Tiny mouse negates touchpad trauma

If you work on a desktop computer at the office, you know how annoying it can be to switch to the touchpad on a laptop.

If you work on a desktop computer at the office, you know how annoying it can be to switch to the touchpad on a laptop.

Big, bulky mice, however, can take up precious space and add ounces to an already stuffed laptop bag. They also add an extra appendage.

That's where Iogear's Laser 1600 comes in. This toy-sized mouse is completely portable and doesn't need a lot of room for maneuvering. It's ideal for airplane tray tables, cramped bookstores, or any other tight space where you might want to set up a laptop.

It has highly sensitive laser technology that requires only slight hand motions to move the cursor around the screen. And it's intended to work on virtually any surface (although we can't say we exhausted every possible one), eliminating the need for a mouse pad.

The Laser 1600 is also ridiculously light, fits in the palm of your hand, and comes complete with a retractable cord and carrying case.

The most difficult part of using the mouse was getting it to work with our laptop, involving the reconfiguration of the touchpad settings. Other computer models, though, might be easier to work with.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com

Price $20-$40

Available at Most computer retailers

Specs 1600 DPI resolution, USB interface, .47 lbs (without case)

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