• Penclic Mouse review, by Rick Moscatello

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    I have both a desktop, and a laptop computer. Thing is, I actually use my laptop on my lap. While there is a mousepad, it doesnít always do the job (especially with those games where the designers insist on using the mousewheel with no keyboard analogue).

    I can pull a table over, plug in a wireless mouse, but itís unsatisfactory. My arm hangs out over where the table is, I need to clear a big space on the table just for the mouse (and itís the same space where my drink goes, so spills happen when I use the mouse). Like most hard core gamers, I have a bit of carpal tunnel syndrome, and the funny angle and constrained space do my wrist no good, I promise you.

    So Iím always interested in a new version of a mouse, especially one with a convenient mousewheel. Iíve tried a few, theyíre always complicated, donít feel right, and, bottom line, donít really solve the problem.

    Penclic is the first new mouse design that gets the job done.

    At first glance, it seems complicated, but itís not. The big ďpenĒ attachment on top is basically just something to hang onto. The base works just like a mouse, just with a much smaller footprint.

    The only real issue is the ďleft clickĒ button is on the right side of the penóyouíre still using the same finger, itís just now on a different side. You get over it quickly enough (same finger, after all) and adapting to using your thumb for right clicks isnít so bad (it seems most games use left clicking for speed anyway).

    A second issue, a minor one, is the USB receiver is a little large. I canít help but worry about snapping it off or something, so I canít keep it plugged in (like I do with smaller receivers). But, hey, as long you donít play football with your laptop, it probably wonít be a concern.

    Bottom line, if youíre looking for a new kind of mouse, one that gives your wrist a rest, check Penclic out. Itís a bit pricier than similar models, but itíll probably be the answer for you.
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