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.