The Swiftpoint Mouse is made for those of you that love your laptop, but don’t love using the touchpad while you’re working with the computer on your lap. The Swiftpoint is a very small wireless mouse that you can use directly on your laptop’s surface. I’ve been using my Macbook Air as my primary computer for the past couple of months and sometimes find it inconvenient to use the touchpad when I am working in Photoshop and other applications that require finer cursor movements. The Swiftpoint looks like an interesting alternative to the touchpad. Let’s see.
Note: You can click the images in this review to see a larger more detailed view.
USB receiver / charging dock
As you can see, the Swiftpoint is very small. It’s made of shiny Black plastic, with Red and Black soft rubber finger grips.
There are 2 LEDs on the top of the mouse. One for charging status and one for the wireless status.
The Left and Right mouse buttons are located along the top front edge of the mouse. The one farthest away is the Left button, with the Right button directly behind it. The Left button is made of soft rubber so that your finger can rest on it without slipping off.
Here you see the front view. You’ll notice the scroll wheel on the side.
If you flip the Swiftpoint over, you’ll see the docking port and optical LED. To use the mouse, you need to plug in the included USB receiver into an open USB port on your laptop. This receiver doubles as the docking / charging port.
The dock has been cleverly designed to be magnetic. Just rest the mouse over the dock and it will snap on and remain there even if you turn the laptop over.
Another great feature of the charger is that it will do a rapid recharge of the mouse when you dock it. Leave it on for 30 seconds and you’ll have about 1 hour of work time. On a full charge the mouse should work for up to 3 weeks.
The Swiftpoint has an interesting shape that requires you to hold it as you see above. Your Right thumb rests on the Red pad and the first knuckle of your middle finger rests on the opposite side.
Your index finger then rests over the Left mouse button, but can easily move over to use the scroll wheel. I found it a bit awkward to hold in the beginning, but after a short while, I got used to it. People with really large hands might have issues holding and using this mouse due to the size. It might feel too tiny.
The only thing I wish were different would be to put the scroll wheel along the top ridge and allow it to double as the Left mouse button. Then you would only need to move your indext finger when you would need to press the Right button. Even better would be to locate the Right button on the side where the tip of your middle finger rests. Then you wouldn’t need to move your fingers at all while using this mouse.
One of the main selling features to the Swiftpoint is that it is small enough that you use it directly on the surface of your laptop as you see here. So for a travel mouse it has the edge of being slightly more convenient than a typical mini mouse. This is true while working with your laptop at the airport while you’re waiting at the gate for your flight, or while using your laptop for couch surfing in your lap.
I tested this mouse with my Macbook Air and found that it worked great. I had no problems with it having to wake up after not using the laptop for several hours. It was ready to use as soon as I opened the lid on the Macbook.
I think the Swiftpoint is interesting alternative to the laptop touchpad and can see that it has its advantages. I may use it as a travel mouse since it is so small and won’t take up a lot of room in a gear bag. But for an everyday mouse, it feels easier for me to just use the touchpad 99% of the time. If they could move the scroll wheel to the top and also make it a Left mouse button, I might change my mind though…
What about you? Do you prefer to use a touchpad or a mouse with your laptop?