Review: Fingertip USB Optical Mouse

Fingertip USB Optical MouseSo I got an interesting little gadget recently, what the vendor calls a fingertip USB mouse. Ok, so perhaps it’s not fingertip, but just finger. Take a look at the photo – that little black contraption has a piece of velcro wrapped around the user’s middle finger.

So how does it work? Actually, does it work? Yes it does. But it’s not for everyone. I found that I just didn’t have enough control with my finger to prevent the mouse from shaking constantly, or being able to keep my finger down enough to allow the laser to ‘catch’ and get mouse movement on my screen.

The mouse has its scroll wheel and buttons on the side that you would operate with your thumb. While really light, it’s not nothing, and you really notice it when you type a lot. Needless to say, I didn’t wear it while typing this review. I try to be a predominantly keyboard user where possible anyway, so this wouldn’t be a hardware switch that I would gravitate to.

This really does require practice time, but could be fairly useful in tight spaces – think airplanes. The fingertip optical mouse costs a mere $4.80 from one of the many little computer/gadget e-commerce sites springing up out of China.

(Disclaimer: Gizmos for Geeks received a complimentary review copy of this product.)

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