Logisys Optical Finger Mouse
Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 2 December 2006. Page 2 of 2. Add A Comment

Examination:

With the 800DPI Optical Finger Mouse attaching to your index finger, its size is very small -- about the size of a golf ball. On the side of the mouse are buttons for left and right clicking as well as a scroll wheel. Due to its size, these are the only buttons found on the mouse. To attach the MS601BK to your index finger is a Velcro strap that wraps around the finger.

The attached cable to the mouse is a little over a meter long, which should be adequate for most environments since this mouse is targeted at mobile users. The mouse is USB based and should work with all surfaces except for reflective glass. Another feature for this product is that it’s designed to reduce repetitive strain injuries compared to a traditional mouse.

Performance:

The Logisys 800DPI Optical Finger Mouse is designed to work on virtually any surface and is primarily marketed toward notebook users. For our purposes we had tested the Logisys Optical Finger Mouse on two Lenovo ThinkPads (T60 and R52 models). Surprisingly this mouse took very little time to get accustom to using. All that is required is to attach the mouse to your index finger, use your middle finger to provide support, and then use your fingers to move the cursor. It is very easy, the left/right clicks, and scroll wheel can be controlled with your thumb. The Optical Finger Mouse should work fine on either hand depending upon personal preference, but if used on your left hand you will need to use your middle finger to control the scroll wheel and left/right clicking. During our testing we had found that the mouse does indeed work on nearly any surface -- among the areas we had tested were a wooden table, plastic table, the laptop itself and keyboard, metal desk, and various other surfaces. We also had no problems using this mouse under GNU/Linux with Fedora Core 6. The Linux USB utilities had detected the mouse as being a Logic3 / SpectraVideo plc.

Conclusion:

When Logisys had first approached us about trying out the Optical Finger Mouse we were a bit uncertain how this unique mouse would be able to perform. However, we quickly were turned on by its ease of use and functionality for those always on the move. In our tests the mouse had no problems tracking on the laptop body itself or even the keyboard, which makes it very useful when you have a limited workroom especially on a plane or bus. While many travelers have no problems using their Synaptics touchpad, if you are looking for an alternative we would have no problems recommending the 800DPI Optical Finger Mouse. This mouse is certainly a neat little gadget this holiday season, which is retailing for a mere $25 USD.

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