Targus Blue Trace Wireless Mouse

Blue Trace technology allows tracking on almost any surface

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Targus Blue Trace Wireless Mouse We tried it on clothing, including arms, legs and the rubber soles of our feet.
By  Stephen McBride Published  October 4, 2012

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Key Specs

Buttons: Two-button
Interface: USB
Price: AED 99
Scroll wheel: yes
Type: Wireless

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The Targus Blue Trace Wireless Mouse features the latest Blue Trace technology for accurate and precise tracking.

Blue Trace is a combination of optics and laser technologies that allows the mouse to work effectively on almost any surface including wood, granite, and carpet. We tried it on clothing, including arms, legs and the rubber soles of our feet and it still did the job.

We found the design ticked all the right ergonomic boxes, reducing the wrist strain associated with routine use. The shape is geared towards both left and right handed users.

Wireless capability of course means less clutter on the desk. The micro USB receiver stores magnetically underneath the mouse for transport and we found this mechanism to be very secure. The receiver protrudes less than an inch when plugged in so it is pleasingly unobtrusive.

RF 2.4GHZ technology is designed to reduce signal loss across distance, allowing the mouse to work up to 33 feet away. We tested this up to a distance of 20 feet, but other than conferencing capabilities, we felt this feature to have little everyday application.

The mouse comes equipped with two Energizer batteries and is designed to provide up to 12 months of battery life depending on usage. Changing the batteries will be a bind and one reviewer, “Russ” on Targus’ own user forum reported a complete failure in the device after a year.

The low power indicator light lets you know when a new set of batteries are needed, but it would be wise not to ignore the light. Russ claims he can no longer operate any optical wireless mouse on his machine.

Lifetime issues aside, we found the soft-click buttons and smooth scroll-wheel a welcome change in our lives. And if you really want to play the latest shooter with your mouse on your leg, this is the gizmo for you.

Pros: Simple setup; use it on any surface; soft click, smooth scroll make for comfortable use
Cons: Batteries, batteries, batteries
Verdict

All-terrain mousing with an ergonomic spin

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