Article Author :Ian Date : 20th Feb 2003 Comments :
The ESens optical mouse is one of the many new optical mouse devices to hit the market in recent months after domination from Microsoft and Logitech in this market. Optical mice are sharp becoming standard, and no-doubt roller ball mice will soon be phased out. It is safe to say that an optical mouse holds many advantages over its mechanical based counterpart, mainly being the lack of cleaning, much less wear and tear and accuracy.
The ESens Mouse
The mouse looks similar to some mice in the Microsoft optical range, and comes with almost identical features - but with one crucial difference, the ESens mouse retails for less than most traditional mice cost. The semi-transparent bottom casing lights up with a pleasing red glow whenever the mouse is powered, and then more intensely when the mouse is in use.
Optical Sensor (1500hz)
5 Buttons + Scroll Wheel
180cm cable length
USB connection with PS/2 adapter
Life span of over 80,000 hours
"Internet Navigation" keys
Windows 95/98/NT/ME/XP/2000 and Mac OS 8.5+ compatible
The "Internet Navigation" keys are simply the 4th/5th keys located either side of the mouse, which function as "forward" and "back" buttons in the Windows GUI and most browsers.
USB > PS/2 Converter
Not much is included in the package, but then again this is a mouse where instructions aren't really necessary. Drivers for the mouse are only needed if you are using Windows 95 and wish to use the internet navigation buttons, these are not included with the mouse but are available for download of the ESens website (fair enough as they are internet navigation keys!).
The Introduction sheet is a single sided A5 piece of paper with a features, characteristics, requirements and overview listings - but no real information to it other than a small note stating compatibilities. The Introduction sheet does however count as evidence of purchase for a five year guarantee.