Genius NetScroll+ Mini Traveller iRIS review

£7
Price when reviewed

We’ve rounded up a selection of wired and wireless mice to suit all tastes and budgets, starting from only £7. Both the Genius and Trust weigh in at this easily affordable price. The Trust MI-2550Xp has the only retractable cable here – the 0.6m length should just about be long enough to stretch if your USB port is on the opposite side of the laptop to which you use your mouse. There are no other frills, but it has an optical pickup, ambidextrous design and a scroll wheel/button. Movement was fine on our patterned worktop; our only gripe is that the combination of smooth plastic and curved buttons meant our fingers slipped off too easily.

This wasn’t a problem with the Genius NetScroll+. Although it’s 10mm shorter at 88mm, the NetScroll+ is surprisingly comfortable to use. This is mainly down to the flat buttons – it has the expected scroll wheel that also acts as a third button. The Genius has a longer 0.9m cord, but this doesn’t retract, and there’s no slip case as with the Trust. Some may find the pulsating rainbow glow off-putting (you can’t turn it off), but it isn’t over bright and adds a bit of cheer to what’s otherwise a dull silver mouse.

If you have a bit more room in your bag and on your desk, it’s well worth opting for a full-sized mouse like Microsoft’s Comfort 3000. It measures 67 x 100 x 38mm (WDH), which isn’t much bigger than the mini-mice here. However, the extra length means your whole hand can rest on it, which does wonders for comfort. It also boasts a four-way scroll wheel that lets you scroll left and right as well. It’s suitable for both right- and left-handers, but the red button on the left is tricky to push when using it left-handed. This is the magnifier button that lets you (in conjunction with the software that comes on a CD) highlight a section of the screen to magnify. You simply hold the button and drag the mouse to the size and area you want each time. Again, there’s no case or cable tidy, but at £11 it’s a bargain.

Wires can be a nuisance, though, so Belkin’s Mini Scroller ditches them for 2.4GHz RF technology. Cunningly, the USB receiver docks into the base of the mouse; locking it down into the mouse turns it off, saving battery power. Two rechargeable AAs are included, and a USB charging cable is included so you can quickly and easily recharge without mains power. As long as you have two USB ports, you can carry on working while the batteries charge.

As the Mini Scroller is only 85mm long, it isn’t the most comfortable mouse here, but it’s symmetrical so is just as good for left-handers. The 800dpi optical pickup makes it almost as sensitive as the 1,000dpi Microsoft, and we found it very responsive, as there was never a delay after leaving it static for a minute. Belkin claims a range of 10m, which proved conservative – this makes the Mini Scroller handy for controlling presentations. It isn’t the cheapest at £24 and faces stiff competition from the Logitech.

The Logitech V400 Laser Cordless costs £1 less, but doesn’t come with rechargeable batteries. Instead, it comes with a single alkaline AA battery – you could replace this with a rechargeable cell if you wanted, of course. At 95mm long and with a more angular design at the rear, it’s noticeably more comfortable than the Belkin over long periods, and the middle wheel boasts horizontal scrolling while the Belkin only handles vertical. Plus, there are back/forward buttons on the top-left corner, which makes web navigation that bit faster.

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