Hands On: Gyration Air Mouse with Motion Sensor

 

By Posted 8 Mar 2009, 11:36

Upon receiving the Gyration Air Mouse with Motion Sensor, I am taken back a few years when my cousin had one of the early models, which also came with a keyboard. The product itself was very good, but I cannot say the same for the design. Technology has moved on a bit since then and thankfully so has Gyration’s designs..

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When we removed the mouse from its packaging, we found that it was very light, this made it feel cheap but when you start to grip it more you get a sense of how solid it has been made. When we placed the batteries in, we had to remove a section of the mouse where your palm rests.

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Once the batteries are in the mouse it felt different, the extra weight made the mouse feel much nicer to handle. The mouse comes with a USB receiver, which needs to be placed in a USB port. This has to be paired with the mouse itself. You will need a pin or pen for this, just press the connect button on the USB receiver first, then you need to press the connect button on the mouse itself.

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We did notice that the amber receiving light becomes distracting, but this is because my USB ports are on the side of our notebook. If you have a notebook or PC with your USB ports at the rear, then you have no problems

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The Gyration Air Mouse with Motion Sensor works just like a normal mouse when using it on a flat surface, but it took us a while to get used to the feel of the mouse. Other Mice that we have tried out in the past had a heavier and slightly fatter feel , so this Mouse took some time to get used to. What we also noticed was how slow the Mouse was when moving the cursor, so you would need to go to your setting and speed the motion up.

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You do not need to install any software for normal use of the mouse, but in order to use the function, you will then need to install the software provided. The flexibility GyroTools software is needed if you wish to use the extra buttons on the mouse, all of which are customizable.

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When we finally got around to using the mouse for in air motion, we found that the position of the button on the bottom of the mouse was slightly awkward. This button needs to be depressed for in air action. It did take some time, but we finally started to get the hang of using the mouse, it was perfect while using Media Center.

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As with all products there are good and bad points, the good being that the Gyration Air Mouse with Motion Sensor is well built, when you squeeze hard, the mouse does not make a horrible creaky sound like others mice on the market. The bad point is that horrible light that keeps flashing on the USB receiver, but maybe I should blame my notebook for not having a USB port at the rear.

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The Gyration Air Mouse with Motion sensor is not the most comfortable mouse on the market, feeling awkward to use at times, but in many ways, and has to be one of the best all-in-one tools for presentations.

For more information visit: www.gyration.com

Specification:

  • Compact, portable mouse operates on the desk or in the air
  • Hyper-sensitive scrolling with assignable 3 button control
  • Innovative trigger activated in-air cursor control
  • Lightweight ergonomic ambidextrous design
  • Perfect companion for desktop and notebook computers
  • Up to 100’ (30m) range with no line of sight restriction
  • Wireless connectivity with 2.4GHz RF USB receiver

In the Box:

  • 2.4 GHz USB Receiver
  • 2 AAA Batteries
  • Gyration Air Mouse with MotionSense™ and Laser Sensor
  • GyroTool Software CD
  • Protective Travel Pouch
  • Quick Start Guide

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