ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse Review

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by Kevin O’Brien

The new ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse is Lenovo’s answer to the portable mouse everyone has wanted to go with their new Thinkpad notebook or Tablet PC. This new mouse was created in the ThinkPad image, claiming great performance in a durable rubberized paint shell. Read on to find out if this new ThinkPad mouse is worthy of the name it bears.

Lenovo ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse specifications:

  • Bluetooth 2.0 wireless technology
  • Soft-touch finish offers the ultimate in all-day comfort
  • High definition 800DPI laser sensor delivers accurate and precise control
  • Exclusively contoured for both right and left-handed usage
  • Tilt wheel offers four-way scrolling
  • Includes two AA batteries
  • Price: $49.95

Build and Design

The ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse has a very simple design, not unlike the famous ThinkPad notebook line. The shape is fairly simple, showing no ergonomic slopes or ridges for fingers, which is fairly common these days. While some might balk at this design as being uncomfortable, you have to remember that this also makes it perfectly usable by both left and right handed individuals.


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Build quality is second to none, and I haven’t felt a better built mouse in years. The only thing that I can remember that comes close was my first Microsoft PS2 Intellimouse. This thing is built like a tank, and very over engineered. The battery bay of all things is a beauty of engineering with a spring loaded hinge that makes the entire cover flip up like a car hood to replace the batteries. The paint is the same that you find on the ThinkPad, being the slightly rubber black texture, that holds up great showing little wear.


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In Use

The ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser mouse is very comfortable to use, even though it is not a very ergonomic shape. The soft feel of the rubberized paint adds a layer of comfort when holding the mouse, and also assists with grip even when your hand is sweaty.

The mouse buttons provide a very audible click when pressed, and all of the buttons worked without any strained effort.


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The sensitivity of the mouse (while not up to gaming standards) was great, and worked on many surfaces, even some of those that have confused other laser mice. Adding to the wonderful pickup were the slippery Teflon pads that rival those of any other mouse on my desk. They are thicker than most Teflon pads I have seen on mice, so durability should not be a problem.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Bluetooth performance out of the mouse was excellent, with only a few quirks from its power management scheme. During normal use, the mouse would go to sleep after 10 or so seconds, and require a jiggle and a split second to reacquire before it would move fluidly across the screen. This setup is in place to give the mouse rated battery life of three months.


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The Bluetooth range of the mouse was 10-15 feet before the mouse would start to stutter in its movement. This was in our office setting, and probably one of 10 other Bluetooth devices and countless 802.11b/g notebooks. Lag was unnoticeable during use, and on par with my Microsoft Laser Mouse 7000.

Conclusion

The Lenovo ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse is a great companion for any ThinkPad notebook, and for the tame price of $50 retail, it is hard to pick other mice over it. The durability is second to none, the function and feel are great, and the styling is awesome for the nerd in me. For the money I dare you to find a cooler looking wireless mouse, and even if you could mine could still beat yours up.

Pros

  • Built like a tank
  • Soft rubberized paint
  • Color Matched to any ThinkPad
  • Little Lag and great laser sensitivity

Cons

  • Bluetooth range was only 10-15 feet in a office environment


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