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183 of 231 people found the following review helpful
Middle of the road in price range
on December 22, 2011
The product is not bad. As far as its function as a mouse, it works flawlessly. It looks great, fits nicely in the hand, and moves across a laminate mouse pad with ease. The optical tracker is receptive and accurate without skipping. Like I said, it works flawlessly.
The downside is all on the downside...literally on the bottom of the mouse. To store or retrieve the receiver, one has to open the battery housing. This is not terribly inconvenient, but other mice in this price band allow the receiver to be inserted and stored directly into the body of the mouse without having to open the battery housing. However, on the positive side, the receiver inside the battery housing might be less likely to get lost.
The second issue is with the battery housing itself. In an effort to reduce the size of the mouse, the battery housing was designed in such a way that the batteries have to be inserted at a steep angle. Because of this, and to ensure that one could remove the batteries at some point, an awkward piece of plastic had to be included in the design that lies across the bottom of both battery slots and protrudes on one side. The protrusion can be pulled to eject both batteries. The system is necessary, as the batteries are nearly impossible to get out without the awkward plastic, but it makes the process of inserting batteries a little clumsy.
Amazon Basics are almost always great products at an extremely competitive price, but I believe in this case that there are some better options out there that might even be a little cheaper than the current $16 price tag.