For months I had been using Apple’s wireless bluetooth Mighty Mouse and, I couldn’t quite decided whether or not I liked it. There were aspects of it that I Ioved — it’s battery life was phenomenal, it worked seamlessly with OS X and it looked great with my wireless Apple keyboard. However there were also […]
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Review: Radtech BT600 Bluetooth Laser Mouse

For months I had been using Apple’s wireless bluetooth Mighty Mouse and, I couldn’t quite decided whether or not I liked it. There were aspects of it that I Ioved — it’s battery life was phenomenal, it worked seamlessly with OS X and it looked great with my wireless Apple keyboard. However there were also aspects of it that I loathed — it wouldn’t right-click properly, was rubbish for gaming and wasn’t the most comfortable mouse I had used. It’s also, in my opinion, very expensive for what it is. In the UK it costs around £50 and when you compare it to the other options around that price, it really seems you are just paying for the Apple logo. Unlike most other Apple products, the Mighty Mouse is a disappointment. However this isn’t a review on the Mighty Mouse. This is a review on Radtech’s BT600 bluetooth laser mouse — the mouse I chose to contend against my Mighty Mouse for the prestigious space on my desk.

The BT600 is available in both black, and white. I got the white as I felt that best matched my existing setup and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it looked. It fits pleasantly in the palm of your hand as it’s shaped to be comfortable and easy to use. Compared to the peble-like shape of the Mighty Mouse, the BT600 is far more comfortable.

The tracking is smooth and the clicking very responsive. The mouse glides across my desk and, after several weeks of use, there are still no signs of dirt collecting in any of its crevices. Unlike with the Mighty Mouse which needs cleaning every so often as it seems to be a magnet for dirt and dust, especially in the groove around the device and around the scroll wheel.

In just the few weeks that I’ve used the BT600, I’ve yet to have a problem with it. I use it daily for everything and it’s yet to let me down or irritate me. I’ve even had a bash at gaming with it and compared to the Mighty Mouse, it’s a pleasant relief. It’s so much more comfortable, and right-clicking when you want to, rather than having a few goes is really quite nice. I rarely notice that it doesn’t respond to the odd click, however that is very rarely.

The BT600 includes two rechargeable NiMH batteries and a USB cable with which to charge them. You just use the cable to connect the mouse to your computer and it will charge whilst you continue to use it. I would advise investing in some better rechargeable batteries however — the ones included with the BT600 although aren’t too bad, compared to the life of the Mighty Mouse, they just don’t come close. I’m yet to compare the life-span of disposable batteries between the two.

The BT600 features 5 programmable buttons and third-party software for both Mac and Windows can be downloaded from Radtech’s website which will help program each of those buttons. However if you’re using the BT600 on a Mac, I advise not to bother with the software. This is pretty much the only downside to the BT600. After downloading the software on my MacBook, my bluetooth acted very weird, and I kept having to re-pair my devices every so often as my MacBook randomly forgot them, usually after a sleep. An un-install of the third-party software brought everything back to normal though. Without the software the BT600 is still highly functional — just like the Mighty Mouse you can click down on the scroll wheel to activate Exposé, and you can click the first button on the left of the mouse to show and hide the Dashboard.

If like me you are currently using a Mighty Mouse and you replace it with a BT600, one word of warning — when you connect the BT600, you’ll need to turn down the tracking speed of the device. It’s considerably faster than that of the Mighty Mouse and is uncontrollable until you turn it down a few notches!

On the whole the BT600 is a really great mouse and is the clear winner of first-choice on my desk. The only problem I had with it was the third-party software. However I’m sure this will be updated, and for me, the mouse is functional enough without having to re-program any of its buttons. I would recommend it to anyone fed up of their Mighty Mouse and looking for a decent replacement.

The BT600 is available from Radtech for $59.99 and is compatible with both Mac and Windows.

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