Date: March 21, 2005
Author(s): Jen McPherson
Do you have a hard time playing intense games for hours at a time, due to holding the mouse with your sweaty paws is impossible? Logisys tries to answer this gripe by throwing a fan smack dab in the mouse. Is this mouse as cool as it looks?
The packaging is simple and efficient, showcasing the mouse nicely. The reverse side shows the specifications, which are listed above, and the colors it is available in. The Cool Fan Mouse comes in four colors; red, blue, black and silver. This particular mouse is the red version. It is stylish and smooth, with silver chrome like accents along with the metallic red.
Taking the mouse out of the package I note that it has a nice long cord length and plug in that is compatible with a USB port and also a PS2 port, with the PS2 port easily removable. I installed it quickly and easily into my USB port and began working immediately.
The lighting the mouse has is very nice, with a vivid blue LED, and when you move the mouse the red optical light activates, causing the entire mouse to light up, a very cool effect. The mouse is very sleek.. but since it is really smooth, it feels a bit slippery in the hand. It fits into the palm of the hand well but I find it to be small compared to the mouse I am use to. Being that it’s an optical mouse it moves smoothly on, or off the mouse pad. The scroll wheel is wide and beveled, which makes it comfortable and easy to use.
Turning on the fan is simple enough, with the switch located on the top right bottom side of the mouse. At first it feels a little strange, for the air on the palm is not something I’m use to. The fan is audible but not overly, so and you can feel it working when your holding the mouse. It makes the mouse vibrate slightly, also adding to the strange feel. The fan blows air gently; It’s cool and feels nice on the hand. I continue to use the mouse, playing World of Warcraft for four and a half hours non stop. Not once did I get a sweaty palm.
Yet, I did however get a numb hand. The slight vibration the fan causes inside the mouse takes some getting use to, and for me after a while it made my hand feel as if it had fallen asleep. I shut the fan off and then used it for about an hour. Using it without the fan is easy enough and although my hand did get warm I did not get a sweaty palm either. The vents on the mouse help keep air circulated even when the fan is not on, which is nice.
After a week and a half of use I find that I rarely use the fan because of the slight hum vibration it gives off. While playing a game after a while your hand just feels strange, almost as if it is asleep, and many gamers know that control over your mouse can mean life or death.
The chrome paint on both sides of the mouse where my thumb and fingers rested have already started to wear away, more so where on the thumb side. I am an average PC user, I check emails and play games daily, so a casual user may not have this problem right away, but it will likely happen eventually. The chrome detail has worn off so much that I can see the glow of the LED light through it. One word comes to mind. Cheap.
I also had a few issues with the mouse freezing up while browsing web pages. My pc was still functional, the system itself hadn’t locked up, just the mouse. The optical lens is clean, so I know that is not the problem. While using my Dell’s Logitech scroll mouse, I’ve never had the mouse freeze up. I found this to be discouraging, and am still in the dark as to why the mouse kept malfunctioning. Several times this happened I had to restart my PC to get it to work. I lost some things I had been working on, and to my eternal shame did not save. I was not happy. I switched back to my regular mouse.
Overall I found the mouse was ok, it did as it claimed and kept my hand cool and dry while I used it. The LED light is very nice and gives the mouse a real modern look. It would pair great with any system that boasted LED’s, but durability wise I find that it is lacking. It feels cheap and with the paint rubbing off after about a week and a half of use I can only imagine what the mouse would look like after a month… two months. Added with the mouse freezing up at times I find it less than impressive.
If those attributes and the fact that the fan vibrates a little when on wouldn’t bother you then this could be your cup of tea. I, however, cannot say that I was sold on the idea and would never buy this mouse. If an inexpensive mouse is what you want then this would work, but if I were you I’d save my money and get a better mouse for your buck. Even though we couldn’t give it a higher rating, I thank Logisys for allowing us to review the mouse.
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