If you read my review of the Slim Mouse, this review might seem a bit familiar because both mice have a somewhat similar shape and design. The mouse that we’re going to focus on for this review is the Twister Laser Mouse from Rocketfish. It is hands down better than the Slim Mouse though. Keep reading to find out why.
Rocketfish is one of Best Buy’s house brands for computer accessories.
2 AAA batteries
CD with mouse customization software
The Twister Laser mouse is a small laptop / travel mouse made of shiny Black plastic. It has Left and Right mouse buttons with good tactile feedback and an audible click when you press them. Between the two mouse buttons is a scroll flat panel. You just slide your finger along this panel to scroll up and down through lists and pages. The scroll panel is also a button that can be clicked an used for middle mouse button functions.
If you flip the mouse over, you will see the laser eye, connect button and On/Off switch. You might also notice something sticking out from the side of the mouse. More about this in a bit.
In case you’re a bit slow, I’ll let you in on why this mouse is called the Twister Laser mouse. It’s because it twists. Wow! The back half of the mouse rotates around to allow the mouse to lay flat for storage.
Pretty cool huh?
Because the Twister is wireless, it requires batteries. The battery compartment is located in the back section of the body. Pop off the cover and insert the included 2 AAA batteries and you’re ready for action. You’ll not have to wonder about battery levels as there is an LED built into the ring surrounding the middle scroll panel. When you turn the the Twister on, it will light up to display the capacity. Green means normal and Red flashing means low.
Well you’re almost ready for action. You still have to connect the mouse to your PC / Mac first. You do this with the USB 2.4GHz dongle that stores inside the mouse. Just push to eject it.
Then plug it into an open USB port and you’re good to go. I didn’t even need to press the connect button on the bottom of the Twister. It just began working as soon as I plugged it in. There’s a small LED on the USB dongle that acts as a battery level indicator like the one on the mouse itself. It will glow Green when you plug it in to indicate normal levels and will blink Red when it’s time to change batteries in the mouse.
The mouse is small, so it might be a bit awkward to use for some people. I found it infinitely easier to use than the Slim Mouse, but no where near as comfortable as my every day mouse: Logitech MX Revolution Cordless Laser Mouse. Of course the Logitech is a lot larger than the Twister and not exactly convenient for traveling…
The Left and Right buttons are easy to press and the scroll panel works just fine. There’s even a forth button on the Left side of the Twister that can be configured (along with the middle button) using the included software CD. By default, on my iMac, pressing this side button initiates Expose and pressing the middle button brought up my running Dashboard widgets.
Here you see the Twister Laser mouse next to a regular sized Logitech mouse. It is noticeably smaller. Great for popping in your gear bag when you’re on the go.
The Twister Laser mouse is easy to use and inexpensive. I really like the way it transforms to create a small travel package. It’s definitely on my favorite list for travel mice.