Features, HardwareJoel Szerlip

Act On Mic Mouse Review

Features, HardwareJoel Szerlip

Introduction

You may have heard the saying that you need to keep innovating or you’re never going to stay in the game. That could never be truer then here in the United States were people don’t find allegiance to a company but instead ask “what have you done for me lately”. So to stay ahead you have to keep innovating and coming up with new and better ideas. Today we are going to discuss a new mouse idea that tries to give more use out of your optical mouse then just navigating your computer by throwing a microphone in. Can the new Act-On company manage to come up with a great idea? Read our full review to find out!

Features

  • Built-in microphone allows you to talk to your family or friends through various
  • VoIP service providers.
  • 800 DPI resolution to further enhance mouse movement accuracy
  • Easy to use, plug-and-play USB connectivity
  • Optical technology that tracks every motion with digital accuracy
  • Can be used with or without a mouse pad
  • Scrolling wheel for easy navigation
  • Left and right hand compatible

Design

The mouse itself looks like your everyday optical mouse, and never tries to look anything but that. The color tones are very conservative with a grey and black sort of tone that works but won’t separate this mouse from any of the other products on the market. The one design feature that is nice is the light weight which makes it very easy to move around. Many of you may be wondering where the microphone is placed in, and that can be found front and center on the top of mouse. The placement is probably the most logical spot and doesn’t really help or hurt the design. The mouse doesn’t go out of its way to be comfortable with padding and this is in attempt to make a left hander like myself happy and able to use the mouse. In the end the design is solid with good colors, light weight, and just a very simple but workable design.

Testing

The big question in my mind was going to be the quality of the microphone output and the ability to surf the web while talking. I first should mention however that this mouse uses a USB port for the mouse itself and a standard Microphone input for the microphone in the mouse. Also in the package came some complimentary ear buds which do help try to make this a complete mouse/communication package.

So let’s talk about my experiences with the mouse which was tested with several Skype conversations with colleagues and friends along side just normal mouse use. I will start with the latter of the two and just say using this mouse for normal use (e-mail, web browsing, and solitaire) were all done with much ease. The one thing I did notice however was that the feel of using this mouse was no where near as smooth as any of the Logitech or Microsoft mice we have tested in recent months. I found the feel of this mouse to be a little less comfortable and effective as other mice.

The big feature however on this mouse is the Microphone and I have to say I thought it was going to be a joke but the actual performance was strong. When just speaking into it and not using the mouse while speaking the sound quality is extremely good. When just moving the mouse around and speaking the sound quality still remains pretty good, but once you start clicking, especially if frequently the sound quality of the Microphone is greatly reduced. But if you’re just clicking a few times throughout the conversation and it isn’t an important business client on the other line it won’t cause any major problems. I am surprised to say that the Microphone itself actually ended up working very nicely.

Overall

When I look back on my experiences with the Act-On Microphone Mouse I have one thought that remains with me throughout. Had this mouse been able to do its basic function of being a mouse with more success and in a more comfortable manner this would have been a great product.

Originally Posted on Kunzo.com

The owner and editor-in-chief of Darkstation.com. I've been apart of the website since 2002 and purchased the website in 2010. Owning and running Darkstation is a dream come true. I love video games and I love writing and talking about them even more.