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Motormouse 2.4GHz Wireless Car Mouse Review
|Product:||Motormouse 2.4G Wireless Mouse - RedPOM|
|Date:||Sun, Jun 27, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Motormouse Use and Final Thoughts
The Motormouse isn't designed to resemble one super car in particular, but if you had to say it resembled one brand it would have to be Porsche. Motormouse told us that more designs are in the works and that in 2010 they will be coming out with a Mini Cooper S mouse. It would be really interesting it Motormouse started making model years for their mice like real cars, so as different models come out you can easily keep track of them based on model years.
Flipping the motor mouse over we find that the Motormouse retains its red color and we can see where the 1200DPI optical sensor resides. You can also see that the chrome alloy wheels have real rubber 'tires' on them. We found that the rubber did collect some dirt on them from our mouse pad as you can see a white spot on one of the rubber pads in the picture above.
During our testing with the Motormouse we found that compared to the mice we would normally use (Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance) that the mouse feet were too small and we could feel them dragging on our mouse pad. We tuned up the Motormouse with some XTracPads Mad Dotz. If you are a PC gamer or use a mouse often you'll want to consider this, but for the casual PC user they shouldn't be needed.
Where do the batteries go? They go in the trunk of course! By placing your thumb on the rear windshield and sliding it backwards towards the rear of the car the trunk lid should just pop up. The first time we opened the trunk it was a bit stiff and we had to help it our finger nail, but after that the trunk easily pops open. Just behind the batteries in the picture above you'll notice a hole with some white plastic showing. This is where the 19mm tall 2.4GHz wireless receiver is stored when you travel. This is very nice as everything you need to use the mouse can be stored inside the mouse itself.
The headlights come on when the batteries are first installed and flash when the batteries need to be replaced. The Motormouse was designed to be ergonomic and comfortable to use. The mouse still retains a super car appearance, but it was surprisingly comfortable to use. It's also slim enough to carry in your notebook or travel bag. The mouse wheel used on the Motormouse is very wide at 12mm in with. Wider is better and Motormouse claims the extra thickness offers more comfortable handling.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions:
The Motormouse surprised us right off the starting line as we thought it would be a gimmicky product that would serve as a gag gift only. When pulled the Motormouse out of the box and started using it we quickly found out that the owners of Motormouse have brought a serious wireless mouse to the market. Not only was it fairly comfortable to use, but it also looks great and is a great conversation starter. Due to these reasons alone we'll be packing up the Motormouse to take with use on the road as it will certainly stand out from the crowd as is ideal for light use.
When it comes to three button 2.4GHz wireless mice there isn't a shortage of them on the market as you can easily find over a hundred of them on Newegg.com this very second. The Motormouse finds itself in a very tough market and at £29.99 in the UK and $49.95 in the United States. You are paying a rather large price premium for the appearance of this mouse. In the United states the Motormouse comes with just a 180 day warranty from the date of purchase and is available to the first user or purchaser. Most mice in the $50 price range feature one year warranties, so it is strange that Motormouse skimped on the warranty. What makes it even more odd is the fact that in the United Kingdom the warranty period is 12 months. We aren't sure why Europe gets twice the warranty length, but they do.
For comparison sake, if you never travel and don't need a wireless mouse for $5 more you can get something like the 8-button Cooler Master Sentinel Advance 5600DPI gaming mouse for example (top mouse in the photo above). Those that are frequent travelers more than likely have laptops with Bluetooth built-in and for those users something like the Gigabyte M7700B compact bluetooth laptop 1600DPI laser mouse (middle mouse in the photo above) for $19.99 might be a better choice. For $19.99 you can get a Bluetooth mouse that comes with name brand Duracell batteries, doesn't need any USB dongle and comes with a longer 1 year warranty. As you can see the Motormouse has a tough battle on its hands at this price point.
Who is the target audience for the Motormouse then? If you are a corporate user, a car enthusiast or someone that likes eye catchy electronic devices and is a casual PC user then the Motormouse could be right for you. For gamers and computer enthusiasts there are better mice out there for you. It all depends on how much you use your mouse, if you travel and what kind of mouse you want to use.
Motormouse is also developing some new products that are rather interesting. Eventually there will be a 'garage' for you mouse as a carrying pouch and mouse mats will be made with a road layout on them. It looks like Motormouse is here to stay!
Legit Bottom Line: The Motormouse is a very functional mouse that looks great and works very well. Due to the design of the mouse we only recommend it for casual PC users and not those that sit in front of a PC for 8+ hours a day or play video games.
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