is plug and play, meaning you just plug it into your computer and you're ready to use it. There's no software to install, so we found it very easy to get working, which is a bonus for us as we're not massive techies and just wanted a mouse that works, looks cute and is functional.
The buttons are responsive and the whole mouse works just as it's intended to, I've never had any problems with it and my daughter is still very keen on it even after a few months. Another bonus is that it doesn't take batteries, powering itself from the computer, although the obviously downside of this is that it's not wireless, and I do prefer wireless these days as it's tidier. Still, it does save on batteries, and I can recommend this on the whole.
My dad bought me this Hello Kitty mouse for Xmas to use with my laptop, I'm pretty good at using the touchpad but sometimes when I'm using the laptop to do a lot of scrolling and flicking between pages it's just easier to use a proper mouse. Not that this is a proper mouse, it's shaped like Hello Kitty's head and the buttons are in a right weird place but it works brill and looks sooooo unusual that a couple of people who have seen it haven't even realised it was a mouse!
It's plug and play so you don't have to be installing any software and I remember when I first used it the mouse started working straight away with no messing about.
This Hello Kitty mouse is smaller than any other mouse I've used, I've only got small hands so it doesn't worry me at all but when my dad tried to use it with his massive hands he got all annoyed because he couldn't work it properly. I personally think it's got a lovely feel to it and once you've got used to the buttons and scroll wheel being at such a weird angle the mouse is very nice to use.
If you look at the photo Dooyoo have got up, the left and right click buttons are on each end of Hello Kitty's bow and the scroll wheel is in the middle. That means you're kind of scrolling on a diagonal angle and that takes a bit of getting used to but after a couple of hours you'll be using it as easily as you would a normal shaped mouse.
The mouse is mega responsive, whether you're doing a right or left click it will work straight away and the scroll is also very easy to control. With it being an optical mouse you haven't got that stupid rubber ball to keep clean so a wipe over the whole mouse with a baby wipe is all you need to keep it looking as good as new. Also with it being optical it means you've got a bigger choice of what mousemat you use because the mouses that have roller balls can be a bit awkward if you decide you want to use a mousemat that it doesn't like the feel of. I've used all sorts of mousemats with my Hello Kitty mouse and it's worked brill on all of them.... even without a mat sometimes when I can't be bothered to get up and grab one out of the kitchen.
Recommended..... for any Hello Kitty fan, this is a cool mouse that works better than you think it's going to being as it looks like such a gimmick!!!
Anyone who uses a laptop computer will be aware of the annoyance that arises from using a touchpad, particularly when you are used to using a mouse with your computer. Touchpads do not offer a great range of motion, and they are not always as responsive as one would like.
I bought this mouse for my sister, as she had been complaining about the inconvenience of using her touchpad when she was sat at her desk. She loves Hello Kitty, and this mouse appeared to be a cheap and compact solution to her problem.
First of all, the mouse looks great. The box is heavy with Hello Kitty branding, and the product is well made, leaving you under no doubts that this is an official Hello Kitty product.
In terms of usability, my opinion differed from that of my sister. She finds the mouse to not only look good, but feel nice and snug in the hand, with the scroll wheel and buttons well placed. I, on the other hand, find the mouse to be too small and the buttons to close together, meaning that the mouse is very uncomfortable for my larger hands.
When I returned to University after the summer vacation, I discovered to my horror that I had left my optical mouse at home! I hate using the touch pad on my laptop, and I knew that computer mice are available really cheaply, so instead of getting my mum to post my one, I thought I'd get a new one and have a spare.
I found this on ebay, and being a Hello Kitty nut I just had to have it! The mouse and postage cost me just under £5, which was comparable to the cheapest 'plain' mice. You can buy it on ebay for a similar price now - all of the sellers are in China but mine was delivered surprisingly quickly
The mouse came in a pink box covered in Hello Kitty logos and designs. I thought the box was a bit large and there was a little unnecessary packaging (but as someone who bought a brand new mouse rather than get hers sent from home I can't really complain about wastefulness!). The mouse is just a USB plug-and-play type and so no disks or software came with it. There were no instructions as I remember but I don't think you really need them.
The most unusual thing about this is that it is shaped like Hello Kitty's face! The scroll wheel is in the centre of her bow and you use it diagonally as the left and right click buttons are the left and right clickers.
I thought that this would be a bit counter-intuitive and clunky, but it was surprisingly comfortable and I didn't find myself getting any cramps or pains. However, both of my male housemates do complain it is not comfortable so I think if you had larger hands it might be a problem (but then I think that would be true of any smaller mouse).
So in summary, great for children and girlie girls, but also a perfectly functioning mouse! I've had no problems and the response time is great!
~~~~What is an optical mouse?~~~~
Okay, I am not thinking that my readers here are complete morons. I am sure that if you have managed to get on the computer to locate this site and so found my review, that you are well acquainted with the fact that in computing, a mouse is that small device that you wave about in order to point the cursor and occasionally click the left and right buttons in order to do different tasks with it. You might even have a little scroll wheel. (If it has a wheel, does it become a computer hamster?)
No, I figure you know what a mouse is, but perhaps the whole optical vs. trackball thingy is a bit puzzling. Interestingly enough, the trackball was itself a navigation tool, designed by the Royal Canadian Navy back in 1952. It was used to navigate through their electronic system known as DATAR. The trackball mechanism was adapted by Prof. Douglas Engelbart. Engelbart was doing a research project on human intellect augmentation (basically working on human and computer interaction). For his current project back in 1963, he took the trackball, and placed it within a mouse prototype. Moving the mouse about in turn moved the trackball, and so the computer mouse was born.
The trackball mouse remained the standard for many decades, of course being refined over time. Slimmer lines, buttons, scroll wheels, and so on all made their appearance. The trackball was fairly rivalless until the optical mouse was developed in 1980, by two independent brainiacs (Steve Kirsch who worked for MIT and some chap named Richard Lyon who worked with Xerox of all people) . Instead of that little rubbery ball, so prone to lint and crumbs that were invisible to the naked eye, along came the mouse that worked by light. Now some use a diode and some use a sensor, but they do the same job. A light thingamabob is at the bottom of the mouse, and it very cleverly transmits the mouse movements to the computer electronically rather than mechanically as the trackball mice do.
~~~~Okay, I got what an optical mouse is, but who is Hello Kitty?~~~~
You may recognise the cute little kitty face as Hello Kitty, but do you REALLY know Hello Kitty? Hello Kitty is one of those love it or hate it type things. Sugary sweet, Hello Kitty and her friends are cartoon animals who are designed to be nothing BUT adorable. Part of the Japanese adoration for all things cute, Hello Kitty was in fact dreamed up back in 1974 by a guy named Shimizu Ikuko for a company named Sanrio. Initially sold as a design for a coin purse, Hello Kitty became a franchise that spawned to rival Walt Disney's famous mouse. The usual things such as clothes, TV series, toys, and such all made their appearance. There have even been sewing machines for adults bearing the Hello Kitty logo and a Hello Kittty car (for real) as well as laptops studded with Swarovski crystals and.... Hello Kitty! Hello Kitty even has its own themepark, Puroland, in Japan, as well as its own chain of stores. There is also a Hello kitty jumbo jet, and a hospital that is themed Hello Kitty in Japan (a regular hospital, not a children's one!). This little white kitty with a cute little dress decorated with a single flower and wearing a matching hair ribbon is big business indeed, spreading the love (or fear) of the Japanese idea of kawaii (cute) everywhere.
~~~~Right, so they took an optical mouse and made it look like Hello Kitty?~~~~
Yup, they certainly did. This particular optical mouse is of the newer energy saving sort, so the light thingy in the bottom doesn't munch heavily on my electricity funds. It is corded, which I prefer as batteries tend to get used up quickly in this house otherwise. The body of the mouse is shaped like Hello Kitty's head, with the mouse buttons located in each of the hair ribbon's bow "loops" and a scroll wheel in the centre of the bow. Despite its unusual shape, it does fit nicely within the hand without discomfort, even for a child. This last bit was important to us in particular as our most rabid Hello Kitty fan happens to be a six year old boy, who desperately wanted this for his birthday. The offset nature of the buttons has not proved to be a hindrance either, as the feel of the moulded ribbon naturally guides the fingers to where the brain decides the buttons should be.
It is actually a very good mouse, and has performed flawlessly from the moment we took it out of the box and installed it. Installation was also easy. No software is necessary at all, simply plug the mouse's USB cable into an available USB port (it supports both the old type of USB as well as USB 2), and away you go. As for durability, think on who I said it is for. Yup, a six year old boy has this, and uses it on his own PC. It has had sticky fingers upon it, been dropped, bumped, knocked, you name it over the past five months, and not only does still works flawlessly, but the the plastic body has stood up impressively well. Hello Kitty still looks as unruffled and unfazed as the day her cute little face came out of the factory.
~~~Okay, so any drawbacks?~~~
Well, yeah. There are a few. My daughter (8) and her friend have both seen this mouse of course, so naturally, they wanted one. All three children also went gaga over the speakers, and beware, there is also a matching webcam (holding out against this). Of course, we also had to get the co-ordinating mouse mat. Buying one kawaii Hello Kitty item means they multiply. Computer accessories one day, bedding the next, and so on. It is almost vicious how Hello Kitty uses her cuteness to insidiously invade your bank balance if unwary. Awww..but she is so CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. We wuv you, Hello Kitty, so I forgives you!
~~~Where can I buy It?~~~~
I admit this was not found at PC World or any place like that. Look at places that sell gadgets, and you might find one. Online though is your best bet. We bought ours from eBay, and had it shipped direct from Hong Kong. The cost was a mere £5 including postage, and delivery time was 10 days in total. Not bad price wise and a reasonble amount of time, especially given the distance. Plus, did I mention, it is so CUTE!