My new RadTech BT600 Bluetooth Mouse came today! It’s a full-sized, 5-button Bluetooth laser mouse, with a standard form factor. It looks pretty good, with a professional-looking box, and has a nice design and finishing.
The reason why I was looking for another mouse was that I was using a Apple Bluetooth Mighty Mouse, but it was frustrating me more than anything. For one, the Mighty Mouse is a gunk and dirt magnet. Everywhere you lay your fingers on it will be a place where gunk collects within a day – that means the scroll ball, the side buttons, even the main clicking surface. The annoying thing is that there are little grooves, which collects dirt and makes it stay there. To remove that you’ll need a small hard-bristled brush, and that’s not what I call a maintenance-free mouse.
The BT600 bluetooth mouse doesn’t suffer from these problems, and even has a nice textured rubberised design that I like. Check it out from the close-up shot that I took above.
Another deal breaker with the Apple Bluetooth Mighty Mouse was that it had horribly imprecise tracking and terrible control, which is annoying, because selecting text or doing work in Photoshop is nearly impossible with it without bursting a blood vessel out of sheer frustration.
As a result of this, I even bought USB Overdrive, which is a neat little program that allows me to control the speed and acceleration of my mouse. Unlike its name, it works for both USB and Bluetooth mice. I tried SteerMouse as well, but it didn’t offer profiles, nor was tweaking as easy as USB Overdrive. The default mouse controls provided by MacOS just wasn’t good enough to tweak my mouse settings, resulting in an awfully sluggish mouse behavior. With this program, the Mighty Mouse became usable, but it was nowhere near good. USB Overdrive works great for the BT600 as well, so I didn’t have to install RadTech’s software, which purportedly does the same thing.
One other thing that I didn’t like about the Apple Bluetooth Mighty Mouse was that it didn’t seem to work on any surface except my desk – which is bad because I usually want to use a mouse pad. I know the mouse works fine without a mouse pad, and most people like it, but I don’t because my desk area where the mouse is on gets worn out. In addition, the mouse feet, or the bottom of the mouse, gets worn out as well because of the greater friction. So I have a gaming mousepad from SteelSeries, but guess what – the Apple Mighty Mouse does not work on it (for that matter, it doesn’t work on paper, cardboard, a plastic sheet, etc).
Well, I’m glad to say that the BT600 bluetooth mouse doesn’t have any of these problems that the Apple Mighty Mouse has! I was afraid that I was going to face the same problems with this mouse (or worse!) but fortunately the BT600 suffers from none of the flaws of the Apple Mighty Mouse.
Bluetooth pairing is absolutely simple with the BT600 bluetooth mouse, and is exactly like how I did it with the Apple Mighty Mouse. There’s a pairing button at the base of the BT600 that you have to press (after turning it on) – and the little LED in the mouse’s scroll button turns slightly blue and blinks. After which, you just need to go to your Bluetooth preferences pane and add the mouse – easy peasie. Reconnection is fast as well, when the mouse powers down (it does so automatically every few minutes or so, to save power), or when you sleep your Mac. Typically I just need to click on the mouse once, and the cursor comes to life right after that.
The fact that the BT600 mouse has distinct left-click and right-click mouse buttons already puts it above the Apple Mighty Mouse, because with the Apple Mighty Mouse (or any of their mice for that matter), you have to actually lift your index finger completely off the mouse surface, before you can press down with your third finger, for it to register as a right-click. Sometimes that doesn’t work that well, and it’s irritating because it usually occurs when it does matter. One example is when I’m surfing the web, and want to right-click on a link/image/whatever so that I can copy it’s location, view its properties, or open the link in a new tab, or anything like that, and end up having the mouse think that it’s a left-click instead, and redirect me away from the page.
I also like it that the BT600 comes with rechargeable AA batteries, and even is a charging unit in itself. Bluetooth or wireless mice in general eat batteries, and I like it that I don’t have to run off to the store to buy new AA batteries every few months.
Now the gripes about this bluetooth mouse. It could be a perfect mouse – but that’s not the case here.
The issues that I had with the BT600 bluetooth mouse is that the side buttons are stiffer than they need to be, and as such, requires a bit more force to click them. I did notice it getting easier to click them as time went by, so either I got used to it, or the buttons got worn in and were only stiff at the start because they were new.
Also, it might be a problem with the way the mouse interfaces with my MacBook or something, because I notice that it might take longer to connect, than say my bluetooth keyboard. Also, clicks didn’t seem to register sometimes, or more annoyingly, some click-and-drag actions would kind of lose connectivity halfway. For example, I would be dragging a window across my screen, and even though I was still pressing onto the button, the action would be cancelled. It wouldn’t be that bad, but sometimes it would register as two clicks, or two click-and-drag actions, where I would be dragging the window, and suddenly I would find that it accidentally clicked on something else.
- Design is more ergonomic than the Mighty Mouse
- 5 customisable buttons
- No gawdy flashing LEDs like some mice have
- Comes with rechargeable batteries
- Ability to recharge batteries with the charging cable
- Does not attract grime and gunk
- Bluetooth connectivity or mouse functionality leaves room for improvement
- No side scrolling / No 360-scroll
- Side buttons are stiff and hard to press at the start
Verdict? I love this mouse. It’s wireless and makes my desk look neat, totally hassle-free to setup, ergonomic and comfortable to use as my daily mouse, and has good tracking. I’d buy this mouse all over again if I had to. I fully recommend the BT600 bluetooth mouse, and I think that it’s the best bluetooth mouse in the market right now. Pop over to Amazon to get one for yourself now – buy the BT600 bluetooth mouse.
Here’s more information about the BT600 mouse:
BT600 Mouse Specs:
- Bluetooth Version: 2.1
- Frequency: 2.4 GHz AFH
- Profile: HID v1.0
- Data Rate: > 2.1 Mbps
- Tracking Method: Laser 1600 dpi
- Power Requirement: 2.4 – 3 VDC
- 2xAA NiMH Cells included
- Charging: Via USB Cable
- Charge Rate: 500 mAh: 80% @ 290 min
- Dimensions: 109 x 67 x 36mm
- Weight: 126g with Batteries
- Product of Taiwan
BT600 Mouse Features:
- Smooth tracking, maintenance-free 1600 dpi non-visible laser tracking technology
- 5-button control plus scroll wheel make navigating your workspace a breeze
- Button can be assigned by applications – perfect for Expose’ & Dashboard
- BT Class II – Supports the standard HID profile for use with virtually any host device
- 10 Meter free space range – control your computer from across the room
- Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) technology eliminates interference from other devices
- Full-size form factor for those who prefer a larger mouse
- Use with non Bluetooth-equipped computers requires a USB Bluetooth adapter
- Power switch conserves batteries when not in use or stored
- Use RadTech’s free RadMouse HID driver for unparalleled control in Mac OS X
- Use X-Mouse Button Control for mouse button configuration in Windows
- Use Teksoft’s BlueMouse for Windows-based (Pocket PC) mobile devices
- System Requirements: Mac OS 10.3 or higher – Windows 98 SE, ME, 2000, XP and Vista
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