Ubuntu Mouse

Written by  //  October 23, 2011  //  Instruments / Gadgets, Reviews, Ubuntu  //  21 Comments

Ubuntu Mouse

I’m not really one to be overly fanboyish, but when it comes to supporting the little guys I’m in. Ubuntu is the little guy that gives freely but barely profits so I decided to do my share and purchase some official merchandise. The Ubuntu Mouse is one of them and I have got to say I’m impressed!

For the Nomadic

This mouse caters mainly to the travellers or people who like to mouse around on the go via laptops or notebooks (hereby refered to as “lapbook”). As you can see on the screenshot to the right, upon purchasing the Ubuntu Mouse you’ll receive a travel pouch and retractable wire (it was, honestly, the first time I ever handled a retractable wire – so much fun watching a mouse pack itself away!!). Inside the pouch is a mini-pouch for the retractable wire, just so that you can seperate the wire from damaging the mouse.

The reason why I mention that the mouse specifically caters for the lapbook audience is that the wire is extremely short. about 50cm max. But …

Giving My Desktop Some Love

I will say its a huge pity that the stock chord isn’t at least a meter long, but alas in the famous words of one farmer “it’ll do pig, it’ll do” I decided to just use my extra USB extension.

How She Handles

Sometimes a mouse built for a lapbook can get away with murder or forgetting its kids at the supermarket because, frankly, anything is quicker than trackpad on a lapbook. This isn’t so for the Ubuntu Mouse. The Ubuntu Mouse is highly responsive, and scrolly on the side is so much more awesome than the middle. Though on the note of the scroll, upon purchase the scrolly was a bit  stiff, but after scrolling a few websites it decided that it didnt have to be shy around me.

One Pet-Peeve for Some [EDIT: 06-11-2011]

One thing that a commentor “Keith” brought to my attention is that the scroll wheel does lack support for clicking. That means that for some that make use of the middle click will find the mouse wanting. However, personally I don’t really use the middle click, and therefore didn’t really notice it.


As for gaming? I’m going to be modest and say I’m not exactly the most expert FPS player out there, in fact I’ll be doubly modest and say I wasn’t being modest to start of with. But taking this baby for a spin on both Mass Effects and Quake IV (yeah, I still take Quake for a walk these days) was a good deal. The optical response is exactly what I needed and there were no jitters and when I stop the mouse, it stops.


I would recommend this under appreciated mini-beast to anyone who likes Orange and either digs or doesn’t mind Ubuntu.

About the Author

Shannon Black is just a 21 year old idiot who enjoys making noise that some call music. He enjoys all kinds of music and supports the Open Source Initiative. In his free time, when he's not trying to find new ways to contribute to the OSI, he's either learning something new, jamming on guitar, watching a movie, hanging with friends or all of the above.

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21 Comments on "Ubuntu Mouse"

  1. Hugo November 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm · Reply

    I bought mine awhile ago and, for me, the scroll wheel is a bit buggy – it seems to jam when scrolling – not the wheel itself but the page I’m scrolling through with stop – move up a little – move down again and then it will keep scrolling down.

    Any ideas as to how I could potentially fix this?

    • Shannon Black November 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm · Reply

      Which OS are you using and when did you buy the mouse? I bought mine fairly recently (month and a bit ago) and the mouse works perfectly in Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10 and Windows 7 ..

      The reason why I ask is that it might be an issue with the software driver or it might be an issue with an older model

      • Hugo November 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm · Reply

        I’ve only been using it on Ubuntu 10.10 and I got it around Christmas 2009 to 2010, so January 2009, I should think.

        • Shannon Black November 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm · Reply

          Pity .. then its out of warranty too .. see how it handles on 11.04 or 11.10? Like I said, I have an inkling its a software issue not a hardware .. cause as you say when you scroll down usually it stops as expected, but scrolling up a bit then down again reproduces it. The fact that it stops the first time around means that it shouldn’t be a physical issue with the scrolly.

          but if the issue persists after testing 11.04 or 11.10 then I doubt its the drivers.

  2. ccming November 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm · Reply

    no scroll wheel?

    • Shannon Black November 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm · Reply

      Yeah, it has a scroll wheel on the right side of the mouse :) You can see it in the 2nd screenshot

  3. Fitoschido November 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm · Reply

    I like its design, very slick. But the Ubuntu logo is a bit large, IMHO.

  4. Keith November 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm · Reply

    So does the scroll-wheel have middle-click? The main thing that annoys me with my lappy’s trackpad is the inability to highlight, paste.

    • Shannon Black November 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm · Reply

      I should add this into the article. Unfortuneatly the scroll-wheel doesn’t support clicking. I never used middle click much so I never really for it. But this could be a set back for some. Thanks for bringing it to my attention

      • Keith November 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm · Reply

        Damn it, I was tempted too. Thanks for getting back on this. I don’t use it massively but I do miss it when it’s gone.

  5. Thad E Ginathom November 7, 2011 at 9:34 am · Reply

    A mouse without a middle button?

    That’s about as sensible as (errr, let me see, now…) a desktop without a menu ;)

    Seriously. I could not work without a middle button. I also require a mouse that scrolls side to side as well as up/down. True, that is a minority ability, but it can be found.

    This mouse is not a mouse for me!

    • Nathan McDougall November 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm · Reply

      It has a middle button. See the second photo, It’s on the side of it :)

      • Shannon Black November 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm · Reply

        Does yours have middle button? Mine only supports scrolling. No clicking. Therefore, no middle button.

  6. ae868186 November 7, 2011 at 9:53 am · Reply

    Where can I buy one???

  7. tria November 9, 2011 at 2:32 am · Reply

    nice design

  8. vimax November 9, 2011 at 2:56 am · Reply

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  9. flipper November 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm · Reply

    Don’t use the ring finger for scrolling too much, you seldom (if ever) use that finger for anything on its own, so you will very easily strain the muscles and might get an infection. You’re still able to “middle-click”. A simultaneous left- and right click is also a double-click.

    As an extra mouse you use seldom, this might just do the trick, but don’t use it as a primary device. (and if your name is canonical, don’t sell stuff which might be branded as “don’t use it as a primary device”, it might stick).

    • Shannon Black November 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm · Reply

      I have to say I use it as my primary device for nearly 2 months and I work and live on my computer. I also use my ring finger, but regarding health issues I’m not an expert, and the fact that I play guitar might give me an advantage over others.

      I feel that this design is perfect for my needs. But I agree that it may be lacking some for others, but if thats the case I feel that Canonical should give the option to scroll on the right or left side of the mouse.

      This should clear and put our differences to rest cause then both our needs are being catered for.

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