The Cruiser and Mouse Pad
Well let’s start off with the Cruiser mouse. The Cruiser is very light. It is made out of what feels like flimsy plastic, but is really just very light weight plastic. It weighs less than many mice I have used that are much smaller [like most of the Microsoft laptop mice]. It appears to be constructed of three to four components. There is a top surface [which includes the scroll wheel], two distinct bands around the middle and then the bottom platform which hold all of the electronics.
This construction allows you to raise the upper half of the Cruiser to about a 20 degree angle. For some this could me more comfortable it also opens up a small compartment that you can store the wireless dongle in. Closing the mouse keeps this safely hidden away until you need it. Opening and closing the Cruiser is done from a small latch at the back of the underside.
To help conserve batter the Cruiser has an on/off switch so that the laser does not turn on with every little movement inside your laptop case [or while sitting on the desk]. The four pads are evenly spaces but in my opinion a little small for a mouse this size.
In the shot below you can see the Blue Trace Laser; this is supposed to allow for more efficient tracking on different surfaces and is something we will be checking out a little later.
Overall the Cruiser feels a little on the flimsy side, but that is just my personal taste showing. I like heavy mice with large bases. This is because I want them to fit comfortably in my hand. Remember that Choiix is aimed a little more at the female computer users, who tend to have smaller palms. This makes the Cruiser much better suited to a hand of that size and shape [smaller and more narrow]. This is also something we will be checking out.
The Cruiser mouse pad was even more flimsy feeling. It is amazingly thin and requires an adhesive to allow it to remain in place. The surface of the pad is white with multi-colored diamonds, but underneath this is a foil material that helps to reflect the laser properly.
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