Monday, December 6, 2004
Hey Martha! Get the Cat, There's a Mouse on my Pocket PC! (Stowaway BT Travel Mouse Reviewed)
Posted by Don Tolson in "HARDWARE" @ 10:30 AM
Product Category: Bluetooth Accessories -- Mouse
Manufacturer: Think Outside
Where to Buy: ThinkOutside (ThinkOutside lists Amazon.Com and MobilePlanet as resellers, but I couldn’t find the mouse on either website.)
Price: $79.99 USD.
System Requirements: The mouse is certified for Asus MyPal A620BT and A716; Dell Axim X30BT, X3iBT and X50V; iPAQ 194x, 221x, 3970, 41xx, 43xx, 5100, 5400BT, 5450, 5500BT, 63xx, H6340, hx470x, and rx3100; HTC Pocket PC 02 – XDAII, Qtek 2020 / XDAII, XDAII; i-Mate Pocket PC Phone/XDAII; Siemens SX66/XDAII. Keyboard driver (v4.0) requires 480K of memory, which must be installed to main memory to work consistently. The mouse also supports Windows and MAC operating systems.
Specifications: Dimensions: 95mm x 55mm x 25mm (3.8” x 2.2” x 1.4”) Weight: 75g (5.6 oz) Optical Mouse with Right and Left buttons and Scroll Wheel with button. All are configurable.
- Lightweight, sturdy construction;
- Very easy setup/configuration;
- Excellent resolution and tracking;
- Good button/tactile response;
- Batteries should last several weeks (3-4 hours per day);
- Complete, ready-to-go package, including batteries and a carrying case!;
- Same driver supports Stowaway keyboards and the mouse!;
- 2 year warranty.
- As with the keyboard, the connection does not show up in the Active Connections list of Bluetooth Manager.
- Quite a bit smaller than a normal, desktop mouse, so those with larger hands may have some difficulty;
- Not compatible with Symbian OS phones (yet!);
- Power-saver timeout is not configurable;
- Mouse pointer is not configurable (yet??).
Once again, ThinkOutside has proven itself an innovator in the world of mobile technologies by being among the first to produce a Bluetooth-enabled, pocket-sized mouse. Now you can have the advantages of mouse-driven access to your applications and truly turn your Pocket PC into a Pocket laptop!
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