x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Technophile: Three wireless mice

We test three wireless mice to find the most comfortable and durable on-the-go device.

Genius Navigator 905bt mouse.
Genius Navigator 905bt mouse.

Imega Plus IMP-8017WL

The mouse This budget-friendly wireless mouse can transmit up to 10 metres away. Keep in mind, however, that it is a USB mouse, which sends its signal through a small receiver that plugs into a computer's USB port, and it requires a clear line of sight. Generally, USB wireless mice have better battery life, but are more likely to lose their connections than their Bluetooth counterparts.

The features The solid but basic Imega Plus operates on a 2.4GHz frequency and has a battery life of up to six months. In most ways, it is on par with its more expensive rivals.

Click it or forget it It's a good solution for those who are on a budget and are organised enough to keep track of tiny USB receivers. But those who lose stuff all the time might be better off buying two or three of these, as spares, rather than one of the more expensive brands that they are just as likely to lose.



Targus Wireless Comfort Laser Mouse

The mouse This chic, sleek battery-operated wireless mouse features rubber grip strips on its edges and a three-button, scroll-wheel interface, which works up to 10 metres away (for those who like to keep their computer at more than arm's distance).

The features This ergonomically designed mouse, built for lefties and righties alike, is big enough for the desktop yet small enough to take on the road. Its makers claim that it can provide up to 15 months of battery life, a key feature considering how wireless mice always seem to suddenly stop working when you're but one click away from your online destiny.

Click it or forget it It's a bit pricey for a mouse that only transmits via USB. But at least it has a slot to store it so you don't lose it forever.



Genius Navigator 905bt

The mouse This wireless travel mouse can connect to your laptop via a Bluetooth or USB, and has a special "Stick-N-Go" clip that lets it grip your computer when out and about.

The features The mouse comes with a power indicator light and a power switch that lets you reduce the amount of battery-operated juice it uses, when less is more.

Click it or forget it The genius behind the Genius is its flexibility. In can connect via a USB receiver if your computer doesn't have Bluetooth capability, or via Bluetooth if you want more range (or if you lose the USB receiver). Probably the best choice for those who travel a lot, including frequent moves from computer to computer.