A few weeks ago I had the desire to experiment with unusual input devices. The mouse has done well, but is there something better? Maybe one day. But today I present to you two "finger optical mouse" devices. One of these finger optical devices is wired and the other is wireless. I will begin with notes regarding the wireless and then move to the wired version, and then have my conclusion.
The unit utilizes a AAA battery. The Amazon page that listed this device mentioned that the unit was "rechargeable" but this is not the case.
The AAA battery is not included.
The red laser reminds me of the older computer mouses. There are pros and cons to the velcro loop.
The mouse has left and right clicks, a scroll mouse (no middle click).
The wired version comes in a different package. It includes the finger optical mouse unit and a pamphlet.
The wired version seems more responsive, but it has the burden of a wire.
There are noticeable differences on the other side. The wired version is thinner than the wireless version.
It does take some time to get used to these devices. However I doubt this is a suitable device for a mouse replacement.
One issue with the device is the possible accidental keystrokes that can occur while typing on a keyboard.
Notes on the Generic Mini 2.4 GHz USB Wireless Finger Rings Optical Mouse 1200 Dpi
- The scrolling and left mouse click are pleasant.
- The device seems responsive while in use.
- The package offers a small sized "nano" receiver.
- The device is plug and play--therefore no specialized drivers to install.
- The receiver synchronizes quite fast.
- Because the device is wireless there is no annoying cable.
- The manual does have English instructions.
- Both positive and Negatives
- There are battery saving features. However, this can hinder some of the responsiveness.
- The device can get in the way of typing properly. For example, while typing I find that it's very easy to hit the 8 and 9 keys on my keyboard.
- When the time comes to get some "work done" there is an immediate need to grab a real mouse--maybe over time this can go away.
- No AAA battery included in the package.
- The device is not rechargeable.
- The advertisement of this product states a 1200 Dpi, but the included manual states 1600 Dpi.
- The finger holding the device gets tired.
- The velcro loop may be insufficient, especially for thin fingers. Furthermore, if you want the device to be snug you have to tighten the loop, and this may get uncomfortable after a few minutes.
- The right click is not that pleasant to use. Furthermore, trying to do a left and right click at the same time is not pleasantly possibly. The combination has to be performed by using the same finger (using the thumb).
- There is no middle click button.
- The device feels cheap.
Additional notes for the wired version.
- More responsive than the wireless version.
- It feels lighter than the wireless version (this may be due to the lack of battery).
- The cable is short enough to use for laptops. However, in the case of desktop PCs it may not be long enough.
- Retains typing problems observed in the wireless version.
- The presence of the cable is quite annoying.
- No manual included.
Both devices offer a different approach to using a mouse. The accidental keystrokes can be diminished by moving the unit up on the finger, so it could be ok for some people. Obviously, this is not a gaming mouse. However, I did test it with Ghost Recon Phantoms and it works well when we need to move about and only shoot with the left click--doing right clicks is quite unpleasant. For work, it may not be that suitable; having that extra device on a finger while typing becomes unpleasant. Overall I have to say that the concept is interesting, but I cannot recommend it over a normal mouse.