Often to considered to be more of a quirky computer accessory rather than a legitimate and useful one, a mini mouse is just that - a mouse in miniature size. There are a few on the market, and technology does move on rather quickly, although this particular device does the very basic functions exactly how you would need it to.
Getting used to a mouse is similar to getting used to the controls of a car. You have to get used to how far the cursor moves with each small movement of the mouse, how sensitive the scroll wheel is and how it feels when you move it. The Trust mouse is quite well named, as when you use it you do feel like you can trust its accuracy. I use this when I have a tight spot to work in, and it really depends on where I am at home. I find it particularly useful on the side of the sofa, and the larger mice I have are too big for this surface.
It feels a little weird when you first use it, as it's small enough to fit in your hand and almost close it. I do occasionally have an issue adapting from a larger mouse to this one, particularly as I've miscued the buttons before and missed the click I intended to make, or I've clicked the scroll wheel instead.
Perhaps the funkiest trick this mouse has is its retractable cable. I do often wish that the cable length on some mice was shorter, or even longer, and with this one you get your wish. It's very easy to extend the cable to the length you require, and equally as easy to retract it. The cable can sometimes get caught up, but this is also easy to rectify. A few times though, I've had the cable length short enough for my purposes and then moved the mouse a bit further away and it has caught short and snapped out of my hand. Luckily it doesn't snap back into its housing too quickly, but this tug does retract the cable and I have had the sod's luck to have the mouse clicked and pages closed. It's a bit annoying but happens very rarely.
Most mice just have a single colour LED underneath where the sensor finds the surface to send the signal for the cursor to move on the screen. It's nice that the Trust mini mouse has a multi-coloured LED, and while it's just for show, it doesn't stop the sensor from working as I feared tinkering with it might do. The sensor works on most surfaces and I rarely have any issues with it flickering around the screen or not responding as well as some mice do.
The ergonomic design is reflected in the smooth and slick movements of the cursor on screen. I've found that this can be pinpoint accurate with the merest touch and move of the hand, without it seeming over sensitive just when you don't need it to be. The base of the mini mouse has a thin rubber edging that doesn't stop you moving it around with ease, but does provide just enough grip to stop it sliding from a slight knock on the surface it's sitting on, something that is more likely to happen to a smaller mouse than a larger one.
Overall, this is a very handy mouse to own. It's 7cm x 4cm x 2cm, can be nabbed for under £10 from amazon and is worthwhile. Recommended.
After using my ancient Notebook Optical mouse as my go-to laptop mouse for many years, it began to give me quite serious hand cramp after short periods of use such as 15 minutes. This combined with the unresponsive laser that always required the use of a mouse mat made it extremely hard to use when travelling on either a car or bus. This meant that for the majority of tasks I was forced to return to the track pad. Being a member of a low-income family, searching for a suitable but cheap alternative seemed impossible. This was until a friend recommended me to try this Mini Mouse. I was very sceptical at first due to the size of the mouse and it being able to fit in to the palm of my over averagely sized hand but to my relief, it could be easily operated using only my fingertips with the dimensions of 7cm x 4cm for the main body and 2 cm in height where you lay your fingers.
It contains every feature you would expect from a mouse but in a much smaller, neater package. These include a small scroll wheel and the basic left and right click buttons. Each button and the scroll wheel is very stable, ensuring that they will not get caught on ridges of the mouse and will only react when specifically pressed. From my experience with other mouse's on the market, the scroll wheel eventually began to wobble and eventually even began to slip, making it quite awkward to scroll and the left and right clicks eventually began to move slightly to the left or right when pressed, catching on the scroll wheel. This mouse does not have these problems as you can clearly see that it has been manufactured with a very high level of precision. The scroll wheel is a single solid piece so no problems will occur with the scroll wheel un-attaching or becoming loose.
This optical mouse uses a retractable cable that completely eliminates the need to wrap up the cable after use, stops knots from developing in the cable and also allows you to tailor the exact length you require, ensuring it will never get in the way. To alter the length, all you need to do is gently pull it to the desired length and let go. To reduce to length after use, you can simply gently pull the cable slightly and then allow it to retract. The only problem I have noticed with this feature is that if one end of the cable gets caught, it can alter the size of the cable on either end, stopping it from retracting fully. To rectify this problem, simply feed the cable through the longest side by hand until they return to the same length. It is extremely easy to fix this problem and a very user friendly method to clear away unwanted cable length.
The final feature this mouse contains is a wide selection of colour-changing LED's. These are located under the transparent plastic of the mouse's main body and slowly switch between each vibrant colour of the rainbow. This feature may only just be for show but it definitely makes it more visually appealing in comparison to other computer mice on the market.
I would definitely recommend this mouse to anyone looking for a cheap, affordable laptop mouse. It has the quality and features of a mouse valued at five times the price. I currently use mine to draw props and movie clips while animating in Flash CS4 and modelling in various Auto-Cad programs due to its excellent level of precision.
I would rate this 5/5 as the best value for money currently on the market.
After an unfortunate incident involving my laptop and a drink the mouse buttons no longer work and I found it very awkward to do certain things like highlighting text using the touch pad alone. I was delighted to be given this little mouse by a friend because it is perfect for my needs.
This is not a full sized mouse but a small mouse ideally suited to for use with a netbook or laptop or when travelling. The dimensions are 7.5 x 4.7 x 2.8 cm. It took me a little while to get used to it as I have only ever used full sized ones in the past. The difference is that you just use your fingers to move and operate it and you can't rest your whole hand on it. I get on with this very well now that I am used to it and do not find this to be a problem. However I probably wouldn't recommend this for heavy usage for hours at a time like for gaming as it wouldn't offer enough support and would probably make your hand ache.
It obviously has the standard left and right buttons and it also has a scroll wheel which spins comfortably and is responsive but not too over eager! A mouse without a scroll hweel is not worth having in my opinion. The mouse and its cable are black however the feature which really makes it stand out from the crowd is that it contains colour-changing lights which I absolutely love. The colours gradually transition from red through yellow, white, green, aqua, blue and purple the whole time it is connected to your computer. The colours look really great but they are not at all distracting when you are actually using the mouse.
This is an optical LED mouse and it doesn't seem to need a mouse mat unless you specifically want to use one as I have used it on the sofa, on my leg and on the space below the keys on my laptop and have had no issues at all. It plugs into the USB port and has a retractable cable which is an excellent feature as you can adjust it depending on where you are and what is appropriate and it tidies away easily and can be packed up without risk of the cable getting tangled. I have never had the cable jam or try to retract without me wanting it to.
All in all, this is a great product and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a funky little colour changing mouse. Mine came from an independent high street computer shop however they are currently for sale on Amazon for £9.61. Five stars!