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Computerized Investing > March 10, 2012

Verbatim Easy Riser Bluetooth Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Truth be told, I am not much of a mouse guy. I have preferred trackballs since I bought my first laptop back in 1995. Given the option, I will usually rely on a touch pad instead of a mouse. I also know that there are many computer users out there that are diametrically opposed to touch pads and need a mouse. However, if you travel frequently with your laptop, you probably want a wireless mouse that doesn't take up a lot of space. The Verbatim Easy Riser Bluetooth Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse I have been using for the last couple of weeks, which was given to me, definitely fits the bill.

Design & Setup

The Easy Riser Bluetooth mouse is no-frills. It is a standard three-button mouse; it has right and left mouse buttons and a scroller wheel in between. It measures approximately 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches by 1 inch, making it roughly three-quarters the size of the regular three-button mouse. Its size makes it perfect to slip into a laptop bag when traveling.

To get started, you first must install the two AAA batteries that are included and then turn the mouse on using the power switch on the bottom. Once the mouse is powered up, you need to establish a Bluetooth connection with your computer by following its instructions on how to add a Bluetooth device. According to Verbatim, the Easy Rider is compatible with Windows XP, 2000, and Vista and Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Although the company’s website does not specifically mention Windows 7, I used the mouse exclusively on systems running Windows 7 Ultimate and Professional. You make the mouse discoverable by pressing the connect button on the bottom of the mouse for two seconds. Overall, I found the setup process to be straightforward.

One unique feature of the Easy Riser, as its name may indicate, is the ability to adjust its height for improved ergonomics. On the heel of the mouse is a lever that you pull to release the lift mechanism. The back-end of the mouse raises and lowers by approximately a quarter of an inch.

There is also Mouse Setting software that you can install that allows you to customize the functionality of the mouse. The mouse comes with a CD you can install, or you can download the software from the Verbatim website. After installing the software, you can modify the button configuration; adjust the double-click speed; customize the look of the pointer and adjust its speed; and adjust the scroller wheel settings.

Lastly, it is worth pointing out that this is a truly ambidextrous mouse. Its design works equally well for righties and lefties.

Performance

The Verbatim Easy Riser Bluetooth Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse performed just as I would expect a mouse to perform. It sports “high-resolution laser technology,” which offered smooth and precise tracking on multiple surfaces. The scroller wheel allowed me to scroll up and down long documents and websites smoothly.

Battery Life

Interestingly enough, Verbatim does not offer statistics regarding battery life. My experience with wireless mice, however, indicates that they rarely need new batteries, especially if you are careful to turn them off when they are not in use. Verbatim does mention that the Easy Riser mouse offers energy-efficient sleep modes that extend battery life.

Overall

The Verbatim Easy Riser Bluetooth Notebook Laser Mouse is perfect for those looking to keep a mouse in their laptop bag. It offers the basic functionality of a three-button mouse in a slim, compact package. Its Bluetooth technology offers wireless connectivity without the need for a separate receiver. At $26 (current price at Amazon.com), it offers tremendous value. For the time being, it has earned a permanent place in my travel laptop bag. Frankly, I am not entirely sold on the benefits of being able to adjust its height, but I am fortunately not afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Pros

  • Highly compact
  • Wireless Bluetooth connectivity
  • Three-button design

Cons

  • Not for those looking for a “feature-filled” mouse

Verbatim Easy Riser Bluetooth Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse

www.verbatim.com/prod/accessories/mice/easy-riser-bluetooth-wireless-notebook-laser/

Currently $25.99 from Amazon.com

 

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, is the author of “Gadget Corner.” All reviews are based on firsthand experience of the product or service. No third-party compensation is received for opinions on products, services, websites or topics. However, sometimes the author is not required by the manufacturer or their PR firm to return the product under review. In such instances, it is our policy to convey this within the review. The views and opinions expressed in these reviews are strictly those of the author. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA is a vice president and senior financial analyst at AAII and editor of Computerized Investing. Follow him on Twitter at @WayneTAAII.


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