A unique notebook mouse
When we unpacked the Genius Traveler 355 Laser, it looked like any other notebook mouse—small and pretty, but with a blue light where the scroll wheel would normally have been. We discovered the middle button is no longer just a clickable scroll wheel. It has an optical scanner that tracks the motion of your finger over it, and lets you scroll in any axis. It still functions as a button. This is a good, unique feature: you’ll no longer have a roller getting spoilt after a few months of use.
The mouse supports resolutions of 800 and 1600 dpi. The only way to switch between them is to press all the three buttons together—we tried this, and found no indication of what dpi we were switching to or using, on-screen or in the drivers!
Left-handed users should have no problem using this one. The mouse is small and lacks curves and ergonomic shape, though. Still, overall, the comfort level is OK.
The mouse tracks well, and thanks to its lightness, it slides well on most surfaces. The optical scroll we talked about tracks vertical movement well, but horizontal movement seems a little sluggish.
Build quality is pretty OK, but the cable is definitely a concern. It is really thin—almost half the thickness of that of a typical desktop mouse.
The software CD installs the drivers by itself and the software for the mouse. Installed were some 15-odd processes, which ate up 60 to 65 MB of memory! Other than the standard tasks like changing sensitivity and scroll speed, setting the action for the middle click is about the biggest thing you can do with the drivers. You’re better off using the default Windows drivers.
The one good thing we could agree on was the mouse itself—performance was more than satisfactory. It is really small and pretty light, which makes it suitable for any laptop user.
The price tag of Rs 1,800 is a wee bit high—wired notebook mice would be cheaper. For the additional price, you get unique features like the optical scroller, and pretty good performance. Buy this mouse if it fits your budget, but keep away from the drivers!
USB interface; resolutions: 800 / 1600 dpi; Vista compatible
Build Quality 3
Value for Money 3
Contact : KYE Systems India Ltd
Phone : 011-41580611
E-mail : email@example.com
Web site : www.geniusnet.com
Price : Rs 1,899