Kensington hits it big with PocketMouse

When it comes to computer peripherals, Kensington is a well-known quantity.

When it comes to computer peripherals, Kensington is a well-known quantity.

It's good to see the company coming up with new toys to make computing a little less ho-hum. Its PocketMouse Micro Wireless is such a device.

Not only is it an optical mouse, which I prefer, it's wireless as well. Unlike other wireless mice, the PocketMouse does not require a bulky receiver of some sort attached to the computer. Instead, it uses a small USB receiver that's not much bigger than a memory stick.

You simply plug it into a USB port and you can use the mouse. Buttons can be programmed with Kensington's MouseWorks software.

When you're done with it, the USB receiver can be stored in the mouse where it serves to turn off the device and conserve battery life.

The only tricky thing about it was getting the battery cover off; my thumbs are much bigger than the ones in the diagram provided with the instructions.

A mini-mouse, this product would seem best suited to using with laptops. I tried it on two different laptops and on my desktop PC and enjoyed it.

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  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $49.99

    Available at Best Buy, CompUSA,

    Specs Two buttons, scroll wheel, USB connectivity

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