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Trust Ami Mouse 250SP Wireless Optical

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      21.07.2009 01:32
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      A fantastic, reliable wireless mouse than fits in the hand perfectly

      I've been using this mouse for the last four years so the first thing I can say is that it is extremely reliable. I actually have 3 of these and they are all still going strong. Admittedly a mouse does not receive much abuse and should be expected to last a long time but I was weary of the wireless function and the optical function. When these were bought, it was the first time I had ventured into such technology but these fears were not justified.

      The mouse itself is one of the best hand-fitting devices I have come across. Whether this is just my particular hand dimensions it fits well I do not know but for me, it is great! The main two buttons have a solid click to them and are comfotably pressed from the hand position. The scroll wheel similarly is easily used and is invaluable for when browsing the internet! There are two buttons on either side of the mouse, these are programmable but I have left them as default which works as back and forwards buttons when browsing the internet or computer folders.

      The 4 year old sets are still working well on their original rechargable batteries which is surprising and recharagable batteries supplied as standard generally give out over a period of time.

      The mouse does not take long to fully charge in the dock and will give a few days use away from charging. The dock connects to your computer via a ps/2 connection so make sure your modern computer has one! The wirless range is pretty impressive, giving you connectivity across a room if need be but more often than not you are working right beside your dock.

      There are two lights on the dock itself, one green one which indicated when the mouse is wireless connected and operating and one red one which flashed as the mouse is charging.

      The only wireless mouse I have owned to date and cannot fault it one bit.

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      27.06.2005 20:33
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      I think that after using this mouse for more than a year now I am ‘qualified’ to give my opinion on how it handles and what I actually think about my wireless mouse.

      Initially I had been interested in one of the Trust Graphic Tablets with a pen and wireless mouse but in the end decided to save some money and just buy the mouse. I don’t do much art stuff, it would have been money wasted.

      The Trust company are selling good quality computer accessories amongst other things and they often undercut the competition with their competitive pricing. But lower price doesn’t necessarily mean bad quality. After all, most computer chips and other electronic components are made by only a handful of companies and what you pay for in the end it the brand name.

      I bought my Trust mouse at my local Tesco.

      When it came to choosing which of the two Trust wireless mice I wanted to buy I had some problems. There were only two on offer and the price was quite different. I could have gone with the normal Ami Mouse 250S for £9.95 (optical, wireless and there was some kind of receiver/adapter thingy that would control the mouse) or the slightly more expensive 250SP model for £17.95, also wireless and optical but it came with a cradle to place the mouse in (for safe storage and of course to recharge the batteries). By now the price has gone down and you will find this particular model at around £12.50.

      I chose the 250SP with cradle.At least now I have a place to keep it when not in use. And best of all, I know that I won’t need to worry about the batteries, they will be fully charged and ready to go.

      I am always amazed how much packaging comes with computer products. Most of it is just filler but in the case of Trust, they try and keep their packaging to a minimum. The box with the mouse was slightly larger than was needed but after all, it did not only contain the mouse, it also had to house the adapter and cradle. But no space was wasted and everything was tightly packed.

      There is also an instruction booklet (two actually, in two lots of languages, the most used European ones in the first and then the lesser known in the other) plus a CD-Rom with the software.

      The beauty of the mouse and cradle is that it comes supplied with two rechargeable NIMH batteries, so no long looking around for new batteries ever so often. In the manual it tells you to charge the batteries for at least 8 hours the first time. That’s no problem if you connect everything in the evening and then switch off the computer for the night.

      Most people will try and connect a mouse either first thing in the morning or during the day and then the 8 hours charging would be a bit of a problem – if you have to work with the new mouse straight away.

      So instead of connecting the mouse to the computer I decided to charge the batteries first and ignore the rest for later. I connected to cradle to the mains and popped the mouse in. A little red light lit up telling me that charging had begun.

      I didn’t exactly wait 8 hours but the next time, before I switched on the computer I connected the mouse as described. There are times when I connected mice and keyboards to already running computers but in this case I was following what the manual said, and that was connect while switched off.

      I was a little disappointed that the mouse only came with PS/2 plug and not USB as most mice do nowadays. Trust have a separate model for the USB connection.

      It got a little complicated when the manual talked about two different channels and the switch underneath the cradle. I couldn’t see the switch so I left it as it was and hoped for the best. The mouse was recognised by the cradle and every time I moved it a little the little green light on the right started flickering. It remains still when the mouse doesn’t move but the moment you work with it, the flicking will show you that information exchange is received.

      The next thing I noticed that there was only one green light. All the time in the manual it talks about two green buttons. They are lying. There’s a green and a red light. The red light comes on when the mouse is recharging and switches off when fully charged.

      I had not worked with a wireless mouse before but never thought it would be any different from any other mouse. Well, it is slightly different as you don’t need to look out for the wire, either being in the way or not long enough to stretch it to where you want the mouse to go.

      I keep the cradle at the back of my desk, next to the broadband modem and slightly obscured from view by my flat screen. The colour of the cradle is silvery grey, not quite as shiny as on the picture at the top but an exact match with the DSL modem. The mouse itself is two colours, black in the middle with a silver stripe on each side.

      The scroll button is a nice lilac/purple colour and does not look out of place. In addition to the normal buttons on top of the mouse, this one also have one on each side.

      Three of the buttons are programmable, but you will need to install the software from the CD-ROM for that. The buttons that you can assign different functions to are the top right and the two side ones. If the other ones are also programmable then I have yet to find out how to. I am a creature of habit and didn’t even bother to have a look and as I had never worked with buttons on the side, I didn’t have any intentions to starting now.

      So, what has changed since I used the wireless mouse instead of the wired one? Not much actually.

      The mouse reacts very well to all movement. It is precise and quick and I have no problems accessing documents or programmes. I had to set the speed of the mouse a little higher as I don’t like it when the mouse reacts sluggish. But a little tweak in the settings and everything was fine.

      But one thing I find really irritating. I don’t always put the mouse back into the cradle when I don’t use it. It is sitting on the mat – I still use a mat although it will work on virtually all surfaces as long as they are reasonably flat – and when I pick it up again it seems to have stopped working. It stays frozen on the screen.

      I was worried the first time I experienced this until I noticed that there is a standby mode in the mouse to conserve battery power and if it does not get used for around 5 minutes it will automatically go into standby.

      To get the mouse out if standby you simply click any of the buttons and it will spring back into action. I normally give the left top button a quick click. Personally, I would have preferred if the mouse could be awoken from its slumber by a simple movement of the mouse without the need of a click. But it’s not supposed to be like this. It took me a few days to get used to it but now it has become second nature and I will automatically click when I see the little mouse arrow stuck on the screen.

      So, being a convert to a wireless mouse and sending my old and trusty Logitech optical mouse into semi-retirement, I can’t say that I am totally overwhelmed by the whole experience. I don’t know what I expected from the mouse. It has not changed how I work with the mouse, the only advantage is that I don’t need to worry about the wire any longer.

      The cradle is a nice touch although it is not aesthetically brilliant design and a little bulky but everything works well and is very well put together. And yes, I have managed to drop the mouse on the floor and – because it’s now wireless – kicked it across the room. It is still working, no bad effects and no visual damage to the sleek plastic exterior. That’s what I like in a mouse.

      I suggest you leave the mouse in the cradle when you don’t use it. On more than one occasion did the batteries pack up on me when I used the mouse all day long and then again in the evening without charging in between. That’s when my trusty old mouse had to come out and replace the wireless one until there’s enough charge to keep me going. The wireless mouse is fine for a normal day’s work but if you have long hours or put in an all-nighter then you should place the mouse into the cradle for a quick boost of juice – or you will find yourself digging out your old wired mouse again.



      © Teena2003/Minnitee

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