Looking for a small and light alternative for a mouse? You should try the Genius Ring Mouse 2.
There's a definite need for this type of accessory. While there has been progress converting Windows apps to be touch-friendly, there's still a long way to go. Too many applications have tiny icons that are hard to select with a fingertip. If you have to use one of these on a tablet with Windows 8, odds are you use a mouse or a keyboard and trackpad.
Genius has come up with an interesting solution: the Ring Mouse 2, which is essentially a tiny trackpad you wear on your finger. It needs no space to use, and very little to carry it around.
It can also be used for hands-free web surfing, or giving a presentation from a distance.
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This accessory has a central trackpad/button combination that is surrounded by four buttons. You clip it onto your index finger and control it with your thumb.
The Ring Mouse 2 is small and lightweight, and fits comfortably on my average-size finger.
This is not a Bluetooth device. It comes with a small dongle that needs to be plugged into a USB port. This essentially limits it to being used with Windows tablets.
In the middle of the face of this accessory is a small trackpad that does double-duty as the left mouse button. Just to the right is (logically enough) the right mouse button.
Above is the drag button -- you can't easily select things by holding and dragging the trackpad/left button, so this button takes care of that.
On the left is a button that puts the Ring Mouse 2 into a mode that lets you easily scroll up and down in long web pages and documents. Below is a Back button for web pages.
The Ring Mouse 2 is much bigger than your average ring, but it doesn't interfere with my typing, although it takes a bit to get used to it. It's quick and easy to switch back-and-forth from typing to controlling the pointer.
But it is important to give yourself some time to get used to it. You've been using a mouse and/or trackpad for so long that they are second nature now. It's going to take a bit of practice before the Ring Mouse 2 is that easy to use.
Alternate Uses In addition to making it easier to use legacy software that's not fingertip friendly, this accessory has been designed to make Web surfing a breeze. Press a button and it's in scroll mode, so you can easily move up an down in long pages. Press another button to jump page a page. You can lean back, cross your arms, and surf away just by moving your thumb.
Because it's wireless, you can easily use the Ring Mouse 2 during presentations. Hook your tablet up to a projector and you can walk around the room, controlling the cursor wherever you go.
Software Genius supplies an app for this accessory, but it's not required for basic use. You can plug this device into any computer that understands what a mouse is and start using it.
The software adds some bells-and-whistles, like a control for how quickly the cursor moves. It also has a pop-up window that tells you what mode you're in; Drag, Scroll, etc. This is handy when you're getting used to this controller.
The Genius Ring Mouse 2 is a useful accessory for Windows tablet owners for a number of reasons. It saves you from having to carry around a regular mouse, it lets you lean back and surf the Web, and even improves the process of making presentations from a tablet.
It's $50, but it might be worth it, especially for the certain "cool" factor it has to offer.
And with Mothers Day and Fathers Day coming up, this might make a great present.
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