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Kensington USB Laser PilotMouse

 

 

04/29/06

Page 2 Installation & Appearance

Installation:

     Installation for input devices should be almost effortless if there are any problems that would be a huge disadvantage to any company trying to sell products. In the past we had allot of pleasant results with all the USB input devices Kensington has provided and as I expected the PilotMouse desktop version was no exception. I tried this device on many platforms using several methods. Most important is plugging the device in after the OS is up and making sure the mouse works. In all cases Kensington shined. Bellow is a list of OS's that we used in this test.

 

Windows Win2000 WinXP Home WInXP Pro SP1 and SP2
Linux Centos 3.4,3.6,4.3 Mandrake 8.0,



     Aside from the physical installation of plugging in the USB jack there is only one other major concern for installation; that is making sure the mouse is in the ON position. You may laugh but more then once I forgot. There are two connect buttons but to be honest I didn't really need to use them other then when the USB connector was plugged in and the mouse was turned off. No drivers are needed so software is not a concern. The mouse uses 2 AA size batteries that Kensington provides. I wanted to mention this because not only do they proved the batteries but they provide Durable not some no name nock off like you see with most devices that provide batteries. This was a huge plus when I opened the package it saves the consumer time and money. I don't know how many times I have purchased a product to get home and find out I forgot the battery's so I has to get back into the car drive to the store just to use the device. The battery isn't a must but it makes for a little extra selling point or plus for the consumer.

  

Appearance:

     Appearances are very nice the look is pretty stock with mice these days there are contours for your hands and the color scheme is pleasant the chrome accents is a cool touch. The packaging is Kensington's Stock blue and white cardboard very easy to Identify and unique enough that all Kensington products can be set as the same scheme. Not much to say really for appearance other then I am glad it wasn't one of the round old school mice that just are plain old ugly. I also liked the design of the buttons rather then creating breaks in the mouse the bluish area is one solid piece for both buttons giving a more appealing sleek design. One area that might be a good improvement is the adding of an LED to make it  either for a communication status when connecting form the USB plug to mouse itself, or just extra flash for the gamer. The lack of an LED might be for battery usage and energy saving I will need to check into this if so and the lack of the light converts into a dollar saving for the consumer then it might be a plus.

    

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