herd of new mighty mice from Macally for 2008 – review
By the Tech Lab review crew – Tech
Edge E-zine, written /edited by Chuck Brown
Macally announced four new precision Laser technology mouse products
at MWSF earlier this year (2008) and the Mac press was pretty impressed
and good vibes were given at the time. In April the herd of four mice
hit the retail channel and may well be in stores near you.
Those of you that have been around Macs for years know the Macally
name well as an early provider of premium Mac accessories, namely great
Keyboards and Mice specifically for Macs. What is unusual this time
around is that this group of four mice is also being marketed towards
Windows users, and for good reason, they are good for both.
We took the foursome and passed them around our own group of Tech Lab
engineers and our office staff, all of who have decades of experience
with both OS platforms and more mice than Disneyland has ever seen;
we even have a Mickey (webmaster) in the group.
in the house –
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ACCUGLIDE USB Low Profile
Precision Mouse is the odd mouse in the group because of its
rectangular and very thin in a great looking brushed aluminum housing.
|Now I remember a rectangular mechanical 2-button
mouse I had some 18 years ago by Logitech for PC and I really liked
it, it fit nice in your hand and this was in the day long before
the egonomic egg shaped mice. As I said the ACCUGLIDE is very thin,
maybe we should say low profile, so that you can slip it easily
in your brief case pocket when traveling with your notebook PC
or Mac. This is a 3-button plus USB mouse (left, right, scroll
wheel and the scroll wheel also acts as a forth button) with another
unusual feature in that the scroll wheel is flat to match the surface
to the mouse, instead of the typical rounded wheels.
It is tethered to your computer via USB and a very thin rounded reinforced
cable. The ACCUGLIDE uses a newly developed Opto-Mechanical Laser technology.
The precision is excellent at the fixed 800 DPI resolution and it moves
smoothly across a mouse pad or desk surface.
You should note that the
ACCUGLIDE is small in area, about 2/3rds of a regular desk mouse
because it is intended as a travel mouse. If
you have big hands like some guys do, you might find it a bit uncomfortable.
Some of our guys didn’t mind the small size and none of the gals
complained, rather they liked it.
You will need Mac OS X 10.2.8 or above to use this mouse, or any version
of Windows for your PC. Retail price is US $ 19.99 - a steal for an
800 DPI Laser mouse.
mouse in the house –
Turtle Portable Retractable USB Mouse is more conventional in
shape, with a more arched top with rounded corners, but still
slightly rectangular compared to the common oval shaped mice.
that the premise for this mouse is “take
it with you” it is about 3/4 scale; and even if you have
pretty meaty hands, the Macally
Turtle is pretty darn comfortable
in your hands.
All of our reviewer panel members liked its feel and design.
While on the subject
of the Turtle’s intended use as a portable
accessory, its biggest feature is the ultra-thin flat and very flexible
retractable cord for the USB plug, which parks behind a trap door on
the underside of the Turtle.
This USB cable is
so thin (3/16th x 1/16th of an inch) and pliable, that you won’t
know it’s there; unlike many heavy corded mice inhibit your free
movement. You can extend the retractable cord any length from a couple
inches to 28 inches.
The Turtle is also
an 800 DPI Laser Sensor technology mouse and the precision of movement
is excellent, even for a desktop mouse. Because of the retracting USB
cable trap door on the underside, the Laser Sensor is very offset to
the right side of the mouse’s belly.
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Both left and right buttons click precisely with moderate effort, and the
arched top scroll wheel is exceptionally smooth to rotate under your finger.
On this mouse, you can not program the buttons in any manner, such as switching
left to right click functions, such as if you are a left handed user.
The Macally Turtle supports Windows 2000 thru Vista and OS X 10.1.x to
10.5.x. Retail price is US $ 19.99, and excellent price for an excellent
tethered USB mouse.
Third Mouse in the house -
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Pebble 5 Button USB Laser Mouse for PC and Mac. This glossy black
Macally mouse is pretty amazing considering
the modest price of $19.99 retail, because it offers features that
you would expect to
only on mice over twice the price. It has foremost, a selectable
400 / 800 / 1600 DPI resolution from an Opto-Mechanical
Laser technology that is more precise than LED.
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The Pebble also is 5 button with a programmable
4-way (4-D) Scrolling “Tilt Wheel”, which lets you scroll
up / down and left / right in documents, windows and your browser.
This is a very cool
feature and I first remembered seeing a 4-way tilt scroll wheel on Microsoft
mice costing $50 and up, just some 4 years ago.
Users can select which resolution best suits their need by simply holding
down both left and right button simultaneously, each time you incrementally
switch from 400 / 800 / 1600 DPI.
Shaped like the number 0 (zero) with a great ergonomic arch to it, much
like the current Apple 1 button mouse, the Macally Pebble is also about
_ plus a bit scale to most mice you’ve seen. Still it feels really
good in even the hands of most men and our women on the review panel
loved the shape in their hands. There is an advantage to being a bit
smaller than a hand filling mouse, as you tend to control it more with
your fingers than your palm, making drawing with it (or gaming) more
accurate. Remember that you throw a baseball or football with finger
pressure, not your palm.
© 2008 Tech Edge