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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2009
I've been using a Zip-Linq USB mini optical mouse for the past few years and it's been the best mini mouse I've used so far. It's not too small and not too large at about 2/3 the size of a regular mouse. When I saw the iMicro MO-16S wireless mouse, it seemed to have everything I liked about the Zip-Linq mouse plus the ability to be wireless.

Pros:

* Runs even with nearly dead batteries.
* Rectangular docking port with a spring-loaded hatch in the rear of the mouse for storing the wireless dongle. When the dongle is inserted, it also powers off the mouse to conserve battery power.
* Full size scroll wheel / middle mouse button (some mini mice have tiny scroll wheels).
* Synthetic rubber coating covering the entire mouse provides a nice grip.
* Retractable standard A to Mini-B USB cable can also be used with many digital cameras, cell phones, music players and even battery chargers. Other corded USB mice with attached cables are paperweights when the cable gets damaged. An inexpensive replacement USB cable is easy to find.
* Mouse can be powered from two AAA batteries (1.5 V alkaline or 1.2 V rechargeable). The retractable USB cable doubles as a charging cable and powers the mouse when the batteries are too weak or not available.
* The wireless signal is 27 MHz rather than the more common 2.4 GHz found in other wireless mice. 2.4 GHz is also the same frequency used by b/g wireless networks, 2.4 GHz cordless phones, cell phones and microwave ovens so there is a lot of potential interference when using wireless mice that use Bluetooth.

Cons:

* Completely non-existent manual (not included in the packaging and unavailable from the manufacturer's website). It's not absolutely needed since the mouse is fairly plug-n-play, but it might be helpful for users who are less familiar with using cordless mice.
* The wireless signal is 27 MHz. This is both a pro and a con because 27 MHz is commonly used for inexpensive radio-controlled toys and walkie-talkies, but given the relatively short distance between the mouse and the receiver, it hasn't been a problem.

Dimensions:

If the mouse were put into a rectangular box, it would be 3.75 in / 9.5 cm (length), 2.25 in / 5.5 cm (width) and 1.25 in / 3.18 cm (height). The mouse is wider in the rear so it's actually quite comfortable to hold. Compared to the Zip-Linq mini mouse (3.38 x 2.13 x 1.13 inches), it's a bit larger, but not too much more.

Linux "dmesg" output:

usb 5-1: new low speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 3
usb 5-1: New USB device found, idVendor=04fc, idProduct=0003
usb 5-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
usb 5-1: Product: USB OpticalWheel Mouse
usb 5-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
input: USB OpticalWheel Mouse as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.3/usb5/5-1/5-1:1.0/input/input11
generic-usb 0003:04FC:0003.0005: input,hidraw1: USB HID v1.10 Mouse [USB OpticalWheel Mouse] on usb-0000:00:1d.3-1/input0

Usage notes:

* When the wireless dongle is inserted into the docking port, press the round button on the top of the mouse to eject the dongle.

* The USB jack on the mouse only has the lines for power so the USB cable can only be used to power the mouse (with or without batteries) or to trickle charge rechargeable batteries. Without the data lines, a USB cable will not allow the mouse to operate as a regular corded mouse. The wireless receiver must be plugged into the computer in order for the mouse to function properly.

* The rectangular button on the receiver and the little round button on the bottom of the mouse (near the triangle symbol) are for syncing the radio signal (the feature list on the back of the package says there are 256 ID channels). Most other wireless mice and keyboards have similar types of buttons. Push the button on the receiver followed by the button on the bottom of the mouse to sync the two together. I found that holding both buttons down at the same time also works.

Other comments:

* The middle mouse button spring is stiffer than I'd like but it may relax once it's been used more.

* If the mouse could run completely with only the USB cable, it would have been a bonus.

* Operating/sensitivity range is about 12 to 18 inches. This is neither a pro or a con. If you plan on using the mouse with a desktop computer that sits on the floor, it's likely to be unreliable (just like many other wireless mice). If your table happens to have lots of metal, then it's even worse. A USB extension cable could be used to locate the wireless receiver closer to the mouse. I think the best use case for this mouse is with a regular laptop or netbook.

Overall, I think it's a good value for a wireless mouse. It's relatively inexpensive, compact and has a flexible power system so even without batteries the mouse can still be used. With the retractable USB cable being a standard A to Mini-B, that's one less cable to have to lug around.

[Updated on 2014-07-09 to correct some spelling and grammatical errors, and to suggest using a USB extension cable to relocate the wireless receiver.]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2010
CAUTION.....BEWARE......DO NOT BUY THIS ITEM!!!
This product is complete garbage....it comes with absolutely NO instructions. I must of spent 6 to 10 hours trying to figure out different configurations and possibilities. Now I cannot use my laptops original touch-pad. It as though this has somehow currupted the touchpads software. I went to the Imicro website and again "NO" info whatsoever. I emailed their technical support and explained all that I have previously mentioned here, I have yet to receive a response back from them....No Support? Bad Business......
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on October 7, 2009
This product is not worth 12$. I just got one and was supremely disappointed with the design. First of all if try it corded it never works. Not on windows, not on Mac. So connecting it via included USB cable does not work at all. Then before trying out the wireless dongle, I put it inside the compartment in the mouse. Now it would not come out ! No matter how much I push or pull or do anything. It is locked inside. So my only option now is to disassemble the mouse and get the dongle out and see if it would work or not. Also there was not a single sheet of paper on how to use the mouse. For example, what is the button with a triangle next to under the mouse for? Next time I would stick to name brands.
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on September 15, 2010
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Got this from Amazon July 27 and it was easy to install - just plug in and PC detected it (which is good since there was no instruction sheet whatsoever); just right for my hand, just the mouse I needed; seemed to use up batteries quickly but worked well, ... until yesterday. I've changed batteries several times and tried the cord, Nothing worked. Mouse just died. Good thing it was on sale when I got it and I only paid $7.43 for it.
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on March 21, 2010
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I bought this along with another MIcrosoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 simply because it was so cheap.. I tworked fine for about a week and then just stopped working entirely. When i plug in the wireless connector I get a sound on the computer to say i've plugged something in, but thats it! Nothing beyond the sound. Well it was dirt cheap after all so I should have realised it wasn't built to last!!
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on April 5, 2013
This mouse is very portable and I found it surprisingly easy to use. I like the retractable cable just in case the batteries run out. I had a little trouble with it freezing up until I installed a driver. I used one for GE mouse 98565...make sure to specify GE, and download from a trusted site.
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on February 21, 2012
This is not a mini mouse. It's nearly 4 inches long and 3 inches wide at the widest point. The mini mouse I was using is 3 1/4 inches long and 1 3/4 inches wide at the widest point. This is bigger, thicker, and does not fit my hand as well as the mini-mouse I was using and I'm very disappointed. I bought 4 of these, 1 to give as a gift but I will be returning them all. It seems to work ok, but it's too big.
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on March 23, 2010
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These are so easy to use and fit my hand much better than the mouse I was using. They are power savers, and hibernate when not in use which saves batteries, and one click gets you back going. Great product
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on August 11, 2010
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this product is very bad. Please do not purchase this product. I buy and I've never been able to operate. No warranty.
Thank you.
Oraldo vukujevic
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