REVIEW – Over the past year or so, I have had the opportunity to test and review a couple of the MouseTrapper devices that are designed to completely alleviate any stress caused by constantly using a mouse. The previous models that I tested and loved were just the mouse control pad with a palm rest. Now I get the test the MouseTrapper Alpha that is a combination of the mouse control pad and a keyboard.
What is it?
The MouseTrapper Alpha combines the benefits of a central pointing device with a full-sized keyboard in a portable package. It provides connectivity via Bluetooth or USB cable and boasts a long battery life.
What’s in the box
1 x MouseTrapper Alpha
1 x USB cable
1 x Protective Neoprene Sleeve
1 x User Manual
Design and features
– Control pad with click and scroll functions
– Integrated keyboard with 19 programmable buttons
– Up to 2 months of battery life between charges
– Support for MT Keys
– Bluetooth 4.1
– 2000 dpi
- Ergonomic mouse alternative with integrated keyboard
- 19 programmable keys for customization to your own needs
- Up to 2 months of battery life between charges
- Control pad with click and scroll functions
- Super-slim, ergonomic design
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 2000 dpi
- Compatible with all PC and Mac computers
The surface of the Alpha has the mouse control pad in the center of the wristpad with the function buttons around it on each side and the keyboard above. The surface seems like brushed aluminum and the keys are plastic. The bottom of the Alpha is all plastic.
On one side of the Alpha, there is a mini USB port to connect the device to your computer.
The MouseTrapper Alpha can be connected to your computer via Bluetooth or via the mini USB cable. Connecting via Bluetooth is very easy at least with my testing with Windows 10. However, I then connected with the mini USB cable and I continue to use the Alpha via the cable, primarily because I have decided that the Alpha is my new favorite desktop keyboard and mouse. Also, I have found that I hate to start working on my computer just to find that the battery for a wireless keyboard or mouse needs recharging or replacing.
As shown below, my crazy busy desk needs a combination keyboard the size of the Alpha. It is fully functional and works well for the long hours I spend editing photos and videos.
The following is a video of the mouse control pad functionality
The button functions can be programmed by downloading the MTKeys software via the following link:
For my personal use and similar to the other models I tested, I found the default programmed button functions to work well for me, so I did not change them.
Important note: The Alpha must be connected via the mini USB cable to utilize the programming software.
What I like
- The build quality
- The ease of use
- The programmable capability
- The level of comfort when being used
- The long-lasting battery if being used wirelessly
What I’d change
- Some may like a conventional keypad as a part of the design
Over the past few months, I have been carrying the MouseTrapper Flexible in my EDC bag and I use it every day. This Mouse Trapper Alpha is also a very portable device, but I use it as a permanent keyboard/mouse combination in my home office since it fits perfectly into my workflow and it is also a great space saver. As with the previous models I have tested, I love this device and for my use, I give it a well done and two thumbs way up!!!