I bought this from Amazon in May of last year for around £20 and is the red version. I choose this one as all the reviews were really good and as someone that had never used a wireless mouse from what I read it seemed ideal for me.
It was so easy to use I was happy with the choice that I'd made. For a novice like me it was ideal. You just open the packet, put batteries in the mouse and then plug the wireless receiver into the USB port and away you go. Simple, quick and easy.
But, alas it was too good too be true. Within 2 or 3 months the rubber seal that goes all around the outside of it started to loosen on the right side. I'm right handed so yes that's where most of the pressure is placed onto it, but I certainly didn't expect that to happen. Within another month or so the rubber seal had actually worn away in that area and I ended up cutting a bit off to make it tidier. I was not happy but it was still working so I decided to plod on with it. Surely at the price I'd payed it should have lasted longer in that department, but as it's the only mouse I've ever had I wasn't sure if this was normal or not.
I used rechargable batteries and I did find that I was having to charge them up every 2 months. I do use my laptop a lot but even I thought that this was excessive. Then again this could have been the batteries rather then the mouse itself.
Earlier this year I found that I was charging the batteries more frequently and after only using it for a few days the mouse just refused to work. I thought the problem must be the batteries so went out and bought some top of the range expensive batteries and after a few days it gave up again. I knew it couldn't be the batteries but I tested them in the TV handset and they worked. I put some more new batteries in and, guess what, after a few days it gave up again.
As it was still under warrenty I contacted Kensington via their website outling the problem. I was expecting them to send a replacement, as stated on the warrenty, but the email I received back was very unsatisfactory. They told me to take it back to where I had purchased it and complain to them. Surely this is a fault the manufacturer would sort out not the seller. I left it a few weeks and contacted them again and I got the same reply.
As this is the only product of theirs I've ever used I certainly won't be using any others and as for the poor response of the customer services I would recommend that no one else does either.
I've not purchased another mouse as I honestly don't know which one would be best. I've decided that I'll just struggle on with the scroll pad that seems to have a mind of it's own.
I bought this mouse to complement my laptop and after my original mouse for my desktop broke I used it there also.
Overall the design is great, it looks nice and also an odd colour. I like the way it feels in your hand and does the job perfectly.
I have to say though after about six months of use the rubber around the outside started to come off and now there is a really soft bit on the rubber. This maybe due to the fact I used it to play COD4 and maybe too excessive, after all it is a travel mouse.
The USB dongle stores into the back of the mouse, which is handy. The plug and play feature makes it ideal to use anywhere (I used it in school a couple of times). I also find the red flashing light, that tells you when the batteries are low, slightly odd as it only seems to flash upon moving the mouse.
Another great feature is the auto-turn-off function which is handy if you forget about it to save battery life.
Overall though a practical 'funky' mouse with a real character, and a must for any laptop owner.
Kensington Ci70LE Wireless Mouse
In terms of design the mouse and its colours and pattern feature on top of it make it look very cool, however it appears to be an odd shape and a little bit big. Perhaps if you have huge hands then this might just be the perfect mouse for you but I myself prefer smaller more compact mouse's as opposed to big clumsy ones.
It is however quite a nice red colour which is a colour you don't really see much in mouse's so if you have a laptop that is partially this colour or a pc that's this colour then perhaps this would suit it. The receiver is also in this red colour too which is nice to see as it matches quite well. I'm not sure it's a colour I like that much however it does make a change to the boring silver or black mouse and it does funk up your desktop a little.
The wireless signal can reach a quite normal 1.5 meters which is more than you need most the time however it cant be used for home theatre systems and around a living room like a lot of the longer signals moue's can. While in this range it never goes out and you always have good connectivity just like you would with a normal USB cable mouse.
It has three buttons, the left the right and a tilted scroll wheel that can be pressed in. this is great and I never buy a mouse anymore if it doesn't't have one of these, altogether it looks like a very neat modern mouse.
Installation is easy, you simply plug the receiver into your laptop pc or Mac and you put batteries into the mouse and make sure the on switch is flicked. Within a few second it picked it up however with some computers and especially old ones you might have to follow a set up mode to install the new software, however this isn't usually necessary and you can usually start using your mouse straight away.
Altogether its quite a good mouse, it is a little big though and probably wouldn't't be best used with a laptop as you wouldn't't really want to transport it anywhere however if your got a desktop and you want a sturdy mouse then this could be good for you.