iPazzPort Pen Mouse Pointer review

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I have trouble with repetitive stress syndrome (RSS), and I have small hands, so finding a mouse that doesn’t make my hand hurt can be difficult. On the surface, the iPazzPort Pen Mouse Pointer, Model KP-810-38, seems to be a potential solution to the problem. However, there is one issue that makes this pen mouse less than ideal.

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The pen mouse is a white, slick plastic stick that rests into a black base. The unit has four buttons – a button on the left side for a thumbed left click, a top button for right click, and another button further up to trigger a laser pointer.

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Also on top is a hard plastic scroll wheel. A power switch is on the underside of the mouse.

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Good

Using the mouse was great, except for one issue that I’ll describe later. The mouse worked equally well on both my MacBook and my Microsoft Surface Pro 3, without needing to install any drivers. All I did was plug in the USB 2.4 GHz wireless connector and turn on the mouse.

It tracked accurately on just about any surface. I even tried it out on my hand and on my jeans. It had no problem with skin, cloth, or any other surface I tried it on.

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The buttons are well-placed. As I mentioned, I have small hands, so someone with normal-sized hands would not have any issues reaching everything.

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The directions recommend moving the pen mouse while it is still in the stand. However, I found it easier to use it without the stand, like you would a pen.

I tried it with various programs – Microsoft Word, Safari, drawing programs, etc., on both my MacBook and on my Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The pen mouse worked really well on both computers, and it felt really natural. The feel was similar to using a Wacom tablet, except it didn’t have pressure sensitivity.

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It takes one AAA battery, which was included in the box. I’ve used the pen mouse off and on for a month and haven’t had to change the battery yet. There is no indicator to tell you when the battery is low.

The laser pointer worked very well. I don’t give many presentations these days, but my youngest cat, Addy, loved it when I would take a break from testing to play with her.

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Meh

The DPI switch didn’t appear to do anything. It is supposed to switch from 500 to 1,000 DPI. I tried it on both my MacBook and my Microsoft Surface Pro, and couldn’t see anything to indicate that the DPI switched, or any difference in movement. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the pen mouse worked OK as-is.

Bad

For the most part, I really liked this input device. Unfortunately, there was one issue that made the pen mouse a less-than-ideal solution for my RSS. The scroll wheel did not work very well. It was hard to turn because it was a slick plastic, and it didn’t turn smoothly when you got it going. Unfortunately, this is a deal-breaker for me, because I use the scroll wheel a lot.

A little rubbery texture on the scroll wheel would go a long way to making the scroll easier to use, but fixing the jerky movement might take a little re-engineering of the mechanism.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by iPazzPort. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order.

 

Product Information

Price:$31.99
Manufacturer:iPazzPort
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • - Windows XP/Vista/2000/7
  • - OS X
  • - Android
Pros:
  • - Worked seamlessly with any computer I tried it on
  • - Worked on any surface
  • - Comfortable to hold
Cons:
  • Scroll wheel didn't work well
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews
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  • Lynn August 25, 2015, 10:50 am

    Have you tried the Logitech trackball M570 wireless mouse? I have been using it now for several years. I was having issues with pain in my hand using a regular mouse. With three monitors to scroll across that was a lot of hand movement. Now my hand rests in one place and I use my thumb to move the mouse. The scroll wheel works great also.

    • Margaret Dornbusch August 25, 2015, 11:11 am

      I use this trackball at my desk, but I travel a lot and I’m always looking for something more portable. In my backpack right now is the Logitech M187 mini mouse. It’s really tiny, and it doesn’t hurt my hand to use it. The downside is that battery life is bad, and sometimes it just stops responding. It’s inexpensive enough to keep a few of them on-hand, just in case one goes out.

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